Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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I LOVE BOOKS! — UUCSH Minister’s Book Club begins October 2

Author Rev. Jennifer, Written Sep 19, 2016

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Don’t call me a bookworm, I am a bookdragon!

If the above statement feels true for you, even if only 0.5% of you, you are warmly invited to join me in the first “In the UU Minister’s Study” Book Club.

I love to read. And I’m blessed indeed to pursue a vocation where reading is a job requirement. Reading is also a passion and a spiritual practice I enjoy sharing with others. I’ve chosen some books, that I believe to be incredibly compelling, moving and helpful in our reflection and articulation of our UU values and principles. Some I’ve used in sermon writing, many I’ve held close and cried over, and some are those I’ve longed to read and not yet had the opportunity.

We begin with our first discussion on October 2. I know that’s only a couple of weeks away, but the first selection is a powerful and beautiful narrative. I found it to be an emotional feel good and deeply spiritual book — in all the right ways. It’s one that is hard to put down and is also available on audio and Kindle.

It is called Here if You Need Me, A True Story by Kate Braestrup. In this National Bestseller Kate Braestrup, now a Unitarian Universalist Minister and Chaplain to search & rescue workers, shares her journey as she holds her family together after her husband dies. Her husband had dreamed to become a minister. She finds her calling as she helps others — and tells those stories to us with drama, humor and gratitude.

Date: Sunday, October 2 from 1pm-2:30pm

Location: UU Congregation of Somerset Hills, 123 East Cliff St., Somerville, NJ 08876 in Main Level: Sanctuary.

You can sign up on the event page on FaceBook:

This group size is limited to 15 participants and is open to the public. You are welcome to email me at with any questions.


The remaining discussions will be held.  2016-2017: Oct 2, Nov 6, Jan 8, Mar 5, Apr 2 and May 7

Next up: November 6 Discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Unitarian Universalist Common Read 2016-2017

The “Common Read” is selected by the Unitarian Universalist Association and congregations are encouraged to read it during the same congregational year. It is intended to raise awareness on specific justice and spiritual issues. This year’s Common Read, The Third Reconstruction by Rev. Dr. William Barber will be discussed on April 2 and will be that month’s book club selection.