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Religious & Spiritual Life

Chaplain's Book Club

The location for the discussion, unless otherwise noted is the Fireside Room in the Driscoll Center, North.  You are welcome to bring your lunch!

haroon moghul's how to be a muslim

Tuesday, January 16 at noon

How to be a Muslim

In sometimes heartbreaking and staggering prose laced with subtle and sardonic humor, Moghul (The Order of Light) shares what it looks like to hammer out an American Muslim identity. As Moghul loses himself and seeks himself, readers will appreciate his story as a second-generation Muslim immigrant, but also as a representative of the modern man: searching, groping, discovering, losing, loving, hoping, dreaming, and suffering. Highly recommended for its candor and relatability, this book will invite readers to fathom what it means to grasp Islam—and religion and spirituality in general.

An audio interview with Moghul (with NPR's Terri Gross) can be found here

A video interview from the Shalom Hartman Institute can be found here

Co-facilitator will be Ms. Iman Jodeh, MPA, Executive Director at Meet the Middle East.

ethan nichtern's the dharma of the princess bride

Tuesday, February 20 at noon

dharma of the princess bride

Fans of popular films who are also drawn to Buddhist principles will find much to enjoy here as Nichtern's deconstruction of the plot skillfully and clearly teases out well-defined lessons―his ruminations on friendship through the relationship of Fezzik and Inigo Montoya are a highlight . . . For those who seek meaning, love, and values, even in unorthodox places, this unusual work will come as a pleasant surprise.

Co-facilitator will be Prof. Claude d'Estree, Korbel School of International Studies.

joe piazza's if nuns ruled the world

Tuesday, March 13 at noon

If nuns ruled the world

In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes," writes Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times. "And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns." In If Nuns Ruled the World, veteran reporter Jo Piazza overthrows the popular perception of nuns as killjoy schoolmarms, instead revealing them as the most vigorous catalysts of change in an otherwise repressive society.

Co-facilitator will be Ms. Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Sturm College of Law.

JD Vance's hillbilly elegy

Tuesday, September 19 at noon -- IN THE 1864 RM, DRISCOLL NORTH


DU's "One book One DU"!

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

Co-facilitator will be Prof. Paul Michelac (Morgridge College of Education)


Tuesday, October 17 at noon

 Good without God


Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and other New Atheists, Good Without God makes a bold claim for what nonbelievers do share and believe. Author Greg Epstein, the Humanist chaplain at Harvard, offers a world view for nonbelievers that dispenses with the hostility and intolerance of religion prevalent in national bestsellers like God is Not Great and The God Delusion. Epstein's Good Without God provides a constructive, challenging response to these manifestos by getting to the heart of Humanism and its positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and good without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being.

For an interview with the author, follow this link.

Co-facilitator will be Prof. Greg Robbins (Religious Studies).

Blair Stonechild's The Knowledge Seeker

Tuesday, November 14 at noon

Knowledge Seeker

In The Knowledge Seeker, Blair Stonechild shares his own sixty-year journey of learning--from residential school to PhD and beyond--looking all the while to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom. Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people's teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.

For a podcast/interview with the author, follow this link.

Co-facilitator: TBA!

Past Book Discussions (MP3)

By clicking on a title, you can listen to the discussion on-line.  To download it to enjoy later, right-click!