Library News September and October 2018 

By Sylvia Willard            

The fourth Sunday of the month is usually Library Sunday, but due to the Barbecue and committee recruitments at the Fellowship this Sunday, that will not occur in the usual way. There will be a library table outside with the other committees. A selection of books, which we believe will be of interest to a variety of people (including children), will be available at the library table to be browsed and checked out. Also, there will be handouts explaining how to search the Fellowship libraries from your computers, tablets and smart phones.

New books added to the Religious Education Collection this week are: Mothers and Daughters by Lauren Cowen, Sisters by Carol Saline, In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World, told by Virginia Hamilton. New books added to the Emerson Library are: Christ for Unitarian Universalists: A New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity by Scotty McLennan, Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person—Without Exception by Nathan C. Walker, Fail Fail Again Fail Better, By Pema Chödrön, In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu, and Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest (2nd edition, revised and expanded) by Peter Block.

The book being reviewed this week is Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person—Without Exception by Nathan C. Walker. The author is the executive director for the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute [renamed the Freedom Forum Institute May 1, 2018], in Washington, D. C., where he teaches First Amendment principles to help leaders to negotiate religious and philosophical differences in the public square. He is a Unitarian Universalist minister and author of Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship. In this emotionally honest and personal exploration of conflict, the Reverend Walker introduces a creative and compassionate way to develop empathetic responses. He explores the concept of the moral imagination–a way we can project ourselves into a conflict and understand all perspectives, aware that understanding need not imply agreement. Please remember to thank Jackie Riley for donating this book and she would be happy to discuss it with you.