Resource Center

Resource Center

Resource Center Director: Renda Brinson
Located at Union Presbyterian Seminary
5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC in Room C203

RESOURCE CENTER HOURS:

We are open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for students and members of the Presbytery to have access to our Resource Center and Library. We will also work with you to get the resources you may need.

If you have questions, please feel free to call Renda Brinson (704-458-0366) to help you decide how we may help you. Contact Renda Brinson, Director of the Presbytery of Charlotte Resource Center at rendab1234@gmail.com if you wish to have items pulled for you to pick up.

Visit our website:  www.librarything.com/catalog/CharlotteCRC

New materials will be pictured first, the most recent are in the order of recent purchases. If you ever have any issues with the website, please let me know and I will be glad to help you. We are still working to get electronic check-out – a large project but in our plans. We hope that you will be able in the future to know whether a book is checked out and reserve online.


PRESBYTERY READING GROUP
Questions? Contact Renda Brinson at 704-458-0366
or
rendab1234@gmail.com

PRESBYTERY READING GROUP SCHEDULE
 Make a plan to join our reading and discussion Book Group now!
All meetings are at 10:00 am in the  Resource Center.

Our Reading Group is on a break for part of the summer, but we have chosen books to be reading while we are apart. We invite all who love books and discussing them with other avid readers to join us when we restart on Thursday, August 22, 2024 (4th Thursday) at 10:00 am at the Resource Center. We have copies of the books we select to be borrowed for those who do not wish to purchase or cannot secure from the public library. If you have any questions, please contact Renda Brinson.
We will be discussing the following books on the dates listed below:

Thursday, August 22nd
We have selected a book that is much longer than our usual selections, but know we have a couple of months to read.
The Covenant of Water
by Abraham Verghese

Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning—and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala’s long-existing Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl—and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi—will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants.

A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the difficulties undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. It is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.


September 26, 2024
We have selected a book with a North Carolina setting.

The Tannery
by Michael Almond

July 5, 1900, Wilkes County, North Carolina: The beautiful young daughter of tannery owner Jakob Schuman is found dead on the north bank of the Yadkin River, brutally beaten, a skinning knife in her chest.

Who killed Rachel Schumann? And why? Ambitious Wilkes prosecutor Vincent Taliaferro has arrested Virgil Wade, a mixed-race boy, and is convinced the case is open and shut. But local lawyer Ben Waterman is not so sure. Ben’s investigation uncovers evidence that undermines the prosecutor’s case and points in an entirely different direction. But can he prove it? Can he convince an all-White, all-male jury of Virgil’s innocence?

The Tannery transports readers to the turbulent world of the post-Reconstruction South. Reflecting issues prominent in today’s headlines, themes of Black voter suppression and intimidation, the violence and depravity of vigilante “justice,” and the rise of Jim Crow drive the narrative to its dramatic and surprising conclusion.


October 24, 2024
While we read largely fiction, we try to read non-fiction that will inspire and challenge us, which is our choice for our October meeting.

Color of Compromise
by Jemar Tisby
An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically–up to the present day–worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.

The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.