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“At Your Leisure” is a platform on which associate minister Katherine Willis Pershey shares pastoral letters with the congregation of First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

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From Pastor Rich Kirchherr:

Unapologetic: Why Christianity Still makes Sense by Francis Spufford 
Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and The World Series that Changed Baseball by Luke Epplin 

From Pastor Katherine Willis Pershey:

The Love That is God by Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt 
Dear White Peacemakers by Osheta Moore 
A Burning in my Bones by Winn Collier 
The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green 
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker 
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang 
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore 
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 

From Pastor Meredith Onion:

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett  
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum 
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson 
*A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Mediations by Sarah Bessey 
Inspired by Rachel Held Evans
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer 
The Lincoln Highway by Amar Towles 

From Hope Sabbagha;

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
Inspired by Rachel Held Evans 
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas  

From Marcy Dusza:

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles 

From Mike Tilden:

A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters by Amy & Dave Freeman  

From Nancy O’Brien:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams 
Unlearning God by Philip Gulley 
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 
The Library Book by Susan Orlean 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
Anxious People by Fredrick Backman 
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson 
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare 

From Faith Community Nurse Jean Larson:

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles 
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams 
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans 
The Book of Prayer by Stormie Omartian 
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict 
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn 
The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan 
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig 

From Beth Tracy:

The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor by Eddie Jaku, Raphael Corkhill, et al.  

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