Online Book Club

Next meeting: March 8 at 1:30 pm

February Read—The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Online Book Club invites you to read and join a discussion of the Book of Joy, the result of a collaborative effort between The Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? What is the nature of true joy, and what are its obstacles? Our discussion of the book will take place over three sessions:

February 1–The Nature of True Joy (page 1-79)

February 15–The Obstacles of Joy (page 80-189)

March 8–The Eight Pillars of Joy,  including Joy Practices (page 190-348)

The following summary of The Book of Joy comes from Publisher’s Weekly:

Cultivating joy was the subject of a five-day conversation between the Dalai Lama and Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, held in 2015 at the former’s residence in exile in Dharamsala, India. The two Nobel Peace Prize recipients argued for a “true joy that was not dependent on the vicissitudes of circumstance,” writes Abrams, who moderated the rare meeting between the two friends on the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. Highlighting the men’s playful joking and delight in each other’s company, Abrams carefully balances their strong voices during intense discussions on the many obstacles to joy (including fear, anger, and adversity) and ways to cultivate greater well-being, using as a framework the “eight pillars of joy” (perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity). Throughout, Abrams skillfully incorporates information about each leader’s life and work, basic Buddhist principles undergirding the Dalai Lama’s perspectives, and current scientific research. The dialogue intentionally focuses on areas of common ground accessible to readers of any faith or none, though Christians can be assured that Tutu’s contributions are infused with his deep love of God. This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it.

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Why read alone?Book Nook at St. Patrick's

Reading is so much more fun when you can share your interests and insights with new and old friends.

Join with Episcopalians and other Christians from across Colorado to engage a variety of different texts—history, theology, fiction, spirituality, and more.

Participants meet via the free and easy-to-use Zoom platform, which can be used with any computer or mobile device (you can even call into a session if you’re on the road!). Don’t let a fear of the technology stop you; it’s really easier than you might think!

We expect to add cohorts as the online book club gains momentum. They will be kept intentionally small (~6-7 people) to facilitate online conversation. Don’t delay if you’re interested in joining! Days, times, and texts for each group will be decided collectively once a critical mass is reached.

Dennis Haugh, PhD
Dennis Haugh, PhD

The online group is led by Dennis Haugh — author of
our weekly lectionary reflection — who holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from the Iliff School of Theology / University of Denver and serves as adult faith formation coordinator at St. Timothy’s in Centennial. Questions about the group? Email Dennis at dennis4627@aol.com.

Participants meet via the free and easy-to-use Zoom platform, which can be used with any computer or mobile device (you can even call into a session if you’re on the road!). Don’t let a fear of the technology stop you; it’s really easier than you might think!

We expect to add cohorts as the on-line book club gains momentum. They will be kept intentionally small (~6-7 people) to facilitate online conversation. Don’t delay if you’re interested in joining! Days, times, and texts for each group will be decided collectively once a critical mass is reached.

Online Book Club Reads

Check out the list of book club selections to date.