The Women of Faith Book Group (WOF books are of a religious or spiritual nature) meets each month at 10 am to discuss the selected book. We are a diverse group of WIN women who deepen our own spiritual connections as we explore the interconnectedness of the different spiritual paths we encounter through our readings. Participants are asked to attend each meeting if possible to build the sense of community and the deepening of trust among group members.
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Valarie Kaur was raised in the Sikh faith tradition. She is activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer whose activism is grounded in her Sikh faith tradition. We will read the Introduction, Part 1 and the Sikh shabads for our October 21st Zoom meeting. We will read Part II and Part III for our November 18 Zoom meeting.
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2021 Past Programs.
Introduction to Deep Soul Writing led by Linda Zelizer
An introduction to a writing process that helps guides you to open to, cultivate, and deepen your connection to higher wisdom. While in journaling you can be involved in deep reflection, in Soul writing you learn to move beyond the conscious left brain to contact inner knowing. We will have an opportunity to learn, practice, and share. Open to all who are curious and interested. This process is not about how good a writer you are.
The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler
An ecumenical look at the Bible. Biblical scholars Levine and Brettler tackle the worthy yet weighty task of examining the Jewish Scriptures through both Jewish and Christian eyes, seeking to promote further understanding between adherents of both religions
Devotions by Mary Oliver
Devotions provide a fitting culmination of her life philosophy, her core tenets bound together in one vulnerable place. Ultimately, her work divulges with astute observation the crux of what we are: at once human and animal, at once selfish and full of gratitude, perfect and profoundly flawed.
We will use this book of poems as an introduction to Theopoetics. Theopoetics is a process, an activity. It includes creating things and reflecting on things in ways that encourage a sense of the sacredness of everyday life in its fragility, pain, mystery, and beauty. Unlike theology, which is a study of God through rational, reasoned language, theopoetics engages an exploration of the sacred through the arts.
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. A book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and a hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the church.
God of Becoming and Relationship by Rabbi Bradley Shavit. “I wrote this book for you if you want to be able to locate your life in a single, encompassing story, one that includes everything from the first moment the universe began until yesterday, a narrative that embraces deepest personal meaning, a yearning to love and be loved, a quest for social justice and compassion.” –from the Introduction
Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It by Brian McLaren. Deeply reassuring to anyone who questions their faith or the existence of God. His book teaches us not to fear doubt and how to embody faith after doubt, with suggestions for reflection and action. Spirituality and Health
WOF Past Selections
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. Taylor, a Christian Minister, shares her personal journey of teaching a college course on Religions of the World. As soon as she recovered from the shock of meeting God in many new hats, she fell for every religion she taught. We will share the “holy envy” we have discovered in our own lives.
Why Religion? A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels. Known for her scholarship through books such as The Gnostic Gospels, questions of the meaning of religion take on new urgency for Pagels as she comes to terms with the loss of her young son and then her husband.
The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh. In troubled times, there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, one the most revered spiritual leaders in the world, reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life’s deepest questions.
The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran.The Bhagavad Gita is a 700-verse Sanskrit scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Krishna. Wikipedia.
Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent by Rami Shapiro. The spiritual teachings of many faith traditions can help you step beyond the limits of any one tradition to the reality that can't be named.
Order of the Sacred Earth by Matthew Fox and Others. Provides a new vision, one deeply rooted in Western, Eastern, and Indigenous histories: a new spiritual Order that affirms all spiritual traditions and practices that sustain life.
The Sacred Art of Loving Kindness by Rabbi Rami Shapiro.
"The question at the heart of this book is this: Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and no one can make it for you…. Heaven and hell are both inside of you. It is your choice that determines just where you reside.”WOF Book Selections for 2020
The Case for God by Karen Armstrong. Karen Armstrong writes a nuanced exploration of the role that religion plays in human life, drawing on insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. We will read Part II, The Modern God (1500 CE to the present).
The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher whose work is grounded in Christian mysticism. In this book, Rohr explores the question of Who was Christ. Too often our understandings have been limited by culture, religious debate and the human tendency to put ourselves at the center. The Universal Christ is thought provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision.
The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel. Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God’s creation, Heschel’s The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication. In this brief yet profound meditation on the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an “architecture of holiness” that appears not in space but in time.
On the Brink of Everything by Parker J. Palmer. Looking back on eight decades of life, he meditates on the meanings of life, past, present, and future. “The laws of nature that dictate sundown dictate our demise. But how we travel the arc toward the sunset of our lives is ours to choose: will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration?”