Meetings each Wednesday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, on Zoom.

We choose a work of fiction and explore it through themes such as innocence, shame, recognition, belonging and more! Each chapter is read through the lens of one chosen theme. We continue each meeting by rotating between different sacred reading practices that are part of the Jewish and Christian religious traditions (for example, “PaRDeS” Jewish exegesis; Lectio Divina western prayerful reading; Havruta and ancient Jewish practice; Florilegium; and Ignatian Spirituality), applying these practices to a chapter from the chosen book each week.

Each time we meet, our group follows the following structural format after we begin by doing a personal check in for the week.

  • consider an outside reading which helps illuminate the theme for the week, 
  • a quick recap of the chapter,
  •  exploration of what we noticed as we read the chapter through the chosen theme,
  • completion of the chosen sacred practice,
  • blessing for a character from the chapter.

The purpose of the group is to find deeper meaning and personal relevance in works that were written for mere pleasure. Scholars of religion explain that what can make the act of reading sacred is not the text itself, but the community of readers that use it to explore deeper insights into ourselves and our world.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join us.

If you have any questions, or would like to know what the theme and practice are for the week, please contact David Bockoven at sacredreading@uueugene.org

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