UUA Publications Update for February 2018
By Bruce T. Marshall
A Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain at a large senior residence community leads us on a journey through the stories and experiences of elders. Drawing on scores of personal interviews, this straightforward yet introspective volume provides a felt sense, grounded in real-life accounts, of the challenges and blessings of aging. Unlike many books on the topic, In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging focuses particularly on older seniors—those in their late seventies, eighties, and nineties. Interviewees thoughtfully share about their joys, regrets, accomplishments, and things left unfinished, while also considering the ways they cope with diminishing physical and mental abilities. The book also serves as an invaluable resource for family members and caregivers, suggesting ways to help, ways to connect, and ways to understand the issues that attend growing old. Detailed appendices provide tips and a simple curriculum for gathering and facilitating group discussions.
Bruce T. Marshall is a writer and minister who has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Michigan, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Maryland. He is now a chaplain at Riderwood Village, a retirement community in Maryland. His previous books include A Holy Curiosity: Stories of a Liberal Religious Faith and Taking Pictures of God.
Announcements and Resources
Congregational Resources for the New Year!
We are people of many paths, diverse in age, ethnicity, gender, and spirituality, and we come together to make a difference in our world and in ourselves. With ten great reasons to join a UU community this bookmark is an easy-to-use resource to welcome visitors looking for a spiritual home. Pack of 25 bookmarks.
Other recommended congregational resources:
- Welcome Wallet Card Variety Pack: This packet of 100 handy wallet-sized cards contains five inspirational quotes about Unitarian Universalism, and is perfect for greeters, membership committees, or anyone interested in promoting Unitarian Universalism.
- What Do UUs Believe? Wallet Card: With ten clear statements of Unitarian Universalist belief, this pocket-sized card is a handy resource to offer newcomers in Sunday worship or anywhere. Pack of 100.
- Principles and Sources Bookmark: This bookmark lists the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism on the front and the six Sources on the back. Great for new members. Pack of 25.
- Seven Principles Contemporary Poster: Modern, dynamic design of the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism. Includes the new chalice logo. Fits many standard frames. 18" x 24"
- Love Poster: A daily reminder to love, to trust, to affirm—to let your unique light and the lights of others shine in the world. This print's modern design features stylized text on a rich ivory stock. Letterpress print. 12" x 18"
Communities of Love and Compassion
We are communities of love and compassion and we’d like to recommend these powerful books this February:
Testimony: The Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism—A dynamic collection of personal stories from people whose lives have been dramatically changed by Unitarian Universalism.
Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person Without Exception—This emotionally honest and personal exploration of conflict introduces a creative and compassionate way to develop empathetic responses.
Coming Out in Faith—This collection of poignant testimonials illuminates the lived experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Unitarian Universalists.
A More Beautiful and Terrible History is the February Goodreads Book Club Pick!
February's Goodreads book club read is A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis (Beacon Press). The civil rights movement has become national legend, lauded as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable, featuring dreamy heroes and accidental heroines, has shuttered the movement firmly in the past and diminished its scope. Award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis dissects this national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a strikingly different light. By showing us the complex reality of the movement, the power of its organizing, and the beauty and scope of the vision, Theoharis proves that there was nothing natural or inevitable about the progress that occurred. A More Beautiful and Terrible History will change our historical frame, revealing the richness of our civil rights legacy and the crucial work that remains to be done.