The Adult Education program at St. John's provides a wealth of opportunity for parishioners to learn more about their church and their faith. Recent programs covered such topics as planning for the end of life, the history of monasticism and faith based response to climate change. We also have occasional introductory classes for those who are new to St. John’s and/or the Episcopal Church. And there is a book group that meets monthly in the Thayer Room to discuss topical and interesting books.
Upcoming programs will be posted here as they are scheduled.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town.
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.
The Vance family story began with hope in postwar America. J.D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.