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 31st in the Fellowship Room at PACC from  10 AM till 12 noon.   Those who wish to meditate may come at 9:30 AM.

For August, continuing on with our explorations of women and their lives in the 19th and early 20th century, for August we are returning to the 1800’s to read The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth, which is a new biography about the wife of Charles Dickens. The same man who wrote such inspirational stories as “A Christmas Carol”, tried to commit his wife to an insane asylum.

Here is what Amazon.com has to say about this book:

Catherine Hogarth, who came from a cultured Scots family, married Charles Dickens in 1836, the same year he began serializing his first novel. Together they traveled widely, entertained frequently, and raised ten children. In 1858, the celebrated writer pressured Catherine to leave their home, unjustly alleging that she was mentally disordered-unfit and unloved as wife and mother. Constructing a plotline nearly as powerful as his stories of Scrooge and Little Nell, Dickens created the image of his wife as a depressed and uninteresting figure, using two of her three sisters against her, by measuring her presumed weaknesses against their strengths. This self-serving fiction is still widely accepted.

In the first comprehensive biography of Catherine Dickens, Lillian Nayder debunks this tale in retelling it, wresting away from the famous novelist the power to shape his wife’s story. Nayder demonstrates that the Dickenses’ marriage was long a happy one; more important, she shows that the figure we know only as “Mrs. Charles Dickens” was also a daughter, sister, and friend, a loving mother and grandmother, a capable household manager, and an intelligent person whose company was valued and sought by a wide circle of women and men. Making use of the Dickenses’ banking records and legal papers as well as their correspondence with friends and family members, Nayder challenges the long-standing view of Catherine Dickens and offers unparalleled insights into the relations among the four Hogarth sisters, reclaiming those cherished by the famous novelist as Catherine’s own and illuminating her special bond with her youngest sister, Helen, her staunchest ally during the marital breakdown.

Drawing on little-known, unpublished material and forcing Catherine’s husband from center stage, The Other Dickens revolutionizes our perception of the Dickens family dynamic, illuminates the legal and emotional ambiguities of Catherine’s position as a “single” wife, and deepens our understanding of what it meant to be a woman in the Victorian age.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.com: https://smile.amazon.com/Other-Dickens-Life-Catherine-Hogarth-dp-0801447879/dp/0801447879/ref=mt_hardcover?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1564443961

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.