Welcome to Our Summer Big Read!

This summer, we are excited to announce our congregational “Big Read” featuring Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. From September 2024 to June 2025, join us as we explore powerful themes that resonate with our community, fostering deep and meaningful conversations throughout the year.

About the Book

Demon Copperhead is a modern-day retelling of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, set in the mountains of southern Appalachia. The novel delves into profound themes, including community & belonging, exploitation, class, social hierarchy & stereotypes, and resilience & redemption. Through the eyes of a young boy, we navigate challenges and triumphs that speak to our own experiences and societal structures.

Themes Explored

1. Community & Belonging: How do we find our place in the world? What does it mean to be part of a community, and how can we foster a sense of belonging?
2. Exploitation: Examining the ways individuals and groups can be exploited, and how we can stand against these injustices.
3. Class, Social Hierarchy & Stereotypes: Understanding the impact of class and social structures on our lives and challenging the stereotypes that divide us.
4. Resilience & Redemption: Stories of overcoming adversity, finding inner strength, and seeking redemption.

Join the Conversation

Throughout the year, we have scheduled a series of events and discussions to delve into these themes. Engage with fellow readers, share your insights, and enrich your understanding through community dialogue.  It is not necessary that you have read the book to participate.

First Event of the series: If Dreams Were Lightning Film Screening and Q&A!

Upcoming Events:

  • Book Discussions: Regularly scheduled discussion groups led by facilitators.
  • Guest Speakers: Hear from experts and authors who will share their perspectives on the book’s themes.
  • Workshops & Activities: Participate in workshops that connect the book’s themes to our personal and communal lives.

How to Get Involved

  1. Read the Book: Pick up a copy of Demon Copperhead from the library or bookstore (there are many used copies available!)
  2. Join a Discussion Group: Sign up for one of our discussion groups that fit your schedule.
  3. Attend Events: Check our Adult Education events calendar and join us for guest speakers, workshops, and more.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Chris at: [email protected] Stay connected and be a part of our Big Read community!

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