Uwharrie District 2021-2022 Reading Plan

posted on June 08

Dear friends,

This weekend I read several articles with this or a similar title, “My Summer Reading List,” or “Best Books for Warm Temperatures.” For many, summer is a good time to catch up on reading. With that in mind, I want to share with you some books and reading material that I hope we will be reading and exploring together over the next twelve months. You may want to read these books for personal growth or to share with a Sunday School class or small group. District-wide gatherings will be held monthly to share information and reflection on selected books. Watch for the complete schedule coming soon! We assume that no one will agree with everything that is written in the books, but, that we will be encouraged to listen, learn, and grow!

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Laura Auten
Uwharrie Superintendent and Missional Strategist

Summer Read


We might be wondering what it means to be disciples in a world that has been so deeply changed by the global pandemic. This short and simple read offers great material and questions for leaders helping their congregations “re-engage” and “re-enter” from the COVID-19 crisis. Available on Amazon or other websites. Kindle version is free.  

District-wide Discussion:  August 9, 6:30-7:30pm, Zoom, register AT THIS LINK

Accompanying Resources:  Rev. Katie Lineberger, our District Vitality Associate, can help you with a Visioning Guide for your congregation. She has also trained with Kay Kotan on helping churches establish a simpler governing structure.  

The Conference Leadership Development Team will be hosting a webinar with Kay Kotan on June 23, You can register here:  The Ultimate ReLaunch Playbook (wnccumc.org)

Fall Read

Are we making church members or disciples who have been changed and transformed by the message of Jesus? This book describes the journey from being an “on the sidelines” spectator to being a fully committed Jesus-follower. Scazzero then describes how this kind of discipleship can change everything, in the most positive ways, about your church’s mission and ministry. 

Watch for dates for a District-wide discussion and accompanying resources.  

Winter Read

Provocative read on the history of caste and racism drawing comparisons and contrasts to the caste system in India, slavery in the United States, and Nazism in Germany. Highlights the importance of people of faith having conversation around race and racial justice. 

Watch for dates for a District-wide discussion and accompanying resources.  

Spring Read

At no other time in the life of our church and world has the skill and influence of conversations been more important. Political, social, and denominational issues will require honest and loving conversations. 

Watch for dates for a District-wide discussion and accompanying resources.  

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