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Summer learning sessions are designed to offer an opportunity for clergy to connect, experience new learning, and brainstorm ways to apply that learning to their congregation and community. 

ALL clergy should plan to participate in a Summer Learning session. 

This summer, District Superintendent Sarah Calvert asks each clergyperson to read one book from our Summer Book List.

We will host Summer Book Weeks July 24-27 & August 14-17. This summer we have 12 books on the list and 13 scheduled ‘book club’ conversations. Some are in person, some are via Zoom, some are over lunch, and one will be facilitated in Korean.

All clergy are expected to read a book from the Summer Book List and participate in a discussion.

If you happen to be on vacation during BOTH of the Book Club Weeks you need to contact Sarah Allen (NoVaAdmin@vaumc.org). 

Summer Book List

*Matt Miofsky is our NoVA District Training Day speaker in 2024

(Book links are from Amazon, but we encourage you to check the library or your local bookseller.)

Summer Learning Sessions

Please note: there are limited seats available for the in-person sessions. Be sure to register soon, as those spots will fill up.


DATE Time Book Where
Wednesday, July 26 11:30-1:30 Poverty by America Silver Diner (Falls Church)
Wednesday, July 26 1:00-2:30 Do I Stay Christian? District Office
Wednesday, July 26 2:00-3:30 My Body Is Not a Prayer Request Floris UMC
Thursday, July 27 10:00-11:30 The Road Back to You Zoom
Thursday, July 27 12:00-2:00 Humbler Faith, bigger God Auld Shebeen (Fairfax)
Thursday, July 27 2:00-3:30 MetaChurch Zoom
Tuesday, August 15 10:00-12:00 Long Obedience in the Same Direction District Office
Tuesday, August 15 10:30-12:00 Set Boundaries, Find Peace Zoom
Tuesday, August 15 7:00-8:30 p.m. Set Boundaries, Find Peace Zoom
Wednesday, August 16 10:00-12:00 She Arlington Temple (at Community UMC)
Wednesday, August 16 12:00-2:00 Leaders Eat Last District Office
Thursday, August 17 10:00-11:30 Cooperative Parishes Zoom
Thursday, August 17 12:00-1:30 Leaning into the Future Without Fear Zoom

Can’t make any of the listed sessions?

All clergy are expected to read a book from the Summer Book List and discuss it this summer before August 31.

If you are unable to attend any of the listed sessions, please email Sarah Allen and let her know which book you will be reading and discussing.