From Under the Redwoods at CCMV

A Conversation with Author Joyce Maynard

When: Sunday, December 10, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard

Come and be part of a lively discussion of issues important to our community, nation, and world.

JOYCE MAYNARD, a former resident of Mill Valley, is the author of sixteen books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World, translated into seventeen languages.  Her essays and have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections.

She will be speaking on her latest work, the memoir The Best of Us. It concerns her marriage, at age 59, to Jim Barringer, the “love” she had been looking for her entire life. Just after their one-year anniversary, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  And nineteen months later, having shared a struggle that consumed both their lives, Joyce lay beside him while he took his last breath. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Maynard writes that she would often say, “If only ... you could learn the lessons of cancer without having cancer.” The Best of Us offers those very lessons, reminding readers to let go of superficial concerns and embrace a deeper appreciation for our lives and the people in them.”  Anyone who has heard Joyce speak knows what an engaging presence she brings, and how open she is to her readers. So please join us!

Adult Conversation Group

When: Sundays, September 17 through December 10 from 9-10 am

"White Privilege": Let's Talk

We will be studying an adult education curriculum designed by the United Church of Christ (UCC), which invites participants to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race.

"As an extension of our ongoing commitment to Sacred Conversations on race, it is time that this still largely white denomination wrestle with its investment in whiteness, and learn all it can about the manifestations and impact of White Privilege," said the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. "This Curriculum, written by five gifted authors with decades of experience teaching about race and privilege, is presented to enable such dialogue to take place at every level of the Church."

The UCC white privilege curriculum is divided into four key focus areas, each one introducing a different aspect of the dynamic of white privilege. Each of the four sections will have material from all five authors, with every author contributing a different perspective to the subject matter.

Please join us for this important discussion, beginning on Sunday, September 17th and continuing each Sunday (except for November 19th) through December 10.  We meet at 9 am in the Foster Room.  All are welcome.