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

Book Covers of Daring Democracy and Centering

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

More In Our Church Library

Check out our church library for these and other justice-focused books and DVDs. View our library catalog.

Also, the inSpirit UU Book & Gift Shop as well as the Second Unitarian Library offer many books on justice, our faith, ethics, spiritual growth, and more!