I’m happy to say that we have found a friendly coffee shop with a private room for our meetings, and it seems to meet our needs very nicely. We’ve met there two times and are now feeling quite at home.
Also working out well for us is the suggestion of having members volunteer to lead the discussion of the monthly book. It has given us an improved structure which is a real help.
Our two books, Left to Tell and Father Brown: Essential Tales provoked interesting discussion of the authors as well as their works. We also devoted some time to putting together a list of possible books for our longer-term future reading, as well as choosing our books for May and June.
May’s book will be Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, with Fr. Lawrence leading, and for June we will read Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by Augustine Thompson. (Any volunteers for that one?)
Our October meeting didn’t come off, due to a misunderstanding about the changed date. In November, though, after finding that several people had not read The Edge of Sadness, we had a searching discussion of what we wanted for the future, and how we wanted to proceed. We decided to revise our schedule a bit and institute a new format for our book discussions. The suggestion was made and approved that for each book, a member would volunteer to lead, preparing a brief summary and a few possible discussion questions. We’ll give this a try in the new year and see how we like it.
Our schedule for the next few months is as follows: December, a reading of another Dorothy Sayers radio play; January, a discussion of The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor; February, our anniversary celebration will be the viewing of a movie and follow-up discussion (movie not yet chosen); March, discussion of Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza.