Cathedral Reads: Book Studies and Conversations
Formation and Spirituality at St. John's Cathedral invite you to participate in monthly book studies and conversations. On the first Thursday of every month, various members of the Cathedral congregation will lead a discussion of the monthly book selection. Some of the books are written by the guest author to be featured in monthly Zoom Conversations with Authors hosted by the Episcopal Booksellers Association. If you have read the book in advance, that will be great, but if you haven’t that is fine also. All books will be available through the Cathedral Bookstore.
We suggest you find a topic you like, pick up the book at the bookstore and start reading! Then join the conversation.
June 3 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
DESMOND TUTU: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa's Confessor by Michael Battle
The author Michael Battle lived with and was ordained by Tutu. Battle maintains that Archbishop Tutu is not only a presence on the South African and world stages, but he is also a Confessor (a person who put Jesus and his message foremost in all he said and did) and a living Saint. Though he often faced the threat of martyrdom, he has lived to become one of the world’s most prominent religious figures. Read the review by Jay Wright.
A Conversation with Bishop Jake Owensby
May 6 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Church Cracked Open: New Hope for Our Beloved Community by Stephanie Spellers
Sometimes it takes disruption and loss to break us open and call us home to God. It's not surprising that a global pandemic and once-in-a-generation reckoning with white supremacy--on top of decades of systemic decline--have spurred Christians everywhere to ask who we are, why God placed us here and what difference that makes to the world.
In Dusk, Night, Dawn, Anne Lamott explores the tough questions that many of us grapple with. As bad news piles up—from climate crises to daily assaults on civility—how can we cope? Where, she asks, “do we start to get our world and joy and hope and our faith in life itself back . . . with our sore feet, hearing loss, stiff fingers, poor digestion, stunned minds, broken hearts?”
March 4 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin, SJ
In The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Father James Martin included a chapter on communicating with God. Now, he expands those thoughts in this profound and practical handbook. Learning to Pray explains what prayer is, what to expect from praying, how to do it, and how it can transform us when we make it a regular practice in our lives.