ST. LUKE’S BOOK CLUB
Our next Zoom meeting will be Wednesday, December 16th at noon. We will be discussing The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.
Detailing Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister during WWII, ‘The Splendid and the Vile’ captures the challenges, the bravery, the destruction, and the beauty of London during the Blitz. Churchill is, of course, the highlight of this wonderful book.
Looking ahead to our January 13th read, we chose The Alice Network: A Novel, by Kate Quinn.
Based on real characters and events, The Alice Network is a historical novel about two women who meet in 1947. Eve had been a spy in World War I. Charlie is a pregnant American in search of her cousin, Rose. Everyone assumes Rose died during WWII, but Charlie wants proof, which leads her to Eve.
All gatherings for Canterbury Cinema have been postponed until further notice. If you have access to films you might want to order the following that were selected for viewing. We will look forward to the time when we can gather together again.
RBG – the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2018)
RBG is a delightful, inspiring film on the Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, giving us the backstory the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who has become a pop culture icon. Long before she became known as the Notorious RBG, Ginsberg was a brilliant legal mind who was a courtroom ground-breaker in the battle for women’s rights. We are introduced to a host of friends, family and colleagues of RBG, in an inspiring recap of her life of hard work and determination. The film also recaps the wide-spread discrimination women faced in the work place, and throughout society, in the 1950s.
The Strike (2006)
This fictionalized biopic of a respected Polish labor activist is nicely balanced between the political and the personal. “Strike” tells how the dismissal of aging crane operator Anna Walentynowicz provided the spark for the Solidarity trade union. Solidarnosc would later effectively bring down the Communist government in Poland. The story covers events in the Gdansk shipyard from 1970 through 1980. Anna heads the women’s wing of the shipyard union. The Communist party bosses not only exploit the shipyard workers, but they ignore safety regulations to increase productivity.
On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint. 8 Academy Awards
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny’s thugs, and later meets the dead man’s sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.
The Post (2017) Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks. Nominated for two Oscars. 18 wins, 113 Nominations
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. With the publication of the Pentagon Papers, Kay Graham, owner of The Washington Post, must decide whether to back down for the safety of her paper or publish and fight for the Freedom of the Press. In doing so, Graham and her staff join a fight that would have America’s democratic ideals in the balance.
CHRIST IN CRISIS: Why we Need to Reclaim Jesus by Jim Wallis, will be the basis for a five to six week study discussing two chapters each week. We will meet via zoom on Thursdays at 10 a. m beginning on June 18. If you are interested in joining the study please contact Betsy Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org Books are available in the outside mailbox at church. Anyone interested is encouraged to take one.