Virtual Book Club

Settling down with a great book allows you an escape—and the space to contemplate ideas that might have never crossed your mind had you not chosen the book in the first place. And sometimes you just want to discuss what you've read with another who loves to read just like you. Sharing a book helps us to bring ideas off the page and into the world. That's why we have created OUR BOOK CLUB. This will be a great space to connect in community, make some new friends, and open your world to greater possibilities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Our Next Book Club

The Land Is Not Empty

by Sarah Augustine

Sunday, January 8

4:00-5:15pm ET

Facilitated by Beth Vanoli

About The Land Is Not Empty

In this prophetic book, author Sarah Augustine, a Pueblo woman, reframes the colonization of North America as she investigates ways that the Doctrine of Discovery continues to devastate indigenous cultures, and even the planet itself, as it justifies exploitation of both natural resources and people. This is a powerful call to reckon with the root causes of a legacy that continues to have devastating effects on indigenous peoples around the globe and a call to recognize how all of our lives and our choices are interwoven. The Land Is Not Empty appears on the recently released 2023 Reading Program list as a Bonus Book.


About the Author 

Sarah Augustine, who is a Pueblo (Tewa) descendant, is co- founder and               Executive Director of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition.               She is also the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF),                 where she has worked in relationship with vulnerable Indigenous Peoples           since 2005. She has represented the interests of Indigenous community                 partners to their own governments, the Inter-American development bank,         the United Nations, the Organization of American States Inter-American                 Commission on Human Rights, the World Health Organization, and a host of other international actors including corporate interests.

In 2011 she co-wrote the World Council of Churches Statement on the Doctrine of Discovery and its Enduring Impacts on Indigenous Peoples, and shared in the creation of the ecumenical Indigenous Peoples network.  She is a columnist for Anabaptist World, and co-hosts the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery podcast with Sheri Hostetler. She has written for Sojourners, The Mennonite, Anabaptist Witness, Response Magazine, and other publications, as well as a variety of academic journals.   She has taught at Heritage University, Central Washington University, and Goshen College. In Washington State, where she lives, she serves in a leadership role on multiple boards and commissions to enable vulnerable peoples to speak for themselves in advocating for structural justice. She and her husband, Dan Peplow, and their son live in the Yakima Valley of Washington. She is author of the book The Land Is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery (Herald Press 2021).

Would you like to host one of Our Book Clubs?

If you or your group have a book from the Reading Program that you have enjoyed, we would love to have you host one of our future Book Clubs. To learn more, email