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Let's Keep Talking about Neighbours: A Reading Evening on Zoom - Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

posted 30 Mar 2020, 12:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 19:04 ]
When we talk about neighbours, do we mean people who live near us, or are we talking about "neighbourliness" as a quality, as a character ethic that builds on teachings of Jesus?

We started to explore neighbours in our previous session, focused on Mr. Rogers - especially because of the rich retelling of his life in recent movies, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood" and an earlier documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbour." A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood was based on an article in the magazine Esquire, "Can you say... Hero?" - for which the movie created a fictionalized main character but remained true to the character of Mr. Rogers. 

It was this theme of neighbours that seemed so timely in our current isolation of social distancing. We are continuing the theme of neighbours by exploring two items. We are reading a novel and a magazine article. Please join us!

Welcome: The St. Anne's Book Group is open to everyone: members of our community, friends, and newcomers who don't know anything about church. We talk about what we read. We like to start with an overview by one of our participants. It's great if you have read the book; you're also welcome if you have not read it and want to know more about it. We try to make faith connections to the themes of the book - where possible. We are very fortunate to have welcomed authors to join us as we talk about their book. 

While our normal pattern is to meet in person and share a potluck meal, this gathering will take place on Zoom. The coordinates for our gathering will be sent to interested participants prior to the meeting. 

Please let us know by email if you would like to join the discussion.
 

  • "A Good Neighbourhood" by Therese Anne Fowler. This is a novel about neighbours. Here is the description from Amazon: In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans—a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter—raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace. With little in common except a property line, these two families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers. A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today—what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye?—as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful. 

  • "The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake" A current article from The Atlantic Magazine, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-nuclear-family-was-a-mistake/605536/

    This article has a provocative sentence that might get us thinking about St. Anne's: "The experience convinced me that everybody should have membership in a forged family with people completely unlike themselves." 

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