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Been In the Storm So Long

Mark Morrison-Reed and Jacqui James, Editors

We are here today because we want our religious journey to include more than one holy land, more than one vision, more than one scripture….
We sing praises in many styles and in many languages. 
We make a joyful noise unto whomever nourishes and sustains all life.
When we look around us here today we see the beauty of diversity—people of various sizes and shapes, heads of different colors and textures. We see an age span of several generations. We are aware of personality differences, of differences in perspective, of ancestors who represent every continent of our world.
Come let us celebrate our diversity.
Come let us worship together.

—“What We’ve Started” by Betty Bobo Seiden

In light of  2006 General Assembly’s responsive resolution on racism and classism, Been in the Storm So Long is back by popular demand. First published in 1991, this stirring volume features more than forty selections from the spirited voices of twenty-nine African Americans. Culled from books, sermons, articles, journals, newsletters and lectures, Been in the Storm So Long embodies the struggles and triumphs of African American Unitarian Universalists. Intended as an educational and inspirational resource, these selections are suitable for worship and personal reflection. Contributors include David H. Eaton, Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, Rosemary Bray McNatt, Thandeka, Egbert Etherlred Brown and more.

Mark Morrison-Reed is author of Black Pioneers in a White Denomination published by Skinner House Books. Jacqui James served the Unitarian Universalist Association in the Ministry, Lifespan Faith Development and Faith in Action departments from 1986 until 2003.

For more information contact skinnerhouseatuuadotorg.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

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