Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) accepts nominations on a rolling basis for the next Common Read book selection. Nominations must be received by the end of April, and must be submitted from a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation or group or from a UUA headquarters or district staff group, including Skinner House Books and Beacon Press. The UUA prioritizes nominations from congregations or groups, rather than from individuals. For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Gail Forsyth-Vail, Adult Programs Director, adultprograms @ uua.org.
A committee including UUA headquarters and field staff reads and reviews the nominated books, then meets during the summer to evaluate each nominated book:
While viewing publication by Skinner House or Beacon Press or a Unitarian Universalist author as desirable, the selection committee believes that the ultimate success of the Common Read program depends on offering the most compelling book selection possible.
Once a book is selected, the UUA creates a discussion guide for Unitarian Universalist congregations to use. The guide is available free online. It typically offers plans for a single session and a series of three sessions. Discussion guides for past Common Read selections remain available online.
The UUA announces the new Common Read selection at the start of the congregational year, online and in UUA communications including the Congregational Bulletin e-newsletter and social media. The UUA discussion guide is published several weeks later, by early October.
Congregations are invited at intervals throughout the year to offer feedback about the program and report on actions they are undertaking as a result of the Common Read.
For more information contact religiouseducation @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.
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