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inSpirit Common Read for 2017-2018
Your Search for Truth and Meaning Begins Here
A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. It can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. Two books have been selected for the 2017-2018 UUA Common Read, one focusing on the work of dismantling white supremacy culture within today’s Unitarian Universalism and the other providing a vision and guidance for our work in the public square. Find out more about this year’s Common Read and how you and your UU community can participate here.
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema
A joint project of the Committee for Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and Skinner House Books, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership. Centering addresses the challenges that religious leaders of color face in exercising power, agency, and authority in a culturally white denomination and explores how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist ministries.
An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy. Legendary activist Frances Moore Lappé, and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen teamed up to tell the underreported story of a “movement of movements” arising to tackle the roots of the crisis. To save the democracy we thought we had, argue the authors, we must take our civic life to a place it’s never been. Available to pre-order now with books coming in September!