The Cathedral Book Club

The goal of the Cathedral Book Club is to bring together Cathedral members and friends for thought-provoking discussion and fellowship.  Books are recommended for their themes of faith, spirituality, or human condition. Meetings are held every few months, at the home of a Book Club member. All are welcome! Email to join.

Upcoming Schedule

October 2, 2016The Art of Racing the Rain by Garth Stein.

Book Club News

September 28, 2014

The Cathedral Book club met on September 28 to discuss The Stone Carversby Jane Urquart. The conversation was greatly enriched by the article, "The Art of Remembrance" by Denny Manchee. You can find a copy of the article here: The next meeting is November 30 @ 2pm at the home of Marg Boëda. The club chose two selections as they are short, and somewhat related: Leaving Alexandria by Richard Holloway and Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong.

There is not an expectation to read both, but either one would provide good discussion on the topic of faith and spirituality. All are welcome. 

August 25, 2014

The first book of the 2013/14 year will be by a Canadian author Jane Urquart. The Stone Carvers  is a novel about the family of stone carvers and the memorial at Vimy, France. We meet on September 28th at the home of Sheila Cook. As all the books for the upcoming season have not been decided the September meeting will give us an opportunity to suggest the next books the group will read. Please contact the Cathedral office for more details.

January 26, 2014

The Cathedral Book Club met on January 26 to discuss Lying Awake by Mark Salzman. Cloistered in the heart of secular Los Angeles, Sister John of the Cross experiences profound mystic visions in which she sees all of life woven together in a sacred tapestry. Her vivid epiphanies inspire her to write poetry and she feels that she is finally feeling God's presence at the centre of her being. But increasingly, she is plagued by headaches which accompany the visions, and she is given the worst possible news: she has temporal lobe epilepsy. The diagnosis leaves Sister John poised between two equally unpalatable options: she can let surgeons remove the meningioma that triggers her seizures and in the process lose her visions, or she can go on living with her epilepsy, knowing that her encounters with God may well be biologically induced delusions. The group discussed the challenging topics of suffering and sacrifice in the Christian faith.

The group meets on Sunday, March 23 to discuss Viper’s Tangle by Francoise Mauriac. Newcomers welcome.

November 24, 2013

The Book Club met on November 24 to discuss In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. The novel is a sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life that centres on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community. Author Rumer Godden "penetrates to the mysterious, inner heart of a religious community - a place of complexity and conflict, as well as joy and love." Our discussion focused on the role and relevance of a cloistered community, and we just scratched the surface in discussing the complexities of different personalities from varied backgrounds with vastly different gifts, living together in community. We discussed their emphasis on the importance of prayer, the possibility of miraculous outcomes, and the need for acceptance and forgiveness in the face of personal weaknesses. The group was unanimous in their enjoyment of the book - it was very readable and thought-provoking. 

June 2, 2013

The Cathedral Book Club met on June 2 to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  We considered the issue of medical ethics, the need for clear communication, and the question of 'the greater good'.  It was an enjoyable and informative afternoon!  We will meet next on Sunday, September 29th at 2:30 pm. We will be discussing the book The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.  New members are always welcome!