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Unitarian Universalist “Common Read”
Unitarian Universalist “Common Read”
Faith Development, Adult Faith Development, Racial Justice

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read 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.

Each year's Common Read is chosen by a committee including both headquarters and field staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Anyone may nominate a book. Read the criteria for Common Read selection. Nominate a book for 2017-18 using our online form. Share your congregation's participation.

Common Read 2016-17

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016), has been chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read. Unitarian Universalists were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. The Common Read selection committee believes that now is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call. The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized. 

Congregations, groups, and individuals are invited to purchase the book or find it in a public library and begin reading. A paperback edition is available for purchase at inSpirit: UU Book and Gift Shop now; bulk discounts are available. Make plans for an in-person discussion group in the fall or winter and/or find a reading buddy and begin informal conversations. A discussion guide is available for Unitarian Universalist congregations, groups, and individuals. The guide includes plans for both a single session and three more in-depth sessions.There are optional slides (PowerPoint file) to go with the discussion guide if you would rather project questions than write on newsprint.

Past Common Reads

The Third Reconstruction:
How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
From Beacon Press

The 2016-17 UUA Common Read

A modern-day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America's racial divide.

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