Diversity Book Drive

By Jill Rye

Let’s celebrate Epiphany by bringing gifts to those less fortunate.

Epiphany is the day Christians remember the coming of the Magi to visit Jesus, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It occurs on January 6 every year, the 13th day of the Christmas season. The word "epiphany," from the Greek word epiphania, means appearance or manifestation. 

An even more ancient Christian celebration than Christmas, Epiphany originally focused on the nativity, God’s incarnation (God made flesh) in the birth of Jesus Christ, and Christ’s baptism. After the late fourth century, as Advent developed as a season of baptismal preparation in addition to Lent, Epiphany became associated with baptism. This is why we see images of the three Magi on many older baptismal fonts.

Some United Methodists in the United States tend to recognize Epiphany on the Sunday nearest January 6. There may be a pageant of the three kings as part of worship that day and a small party afterward. Learn more about how Methodists celebrate Epiphany. 

For Epiphany this year, the Commission on Religion and Race, will host a book drive for Bernie’s Book Bank as a culminating event for our Diverse Book Challenge.  Bernie’s Book Bank creates a long-term relationship with under-served children and their families, providing them with twelve books a year for twelve years!!

You do not need to participate in the book challenge to help gather books for the book drive!!  

If you would like to participate, you may donate books in one of the following ways:

  1. Click here to be connected to our unique site with Bernie’s Book Bank. Here, baskets of books can be purchased for various levels of donations.  They will all be books from the organizations’ “Books on a Mission” list, which highlights diverse books.  Since they can source excellent quality used books at very low prices this gives us the biggest bang for the dollar.
  2. Choose a diverse book you loved as a family, or look at the book bank’s requested items and bring them to the marked bin in the Grace foyer on or before January 10. Gently used books are OK!

    Please NO textbooks, dictionaries, activity books, coloring books, reference material, religious books or foreign language books (dual language is OK).