Smart Reads: Love is the Way

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 6 – 7 pm

The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60637

In our April Smart Reads selection, Love is the Way, Bishop Michael Curry offers an inspirational road map for living the way of love, illuminated with moving lessons from his own life. We invite you to read along with us and engage in two thought-provoking conversations with host Dorian H. Nash.

FREE. To help build a community of participants, capacity is limited and advanced registration is required. If needed, the Smart Museum can pick up the cost of the book for participants in this reading group. Instructions will be provided with your registration confirmation. 

Smart Reads is presented by the Smart Museum of Art in collaboration with Seminary Co-op Bookstores.

About Smart Reads

The Smart Museum of Art's virtual book club, Smart Reads, aims to foster care within our community during an unprecedented time of collective social anxiety and separation. Over the next year, we invite you to delve into books surrounding love, art, culture, politics, relationships, and more. Each book selection features a series of small group conversations hosted by Dorian H. Nash.


Please register to receive the zoom links for each session.

Part I : Thursday, April 15, 6 pm

Part II: Thursday, April 22, 6 pm

Smart Reads will return in June 2021 with a new book selection—stay tuned!

Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times

by Bishop Michael Curry and Sara Grace

As the descendant of slaves and the son of a civil rights activist, Bishop Michael Curry's life illustrates massive changes in our times. Much of the world met Bishop Curry when he delivered his sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. Here, he expands on his message of hope in an inspirational road map for living the way of love, illuminated with moving lessons from his own life. Through the prism of his faith, ancestry, and personal journey, Love Is the Way shows us how America came this far and, more important, how to go a whole lot further.

The way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God. This book will lead readers to discover the gifts they need in order to live the way of love: deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity.