Two books have been selected for the 2017-2018 UUA Common Read. One of them focuses on the work of dismantling white supremacy culture within today’s Unitarian Universalism. This book is entitled Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Rev. Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017).

In October 2015, a group of distinguished UU religious professionals of color gathered together in Chicago to embark on a radical project. The conference was sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Committee on Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism. It started with the premise that discussions of race in Unitarian Universalism have too often presupposed a White audience and prioritized the needs, education, and emotions of the White majority. The goal was to reframe Unitarian Universalist anti-oppression work by putting the voices, experiences and learnings of people of color at the center of the conversation. It captures the papers that were presented and the rich dialogue from the conference to share personal stories and address the challenges that religious leaders of color face in exercising power, agency, and authority in a culturally White denomination. Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership and explores how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist ministries.

Please join members of the ARAOMC Committee on Sunday, January 28 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Room 19 as they lead us in a discussion of chapter one of this book “Othering and Belonging” by Rev. Darrick Jackson with a response by Rev. Lilia Cuervo. A copy of this book has been purchased by the ARAOMC Committee and will be available in the church library shortly. You can also order a copy for $18 directly from the UUA using this link: Copies of the first chapter of this book will also be available at church beginning January 7.

All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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