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Peaceful Readers Book Club - Peace Through Action USA

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Brief Description: The Peaceful Readers Book Club gathers adults to reflect upon and discuss non-fiction books on civic and social topics with a focus on peace.

Purpose: Bring curious adults together for shared learning through reflection on and discussion of books on compassionate living, peaceful practices, and social justice topics.

Intended Participants:

  • Adults 18+ who enjoy reading books.
  • Adults who enjoy learning.
  • Adults who enjoy discussions centered around peaceful ways of living and social justice.
  • Adults with time available to read one non-fiction book over the course of two months.
  • Adults with time available to gather for a virtual discussion of about one hour per month.

Detailed Description:

The Peaceful Readers Book Club is open to adults from all areas of the country. We give priority in participation to adults in Calvert County, Maryland, in which we are delivering our first intensive community peace project.

The club will read one book each two months. We will divide each book into parts. We will discuss Part 1 the first month and part 2 the second month. We hope club participants participate in both discussions, but welcome those who can join only one.

The book discussions will be approximately one hour in duration. We will use interactive techniques to engage participants and inspire new ways of understanding the text.

The book club will convene twice each month, once on a weekday and once on a weeknight. Club participants may choose the one session each month that suits their schedule best.

The club will convene virtually using Zoom videoconferencing.

Participants may enter and exit the club as their time and interest allows. Ideally, some participants will commit to the full series of readings and discussions to build a club bond.

Participants are responsible for reading assigned parts of the books ahead of each discussion. Participants will receive reflection questions prior to the meeting to spark contemplation.

Participants are responsible for borrowing, renting, or buying their own copy of the books. We will will purchase copies of each book in the series for lending to up to two participants facing a monetary barrier to participation. We will satisfy lending assistance requests on a first-requested, no-questions-asked basis. Once the discussions of a book are concluded, the borrower will return it so that we can make it available to others.

Club participants will have an opportunity to consider options for book choices. Examples of books being considered include Atlas of the Heart, by Brené Brown; The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle; and 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life, by Reverend Ed Bacon.

Performance Measures: We will measure the effectiveness of the Peaceful Readers Book Club with a brief participant survey after each discussion. The survey will ask participants to report whether they acquired new knowledge, new attitudes, or a desire to take some form of action as a result of reading and discussing the book. Also, we will ask participants to rate their satisfaction with the club sessions and the overall activity experience.

Current Book Selection and Discussion Schedule

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong, is the current book for our Peaceful Readers Book Club.

The book club will meet virtually to discuss Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life on Monday, December 6, 2021, 6:30 pm Eastern Time and Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10:30 am Eastern Time.

Register here for one of these book club discussions.

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