Posts by UFP

summer 2024

The Nonfiction Book Club has decided to spend the whole summer on one long read.  Lent’s book investigates humanity’s age-old questions – Who am I? Why am I? How should I live? – from a fresh perspective, weaving together findings from modern systems thinking, evolutionary biology, and cognitive neuroscience with insights from Buddhism, Taoism, and Indigenous wisdom.

The Book Club will meet only twice over the summer to discuss this book – July 18 and August 15 at 2pm.

JUNE 2024

The author skillfully, and with humour and compassion, blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research

MAY 2024

By articulating to each other Black and Indigenous perspectives on our unprecedented here and now, and reiterating the long-disavowed histories of slavery and colonization that have brought us to this moment, Maynard and Simpson create something new


For April 25, the Nonfiction Book Club will read the book initially scheduled for May, Hope Lives Between Us: How Interdependence Improves Your Life and Our World by John R. Kirksey. It is a short book, more like an essay, so easy to read between now and April 25t

MARCH 2024

Upstream, a collection of essays in which revered poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature.


A Day in the Life of Abed Salama:  A Palestinian Story  by Nathan Thrall.  A deeply immersive portrait of daily life in Israel and the West Bank arranged around the story of a Palestinian child and a school trip that ends in tragedy following a traffic accident. Weaving together the ordinary and interwoven lives of…


THE VOICE OF KNOWLEDGEby Don Miguel Ruiz This spiritual guide to overcoming negative emotions offers advice on saying what one means, refusing to speak against oneself, and ending self-deprecating thoughts and attitudes as part of realizing true knowledge and being true to oneself. Join us via Zoom on December 14 and 28 at 2PM:  …