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On the JPWL February/March Calendar:

  • Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. A Conversation with Colin McEnroe. Living in Spirit lecture with humorist, author, and local radio-show host. Colin will address the issue of “Truth Decay: The Gravity of the Cavity in Our Veracity:” Our ability, as a society, to agree on the differences between truth and falsehood has been steadily degraded. It may surprise you to learn how old the problem is. Please register for this FREE EVENT HERE!
  • Thursday’s March 14 – April 11, 7:00 p.m. North American Christians and Islam: Re-framing the Views of a Dominant Culture with Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. Details: Lenten_Series
    Some argue that Islam is inherently a violent religion bent on destroying America, and that it is un-American. Others say that it is a religion of peace that is simply misunderstood. These sessions will assist American Christians to critically engage resources and provide opportunities to re-think how a dominant American culture frames our view of Islam.
    These five sessions can be attended a la carte or as a whole. For more information please contact the John P. Webster Library at 860-232-3893.

Visit the Crofut Café!
At the first First Sunday Breakfast in October, Pat Furnivall suggested we name our new breakfast program the Crofut Café – and we decided she had the right idea! We can think of no other name that is as welcoming (and alliterative) — while conveying the appreciation and fondness we hold for our benefactor, Florence Crofut. So come and visit the Crofut Café at the JPWL from 8:30 to 9:45 on the first Sundays of each month. Enjoy a light breakfast with other church friends, visitors, families, and choir members.

Book Discussions


The JPW Library hosts two book groups, one weekly and one monthly. 

Awakening the Spirit Book Discussion
Mondays from noon – 1:30 pm from September-May
We are reading Joan Chittister’s Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authenic Life. “As chaos and uncertainty reigns all around, Sister Joan’s invitation to the sacred power waiting for us at the depths of our spirits could not be more necessary or timely. Radical Spirit renders the most enduring ancient practices of the faith accessible, compelling and liberating for the living of these days and is one of the most helpful and hopeful books of the season.” -Paul Raushenbush, Senior Vice-President for Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary. Books are available in the JPW Library. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Led by Minister of Spiritual Life Rev. Susan Izard.

Food for Thought Book Group
First Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm from October – May 

Thursday, February 7th in the JPW Library
We will discuss At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces by Mary Collins and Donald Collins, a collaborative memoir in which a parent and her transgender son share their story. While Donald celebrated every hurdle he cleared, Mary could only mourn the daughter she had lost. Here they share their sometimes painfully honest account of courage, acceptance, and the underlying love that pulled them through. Books are available to borrow from the Library. This group is led by John P. Webster Library Director Jennifer deSimas.


Now available in the JPW Library: the First Church Senior Resource Manual for seniors and their families provides information on care options, legal matters, illness, spirituality, local transportation options, and more.