Saving Paradise Book Study

Saving_Paradise_Invite “It took Jesus a thousand years to die...”
That is the first sentence of the book called Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker.
Rev. Emilia Halstead (Pastor of First Congregational Church, Concord, UCC) and the Christian Formation Ministry invite you to join them for a transformational 15-week discussion group on Saving Paradise. Download the Syllabus for more detailed information.
The discussion group will meet Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., starting on January 6th and going through April 13th.
In order to make the class as accessible as possible, folks will be able to participate:

  • In person at the conference office,
  • Through Zoom on a tablet, laptop, or smartphone,
  • Calling in from a landline,
  • Watching the recordings of the conversations,
  • Engaging in conversation on our Saving Paradise Facebook group

In addition, Rev. Halstead and the Christian Formation Ministry do not want the cost of the book to be prohibitive to anyone who would like to participate. If you need financial assistance for the book, please contact Ann Desrochers at the conference office, or 603.715.9526. 
To SIGN-UP: Please send an e-mail to: with your name, e-mail, phone number, whether you need assistance buying the book, and how you participate in the book study.    

“We enter fully-heart, mind, soul, and strength-into savoring and saving paradise.” (‘Epilogue,’ pg.420) 

Participating in this Book Study via Zoom

Join the Zoom Meeting using the details below.  As we will be using Breakout Rooms, please be sure the Zoom app is installed on your mobile device or the Zoom Client app is installed on your desktop computer.

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 Participating in this Book Study via Facebook

Besides our regularly scheduled Monday evening meetings, there will be an opportunity to interact or engage in discussion, at any time, via our Facebook Group.

If you want to participate in this way, please join the group at: or go to Facebook and search for the NHCUCC Saving Paradise Book Study group and ask to join.

Watch a Recording of the Weekly Book Study Conversations

  • View a recording of the January 6, 2020 conversation (Welcome, Introductions, and Prologue Reflections) at:
  • View a recording of the January 13, 2020 conversation (Chapter One, In the Beginning...Paradise on the Earth Reflections) at: (Note: this is a partial recording of the class session)
  • View a recording of the January 20, 2020 conversation (Chapter Two, In the Beginning...God So Generously Loved) at: (Note: breakout sessions are not recorded)
  • View a recording of the January 29, 2020 conversation (Chapter Three, In the Beginning...So Great a Cloud) at:
  • View a recording of the February 3, 2020 conversation (Chapter Four, The Church as Paradise in this World) at:
  • View a recording of the February 10, 2020 conversation (Chapter Five, Portal to Paradise) at:
  • View a recording of the February 17, 2020 conversation (Chapter Six, The Beautiful Feast of Life) at: