Leadership Institute Book Clubs

About Our Book Clubs

The Leadership Institute will offer book clubs throughout the year. They will be virtual and supported by centers and Leadership Institute partners. The aim of the Leadership Institute Book Clubs is to create multicultural, intergenerational spaces where participants can delve further into texts, while learning alongside people from a multitude of social locations.

The early registration fee for each book club will be $40, and a standard registration is $60.

Those who participate in book club meetings may earn CEUs. Please contact Theda Wortman if you would like a certificate of completion at the end of each book club.


Current Book Clubs

Preaching the Headlines Book Club

Dates: Mondays | April 8, April 15, April 22, and April 29 | 7-9 p.m.

This book club will read Preaching the Headlines, by Lisa Thompson.

The book club leader will be Leah Jordan. Meetings will be held via Zoom.

This book club, presented in partnership with the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership, is for everyone interested in reflecting theologically on this relationship between Scripture and the world around us.

The timing of this book club is intentional after the online Womanist Preaching Initiative, to be held April 5-6.

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Living Resistance Book Club

Dates: Thursdays | May 16, May 23, May 30, and June 6 | 6-8 p.m.

This book club will read Living Resistance, by Kaitlin Curtice

The book club leader will be Dr. Chris Burton. Meetings will be held via Zoom.

Join us as we read about embodied ways of resisting, remembering, and becoming more aware of how connected we are.

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Past Book Clubs

Howard Thurman Book Club

This book club read Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman.

The book club leader was Dr. Chris Burton.

They explored the relevance of Jesus’ teachings for marginalized people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. kept this book on his person and would cite it often.


Theopoetics Book Club

This book club read Terraform: Building a Better World, by Propaganda.

The book club leader was Rev. Dr. de’Angelo DIA.

In this debut collection of essays and poetry, Propaganda—musician, speaker, and activist—inspires readers to create a better, more equitable world.