Participation in the Reading Program
To participate in the Reading Program, select one of the four plans and when completed, report it to your local United Methodist Women secretary for program resources. Browse the books online at the e-store or download the catalogs: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013.
As you get started, your local secretary of program resources should:
- Help you enroll in the Reading Program.
- Explain the Reading Program's procedures.
- Give you a Reading Program catalog.
- Help you buy or borrow Reading Program books.
The Reading Program Leads to Action
The Reading Program is a study opportunity, but it should also lead to action. Here are a few suggestions to assist you:
Pray. Books often raise concerns about people, countries and issues. Bring these concerns to God during your prayer time at home and at group meetings.
Host a program. For example, a locally–sponsored program on climate justice could help the church and community explore ways to be better stewards of God’s Earth.
Organize. You and your group can contact the Office of Community Action to work on social action plans for your local group and church. To obtain resources for community organizing e-mail Carol Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Encourage youth to read and review titles from the reading lists.
- Continue your actions on the Charter for Racial Justice Policies of The United Methodist Church.
Promoting the Reading Program in Local & District Groups
- Form an action team to take action on an issue addressed in one or more books.
- Start a reading group of adults and/or children or youth.
- Present book reviews of Reading Program books at United Methodist Women meetings.
- Take Reading Program books and issues of response to retirement and nursing homes and read regularly to residents.
- Inform parents, grandparents and others with children and youth that books for children and youth are available through the Reading Program.
- Let pastors, church leaders and Sunday school teachers know of the books available through the Reading Program.
- Highlight large print and other special format books to include a wider variety of readers.
- Honor those who participate in the Reading Program; present Reading Program certificates (PDF) to those who complete plans.
- Show special recognition to units or individuals who complete Plans III and IV.
- Develop displays to encourage book sales, especially around holiday seasons.