Trauma & Healing: Lessons Through Literature at Plymouth Congregational Church June 27, July 25, August 29, 2018
Young Clemantine Wamariya, a Kigali refugee and genocide survivor, represents the view of many when she writes, “I’m telling this story to save myself.” For all the traumas we endure, or hear about, or with which we sympathize, healing begins if some of the story can be told.
You are invited to take part in a series of book readings and discussions about trauma and healing. The first discussion, Wednesday, June 27th, at 4:00 p.m. at Plymouth Church, focuses on the literature of “War and Conflict”. Dennis Taylor, Acting Helena City Manager and Vietnam War Veteran will moderate the discussion. There is no cost, and copies of selected readings are available in advance.
Selections to be discussed include:
Chief Plenty Coup’s speech to his tribal council in 1911, excerpted from In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century, 1999.
Lauren Hillenbrand, Unbroken, selections from the Epilogue, 2010.
“A Piece of My Heart”, Anne Simon Auger, and “Perimeter Watch”, Brian Turner, reprinted in Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, 2013.
An interview with our own Ed Miller in 1992, concerning an experience after battle in World War II;
And finally some thoughts from Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried, 2013.
If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please call Plymouth at 442-9883 to reserve space and to inquire about getting copies of the literature. Or you are welcome to pick up the portfolio of material any Sunday after worship.
Selections by Montana authors and moderated by Suzanne Schwichtenberg, Lewis and Clark Adult Services Librarian, will be featured July 25. The final book discussion, Tracy Kidder’s Strength In What Remains, will be held August 29, moderated by Susan Butler, writer and editor. You may order Kidder’s book on your own, or you may purchase a copy from the church for $10.00.
If you have questions, contact Jennifer Thompson, 442-2642.