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Cathedral Reads 2020

05.12.20 | Community Life

    What Does Brave Look Like?

    Owen, Auggie, and Faith in the Face of Fear



    Cathedral Reads is about to start soon with a pair of bestselling books, a summer full of discussions, and three big events at the end.

    Adults will read John Irving's novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and children and youth will read R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Both are bestselling novels that open questions about identity, courage, kindness, and much more.


    Here's how to get involved:

    1. Order your books from the Cathedral Bookstore and start reading!

    Order A Prayer for Owen Meany

    Order Wonder

    The Cathedral Bookstore can either ship your book ($4 fee, three about three days to process/mail), or you can pick it up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To pick up, check “free shipping” at check out, and note in the "note to vendor" if you would like to pick it up or have it delivered.


    2. Sign up for book discussion groups

    All through the summer, check in with Cathedral friends and discuss the books. There are many options to choose from, and you are welcome to choose them all. Download the discussion group and reading schedule for A Prayer for Owen Meany here.

    Weekly Groups on A Prayer for Owen Meany, starting the week of June 14
    Sign up for weekly groups here.
    Signup goes through June 7.
    These small groups will read a chapter a week, and should be ready to discuss Chapter 1 during the week of June 14.

    Monthly groups on A Prayer for Owen Meany, on June 22 and July 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Email Bethany Podgorny for the Zoom link
    This group will attend a session with Dean Thompson where he talks about the book, and then people will be put into small groups for discussion. Information on how far to read for each session will be coming soon.

    Monthly youth and children's groups on Wonder on June 19 and July 17, 6-7 p.m.
    These monthly groups will break out into age groups over Zoom.
    Email KariAnn Lessner or Marcia Quintanilla to get the Zoom links for these groups 
    Download the Wonder reading plan and more information here


    3. Save these dates:

    • Sunday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m.  An all-Cathedral book discussion 

    • Friday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m.  a Popcorn Theology screening and discussion of the movie "Wonder

    • Wednesday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m.  a Dean’s Book Club meeting to further discuss A Prayer for Owen Meany 


    4. Submit a design for our Bookmark Contest

    As you read, think about the imagery that strikes you most, and plan to make a bookmark. Download the bookmark template, make your art, and scan/email it to Elizabeth Cuevas by August 1. Mail-in instructions are also listed on the template. The winning entries for each book will be made into a keepsake bookmark.