This year, the UUA Common Read is actually two “reads”. Reverend Jennifer, in conjunction with the Social Action Committee, will be offering discussions of both books. This year’s selections are:
- Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry
- Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want
Up first is Centering. This book offers nine essays focusing on the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities. A ninety minute group discussion will be offered on Sunday, February 4 at noon (light lunch will be available) and again on Tuesday, February 20 at 7 pm. Both sessions will be facilitated by Reverend Jennifer and Missy Staples. Although the book contains nine essays, the discussion sessions will focus on one essay by Rev. Darrick Jackson, “Othering and Belonging,” and the response by Rev. Lilia Cuervo. Reading all of the essays, of course, will provide participants with a more comprehensive background for the discussion.
If you are interested in participating but find the cost of the book prohibitive, please contact Rev. Jennifer. If you wish to participate in the book discussion, please send our Office Administrator an e-mail with the subject line “Book Discussion RSVP,” indicating which session you will attend. RSVP deadline is Thursday, February 1 for the February 4 discussion and Saturday February 17 for the February 20 discussion.
Look for information later in the year on the dates and times for the Daring Democracy sessions.