Book Study: How Far to the Promised Land

Book Study: How Far to the Promised Land

Anne Crossman

Anne Crossman

With a group of givers pursuing friendship and growth, join a conversation over this personal narrative of Esau McCaulley, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and award-winning author of Reading While Black. This is an intergenerational account of his family’s search for home and hope amidst racial injustice in the South.

This Peer Group welcomes those who seek meaningful discussion, lively dialogue, and honest reflections.

Host: Anne Crossman, Gathering participant

Who belongs? Givers seeking friendship with other givers from every stage of life. Connect and share with new friends in a book study.

When do we meet? This group will meet on Wed, Nov 15 and 29 and Dec 6 at 8am Pacific Time.

What will we discuss? For those who attended our conference, you heard from Esau McCaulley, a Wheaton College professor of New Testament and ordained Anglican priest and contributor to The New York Times. For much of his life, he was taught to see himself as an exception: Someone who, through hard work, faith, and determination, overcame childhood poverty, anti-Black racism, and an absent father to earn a job as a university professor and a life in the middle class. Upon the loss of his father, Esau began to question his family history. This memoir will allow us to wrestle with our understanding of poverty and upward mobility in America, in the company of friends. 

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Criteria to join our community events

  • Follow Jesus as Lord and Savior.
  • Give at least $200,000 a year to Christian causes. Though the number isn't a rigid threshold, it represents a proxy for the types of people who are asking and wrestling with the same questions around wise stewardship, giving well, avoiding pitfalls, raising the next generation, allocating resources, defining a family legacy, etc. People come to The Gathering to pursue relationships with peers who are exploring similar issues with a measure of humility, vulnerability, and trust.

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