The 2016-17 Common Read: The Third Reconstruction

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016), was chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read. Unitarian Universalists were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. The Common Read selection committee believes that now is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call. The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.

A discussion guide (PDF, 27 pages) is available for Unitarian Universalist congregations, groups, and individuals. The guide includes plans for both a single session and three more in-depth sessions. Optional slides (Powerpoint) go with the discussion guide if you would rather project questions than write on newsprint.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, leader of Moral Mondays, Forward Together and NAACP NC, speaks on his book The Third Reconstruction (Beacon Press, 2016). He calls for a nation-wide moral revival and offers a blueprint for state-wide grassroots organizing.

Unitarian Universalist “Common Read”

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. The UU Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. Common Read...

Common Read

The Third Reconstruction

By William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

From Beacon Press

The 2016-17 UUA Common Read A modern-day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America’s racial divide.

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