Category: Book Groups

04/07/2019: Truth Quest Book Group

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The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting again on Sunday, April 7th 9:30-10:30 am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF. The book we chose for this meeting is “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by the Israeli historian, Yuvai Noah Harari. As can be surmised by the title, this is an ambitious book, which uses archeological and (for more recent history) written/cultural artifact evidence to cover the history of “humans,” with an emphasis on our species of humans, homo sapiens. Obviously, this book covers a lot more than I can outline here but is certainly stimulating and written in an engaging and, in places, humorous style. You are, as usual, invited to come and listen or participate, whether or not you have been able to read the entire (lengthy, in this case) book — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

03/03/2019: Truth Quest Book Quest

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The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, March 3rd, 9:30am-10:30 am in the Elmore room (Library) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “Why Religion?” by Dr. Elaine Pagel. This book by Dr. Pagel, a renowned religious scholar, is partly a gripping memoir of how the death of her toddler son, followed close by the death of her beloved husband, led to a personal search for meaning on her part to try to make sense of these traumatic losses. 

01/06/2019: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, January 6th, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF. The book we selected for this first gathering of the New Year is “Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage To Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit,” by Parker Palmer. Whether or not you have had a chance to read the entire book, you are invited to come and address this topic so relevant to the current political/social conundrum in which we find ourselves — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

12/02/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

the Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Dec 2nd, 9:30 am-10:30 am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  The book we chose for this gathering is “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason,” by Sam Harris:  a well written, “pull no punches” depiction of some of the darker aspects of organized religion.  Please come, if you are able, to join us in this topic, so central to our current historical period  — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

11/04/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Nov 4th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine,” by Victoria Sweet –  an account of a slower paced, more attentive and wholistic kind of medicine than most of us currently receive, practiced at a hospital in San Francisco.
— As usual, you are welcome whether or not you’ve had a chance to read the entire book – Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

09/2/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet again on Sunday, Sept. 2nd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  Our book for this meeting is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr,  a winner of the Pulitzer Prize  and on the NY Times best seller list; the website pulitzer.com describes this novel as “An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.”  You are welcome whether you want to just listen or join the discussion — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

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08/05/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet on Sunday, August 5th, 9:30am-10:30am in the library (Elmore Room) at KUUF when we will be discussing the stimulating and controversial book by Michael Pollan: “How to Change Your Mind – What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” – as usual, you are welcome to come and participate or simply listen — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

 

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06/03/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 3rd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing the book: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love by Lonni Pratt and Daniel Homan.  This highly praised book has applications well beyond the Benedictine Monastery tradition to being truly welcoming and accepting in groups and organizations in general as well as in our personal relationships.  As usual you are welcome to come and participate or to just listen  —Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05/06/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, May 6th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF.  We have two books we chose for this meeting (since we will not have met in two months):  The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Micheal Pollan and… 2. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, Now They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst.  These books have kindled my awareness of a whole dimension of life and communication among plants, and the complex relationship between plants and humans. As usual, come to just listen or to participate to your comfort level, Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

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04/01/2018: Truth Quest Book Group – No Meeting

Next meeting: Sunday, May 6th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF

Please be aware the Truth Quest Book Group will NOT be meeting on Sunday April 1st as that is Easter Sunday.  We will next meet on Sunday, May 6th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF – since we are going two months this time between meetings, we have chosen two books for our May 6th meeting (both reflecting a Spring-relevant theme of plants and trees:  1. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Micheal Pollan and… 2. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, Now They Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com360-981-8826

03/12/2018: Women Who Love to Read – The Golden Sun

Monday, March 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Phyllis Millard’s house.

We are reading The Golden Son by Shilpi Somay Gowda.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.

Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

lnybyh@yahoo.com

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03/04/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group – The Universe Is A Green Dragon

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting Sunday, March 4th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing “The Universe Is A Green Dragon,” by Brian Swimme. As usual, you are welcome whether or not you have had a chance to read the book —

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

 

Communicating his ideas in the form of a classical dialogue between a youth and a wise elder, cosmologist Brian Swimme crafts a fascinating exploration into the creativity suffusing the universe. His explication of the fundamental powers of the cosmos is mystical and ecstatic and points directly to the need to activate one’s own creative powers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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02/12/2018: Women Who Love To Read – How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Phyllis Millard’s Home

We are reading How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about.

A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?

We are meeting at Phyllis Millard’s house.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

lnybyh@yahoo.com

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon