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UU Readers Book — our Monthly Discussion Group

Members, friends and visitors to our Sunday services are welcome to attend our monthly book discussion group, UU Readers.  Recent discussion topics:  The Secret Life of Henrietta Lacks, A Visit from the Goon Squad, and Tinkers.  Here is the schedule for upcoming months, based on a vote by current participants in the group.

Oct.  25 – Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick- Doris will lead the discussion.

Nov. – Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak- Jeff  leading.

Dec. – The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall – Jim leading.

Jan. – The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany- Carol leading.

Feb. – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – Jim leading.

The group meets at  6:30 PM, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at the church.  Come a little early to find out which classroom it’s in.  Room assignments are posted on the “white board” adjoining the canvass-covered entry way sculpture

If you’d like to come and it’s your first time there, let us know.  The contact person or facilitator is listed in the Sunday Blue Sheet Announcements listing as well as the monthly Unigram newsletter.

(This is separate from the monthly Poetry Circle meetings, which are also open to members, friends and visitors. They take place the 2nd Tuesday evening.)

(This is separate also from the monthly Documentary Film Club movie and a discussion about it.  This is also open to members, friends and visitors.  This takes place on the 4th Sunday of every month at 4:00 PM.  Titles are listed in the Sunday Blue Sheet Announcements listing.)

Sponsored by the UUSS Adult Enrichment Committee, all three of these regular activities promote fellowship, ethical and spiritual reflection, intellectual stimulation and laughter.

At UUSS, we gather to deepen our lives and become a healing force in the world.

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Poetry Circle: Words to Share– 2nd Tuesday of the Month
October 8, 2011, 8:38 am
Filed under: Adult Enrichment and Group Meetings, Inspiration, Poetry, Reflections

Poetry Circle:  Words to Share Tuesday, October 11

Bring your favorite poems and come together to share the pleasure and poignancy of hearing words well chosen.

We’ll meet, sit in a circle, get acquainted, read poems aloud, get inspired, and go home.  Jerry H. and JoAnn A. host on the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.



Cenral Valley Poet Philip Levine gets post of U.S. Poet Laureate–interview

I heard this interview with Philip Levine (professor emeritus at Fresno State) this morning on the California Report.  Read about it and see if you want to listen.  We have a monthly poetry circle on the 2nd Tuesday night of the month.  Folks bring in poems they like and read them to one another.  Original poems welcome.

PS–I think, when he refers to his Fresno State students as failures, he means they may feel like failures or be seen as such because they are not in a top-ranked college, not that he thinks of them as true failure. Indeed, their grace is that they are not afraid to write poetry because they are not afraid to fail–and to be a poet one must be prepared to fail, especially in the first poems one writes.