Book-Based Congregationally-Led Programs for Anti-Racist Multicultural Change

These books have been used and appreciated widely by Unitarian Universalist people and congregations engaged in anti-racist multicultural transformation. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list, and new books and resources are constantly emerging. When a discussion guide is available that is designed for Unitarian Universalist contexts, a link is provided. Links to secular discussion guides are provided in some cases.

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Anti-Racist Multicultural Transformation Book List
Book and AuthorTopicsDiscussion Guide(s)
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall KimmererIndigenous Ways of Knowing; Collective Liberation, De-Colonization, Interdependent LivingSeveral secular discussions guides are available.
Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, by Imani PerryRaising Black Children, Racism, GenderUU Breathe discussion guides (PDF) include a general one and a BIPOC one.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel WilkersonStructural Oppression, Racism, ClassismFoothills UU developed a UU guide to Caste (PDF) and publisher has a guide to Caste.
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra RahnemaUnitarian Universalist BIPOC Experiences, Racism, Intersecting OppressionsUU discussion questions are built into the book.
Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture (2021 version), by Tema OkunWhite Supremacy, Microaggressions, Racism, CultureCharacteristics and Antidotes (Google Drive) can be discussed in groups.
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by adrienne maree brownAnti-Oppression, Systemic Thinking, Interdependent Living, Collective LiberationUU LeaderLab article
Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, by adrienne maree brownLeadership for Intersectional Collective LiberationNo guides available currently.
How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. KendiAnti-Racism, Creating ChangeDe Ramos and Eisenberg developed this secular study guide (Google Drive).
An Indigenous People's History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizUS History, Settler-Colonialism, Indigenous PeoplesUUA-developed discussion guide (PDF)
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. SaadAnti-Racism, Examining White Privilege. Written for people who hold white privilege.This secular guided journal is designed as a companion.
Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism, edited by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin LinUnitarian Universalism, Anti-Racist/Multicultural Congregational ChangeUUA-developed discussion guide (PDF)
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa MenakemEmbodiment, Trauma Healing, and Racism’s Effects on Black and White BodiesNo, but book includes individual exercises and reflection prompts
Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism, by Mark Morrison-ReedUU History (1960s), Anti-Racism, Black PowerAuthor-developed discussion guide (PDF)
So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma OlouAnti-Racism, White Supremacy, Microaggressions, Black Lives MatterPublisher-developed discussion guide (PDF)
The Arc of the Universe is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism, and the Journey from Calgary, by Leslie Takahashi, Chip Roush, and Leon SpencerUU History (1990s-2000s), Anti-RacismAuthor-developed discussion guide (PDF)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle AlexanderStructural Racism in the US Criminal Justice System, US HistoryUUA-developed discussion guide (PDF)
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngeloWhiteness, White Supremacy, Building white people’s capacity for anti-racismUUA-developed discussion guide (PDF)
Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional ChangeAnti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Changing Unitarian UniversalismUUA-developed discussion guide

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