Category: Truth Quest Book Club

05/05/2019: Truth Quest Book Group

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The Truth Quest Book Group will meet on Sunday, May 5th 9:30 am-10:30 am in the Library at KUUF. We will be finishing our discussion of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuvai Noah Harari. You are welcome to join us to discuss or listen to people’s thoughts on and reactions to this ambitious and multifaceted (archaeological, anthropological, historical look at the history of humankind, with an emphasis on our species of homo sapiens.  


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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02/04/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group – Being Peace

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Feb 4th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF.  We have chosen to discuss the classic book by the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh, “Being Peace.”   Please come and participate or just to listen – Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

 

Since its publication in 1987, “Being Peace” has become a classic of contemporary religious literature. In his simple and readable style, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how our state of mind and body can make the world a peaceful place. We learn to transform the very situations that pressure and antagonize us into opportunities for practicing mindfulness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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01/07/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group – A Year To Live, How To Live This Year As If It Were You Last

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting Sunday, Jan 7th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing  “A Year To Live, How To Live This Year As If It Were You Last,” by Stephen Levine.  As usual, you are welcome whether or not you have had a chance to read the book —

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

In his new book, Stephen Levine, author of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully–as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life. Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come
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