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1st Sunday Book Discussion Selections March - June

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We have a great line up readings over the next few months. Book discussions typically occur on the 1st Sunday of each month at 9:00am before meeting for worship. Please join us for any or all of the discussions! Following is more information on our selected readings.

  • March 6: The World We Seek. The Friends Committee on National Legislation is seeking feedback on its lobbying priorities presented in this booklet. You can download a copy to read. Carlotta has also requested hard copies. Carlotta will be providing FCNL with our feedback.
  • April 3 (and May--date TBD) Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
    • Synopsis: Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
    • The local bookstore Curious Iguana has copies of the book if you would like to purchase one. (Thanks Julie for checking into this.)
    • Stevenson will also be speaking at the Weinberg on April 21 at 7:30.  Tickets are still available if you would like to purchase one. (Thanks Betsy for announcing this.)
    • Because of the retreat, we will determine where and when in May we will have a follow-up discussion of the book and/or the talk at the Weinberg.
  • June 5: Rufus Jones: Essential Writings, Edited by Kerry Walters
    • Synopsis: A Quaker mystic and social activist, Rufus Jones was awarded a Nobel Prize as co-founder of the American Friends Service Committee. Widely considered one of the most significant religious voices in America at the time of his death in 1948, his writings impart an Emersonian vision of the ever-present reality of God in our souls and in our world. Indeed, his quintessentially American "affirmative mysticism" infuses all contemporary spirituality and offers an uplifting, positive, and powerful message today.
    • I plan on placing a group order of this book. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an e-book option. If anyone finds one, please let me know

For more information, see or email Michele Hartley.