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12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

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Great Books Circle

Great Books ReaderThe Great Books Reading Circle meets monthly to discuss novels selected by the group. Please come to any or all of our sessions to share your reflections. Whether you love or hate the choice, it’s stimulating to discuss. If you have questions just contact our facilitator, Karen Siracusa. We have met as a book group for almost ten years! We like to say we are not a Book Club – but a Circle. A circle is inclusive and expands to invite you in.

Details: 2nd Sunday (usually) of the month at 12:15 pm in Room 7. (“Starred” dates are 3rd Sundays)

Readings for September 2016 through June 2017

September 11 Another Country by James Baldwin
October 16 ** Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
November 13 Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
December 11 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
January 8 The Door by Magda Szabo
February 12 The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
March 12 Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
April 9 The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
May 21 ** The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro
June 11 Book Picking Meeting

 

Upcoming Meetings

2017

Sep 10 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
Oct 8 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
Nov 12 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
Dec 10 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))

2018

Jan 14 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
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Date(s) - 10/16/2016
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

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Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption

Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s common read for 2015-2016 and the reading selection for the October 16 meeting of the Great Books Circle.

Rev. Bill Neely will come to our meeting and lead our discussion.

We invite all interested congregants and friends at UU Princeton to come and discuss this important issue of justice and mercy for the incarcerated.

Don’t know what a “common read is”?  Here is the UUA’s definition

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time… Each year’s Common Read is chosen by a committee including both headquarters and field staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

More About Just Mercy

We will ultimately not be judged by our technology, we won’t be judged by our design, we won’t be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately, you judge the character of a society . . . by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated. – Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

From the UUA website:

Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, has dedicated his legal career to defending those who are trapped by an often capricious, political, and willfully unjust criminal justice system – poor people, people of color, children, and others over whom the system has run roughshod. It speaks to justice, mercy, and compassion, themes of concern to us as Unitarian Universalists and as human beings. It follows on recent Common Reads, such as The New Jim Crow and Reclaiming Prophetic Witness, and responds to recent statements passed by the delegates to the UUA General Assembly.

And from the UUA notes on Just Mercy:

… Stevenson writes about his personal experiences representing poor people, people of color, women, and children incarcerated on death row or sentenced to die in prison. He makes a powerful case that the opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice. In line with his grandmother’s advice that you have to get close to understand, he reveals truths about the U.S. criminal justice system by sharing individual stories, taking the reader up close to see the results of unjust, life- and soul-destroying policies and practices …

The UUA provides us also with a 20-page discussion guide. Take a look:

Also: UUA has optional slides to accompany the discussion guide.

About Great Books Reading Circle

Just MercyThe Great Books Reading Circle meets monthly to discuss novels selected by the group. Please come to any or all of our sessions to share your reflections. Whether you love or hate the choice, it’s stimulating to discuss. If you have questions just contact our facilitator, Karen Siracusa. We have met as a book group for almost ten years! We like to say we are not a Book Club – but a Circle. A circle is inclusive and expands to invite you in.

Details: 2nd Sunday (usually) of the month at 12:15 pm in Room 7. (“Starred” dates are 3rd Sundays)

September 2016 through June 2017

September 18 ** Another Country by James Baldwin
October 16 ** Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
November 13 Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
December 11 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
January 8 The Door by Magda Szabo
February 12 The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
March 12 Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
April 9 The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
May 21 ** The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro
June 11 Preparation For The Next Life by Atticus Lish

 

Upcoming Meetings

2017

Sep 10 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
Oct 8 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
Nov 12 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
Dec 10 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))

2018

Jan 14 (Sun) – Great Books @12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Room 7 (UU Princeton))
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