Request for Stories: How Unitarian Universalism Changed My Life
A Call for Personal Testimonials about How Unitarian Universalism Has Changed Lives
Skinner House Books announces a call for short, personal stories about how Unitarian Universalism dramatically changed the course of people’s lives. These will be collected into an anthology and published as a book, edited by Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. This collection will show through real-life stories the ways that Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and UU theology, community, and justice making can transform us. Many introductory books about Unitarian Universalism provide heady explanations of UU history and theology. But this anthology would show the felt impact of the faith on real people through their personal testimonials. The stories may be characterized by, but are not limited to, phrases such as, “The love of this community brought me back from a place of despair,” “I thought churches didn’t accept LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people until I discovered Unitarian Universalism,” and “Unitarian Universalism saved my life.” We believe that Unitarian Universalism changes the lives of all who are committed to it, but for this book we’re looking for the stories that show Unitarian Universalism tangibly and dramatically changing the course of a life.
Taken together, these personal narratives will introduce Unitarian Universalism to readers and demonstrate its transformative potential. The stories may be published anonymously at the author’s request, though the editor and publisher of the book will know the author’s identity.
Stories should be between 750 and 3,500 words in length.
Submissions should be sent by December 19, 2016 to:
bmartin [at] uua [dot] org
Skinner House Books
24 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA 02210-1409