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Thursday Great Books Study at 10:30 AM

  Dear Folks:

We continue reading (and discussing) a book entitled 
Moral Leadership  for a Divided Age Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
 by David P. Gushee and Colin Holtz.  
The authors state: "The point of this book is not to insist on a single authoritative list of moral leaders. Our hope, instead, is that this book deepens your understanding of moral  leadership and strengthens your ability to discern it."

She (Malala)  also called on governments to take action against terrorism and violence and for all communities to "reject prejudice based on caste, creed, sect, religion or gender." These points form the foundation of her moral vision.

This week, we move into a study of the life, principles, and impact of Malala Yousafzai (1997-? ).  Malala Yousafzai is a young girl from Pakistan who became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, along with several other prestigious awards, for her steadfast work for good education for all children and for the rights of women.

 I would like, again, to focus on a principle that seems to be a constant in our study. That principal is that moral leaders give hope to people who do not have faith that their lives can ever really be different. They EXIST without hope. They do not 
believe t heir lives can ever really be different. The "moral" leaders we are studying are not perfect, but they have a vision and the strength to inspire others to have hope. The Scripture passages I ask you to read and meditate upon in advance is: Matthew 19:13-15.

Malala's life and work offer a number of important lessons about moral leadership, even at her relatively young age:
 Never underestimate family. Consider what lessons and values you inherited from your own family.
Unearned suffering is redemptive. While we should never make an idol out of suffering, there is something about innocents who suffer that compels us to act.
Combine gifts and practice. 
Faith and traditions are contested. It is important to distinguish between  different versions of the "same" faith.
Don't underestimate young people. The world is biased against the very old and the ver
Discussion Questions:
1. Describe the role Malala's father, Ziauddin, played in her life. What do you like or dislike?
2. How does Malala's faith differ from the religious ideas of the Taliban?
3. Check recent news coverage of Malala since this book was published. Does it fit with what you already know? Differ?
4. Did Malala's youth help or hurt her cause?
5.  Search the internet for and watch a video of an interview of Malala. What do you find most striking listening to her speak?

All quotes are taken from:Gushee, David P.. Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World. Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

  Since I post this study on FaceBook as well as the St Jerome's website,, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at
Bless you all,
Fr Kelly

Fr. Colin Kelly
St. Jerome's Episcopal Church 
331 N. Pine, State Road 29
Chama, NM 87520

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