Book Club

Read and Study with DCOH

Join fellow book-lovers and learners around the Diocese of Christ Our Hope to study a variety of works focused on the Christian life, theology, and the intersection of the gospel and culture.

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General Information

The DCOH Book Club is open to laity and clergy in the diocese as well as friends and Christian leaders from outside the diocese! We hope for a broad and diverse group that will bring unique insight into each discussion.

Meetings will take place the first Thursday of every month at 7:30pm via Zoom.

Our first book is Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just by our very own Rev. Claude Atcho, vicar of Church of the Resurrection in Charlottesville, VA.

Club Details

Reading Black Books

Discussion Guides

Chapter 1: The Image of God in The Invisible Man (February 1, 2024)

Consider the following questions as you read The Invisible Man:

  1. How have you understood what it means to be made in the image of God?
  2. In your view, does the novel's emphasis on bodies and physicality illustrate or contradict what it means to be an image bearer?
  3. How does the novel's theme of invisibility help us understand how we can truly "see" others as image bearers?
  4. Who are the "invisible" in your community? What would it take for them to be seen with dignity?

Chapter 4: Jesus in "Christ Recrucified" and "The Black Christ" (March 7, 2024)

Consider the following questions as you read "Christ Recrucified" and "The Black Christ":

  1. Which of Cullen’s poems resonates most with you? Discuss Cullen’s use of imagery and perspective in each and its impact.
  2. What does it mean to consider Jesus as one who suffers for, with, and like us?
  3. In what ways are the cross and lynching connected? Are there any dangers in pressing this
    connection too far?
  4. In what ways were Cullen’s poems a corrective to the Christological and ethical failures of
    his day? What correctives—or retrievals—are needed today in the American church’s vision
    of Jesus?
  5. How can communities and individuals avoid domesticating their notion of Jesus, making him a contentless banner for pet

Chapter 10: Hope in "For My People" (April 4, 2024)

Discussion Guide Coming Soon

Chapter 5: Salvation in (May 2, 2024)

Discussion Guide Coming Soon

Chapter 9: Justice in The Man Who Lived Underground (June 6, 2024)

Discussion Guide Coming Soon