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Open Book Discussion

The group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm, usually at a member's house.   All are welcome as we discuss a broad range of fiction and non-fiction, classical and modern.

ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ~ OPEN DISCUSSION

August 9     The Awakening   (Kate Chopin)
“Kate Chopin’s great feminist novel of identity and self-consciousness... Novels are neither recipes nor advice columns, yet it seems useful — at this moment when feminism yearns to outgrow its divisive metaphors, to correct for its hypocrisies and moral failings, and to resist cynical corporate co-opting that seeks to turn the movement into a marketing tool — to re-examine the transformation underway in a foundational book like “The Awakening.” Feminism endures when it embraces consciousness both within and without, becoming a cooperative struggle for justice across categories, what Kimberlé Crenshaw termed “intersectionality.” With this in mind, it seems to me urgent to read “The Awakening,” a bible of consciousness-raising for so many, and notice: What wakes us up?"
The New York Times (Essay by Claire Vaye Watkins, 2020)
 
August Book Discussion: Monday, August 9, 7:30 pm by Zoom meeting. Following are Zoom links:
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The Awakening (Kate Chopin) (...) first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics. (Wikipedia)

Please note that if someone would like to host the August meeting in their home, I would be happy to send a revision to this notice with new location details.  If anyone would like to host a particular upcoming meeting, please also let me know. To assure that we can be comfortable about safely meeting in person, now might be a good time to agree on a "policy" for in person gatherings. In June and July everyone who attended in person had been vaccinated. Adair suggests that we agree that for future in person gatherings, anyone attending who is unvaccinated must wear a mask.  Please share your thoughts on this policy.

Upcoming Selections:
September 13       Caste (Isabel Wilkerson) In Caste, Isabel Wilkerson argues that the current social and political landscapes in America derive from the infrastructure of human hierarchy developed 400 years ago when Europeans first came to this land. This hierarchy placing whites at the top and black people at the bottom is the American caste system, and although no one alive today is responsible for starting it, we have inherited it and perpetuated it for generations.
Wilkerson examines the different caste systems around the world and how they damage the lives of everyone involved, even those at the top. She believes that to understand how to move forward, we must examine the past and the racial structures that keep progress as a nation at bay. (Shortform)
 In good reading

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Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis is temporarily canceling the Sunday evening meditation until further notice. For more information please click redlotussangha.org.
We hope to resume the meditation and dharma talks in the next few weeks.

Religious Education

        

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