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Charlestown's Lon Chesnutt Publishes " A Devotional for Progressive Christians"

January 30, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 30, 2017) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Lon Chesnutt, a United Methodist minister, has published "A Devotional for Progressive Christians," a paperback that uses non-traditional language in addressing God or thinking about Deity as an attempt to move away from the understanding of Divinity as an outside source of power.


"The Divine is already in the workings of our own thinking, feeling, and decision-making inner self," said Chenutt, who served in campus ministry at Georgia Tech and Emory University and who did pastoral work for churches in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area. "Our task is to acknowledge that presence and then take responsibility for what we do."


Each of the 46 devotionals in Chesnutt's book consists of a scripture lesson, a commentary and a prayer. He wrote them over an eight-month period when he led a study group at St. John United Church in Columbia, MD.


The book speaks to and for self-exiles from the church who claim to be "spiritual but not religious" in our times, said Chesnutt, a graduate of The Divinity School at Duke University.


The book is published by LifeRich Publishing. It is available for sale at Barnes & Noble bookstores and It can also be purchased directly from the author at:


Chesnutt and his wife Evelyn have lived at Charlestown for the past 11 years.