Last Monday at my monthly UMW (United Methodist Women) meeting, we were chatting and laughing and getting down to business, when someone brought up this year’s reading program. Whoa, put on the brakes. Reading program? Sign me up! Anyone who knows me knows that I’m all about the reading (as my Books of 2011 page can attest to). They skimmed rather quickly over the program and I didn’t get a chance to look at the one copy of the handout that they had, so of course, I went home and looked it up on the internet! (You can check out the whole program here)
According to the website, the reading program “encourages members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books. It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality and to broaden your understanding of our mission work.” Sounds good, right? There are four different plans. The most basic (which will be my first goal) is to read 4 books–one out of each of their designated categories–in a year. The books can be from this year’s list or from the past 4 years (so the lists for 2007-2011). I’ve picked out my books and even checked out my first one. Here’s the list of my first 4, a definitely achievable goal:
- Amish Grace (Category: Nurturing for Community)
- Not Just a One Night Stand (Category: Social Action)
- Three Cups of Tea (Category: Education for Mission)
- A Monk in the Inner City (Category: Spiritual Journey)
So, I’ll start there for now. Seems like fun and good reading. 🙂 Happy Friday!