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UUA Publications Update
UUA Publications Update for September 2017

New Publications

Worship That Works: Theory and Practice for Unitarian Universalists, Second Edition

Wayne Arnason and Kathleen Rolenz

Foreword by Nancy McDonald Ladd

Just ten years after it was first published, Worship That Works is already a classic text of the Unitarian Universalist liturgical arts. Following a road trip in which they visited congregations of various sizes and traditions, the authors offer essential theory and best practices for lay worship leaders, ministers, and student ministers alike. Significantly updated, this second edition includes revisions and new chapters on multicultural worship, multigenerational worship, and new models of services for contemporary practices.

Wayne Arnason and Kathleen Rolenz served as co-ministers at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio, for sixteen years before Wayne’s retirement in 2016. Kathleen has continued her career in interim ministry roles.

Announcements and Resources

Newly Redesigned Pamphlet Series

We now have twenty 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. Have suggestions for a new pamphlet? Contact the Pamphlet Team at fdodirector [at] uua [dot] org.

Request for Proposals: Deadline Coming Soon! (9/15)

Skinner House Books announces a search for an author or authors to write a book about the blessings of participating in a liberal religious faith community. The book would be fairly short, written in an informal, non-academic way. It could be thought of as an alternative to the increasing number of calls to be “spiritual but not religious.” Instead, this book holds up what is good about religiosity—such as community, ritual, pastoral support, mutual caring, exposure to new ideas, and participating in social justice works while part of a faith community. It would use real-life stories and examples to show rather than tell about why Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals find congregational life so sustaining. For more information on how to submit a proposal visit us online.

To Wake, To Rise is the September Goodreads Book Club Pick!

September's Goodreads book club read is To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience edited by William G. Sinkford. The 2017 edition of the UUA inSpirit series is an anthology of 29 poems, prayers, and reflections about resisting oppression and keeping the faith in social action work. Written by a range of contributors, including ministers and lay leaders, these readings are ideal for both private contemplation and for use in worship. Collected and introduced by a former president of the UUA—and the first Black person to hold that position—these meditations are both a support for activists and a call to action in a new era of political and social division.

Common Read Announced for 2017-2018!

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. It can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. Two books have been selected for the 2017-2018 UUA Common Read, one focusing on the work of dismantling white supremacy culture within today’s Unitarian Universalism and the other providing a vision and guidance for some of our work in the public square.

They are: Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017) and Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, September 2017). Find out more about this year’s Common Read and how you and your UU community can participate.

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