The UU Common Read builds community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared focus for reflection and 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.
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 UUA will release a four-session discussion guide for congregational use in late 2022.
Available now is a recorded Zoom workshop, We Can Do This: Faith, Conflict, and Antiracism (Vimeo, 56:00), from the UUA General Assembly 2020 on-demand video library. Co-authors Jones and Lin moderate a discussion based on Mistakes and Miracles with Unitarian Universalists Aisha Hauser, Jimmy Leung, Rev. Bill Sinkford, and Rev. Marta Valentin,
If you reading 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.
Mistakes and Miracles can be purchased from inSpirit: The UU 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.