What if everyone read the same book? 

We Read Together is an online book group, nurturing conversation and community around great Orthodox Christian books.

We Read Together will take place in May, the month following Pascha. In the future we may read books together during other seasons as well.

The goal is to encourage one another to explore important Orthodox Christian spiritual literature, thereby fostering conversation and mutual support for one another in our efforts to draw closer to Christ.

Using Modern Tools to Foster Old-Fashioned Community

We Read Together is about connecting and growing in our faith. To that end, we have designed the program to include a downloadable study guide and four live weekly discussions, offered via Zoom video conferencing. The live discussions will be moderated by Dr. Eve Tibbs, Director of Religious Education for the Metropolis of San Francisco and Professor of Theology at Fuller Seminary.

The weekly discussions will take place Thursday evenings, 7 – 8:30 p.m. on May 3, 10, 17 and 24. 

Meanwhile we encourage you to get a group of local friends together to read with you. This event gives you a focused time period and a finite page number goal–take advantage of this and join us!

Sign up to receive We Read Together updates and reminders, the downloadable study guide, and links for joining the live discussions on Zoom.

Sessions will be recorded and shared with registered members of the book group. They will not be available for public download. To receive the recorded sessions, sign-up.

Our May 2018 Book

This year’s selection, For the Life of the World, by Fr. Alexander Schmemann, is an Orthodox Christian classic. It has been translated into eight languages and is studied across Christian denominations.

The author, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, was originally born in Estonia.He was ordained to the priesthood in 1946. He taught at St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris, and then in New York, at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He served as dean of St. Vladimir Seminary from 1962 until the time of his death in 1984. He was a prolific writer and a faithful pastor.

How to Participate
  1. Sign up! Click here.
  2. Find the book. The book is available to order from St. Vladimir Seminary Press and Amazon.com, and as an e-book. You might also check with your local parish and/or public libraries.
  3. Begin reading. Take notes along the way.
  4. Recruit other readers. You may even choose to form a small reading group in your parish or among friends.
  5. Download the online study guide, available here May 1.
  6. Join weekly live discussions via Zoom video conferencing at GrowOrthodoxy.org

We Read Together is presented by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Religious Education and Missions & Evangelism Ministries.

Download the flier to print and share.

Happy reading!

We Read Together