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Book Club

Oakwood Book Club is for those who  are interested in books, theology, faith, talking!

Working with LCI, the Leeds Church Institute, we’re bringing opportunities to discuss books relating to specific issues, or of particular personal interest


What happens... someone is passionate about a book; we hear from that individual about the book and conversation flows. Some have read the book and contribute, others engage with the ideas, others are inspired to go away and read it

We usually meet from 19.30 to 21.00 in the Sanctuary at Oakwood Church on one Tuesday of each month but please check the Calendar before travelling

Do you have a book that has made a difference to your faith - one that you would like to share?

If so please


Note There is usually a copy of each book to be discussed (and those previously discussed) available to borrow from the book shelves at the back of the Sanctuary… but you don’t have to read the book before coming along to a meeting


Kathryn Fitzsimons


0113 225 6702



Summer Programme

Tuesday 24 April - 19.30

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

discussion led by Kathryn Fitzsimons

Harold sets out one morning to post a letter and carries on walking to save someone else’s life.  This is not an overly theological book but picks up some of the big questions of life

Tuesday 15 May - 19.30

Book to be confirmed

Tuesday 19 June - 19.30

Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain:

Hope for a Planet in Peril

by Benigno Beltran

discussion led by Helen Reid

Smokey Mountain, the vast garbage dump in Manila has served for many years as an emblem of third world squalor

In many ways, it is a metaphor for a planet slowly choking on garbage and waste.  But for Fr Beltran, who served for three decades as a chaplain to the scavengers who survive off this reeking heap, it is also a metaphor of hope an emblem of the will to survive, the ability to create joy and find meaning even in the midst of abject poverty

Books previously read / discussed include


by Paula Gooder

Arthur’s Call

by Frances Young


by Krish Khandia

Quantum Theology

by Diarmuid O’Murchu

Should we live forever?

by Gilbert Meilaender

Primal Vision

by John V. Taylor

Jesus for President Politics for Ordinary Radicals

by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

Children in the Bible: A fresh approach

by Anne Richards

Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

by Robin R. Myers

Biblical Authority After Babel

by Kevin J Vanhoozer

How Then Shall We Live

by Samuel Wells

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving

in a Culture Stripped of Grace

by Miroslav Volf

Demetia: Living in the Memories of God

by John Swinton

Who Chose the Gospels?

Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy

by Charles E Hill

The Heart’s Time:

A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter

by Janet Morley