PLOWSHARES:  A First Presbyterian Church book discussion group that meets  4-5 times per year and is open to FPC and community members. Through discussions of challenging books, we hope to learn more about people in our community and the issues they face.  We also seek to deepen our relationships with each other and to better understand what our walks with Christ should look like.


We occasionally sponsor panel discussions (“Living Room Learning” during Covid) on topics of community interest related to our book studies.


Visit the "Do" section below, church publications and on the FPC website to participate in future book discussions and register for "Living Room Learning".


  • Books from previous discussions:

  • The Vanishing Half - a novel by Brit Bennett, to be discussed July 22 @6:30pm.  Questions or to sign up:

  • Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino

  • Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (January 21, 2021)

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (October 15, 2020)

  •  How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (July 30, 2020)

  •  Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race and Ambition by Pam Kelley (May 21, 2020)

  •  White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DeAngelo (March 26, 2020)


  • Living Room Learning Panel Discussion on October 22, 2020 (1:24:29) Focused on “Eviction in Charlotte” in conjunction with the Plowshares discussion of Evicted by Matthew Desmond, this panel featured Tommy Holderness, FPC member, Legal Aid of North Carolina Attorney; Floyd Davis, FPC Member, President and CEO of Community Link NC; Tchernavia Montgomery, Chief Program Officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry; and Kim Graham, Association Director of Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.


  • The Leon Levine Museum of the New South hosts David Zucchino, author of Wilmington’s Lie in the interview discussion here. (57:02)  



  • Join discussion on “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett, July 22, 2021 @6:30 via Zoom. Named a “Best Book of 2020” by The New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine et al., the novel tells the story of identical twins who grew up inseparable in a small (fictional) Louisiana town reserved for light-skinned black residents. After they flee the town as teenagers, one twin decides to “pass” as white, a decision with long-lasting ramifications for the sisters.  We will discuss the consequences of racial identity and colorism, both as set forth in the book and through additional materials. Questions or to sign up:


  • Sign up in advance using a link to be posted in this space, in church publications and on the FPC website.

  • Gather a group of your own to read and discuss one of the books Plowshares has studied. We are happy to share the discussion agenda, discussion questions, author bio, and book summary we used. Reach out to for a copy of the resources.