The Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento Book Club

The Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento (BHNBS) is more than just a community; it’s a beacon of enlightenment, a platform for intellectual exploration, and a haven for Black individuals who identify as humanists, atheists, agnostics, and skeptics. One of the key activities that encapsulates the spirit of BHNBS is our book club.

The BHNBS book club is not your average book club. It’s a space where we delve into literature that challenges traditional beliefs, promotes social justice, and reflects our secular worldview. Our book club is a testament to our commitment to fostering intellectual growth and critical thinking within our community.

Previously Discussed Books

Over the years, we’ve read and discussed various books that span multiple genres and topics. From exploring the intersection of race and religion in Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels to delving into the history of slavery in The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, our book club discussions are always enlightening and thought-provoking.

We’ve also explored scientific concepts in books like Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. These discussions broaden our knowledge and help us appreciate the beauty of the natural world from a secular perspective.

In the end, the purpose of the BHNBS book club is to create a space where we can learn, grow, and support each other. It’s about building a community that values intellectual exploration, critical thinking, and social justice. And most importantly, it’s about creating a space where Black secular voices are heard, valued, and respected.

If you want to join our book club or learn more about BHNBS, please reach out. We’re always excited to welcome new members into our community.

How the Book Club Works

Our book club operates on a democratic and inclusive process, ensuring every member’s voice is heard. We aim to read and discuss approximately four to five books annually, fostering rich and insightful discussions.

The book selection process is quite straightforward. Members can recommend books that stimulate thoughtful discussions and align with our group’s interests. After making the recommendations, we vote to determine our next read. To ensure the chosen book resonates with a majority, it’s required that at least three group members express interest in reading the selected book.

We meet every month to discuss the assigned chapters. Even if a member hasn’t had the chance to complete the assigned reading, we strongly encourage attendance. After all, the essence of our book club lies not only in discussing literature but also in the sharing of diverse perspectives and ideas.

A small requirement is that members can start recommending books once they have attended at least four of our book club discussions. This ensures that the recommenders understand the group’s interests and dynamics well.

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