Common Read 2018-2019: Justice on Earth

The Common Read Selection Committee chose Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018), as the 2018-19 Common Read.

At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action. Justice onEarth is available at inSpirit: UU Book and Gift Shop.

Discussion Guide. A discussion guide for Justice on Earth (PDF, 34 pages) offers Unitarian Universalist congregations, groups, and individuals a single 90-minute session and a more in-depth, three-session series. Optional slides (Powerpoint) allow groups to project the discussion and reflection questions rather than write and display them on newsprint or a chalkboard.

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We have become very accustomed to poison. We’re poisoning ourselves and each other; poisoning the sky, land, and water; and poisoning some communities more than others based upon their relative-wealth and skin color. Babies are exposed to industrial poisons in the wombs of their mothers before they even have their first breath of air.

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