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Summer Reading Series
June 13 @ 3:00 pm
One event on July 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm
One event on August 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm
The Adult Education Ministry is once again offering a series of opportunities for folks who love to read (and talk about what they read) to “gather” for literary discussions over the summer. Members of the ministry have made book selections and look forward to leading these Sunday afternoon discussions.
June 13, 3:00 on Zoom:
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Discussion Leader: Beth Sigler
A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift and lost souls of all kinds. This enthralling, big-hearted epic shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole. William Kent Krueger is the best-selling author of Ordinary Grace.
July 11, 3:00 p.m.:
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Discussion Leader: Chuck Chappell
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1982), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, has been appropriately celebrated as a compelling presentation of the growth to intellectual and emotional awareness experienced by the book’s central character, a complex African-American woman named Celie. Integral to the remarkable transformation in Celie’s life is the vital role played by religion as it appears in several forms of expression and practice.
August 15, 3:00 p.m.:
Godric by Frederick Buechner
Discussion Leader: Vernon Markham
Join us on a fantastical journey in the ancient world of Anglo-Saxon England as we experience the coming of age of the medieval Roman Catholic saint, Godric of Finchale. Set in the twelfth century Godric is a semi-fictionalized tale published in 1980 by American author and theologian Frederick Buechner, for which he was a finalist for the 1981 Pulitzer Prize. This novel reengages in several substantial themes such as sin, the search for identity, faith, and the supernatural, with an investigation of death and ageing at the forefront. Ho doubt you will find yourself somewhere in Godric’s observations and gain insight into Buechner’s own life journey.
Our first gathering will be on Zoom. You will find a link in the Second Connections emails that go out on Sunday mornings or you can contact Jeannie Ford.