Skinner House Books
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Skinner House Books is an imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations, publishing books to aid individuals and congregations in their search for truth and meaning. Learn more about Skinner House.
- Children's Books
- Church Administration & Leadership
- Contemporary Issues and Social Justice
- Meditation Manuals
- Religious History & Commentary
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Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism
Edited by Wayne Arnason and Sam Trumbore
Both the seven principles and the six sources of Unitarian Universalism affirm and encourage Unitarian Universalists in exploring world faith traditions while maintaining their UU identity. This book brings together for the first time the voices of UUs who have become Buddhists while not sacrificing that identity, and Buddhists who have found in Unitarian Universalism a spiritual home where they can sustain a practice and join in an activist religious community that accepts and encourages who they are. Also included is an exploration of how American Buddhism has been influenced by Unitarian Universalism and how UU congregations are being changed by Buddhist practice.
Falling into the Sky
Edited by Abhi Janamanchi and Abhimanyu Janamanchi
Falling into the Sky, the 2013 UUA Meditation Manual, is full of open spaces and possibility. Edited by Abhi Janamanchi and his son Abhimanyu Jamananchi, it compiles forty remarkable writings from Unitarian Universalist ministers, leaders, and lay people. These meditations are full of vivid vistas of imagination and reflection.
In the Interim
Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations
Edited by Barbara Child and Keith Kron
A period of interim ministry poses unique challenges and opportunities for both congregations and ministers. Much more than a "caretaker" ministry, an interim ministry can help a congregation navigate and get the most out of a time of transition. In this practical and insightful volume, interim ministers and other congregational leaders provide a road map for a transformative and fulfilling interim period.
Mira and the Big Story
Laura Alary, illustrated by Sue Todd
Mira is a girl with big questions. She knows two different stories about the way the world came to be. Which story is right? Can they both be right? Is there room for more than one way to think about the world and our place in it? Follow her on an inspiring journey as she discovers a story big enough to include everyone. Along the way, Mira learns to respect and revere the traditions of others. Beautifully illustrated, this compelling tale will keep young ones enthralled.
The Story of a Prophet and Reformer
In the pages of Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer, young readers will encounter a man very different from the figure often presented in Western popular culture. Drawing from biographies, the Quran, and hadith, Sarah Conover, co-author of Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents, relates the story of a radical prophet who challenged the rich and powerful, guided his community of followers through a dangerous time of persecution and exile, formed alliances with people of different beliefs, and preached "love for humanity what you love for yourself."
The Pen and the Bell
Mindful Writing in a Busy World
Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes
It can be difficult to create space for our spiritual lives in a world crowded with distractions. The Pen and the Bell is about how to achieve mindfulness and creative fulfillment in spite of long to-do lists. It's about gaining access to our deeper selves in the workaday world, and bringing forth this authentic self in our writing. With both meditative and writing exercises in each chapter, it will help you awaken your creative soul and find a more rewarding life.
Reclaiming Prophetic Witness
Liberal Religion in the Public Square
In this clarion call to action, leading Unitarian Universalist theologian Paul Rasor dispels the myth that conservative Christianity is the only valid religious voice in the national debates on social policy. Showing that religious liberals are more numerous than many realize, he calls on them to embrace their prophetic heritage and bring their religious convictions to bear on the issues of our time. Reclaiming Prophetic Witness will lift your spirit, while inspiring you to lift your voice and reclaim a place in the public square.
Soul to Soul
Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing
Christine Robinson & Alicia Hawkins
From the writers of Heart to Heart: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing comes this collection of fourteen additional gatherings for your small group ministry or other spiritual sharing group.
Sources of Our Faith
Kathleen Rolenz, Editor
The living tradition we share draws from many sources. This collection of inspirational readings from many cultures and times provides a felt sense of the six Sources of Unitarian Universalism. Organized by Source, and introduced with thoughtful essays from the editor, these readings are ideal for use in worship or for personal reflection. From the Qur'an to Margaret Fuller, from Rumi to Rebecca Parker, this broad range of poetry and prose will help deepen our understanding and connection to our faith.
The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide, 5th Edition
Peter Morales, Editor
Revised and updated, the Pocket Guide is one of the most complete introductions to Unitarian Universalism available, covering ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, and history. The 2012 edition is the most extensive revision in over a decade. Contributors include Kay Montgomery, John Crestwell, Gail Geisenhainer, Rosemary Bray McNatt, Jane Ranney Rzepka, Mark Belletini, Judith Frediani, Rebecca Parker, and Dan McKanan. Foreword by MSNBC commentator and lifelong Unitarian Universalist Melissa Harris-Perry. Also available in a Spanish edition.
Voices from the Margins
An Anthology if Meditations
Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed, Editors
In Voices from the Margins, Jacqui James and Mark Morrison-Reed have compiled a remarkable collection of reflections and meditations from voices often left unheard in Unitarian Universalism. These writings remind us of both what we miss when we don't listen to marginalized voices and the amazing insights we stand to gain when we do.
War Zone Faith
An Army Chaplain's Reflections from Afghanistan
As an Army chaplain deployed to Afghanistan, George Tyger has seen and experienced things that many of us cannot fathom: naked children throwing rocks at him in the street, a playground in the middle of a Taliban graveyard, and incredible violence, anger, loneliness, and fear. Determined to find meaning in the midst of it all, Tyger reflects on his faith, his prejudices, and his privilege, and shares the unique perspective he has gained while serving and ministering in a war zone.
While Still There Is Light
Writings from a Minister Facing Death
Nancy Shaffer, edited by Mary McKinnon Ganz
In 2011, Nancy Shaffer's life suddenly changed when she was diagnosed with what would be a fatal brain tumor. Here is her heartrending and heartwarming account of her final year as she came to terms with impending death. Part journal, part meditative reflection, and fully honest, Shaffer's account of her journey through denial to peaceful acceptance will lend inspiration and courage to those in need, and insight to those who give pastoral care.
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Last updated on Friday, May 24, 2013.