The UU Common Read

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Even when we cannot gather in person, a Common Read can still bring us together.

The UU Common Read builds community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared platform for reflection and a shared focus for action. A Common Read can take us on a powerful faith journey as we explore what it means to be human and accountable in a pain-filled world.

Cover of Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism

Mistakes and Miracles

What lessons and inspiration can we find in Mistakes and Miracles to guide our striving for Beloved Community, today?

Common Read 2022-23: Mistakes and Miracles by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin

Authors Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin—a white minister and a lay person of color—explored five UU congregations' journeys toward Beloved Community. In Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism (Skinner House Books, 2019), they shared the joy, disappointment, and growth these congregations found.

The world has seen much turmoil, pain, and yes, glimmers of hope, in the three years since Mistakes and Miracles' publication. As we enter a Common Read of this book, we find ourselves receiving its report with a changed spirit, an urgent need, and perhaps new hope for multiculturalism and antiracism work in our congregations and our movement.

Today, UU faith communities are grappling with a charge to dismantle white supremacy in ourselves, our communities and our world. What lessons and inspiration can we find in Mistakes and Miracles to guide our striving for Beloved Community, today?


The UU Common Read will begin in late 2022 with a cornerstone, recorded video conversation with the authors. If you are starting Mistakes and Miracles now, note that each chapter ends with questions to reflect on learning and experiences around Beloved Community work and multiculturalism in your own congregation. Materials for in-person and online gatherings will follow; watch this page!

Mistakes and Miracles can be purchased from InSpirit, the UUA Book and Gift Shop. Discounts are available on orders of 10 or more books.

Skinner House is working on an audiobook edition of Mistakes and Miracles, which will be available soon. If you would like to be notified when it is available, or need the book in another format, please email UUA Publications Director Mary Benard at

A Conversation with "Defund Fear" Author, Zach Norris

For the 2021-22 Common Read, Defund Fear author Zach Norris and four UU religious professionals took a deep dive together. Join Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, Rev. Jason Lydon, Rayla Mattson, and Carey McDonald for a one-hour-and-ten-minute conversation moderated by UU World executive editor Roger Santodomingo: What is the UU call to an anti-racist, equitable community safety system that truly protects all?