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Interfaith Book Clubs Begin Forming

posted Jul 2, 2013, 5:56 PM by Interfaith WS

Interfaith Winston-Salem is organizing several interfaith book clubs to create an opportunity for members of different faith traditions to gather, socialize, discuss popular books, share their faiths and build relationships.  The clubs are funded by a grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation.

The clubs will begin in August with the reading of “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong.  As an incentive, participants will be given a free copy of Karen Armstrong’s book.  You can read a synopsis at

 In September, the clubs will read “The Pursuit of Happyness” by Chris Gardner.  Gardner will appear in Winston-Salem during the Forsyth Public Library’s “on the same page” festival, which focuses on homelessness. This book will be available at the library or you may purchase it online.  Members of different faith traditions will be encouraged to reflect on how their faith calls them to relate to homeless individuals.

After completing the first two books, participants in the club will have an opportunity to discuss if and how they want to continue.  For example, if some people want to discontinue participation, two clubs might merge.  Or, participants may want to rotate to join other groups.

You may register by sending your name, mailing address, worship center affiliation (if any) and phone number to Naijla Faizi at or Jerry McLeese at