Becky Garrison, Starting from Zero with $0: Building Mission-shaped Ministries on a Shoestring, Call Number 254.1 Gar 2010, contains an interview with St. Michael’s Reverend Daniel Gutierrez, on multi-cultural ministry at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.
D. G. Hart, Calvinism: A History, Call Number 284.209 har 2013, is a modern history of the Calvinist Christian tradition from Ulrich Zwingli’s Lenten sausage meal in 1522 to the twentieth century teachings of Karl Barth. At times, the scope of Hart’s detailed history becomes too much for a single, 300 page book. Among other things, Hart recounts how John Calvin’s vision of a church run by local municipal authorities was transformed into American “voluntaryism,” in which ordinary citizens determined their own church membership and assumed the duty of financial supporting their chosen assembly. We have become so accustomed to voluntary church membership and private financial support of churches that we forget that long after the Reformation, European churches continue to be tax supported organizations where membership is an accident of political citizenship, rather than individual choice. American churches really are governed differently and much of this difference is due to the followers of Calvinism.
A number of new books are in the collection, especially regarding Navajo and Native American spirituality.
We have also received some generous donations of works in theology and church history from retired clergy.