By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City has announced its inaugural Diversity Book Club discussion group. It will be the start of a four-part series featuring discourse on books about a variety of topics involving diversity.
The series will take place February through March at the First Unitarian Church Eddy Room, 600 NW 13th Street, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Each topic will be moderated by a leading scholar in the specified field of discussion. The series is free and open to the public.
In the first segment, groups will explore American Indian culture and oral history, followed by the topics of white privilege, Mexican-American identity, and coming of age as a gay person.
Session 1 will take place on Sunday, February 25, featuring “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday. The author’s memoir depicts an oral history of the lands and culture of the Kiowa Tribe. Dr. Michael Snyder, Professor of English at Oklahoma City Community College, author of Joseph Matthews: Life of an Osage Writer (Univ. of Okla. Press) and several articles on American and Indigenous writers, will moderate.
Session II will meet on Sunday, March 4. Participants will examine “Learning to Be White” by Unitarian theologian Thandeka. The timely topic is white privilege in America. The session will be moderated by Rev. Greg Stewart, Minister of the First Unitarian Church of OKC.
On Sunday, April 8, Session III will introduce Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano’s newest work, “Mestizos Come Home!” It examines a current politically hot topic, the development of Mexican-American identity. The book’s author, Dr. Davis-Undiano, Executive Director of World Literature Today and University of Oklahoma English Professor, will lead the discussion.
Session IV, on Sunday, May 27, will introduce participants to “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,” a gay coming of age novel written by Jeanette Winterson. Due to its popularity, Winterson later adapted the semi-autobiographical book into an award winning BBC television drama by the same name. UCO English Professor Dr. David Macey will be lead the discussion.
“Grab your books, start reading and come discuss with us at the First Unitarian Church,” said Teresa Rendon, First Unitarian Church of OKC Diversity Book Club leader and member of their Social Justice Committee. “I hope that through the books we have selected members of our community, as well as other church members, will begin to examine current social topics of concern, such as racism and homophobia.”
The First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City welcomes everyone without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, disabilities, or religious background.
For more information, contact Teresa Rendon at 405-535-4751 or [email protected].