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UUA Publications Update
UUA Publications Update for April 2017

New Publications

In the Interim: Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations, Second Edition

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 between settled ministers. In this practical and insightful volume, interim ministers and other congregational leaders provide a road map for a transformative and fulfilling interim period.

First published in 2013, In the Interim quickly became an indispensable resource for congregations, their leaders, interim ministers, and all involved in transitional ministry. In its second edition, editors Barbara Child and Keith Kron and contributors retain all of the practical strategies and keen insight of the original while also examining how interim ministry is adapting to a rapidly changing world. Included are updates on the advent of developmental and "jump start" transition ministries.

Barbara Child is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and accredited interim minister who served continually in interim ministry for more than a decade. She lives in Nashville, Indiana.

Keith Kron is the Transitions Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, where he works directly with congregations and interim ministers seeking placement. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. 


Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Edited by Jerrie Kishpaugh Hildebrand and Shirley Ann Ranck

These 22 essays by some of the most prominent leaders in Unitarian Universalist Paganism bring Pagan and Earth-centered theo/alogy to life for a new generation. Featuring the writings of both clergy and laypeople, this vibrant collection demonstrates the many expressions of nature-based spirituality and the ways they feed the souls of so many. The essayists describe a broad array of practices, including Wiccan traditions, Neo-Pagan rituals and celebrations, worship of the divine feminine, and nature-based beliefs and practices that bring us into harmony and balance with our natural environment. Contributors also describe the development of nature-based theo/alogy within Unitarian Universalism—including the organization of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, the addition of the sixth Source to the UUA bylaws recognizing Earth-centered spirituality, and the integration of Pagan practices into congregational life.

Jerrie Kishpaugh Hildebrand serves on the Board of Trustees of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. She is an ordained minister with Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin and attends First Church Unitarian in Salem, Massachusetts.

Shirley Ann Ranck is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and author of the groundbreaking feminist thealogy curriculum and book Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, among other published works.


Other titles in the Voices Series:

Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Coming Out in Faith: Voices of  LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists


A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism: From the Beginning to 1899

Edited by Dan McKanan

A panel of top scholars presents the first comprehensive collection of primary sources from Unitarian Universalist history. This critical resource covers the long histories of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism in the United States and around the world, and offers a wealth of sources from the first fifty-five years of the Unitarian Universalist Association. From Arius and Origen to Peter Morales and Rebecca Parker, this two-volume anthology features leaders, thinkers, and ordinary participants in the ever-changing tradition of liberal religion. Each volume contains more than a hundred distinct selections, with scholarly introductions by leading experts in Unitarian Universalist history. The selections include sermons, theologies, denominational statements, hymns, autobiographies, and manifestos, with special attention to class, cultural, gender, and sexual diversity. Primary sources are the building blocks of history, and A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism presents the sources we need for understanding this denomination’s past and for shaping its future.

Dan McKanan is the Emerson Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of five books, most recently Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition (Beacon Press, 2011) and Eco-Alchemy: Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy and the Environmental Movement (University of California Press, 2017). A member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, he lives with his spouse and daughter in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Announcements and Resources

Newly Redesigned Pamphlet Series

We now have twenty-one pamphlets in our newly redesigned series! All are available from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop along with a wide selection of bookmarks, wallet cards, and posters to help congregations and UUs offer a welcoming introduction to our faith. Check out the full list of newly redesigned pamphlets at Have suggestions for a new pamphlet? Contact the Pamphlet Team at fdodirector [at] uua [dot] org.


Turning Point is the April Goodreads Book Club Pick!

April’s Goodreads book club read is Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism, edited by Fredric Muir. Outlining a bold vision for the future of Unitarian Universalism, 20 leaders issue a clarion call for change. In inspiring, fresh essays, they implore us to collectively liberate ourselves from patterns of individualism, exceptionalism, and an aversion to authority. Unitarian Universalism faces a crossroads. Turning Point shows a way forward, by embracing promises shaped from our theology: generosity, pluralism, and imagination. With the rise in attendance at UU congregations after the election and all that’s happening in the world and our faith right now, the moderators feel that a collection like Turning Point is now, more than ever, a must-read.


Turning Point
Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism

Fredric Muir
From Skinner House Books

Also available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle Store and on Google Play.

In inspiring, fresh essays, 20 Unitarian Universalist leaders issue a clarion call for change in the denomination. They show a way forward from an isolated, individualistic "iChurch" to an inclusive, multicultural Beloved Community.

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