Greetings from the JPW Library!

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On the JPWL Calendar:

  • Decolonizing the Mind Through Conversations We Were Never Meant to HaveDebby Irving with Claudia Fox Tree, Native American (Arawak/Yurumein) educator
    Sunday, September 15th, 4-6 pm in the First Church AuditoriumClaudia Fox Tree joins Debby Irving onstage for an open conversation to explore how U.S. narratives shape our understanding of ourselves, one another, and the increasingly complex world we live in. In this unstructured and authentic cross-racial conversation, Claudia and Debby will address such ideas as:

    • The words we should use – American Indians, Native Americans, or First Nations
    • Traditional public-school instruction about Native Americans
    • The notion of immigrants and immigration
    • Our internalized stereotypes about Native Americans – and how we might begin to free ourselves

    Fox Tree was the first speaker at the Boston Women’s March in January 2017. She has taught in Massachusetts for over 30 years and is passionate about anti-racism and multicultural education. Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White – and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, uses her own identity (and past cultural blindness) as a white woman to candidly explore racial issues. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

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. October thru May.

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

Awakening the Spirit resumes Monday, September 9th at noon to discuss Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. “God loves things by becoming them,” Rohr writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God – except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us, and in everyone we meet. Thought-provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is. Led by Minister of Spiritual Life Rev. Susan Izard. Bring your lunch; beverages and desserts are provided. Books are available at the JPWL or at the Sunday Bookmobile.

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

Food for Thought resumes Thursday, September 5th at 5:30 in the JPW Library to discuss The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede, the story of how a tiny Canadian town welcomed nearly 6,000 travelers whose planes were rerouted on September 11, 2001. Led by Library Director, Jennifer deSimas. Bring a snack or dinner; desserts and beverages will be provided. Books are available at the JPW Library or at the Sunday Bookmobile.

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.