Joy & Justice Book Club is a ministry of The Congregational Church, UCC in Tryon, NC, open to all.
Our next book will be "Humankind: A Hopeful History" by Rutger Bregman. We will begin discussing the book, several chapters at a time, starting on Thursday, August 27th at 9 AM.
Our reading schedule is:
- August 27: Prologue, Chapters 1 & 2
- September 3: Part 1 (chapters 3-6)
- September 10: Part 2 (chapters 7-9)
- September 17: Part 3 (chapters 10-12)
- September 24: Part 4 (chapters 13-15)
- October 1: Part 5 (chapters 16-18 & epilogue)
About Humankind: “If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad. It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest. But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.”
Please note that The Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Tryon, is an Open & Affirming congregation that welcomes persons of all ages, races, social and economic circumstances, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, abilities and church backgrounds to participate in the life and ministry of our church. We strive to create a safe and inclusive space at all our events for those who choose to attend, and ask that all participants honor this spirit of welcome and hospitality.