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On the JPWL Calendar:

The Challenge of Easter: A Lenten Series with John Dominic Crossan

Easter is about a physical event and a theological interpretation, that is, about a fact—the Execution of Jesus—and a metaphor—the Resurrection of Jesus. Metaphors are processes of Seeing—and, as such, they are not literal but real because, as lived out, they create human reality—good metaphors for good and bad for bad but still and always human reality (John Dominic Crossan).

February 18, 7:00 p.m: The Execution of Jesus
Questions: If Jesus went regularly to Jerusalem for Passover, what happened differently that last and fateful time; if Jesus only went that one time, why did he do so then? Why was Jesus legally and publicly executed by Pilate but none of his closest followers was either arrested or even questioned? Was Jesus executed for violent or nonviolent revolution against Roman law and order?  Register HERE

February 25, 7:00 p.m: The Resurrection of Jesus
Questions: Why does western Christianity have an individual Resurrection for Jesus alone but Eastern Christianity have a universal Resurrection for Jesus and the whole human race—represented by and incarnated in Adam and Eve? Should that profound divergence between those two mega-metaphors for Easter be combined for the future of our common Christianity? Bluntly: can Christian Easter change Human Evolution? Register HERE

JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN is an Irish-American theologian and former Roman Catholic priest best known for his association with the Jesus Seminar. His focus is on the historical Jesus as the benchmark for the entire Christian Bible. “The challenge is this,” says Crossan. “If we get the history of the first century right, we will get the theology of the 21st century right (and if not, not). I am never interested in the past as merely ancient history but rather as a contemporary model and challenge.” Crossan will join us  for two evenings during Lent.

Fun February Family Programs

Tell Me a Story

The JPWL has created a new program for fans of story-telling: Tell Me a Story makes its debut this month with two storytellers for story fans of all ages. Each artist is sharing creation stories from different cultures and time periods.

February 13, 4:00 p.m. Valerie Tutson, Storyteller
Valerie Tutson draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her tales take listeners on dynamic voyages of dance and adventure, leaving them wondering or laughing — or both! Val’s repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, and stories from African American history. Register Here!

February 20, 4:00 p.m. Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Storyteller 
Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo is a high-energy storyteller based in San Francisco. Robert layers ancient Asian mythologies, folktales, and Asian urban legends with Asian American sensibilities, precision choreography, and lyrical word-weaving, taking his listeners on a mesmerizing ramble through new places and times. Register Here!  

Curbside Service
Mondays from 2 to 3 pm, and by appointment
Are you looking for your next read? The John P. Webster Library is offering CURBSIDE SERVICE! We have many new books for children, tweens, teens, and adults. Fiction, non-fiction, and more. Books on social justice, LGBTQ+ issues, environmental concerns, relationships, health — contact us with questions or requests! By Phone: 860-232-3893. Search our online catalog.

Book Discussions


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

Book Groups Resume: Fall 2020 on ZOOM

Books are available at the JPWL via curbside service on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. Please contact Assistant Librarian Karla Grafton to arrange an alternate time if you need one. To join this discussion, contact Jennifer deSimas, Library Director. 

Awakening the Spirit Book Group
Mondays at 12 pm via Zoom • Led by Minister of Spiritual Life Susan Izard, They resume meeting on January 11 to begin discussing Thomas Berry: A Biography by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal. As a cultural historian, Thomas Berry (1914–2009) sought a broader perspective on humanity’s relationship to the earth in order to respond to the ecological and social challenges of our times. This first biography of Berry illuminates his remarkable vision and its continuing relevance for achieving transformative social change and environmental renewal. Books are available at the JPWL via curbside service on Mondays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please contact the library to arrange an alternate time (if needed) or to join this discussion.

Food for Thought Book Group
Meet first Thursday at 5:30 pm via Zoom • Led by Jennifer deSimas
January 7 we will discuss the highly praised  The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett. “The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, everything has changed: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined.” Books are available through the JPW Library, and may be picked up by appointment or via curbside service Monday afternoons 2-3 p.m.  Click here to join the discussion.

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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.