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Otira Book Club

Books to borrow, share and discuss

Otira Theological Book Club offers its participants the opportunity to borrow a wide range of books designed to inspire great discussion, offer another perspective, and further their own Christian education.

It’s a great opportunity to connect with others, have valuable conversations and learn more about your own and others’ faiths. It costs nothing to join, other than postage to return borrowed books.


How does it work?

We encourage anyone to gather a group of friends, acquaintances, or congregation members, and have a look at the book list. Select some titles you’re interested in reading. Then, get in contact with us to reserve your preferred titles for the upcoming year.

You can meet to discuss the books with your group as often as suits and at any time.

We have some groups who meet every month on a Monday morning at church. Some groups meet once every three months at a local restaurant. How you choose to meet and discuss the books you read is completely up to you!

During COVID, many groups have chosen to meet on zoom. As picnics have become more of an option, some groups have started to schedule outdoor picnic meetings!


Does it cost anything?

The only cost is the price of shipping books back to the Centre of Theology and Ministry. You can also drop books back in person if that suits your group better. (In order to be COVID safe, this option has had to be put on hold until lockdowns end and staff can return to the building).

New books are purchased from donations. So, we also ask that groups consider donating to the book club in order to purchase new publications.


What kind of publications do you have?
We have a wide range of books available, including (but definitely not limited to!):

  • Searching for Sunday by Rachael Held Evans
  • The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History by Meredith Blake
  • The God We Never Knew by Marcus J Borg
  • Three Gates to Paradise by Clare Boyd-Macrae
  • Yarta Wandartha by Denise Champion (We also have Aunty Denise’s new book Anaditj coming in 2022)
  • The Misunderstood Jew by Amy Jill-Levine
  • Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by Philip J Newell


How long do we have the books for??
Normal borrowing time is about 6-8 weeks.

How do we get the books??
Either via mail (Australia Post) or by personal pick up at the CTM. Normally the books will be available to be handed out at the previous meeting, to be read, then discussed and collected at the next meeting.


My group is interested how do I get more information??
Contact us on 03 9340 8846, Adelaide.Morse@victas.uca.org.au or info@ctm.uca.edu.au

To reserve multiple titles download this form: Contact Details (please fill in form) (once filled in you will need to save the form and email to Adelaide.Morse@victas.uca.org.au or info@ctm.uca.edu.au).
To reserve a single title please send an email.


A download of the list of the 2021 Booklist is available here. Things to note:

  • New books are the ones acknowledged by **NEW**.
  • The book group comments have been provided by you. It is important to note that these are a particular group’s experience of the book and may not necessarily reflect your group’s experience of the same book. They have been included for you as an additional reference when choosing your books. If you have a comment on a book, please feel free to include it when returning the books.
  • Every effort will be made to supply you with the books requested for the time indicated. If the book has been reserved by another group, the book will be made available to you at the next possible time.
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