This Sunday’s service: “Far from the Tree”

bookCoverDesignChurch member Pat Danielson will lead our service this Sunday, July 21, with readings and a discussion of Andrew Solomon‘s book Far from the Tree.

Solomon developed a description of how families react when they have a child who is different from themselves. Part of his understanding is based on his own upbringing as a gay man in an otherwise straight family. He investigates many other categories of exceptionality, from deafness and Down syndrome through criminal behavior and giftedness.

Of special interest to NSUU families is the chapter on dwarfism that quotes Dan and Barbara Kennedy and references Dan’s book Little People. Solomon’s method is to combine research with interviews with families like the Kennedys.

Most reaction to the Solomon’s book stresses that he “got it.” He conveys each family’s experience with sensitivity. It is not necessary to have read the book to join the discussion. It is not required to join the discussion. However, you will want to.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome.