Books for 2017: Cultivating Understanding and Wise Strategies
Books for 2017: Cultivating Understanding and Wise Strategies

For those of you who've heard the call to deepen your commitment to justice this year, here are some of inSpirit's recommended books to help you answer that call with confidence!  Educating ourselves through diverse sources and supporting the work of seasoned movement leaders and authors are some of the ways we live out our Unitarian Universalist values.

Our UU values also uphold that our own learning, growth, and search for truth are sharpened through deepened relationships in our communities.  Please consider using these books in your book circles, as discussion starters, and gifts for those you mentor in our faith and beyond.

Movement Building & Resources

Criminal Justice

Economic Justice


Interfaith Lens


Racial Justice

A Time to Break Silence:
The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students

From Beacon Press
The first collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential writings for high school students and young people-with eighteen selections including "I Have a Dream," "Letter from Birmingham Jail," and "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
The 2012-2013 UUA Common Read.

All the Real Indians Died Off:
And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker
From Beacon Press
Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
From Beacon Press
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

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