Contact: Lorrie McKinley and Debby Kern
Email: diversity-book-group@ucwc.org

Mission: To explore a variety of “differences” through both literature and film, so that we may better understand ourselves and others thereby promoting social justice on a personal level.


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In 2014 we expanded to include field trips connected with our readings: we have enjoyed a Colombian and a French cooking class and have traveled to the Joseph Priestly home and to the Pearl S. Buck Foundation.

The book group usually meets the second Sunday, August through May from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the Congregation office. They have at times changed location and time when films or other activities are scheduled; these changes are publicized in the newsletter, order of service, in Connections, and by email. In addition, an annual end-of-the-year pot luck celebration, is held in June at a member’s house, to talk about the past year and to select books (and sometimes films) for the coming year. The group makes every effort to select books/films that are available in audio/descriptive formats in order to be inclusive and welcoming to all.

The group is loosely organized with no set rules except to freely explore a variety of differences in a relaxed and safe environment. Members are from the community as well as from the Congregation. There is a core group that is the backbone as well as many occasional attendees with a mailing list of several dozen members.

Book group participants alternate facilitating the monthly discussions. Members sometimes voluntarily donate copies of the selections to the UCWC Library at the end of each year.

SELECTIONS FOR 2017-18 (Click to expand description.)
Sep 10: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Oct 8: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Nov 12: Ireland by Frank Delaney
Dec 10: Film TBD
Jan 14: The Late Homecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
Feb 11: Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips
Mar 11: The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
Apr 8: Spartacus by Howard Fast
May 13: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Click here for a list of past selections.