Plowshares Book Group

Plowshares is a book discussion group meeting 4-5 times per year that is open to both members of the congregation and the community at large. By participating in regular group discussions of challenging books, we hope to learn more about issues facing our community and the people in it. We would also like to deepen our relationships with each other and to better understand what our walks with Christ should look like. Our name comes from Isaiah 2:4 (“They shall beat their swords into plowshares”) and is meant to both suggest our interest in social justice issues and to highlight our desire to plow into the selected book and share our thoughts. Past books have included “Tomorrow’s Bread” by Anna Jean Mayhew; “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson; “Wilmington’s Lie” by David Zucchino; “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett; “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond; “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi; “Money Rock” by Pam Kelley; “White Fragility” by Robin DeAngelo; “Decolonizing Wealth” by Edgar Villanueva; and more.

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‘Wilmington’s Lie’ Author Traces The Rise Of White Supremacy In A Southern City


David Zucchino describes that Wilmington, N.C., was once a mixed-race community with a thriving Black middle class until a murderous coup in 1898, not taught in detail in history class.

30-60 minutes


FPC Living Room Learning Panel: Evictions – a Charlotte Crisis

Housing + Homelessness

Focused on “Eviction in Charlotte” in conjunction with the Plowshares discussion of Evicted by Matthew Desmond, this panel featured Tommy Holderness, FPC member, Legal Aid of North Carolina Attorney; Floyd Davis, FPC Member, President and CEO of Community Link NC; Tchernavia Montgomery, Chief Program Officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry; and Kim Graham, Association Director of Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.

60+ minutes

Podcast/Audio File

The Scars of Slavery


Myers Park United Methodist Church James Howell interviews Clint Smith, author of "How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning With Slavery Across America."

30-60 minutes

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Join us for a discussion of “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” by Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and Evangelical Christian, who shows how to open hearts and minds to the truth of climate change, starting with love and respect for all and ending in optimism for the fate of the planet.

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Gather a group of your own to read and discuss one of the books Plowshares has studied. We are happy to share the discussion agenda, discussion questions, author bio, and book summary we used.

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