Many Unitarian Universalists participate in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual Common Read. A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregation and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
2017-18 UUA Common Read
The Common Read Selection Committee chose two books for this year’s Common Read:
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.
Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, September 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save the democracy we thought we had and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.
Previous Common Reads
2016-17: The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
2015-16: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
2014-15: Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor
2013-14: Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayarama
2012-13: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
2011-12: Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
2010-11: The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from Arizona’s Borderlands by Margaret Regan