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Book of Joy Community Read

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Book of Joy author Doug Abrams, in partnership with Bookshop Santa Cruz, The Humanities Institute at UCSC, Santa Cruz Public Libraries and Temple Beth El, for a community-wide discussion and celebration around the themes of kindness and joy.  

During this time of social and cultural division and at a time when many are feeling a sense of despair, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu is an ideal book to discuss as a community. Abrams will share some of the rare footage from the historic meeting of these global icons in Dharamsala, India and will then facilitate a dialogue with several community faith leaders—Rabbi Paula Marcus, Father Cyprian Consiglio, Reverend Deborah Johnson, and Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi—who will talk about different spiritual traditions that lift up joy and compassion. The afternoon will conclude with a book signing and musical performance.

Free & Open to the Public. This event will take place at Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos.

About the book: The Book of Joy has sold over a million copies around the world in over 38 countries. The Book of Joy was on the New York Times bestseller list for almost a year, awarded the prestigious Books for a Better Life Award, and chosen as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things."  

About the panelists:

Senior Rabbi Paula Marcus has served Temple Beth El in a variety of capacities since 1979.  She received her ordination and masters degree in Rabbinic studies in May 2004, from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. Rabbi Marcus sees activism and interfaith work as important aspects of her of her rabbinic work. She serves on the national board of T'ruah, a Rabbinic Human Rights organization. and has helped to facilitate workshops for Jewish Funds for Justice, Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, Out in Our Faith and The Tent of Abraham.

Father Cyprian Consiglio is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk, currently serving as the prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur. Having lived in the Santa Cruz area for ten years, he is well-known on the Central Coast as a musician, author, and teacher, particularly for his interreligious work.
 
Reverend Deborah Johnson is the founding minister and president of Inner Light Ministries in Soquel. A life-long social justice activist, Rev. Deborah is the successful co-litigant in two landmark cases in California – one set precedent for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the state’s Civil Rights Bill, the other defeated the challenge to legalizing domestic partnerships. A voice for compassion, equality, and reconciliation, her primary focus has been on coalition building, conflict resolution, public policy development, and cultural sensitivity awareness.
 
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi is a Buddhist nun and teacher in residence at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California. Ven. Tenzin is also a certified teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance and Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training, and has been teaching in prisons for over a decade.
 
 
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Book of Joy author Doug Abrams will sign books at a community-wide discussion and celebration around the themes of kindness and joy, Sunday, December 9th from 2:00-4:00pm. If you CANNOT attend the event, you can have a copy of The Book of Joy signed for you by Doug Abrams at the event. Books to be signed must be paid for in advance, either at Bookshop Santa Cruz or here on our website. Books can either be shipped once they are signed, or held to be picked up at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Internet orders must be placed by Friday, December 7th. After that, please call the store to order at 831-423-0900.

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Doug Abrams will be presenting and signing of The Book of Joy at Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos on Sunday Afternoon, December 8th, from 2:00-4:00. If you plan to attend the event, you can secure your position in the signing line by purchasing a copy of The Book of Joy. Books with signing line vouchers must be paid for in advance, either at Bookshop Santa Cruz or here on our website. Prepaid books with signing line vouchers may be picked up from Bookshop or at the event on Decebmer 8th. Internet orders must be placed by Friday, December 6th. After that, please call the store to order at 831-423-0900.


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