Bethany All-Church Read
June 17 – August 18

We will be doing an All-Church Read of Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil’s new book: Empowered to Repair: Becoming People Who Mend Broken Systems and Heal Our Communities. We are asking you to have the book in hand by Sunday, June 16th. The church will have a few copies available as well if you are in need of a free book.

We'll begin reading together on Monday, June 17th. Dr. Brenda will join us for some sessions, we will have opportunities for communal discussion and reflection, there will be some prayer walks around both our Queen Anne neighborhood, and in other neighborhoods around Seattle, and there will be an online study available that you can use individually and/or with your small groups. For more information or if you are in need of a free book, reach out to  Looking forward to reading with you!

ALL-CHURCH READ STUDY GUIDE:  Links to download the guide will go "live" on this page on Weds., June 12th, and will also be sent out via email to the Bethany E-News distribution list. You can use these in your small group, with a friend, or even if you’d just like to reflect individually.

BOOK GROUP:  If you are not currently in a small group and would like to be with other Bethany folks to discuss this book, please let Group Life Elder, Jennifer Steenstra know:

CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. BRENDA:  We will have post-worship conversations and Q&A time about issues that are coming up as we are reading. These will be at Bethany with Dr. Brenda on Sunday, July 21st, and Sunday, August 4th, after worship.


— Bethany Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 9th — Books will be available for purchase after worship at the All-Church Read connect table.

— Estelita's Library – A Black/Brown owned Community Bookstore and Library, curated with books focused on social justice, ethnic studies, and liberation movements. They currently have a few copies on hand or you can order online here.

– Queen Anne Bookstore - Local bookstore, longstanding relationship with Bethany and just across the street from our campus. They currently have some copies on hand or you can order online here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Director of Formation & Outreach, Marisa Gronholz, at