The story turns on the contrast between the rising of the dome, a symbol of unity, at the time that the country is on a fateful trajectory toward disunity.
Walter Isaacson, author of "Steve Jobs," called Mr. Gugliotta's book a "fascinating narrative."
Mr. Gugliotta's career includes time as a foreign correspondent in Latin America, a congressional reporter in Washington, D.C., and a freelance science writer.
The church is located at 815 Portola Road in Portola Valley. A reception will follow the talk.