Month of Joy
A Community Wide Read


Promoting joy through
generosity and compassion.

April 2018


 

Introduction

Want to be more joyful? Want to live in a community filled with joy? “Each day and each moment, we are able to create and re-create our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet. This is the power we wield.” In The Book of Joy: lasting happiness in a changing world, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu reveal their formula for living a joyful life, even when health, aging, exile and oppression are part of that life. Join the discussion and prepared to lead a joyful life.

Why is St. Michael’s joining with community partners to sponsor a community wide read?

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama states “the reality is that out of seven billion people, over one billion people on the planet are nonbelievers. So we cannot exclude them. One billion is quite a large number. They are also our human brothers and sisters. They also have the right to become happier human beings and to be good members of the human family.” (p31)

Why a month?

In a world of moving on to the next thing, we want our community to sit with this book and these ideas. Read, think, discuss, change some habits, repeat.

Why The Can Man too?

We do not want to leave the children out of the discussion. Children and adults who read The Can Man “will be encouraged to think beyond themselves and celebrate the simple acts of kindness and sharing that make a difference in people’s lives.”

Where do I get the books?

Both The Book of Joy and The Can Man are available to borrow from the Oliver Wolcott Library, 
and to purchase through St. Michael’s Church Office, 9:30am-2:30pm M-F. Thank you to the The Hickory Stick Bookshop for making the books available.


A Night of Humor

Humor is one of the eight pillars of joy.

A 30-year entertainment professional, Michael Petit’s unbridled comedy is infectious and hilarious. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. BYOB. Grab your friends and join us for a good time. Bring your own food and drinks, and help us celebrate the kick off to a Month of Joy.

Free will offering.

Favorite non-perishable pantry items for The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.

Saturday, April 7, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm,  The Litchfield Community Center


The Can Man

After reading and discussing the book children will decorate boxes to be used for redeemable container collection points.

Favorite nonperishable pantry items for The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.

Sunday, April 8 at 10am, St. Michael’s Sunday School


The Book of Joy

A book discussion with

Reception to follow.

Favorite nonperishable pantry items for The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.

Thursday, April 12 at 7pm, Oliver Wolcott Library

Father Tucker recommends The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright.

  Father Tucker’s handout on The Book of Joy.


Joy Practices

Barbara Putnam will lead a session of Joy Practices based on those described in The Book of Joy. Join with other readers of the book in simple breathing exercises, an introduction to some of the practices, and a chance to practice and discuss them with the group. Interested participants who have not read the book are welcome. Champagne punch and chocolate reception to follow.

Barbara Putnam is a member of St. Michael’s who has studied and practiced both Christian Centering Prayer and meditation for decades. She is a certified yoga instructor.

Favorite nonperishable pantry items for The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.

Friday, April 13 at 5:30pm, St. Michael’s Library

Handouts for Joy Practices.


The Science of Joy

David Pavlick will lead a session expanding on the science presented in The Book of Joy. Join with other readers of the book in learning more about what happens in our brain when we are joyful. Interested participants who have not read the book are welcome. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

David Pavlick is a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist specializing in neurofeedback.

Favorite nonperishable pantry items for The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.

Saturday, April 21 at 3:30pm, St. Michael’s Community House


The Can Man, Redeemable Container Drive

Read the book, The Can Man, then collect redeemables. Participate as a family or with a civic organization. Thank you to the East Litchfiled Village Improvement Society for sharing their space at the recycle center.

Redeemables collected.
Tuesday, April 24—Saturday, April 28 from 7am—3pm
Litchfield Recycle Center

Proceeds to benefit The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s.

The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is open the third Saturday of each month, 10:30am – 12:30pm

It is located in The Community House at St. Michael’s Parish, Litchfield, CT. All who are affected by food insecurity issues are welcome. No registration is required. Guests choose from among everyday grocery items including healthy and delicious options, pre-cooked frozen items, fresh produce and baked goods, fresh proteins, allergy sensitive items, etc.


Become a community partner!

  • Promote reading and discussing the books within your organization, and participate in events already planned.
  • Plan an event that centers around one of the eight pillars of joy: Perspective, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion and Generosity.
  • Plan an event that centers around one of the joy practices such as: a breathing practice, morning meditation walk, exercise, meditation, prayer, or silent retreat. There are others outlined in “The Book of Joy”.

To be listed as a community partner, please contact the church office  via email: office@stmichaels-litchfield.org or 860-567-9465 with the following information:

  • Organization Name:
  • Organization Website:
  • Contact Name:
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  • Which book(s) will you be promoting. Check all that apply:
    ___The Book of Joy
    ___The Can Man

Planning your own Month of Joy event. We’d love to hear about it and help promote it. Feel free to leave comments below.

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