Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association chooses one or more books as a Common Read, asking congregations across the denomination to consider reading and discussing the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read 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.

The 2017-18 selections are:

  • Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry
  • Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want

UUC will be holding a discussion group to read and process Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry. All are welcome to join our three-session discussion group this winter; check the UUC calendar for dates and times.

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry  Book Discussion Group 

From Amazon and the UUA Bookstore:

A joint project of the Committee for Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the UUMA and Skinner House Books, Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership.

In October 2015, a group of distinguished UU religious professionals of color gathered together in Chicago to embark on a radical project. The conference was sponsored by the UUMA’s Committee on Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism. It started with the premise that discussions of race in Unitarian Universalism have too often presupposed a White audience and prioritized the needs, education, and emotions of the White majority. The goal was to reframe Unitarian Universalist anti-oppression work by putting the voices, experiences and learnings of people of color at the center of the conversation. The resulting book, Centering, captures the papers that were presented and the rich dialogue from the conference to share personal stories and address the challenges that religious leaders of color face in exercising power, agency, and authority in a culturally White denomination. Centering explores how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist ministries.

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Learn more about the UUA Common Read.