OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU Reach out to a community that your own community has had tenuous or complicated connections with. This might be a church, a synagogue, a mosque; a parenting group or a school or neighborhood association in an area with which your own area has experienced tensions.
Invite them to form a book group with your own community, with the goal of discussing literature rather than politics. For your first few books, choose works by authors not affiliated with either of your groups (for example, for a mosque forming a book group with a synagogue, choose a novel or collection of stories by a writer who is neither Muslim nor Jewish).
Meet over food and drink to discuss the book. Be human together. Talk about the characters and what drives them, what they fear and what they hope for.
Let us know if you decide to take up the challenge and contact us if you need suggestions.