You are invited to join a brand new NSP Book group. We’ll be reading the same book and then communicating through email with each other about our reactions. At some point we might want to make it live on a conference call or on a Skype or G chat. And we are starting with a fabulous book,Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological and Economic Vocationby Cynthia Moe Lobeda (a professor at Seattle University ). What is so powerful about this book is that it is grounded in spiritual and religious principles yet is an amazingly powerful critique of capitalism. Let me explain.

The everyday workings of global capitalism are endangering the survival of the planet and perpetrating structural economic violence on many people in the developing world.

How can flawed people like ourselves who are hopelessly entangled in practices and institutions that perpetuate injustice and violence against the earth (and ultimately our own children and grandchildren) possibly live an ethically responsible, justice-promoting life?

(excerpted from Thad Williamson’s review of Cynthia Moe Lobeda’s book–read the review to get a taste of what the book is about and why it’s worth reading:

Here’s how to find the book if it’s not in your local bookstore:
Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation
by Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda

I was introduced to this book during the recent training seminar hosted by the Network of Spiritual Progressives in San Francisco, California I just picked up a copy, and I invite you to do the same – then join me in an online reading/discussion group!

It is a 300 page book, divided into eleven chapters. I would like to take our time with it, covering one chapter a week, so we can have full, deep discussion on the issues, concepts, and questions it presents. However, since the discussion will all take place online, we can be as flexible as we need to be!

We will begin discussing the following sections onSunday, March 9th
Foreword by Larry Rasmussen xi-xii
Opening Words xvii-xix
Introduction 1-21

If you are intrigued, please email me, Amy Broyles,at We will set up a private email list that allows us to have an ongoing, open conversation as we read together. Feel free to join in at anytime – it is sure to be a rich discussion. If you can’t make the first date, just email me at a later date, once you’ve gotten and read the first chapter or two. You are welcome to join at anytime.

This is a book that will inform, inspire, and can transform one’s perspective. I look forward to your reply, and to hearing your thoughts and insights on the challenging topic that Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda explores in this book!

Much love,

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