Book group 637x487

The UUCOP book discussion group meets quarterly, the fourth Sundays of July, October, January, and April Topics range in topic from world religions, spirituality, ethics, psychology and similar topics mainly in the nonfiction category. We rotate the responsibility of “chairing” the discussions and we all vote on which books to read each quarter. Our discussions can get quite lively, and we always have fun as we enhance our reading experience by hearing others’ viewpoints about the subject matter. Please consider joining us for an upcoming book discussion. If you would like to join the UUCOP book club emailing list please contact Tom Beukema at


Here is a history of the books we have discussed in past meetings:

A History of God
by Karen Armstrong
Jan. 25, 2004, March 7, 2004, April 18, 2004

The Spiral Staircase
by Karen Armstrong
June 13, 2004

The Gnostic Gospels
by Elaine Pagels
Sept. 26, 2004
Infinite Life
by Robert Thurman
Jan. 23, 2005, March 6, 2005

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason
by Sam Harris
May 29, 2005

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam
by Reza Aslan
Oct. 9, 2005
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America
by Russell Shorto
Feb. 12, 2006

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
by David Abram
June 11, 2006

Speak Peace in a World of Conflict
by Marshall Rosenberg
Oct. 22, 2006
Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Father
by Brooke Allen
March 11, 2007

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain
by Sharon Begley
Oct. 28, 2007
The Integral Vision
by Ken Wilber
March 9, 2008

Liberty of Conscience—In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality
by Martha Nussbaum
July 27, 2008

My Stroke of Insight—A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
by Jill Bolte Taylor
November 23, 2008
Stages of Faith—The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning
by James W. Fowler
March 22, 2009

Fingerprints of God—The Search for the Science of Spirituality
by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
August 9, 2009

The Healing of America—A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
by T.R. Reid
November 22, 2009
The Case for God
by Karen Armstrong
March 14, 2010

The Hidden Brain—How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives
by Shankar Vedantam
August 8, 2010

Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville
November 14, 2010
God Is Not One
by Stephen Prothero
March 27, 2011

Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J. Sandel
July 24, 2011

The Believing Brain
by Michael Shermer
November 13, 2011
At Home
by Bill Bryson
March 25, 2012

Varieties of Religious Experience
by William James
August 12, 2012

The Righteous Mind—Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt
November 11, 2012
Alone Together—How We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
by Sherry Turkle
March 24, 2013

Religion for Atheists—A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion
by Alain de Botton
August 25, 2013

The Age of Empathy—Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society
by Frans De Waal
November 24, 2013
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
March 23, 2014

Living With a Wild God: A NonBeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything
by Barbara Ehrenreich
July 27, 2014

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
November 23, 2014
Fields of Blood: Religion & the History of Violence
by Karen Armstrong
March 14, 2015

God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age
By Galen Guengerich
June 13, 2015

The Road to Character
By David Brooks
September 12, 2015

The Art of Soviet Cooking: a Memoir of Food and Longing
By Anya Von Bremzen
December 19, 2015


Four Spiritualities: Expressions of Self, Expressions of Spirit
By Peter T Richardson
March 27, 2016

The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America
by Ann Neumann
June 26, 2016

The Brain
edited by Kayt Sukel
September 25, 2016

How God Changes Your Brain
by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
December 10, 2016


Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
by Daniel Dennett
April 23, 2017 (re-scheduled from March 26)

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
by Arlie Russell Hochshild
(scheduled for) July 23, 2017

The Moral Arc:  How Science Makes Us Better People
by Michael Schermer
October 22, 2018