The Ohio Conference Winter Read has returned! Once again this winter Ohio Conference is holding a Conference-wide book study using the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

2023 marks the second year for the Winter Read. Last year, more than 60 people participated in discussions about the book Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison. This year Winter Read participants are studying Just Mercy, a book by    Bryan Stevenson which deals with the criminal justice system.

Bryan Stevenson was the speaker at Eastern Mennonite University’s spring 2022 commencement ceremony. He is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School.

Discussion leaders for the Ohio Conference Winter Read are Nathan Beachy and the Rev. Rosalind Young, both of Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland.

Winter Read discussion sessions are taking place on Zoom on Tuesday evenings. The first session was held Jan. 10, and sessions will take place weekly, concluding Feb. 28. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m.

Interested in joining the discussion? It’s not too late to join the Winter Read. Just Mercy is available as a paperback or on Kindle on the Amazon website:

A reading schedule for this series is available:  To receive the Zoom login for the Winter Read, please register online:

If you would like to see recordings of previous Winter Read discussion sessions, email Alysa Short at

Gallery of Zoom participants in the 2023 Winter Read featuring the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Participants in the Ohio Conference Winter Read meet on Zoom to discuss the book Just Mercy.