Readers Guides for UU Communities
About the Program
Beacon Press books are ideal tools for life-long learning in Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, and have often led the UU community to identify areas of concern. With this program, we aspire to strengthen the social justice and spiritual work of the denomination.
This program aims to:
- deepen awareness in the UU community of issues of social justice;
- provide the finest and most enlightened thinking about these issues as tools to enrich discussions within UU communities; and
- create a new understanding of the work of Beacon Press in UU congregation and communities.
The Beacon Press Discussion Guides provide a flexible structure for a short-term, small-group discussion program using Beacon books. The guides offer support materials for group leaders with all levels of experience, laying out information in such a way that preparation time is minimal.
Guides are now available for fifteen Beacon titles; click on the titles below to view them. Guides are arranged by book title below.
Many guides are also available as Adobe Acrobat.pdf files for easier printing. Get the free Acrobat Reader, then download the file you need from the images below.
Current UU Guides
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (PDF)
- Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War (PDF), by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini
- Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis (PDF), by Cynthia Barnett
- Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation (PDF), by Eboo Patel
- The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands (PDF), by Margaret Regan
- A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century (PDF), by John A. Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker
- Love & Death: My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow (PDF), by Forrest Church
- Breaking Free: Women of Spirit at Midlife and Beyond, edited by Marilyn Sewell. (also in PDF)
- A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, by John A. Buehrens and Forrest Church.
- Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World, by Laurent A. Parks, Cheryl H. Keen, James P. Keen and Sharon Daloz Parks. (also in PDF)
- Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, by Geoffrey Canada.
- The Force of Spirit, by Scott Russell Sanders. (also in PDF)
- Free For All: Defending Liberty in America Today, by Wendy Kaminer. (also in PDF)
- Kindred, by Octavia Butler. (also in PDF)
- Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday, by Forrest Church. (also in PDF)
- Life Lines: Holding On (and Letting Go), by Forrest Church.
- Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us, by Rita Nakashima Brock & Rebecca Ann Parker.
- Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets, by Craig Rennebohm with David Paul. (PDF)
- The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract, by Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer. (also in PDF)
- Taking Retirement: A Beginner's Diary, by Carl H. Klaus. (also in PDF)
- Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals, by John A. Buehrens. (also in PDF)
- Waist High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled, by Nancy Mairs. (also in PDF)
- What Is Marriage For?: The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution, by E. J. Graff. (also in PDF:part 1, part 2)
The UUA bookstore offers a 10% discount with orders of 5-9 copies of a single title, and 20% off 10 or more copies. Contact the UUA Bookstore, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, tel: 1-800-215-9076, fax: 1-617-723-4805.
Please let us know how you like the guides and how they work for you. Your feedback about their content and suggestions for future titles will aid us in our commitment to meet the program needs of UU congregations.
This program was developed in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Religious Education Department and Congregational, District and Extension Services and was funded through a grant by the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.