Annual Membership meeting

Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran ChurchPeter Lovenheim is an author and journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in The New York TimesParadeThe Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches nonfiction writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His six previous books include In the Neighborhood (winner of the First Annual Zócalo Public Square Book Prize). In the Neighborhood:The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a TimeNamed a first selection by the Action Book ClubPeter Lovenheim had lived on the same street in suburban Rochester, New York much of his life. But it was only after a brutal murder-suicide rocked the neighborhood that he was struck by a fact of modern life in contemporary American communities: No one really knew anyone else.Thus began Peter’s search to meet and get to know his neighbors. Being inquisitive, he did more than just introduce himself. He asked, ever so politely, if he could sleep over.With an open mind and a curious spirit, Lovenheim takes us inside the homes, minds, and hearts of his neighbors and asks a thought-provoking question: Do neighborhoods still matter—and is something lost when we live as strangers next door? Praise for In the Neighborhood“Lovenheim advances ideas about isolation in the modern world, and why a welcoming front porch is needed now more than ever.” Booklist“It’s impossible to read this book without feeling the urge to knock on neighbors’ doors.” —Chicago Sun-Times“Using the sleepover as an innovative sociological lens, Lovenheim provides a smart…personal look at what Americans tend to lose by [going] about their lives largely detached from those living around them.” Publishers Weekly“It is hard not to be charmed [and] to read this book and not think of your own neighborhood, your own street.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune“…poignant and often hilarious…” —Christian Century“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s not only a fascinating sociological take on modern American communities, but a deeply personal story.” —Booklovers Coming June 5th!The Attachment EffectA revealing look at how and why we relate to others—and how we can improve our closest connectionsThe psychology of attachment is having a moment. Why is this concept, widely accepted for decades, suddenly in the news? Because people are discovering how powerfully it sheds light on the mystery of how we relate to each other—and why these patterns tend to repeat themselves over the course of our lives. Fascinated by the subject, award-winning journalist and author Peter Lovenheim embarked on a journey to explore the science of attachment and how it underpins our complicated connections to each other. Through a compelling narrative that combines personal stories with scientific research, along with personal insights into his own intimate relationships, Lovenheim brings the attachment process to life and reveals how our earliest bond shapes our entire lives.

Dates: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 19:00