LGBTQ+ Winter Book Club

Join us this winter in a time of reading and reflection. We are meeting on Zoom to discuss each book. Click here to see the dates/times and sign up to join the discussions.

 

Please also join our private Facebook group for ongoing conversation (just click “Join” to be added).

You are invited to pick one or two books to read over the holidays – there is no expectation that you would read every book! Select a book that interests you! We will post the Zoom discussion group as we get closer to January.

 

And if you have ideas and suggestions to add, for continuing our study and learning, please contact us.

 

Notice – Watch – Read – Listen – Pray – Journal – Discussion

“Why I want to read this book and discuss it with Canvas folks…”

This is how it always is, Laurie Frankel / Becoming Nicole, Amy Ellis Nutt (as one session)

These two books are both the stories of transgender girls;  one is fiction (This is how it always is) and one non-fiction (Becoming Nicole). Both stories really draw the reader in to the lives–emotions, difficulties, joys, obstacles, and triumphs—not only of the girls, but their families and those closest to them as well. The stories are moving, well written, and captivated me from beginning to end; they also really gave me an insight into what the characters were going through. Nicole, the protagonist in Becoming Nicole, was the plaintiff in a lawsuit in Maine over gender-use bathrooms in schools, and is now an actress seen in films and the TV show Supergirl. I found the comparison between the two accounts really engaging.  – Lynne

Science, Scripture, and Same-Sex Love, Michael B. Regele

 

Why I wrote this book:

 

When one of my daughters came out as a lesbian, it set in motion a whole host of questions for my wife and me (and some dear friends with gay children). Of course there were the biblical and theological questions of which there were a nearly an infinite number of proffered answers. That was a stalemate in my mind before I began my research. I never intended to write a book, but one simply emerged as I documented my findings. I have a deep appreciation for the place and value of science in understanding our world and the phenomena we observe in it. So a major concern for me was doing a deep dive into the science where it became clear that orientation was not a choice. I try to explore and explain this in layman’s terms—I am not a scientist or a medical professional. But of course I did have to deep dive into the biblical texts so often cited as well. – Mike

Shameless, Nadia Bolz-Weber

 

Growing up in the church, I found folks greatly concerned with the sexual ethics of the LGBTQ+ community but largely unwilling to wrestle with youth asking questions. Shameless: A Sexual Reformation addresses the ways in which the Bible has been used to silence, judge, and shame Christians about these issues in an unapologetic way. By sharing her own reflections along with stories of members of her parish, Nadia Bolz-Weber acknowledges our complicity in creating the mess the church has made but, above all, turns to scripture for a biblical remedy, inviting us to join on her journey of holy resistance. – Louisa

Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo

 

I want to read and discuss “Girl, Woman, Other” because I think it’s a beautiful way to explore various stories related to the intersections of identity. I’m personally interested in deepening my knowledge about this so that I can learn how to become a better advocate for queer women that experience additional oppression due to racist systems. I especially love the polyphonic novel format that allows a reader to view this complex issue from multiple perspectives throughout the book.  – Haleigh

Here For It, R. Eric Thomas

Here for It is a bestselling collection of essays by R. Eric Thomashusband to pastor David Norse Thomas—examining his experience as a Black, gay Christian man from childhood to today. As someone who has also struggled to make my queer and Christian identities fit together, I think this text will be full of mirrors and windows—opportunities to feel seen as well as opportunities to learn. I am excited to read and discuss this book for its humor and intersectional perspective! – Megan

You Exist Too Much, Zaina Arafat

 

You Exist Too Much explores the relationship between sexuality, culture, and faith, and the potential impact of denying parts of your identity. It shines a light on the ways that our environments can shape our actions and the ways we experience the world. As someone who has extensively studied the Middle East and Palestine in particular, I’m excited to dig into the ways that a queer Palestinian-American woman tries to find her place in the world and reconcile all these various aspects of her identity. – Youval