Sarah’s Circle

Sarah’s Circle

We are dancing Sarah’s Circle, sisters, brothers, all.
Here we seek and find our story, sisters, brothers, all.
We will all do our own naming, sisters, brothers, all.
Every round a generation, sisters, brothers, all.
On and on the circle’s moving, sisters, brothers, all.

(to the tune of “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”)

What is Sarah’s Circle?
Sarah’s Circle is a non-denominational women’s only book club to read and discuss books about spirituality, with a focus on feminine spirituality. Our Spiritual Book Club is a little more than the average book club. If you are seeking the support of other women in your spiritual journey or are looking for an interesting and deeper book club to join, then this is the group for you! It is open to all women in the community, not just members of PACC. We’re always delighted to welcome newcomers!  And if you’ve been on our list, but haven’t really attended in a while, why don’t you come to see the fun you’re missing!
When does it meet?
Sarah’s Circle is planned as a monthly meeting, in the Fellowship Room at PACC, on a Saturday morning.  Our club explores Spirituality through novels, science, philosophy and theology.  If you would like to join the Circle, or would like more information, please contact the church office by calling  781-643-8680 or via email.
What are we doing next?
Our next meeting is Saturday, August 11th in the Fellowship Room at PACC from  10 AM till 12 noon.   Those who wish to meditate may come at 9:30 AM.

Our August  selection returns us to the author Zora Neale Hurston.  Recently a new, unpublished work of hers was discovered and published to great reviews. The book is titled Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” and was written from her interviews with Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver ship known to have made the transatlantic journey. This is a harrowing first person account of what it was like to be captured in Africa and transported to America to exist as “property”, a slave.

Here is what Amazon says about this book:

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama, to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey. Illegally brought to the United States, Cudjo was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed.

At the time, Cudjo was the only person alive who could recount this integral part of the nation’s history. As a cultural anthropologist, Hurston was eager to hear about these experiences firsthand. But the reticent elder didn’t always speak when she came to visit. Sometimes he would tend his garden, repair his fence, or appear lost in his thoughts.

Hurston persisted, though, and during an intense three-month period, she and Cudjo communed over her gifts of peaches and watermelon, and gradually Cudjo, a poetic storyteller, began to share heartrending memories of his childhood in Africa; the attack by female warriors who slaughtered his townspeople; the horrors of being captured and held in the barracoons of Ouidah for selection by American traders; the harrowing ordeal of the Middle Passage aboard the Clotilda as “cargo” with more than one hundred other souls; the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War; and finally his role in the founding of Africatown.

Barracoon employs Hurston’s skills as both an anthropologist and a writer, and brings to life Cudjo’s singular voice, in his vernacular, in a poignant, powerful tribute to the disremembered and the unaccounted. This profound work is an invaluable contribution to our history and culture.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.com:
https://www.amazon.com/Barracoon-Story-Last-Black-Cargo/dp/0062748203/ref=mt_hardcover?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1532372800

For more information, please contact the church office by calling  781-643-8680 or contact Merrith Sabo-Jones via email.

What topics/books are coming up next?
Sometimes, for more broad subject topics, we choose a single topic to read about, allowing members to choose their own book on that topic.   As a “free choice” month – it’s up to you whether you chose to read a large, scholarly tome, or a shorter, more-accessible paperback.  We return to everyone reading the same book for more narrow-focused topics. Whenever we choose a topic instead of a specific book, we will also discuss which books address the topic as well as which books might be found in our current book list.  

So, here is an ongoing list of topics that we would like to pursue; if you have additional suggestions, please bring them to the next meeting!

Communicating with spirits/angels
Different Religions (e.g. Hindu, Confucianism, Catholicism, etc.)
Spiritual People
Angels
Mother Earth/Goddess/Gaia Spirituality and Religions
Greek Myths
Native American Spirituality
Island Culture Spirituality (e.g. Hawaii, Bali, Cambodia)
Celtic Spirituality
Kabbalah
Serendipity/Synchronicity
The Celestine Prophecies
Expressions of Spirituality via the Arts
Zen
Everyday Spirituality
Inclusivity/Exclusivity within Groups
Community Making

What books are being considered for possible future discussion?
Click here to see our current book list. These books include books that the Circle has read, as well as books suggested by members, and books that some of the members have read previously.