Book Groups

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

To join the discussion, contact

Library Director Jennifer deSimas jpwebsterdir@whfirstchurch.org

WEEKLY

Awakening the Spirit 2022-23 –  Our “official start” is 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022. Please note the time change. We will meet in person as long as we are able. A Zoom option will also be available.

We are delighted to welcome Tom Carr to our community, an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, recently retired as Pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Suffield. He has been active locally in issues of ecology, environmental justice, and spirituality, both ecumenically and on an interfaith basis, for over 30 years. He also works with the Spiritual Life Center in spiritual direction.

 

Rev. Tom Carr

 

Please contact JPW Library Director Jennifer deSimas with questions: 860-232-3893.

MONTHLY

Food for Thought has a new meeting day and co-leader. They will be meeting on the first TUESDAYS of the month starting in October (2022), and Molly Bohman, our terrific Library Assistant, will be leading the discussions with JPWL Director Jennifer deSimas. Their first meeting is Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the JPW Library. A Zoom option will be available.

 

Jennifer deSimas


Molly Bohman

Awakening the Spirit
Monday September 12, 2022, 1-2:30 p.m. kick off our weekly meeting

August 29, 1-2:30 p.m. the book discussion group will have a chance to meet the Reverend Tom Carr. Tom, an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, recently retired as Pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Suffield. He has been active locally in issues of ecology, environmental justice, and spirituality, both ecumenically and on an interfaith basis, for over 30 years. He also works with the Spiritual Life Center in spiritual direction.

 

 

Pick up your copy of our next read, Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage by Stephen Charleston, a Native American elder, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, and a bishop in the Episcopal Church. In Ladder to the Light, Charleston “offers words of hard-won hope, rooted in daily conversations with the Spirit and steeped in Indigenous wisdom.

Food for Thought
Tuesday October 4, 2022, 5:30 p.m. kick off monthly meeting

We will be reading Jodi Picoult’s latest book, Wish You Were Here, in which a young woman finds herself stranded on the Galapagos Islands during a global pandemic. She “finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.” Books are available to pick up at the JPW Library.

 

Please call Jennifer deSimas with questions: 860-232-3893

Resources for external book groups

We are happy to lend sets of multiple copies to any book group.

 

Browse NonFiction      Browse Fiction

Contact us to learn more!

Located beneath the First Church Meeting House, the JPWL is the go-to place for books and media related to sermons, Sunday School, social justice issues, and so much more!

 

Phone: 860-232-3893

Email: jpwebster@whfirstchurch.org

 

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