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.
2018-19 UUA Common Read
This year’s Common Read selection is Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018).
At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins.
The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.
Previous Common Reads
2017-18: Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema and Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen
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.