UUA Common Read

Adult RE

What is the UUA Common Read?

This year Greater Nashville UU is going to participate in the UUA Common Read. A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. It 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.

What are We Reading?

This year we will be reading: 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).

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We will have 5 books for checkout. First come, first serve. Books will be available starting Sunday, January 6.

Discussion Dates

We will be discussing the book over 3 Sundays:

January 27, 9:30 - 10:45 AM: Session 1: The Nature of the Problem

Chapter 1 (Introduction) by Manish Mishra-Marzetti

Chapter 2 (Intersectionality, Faith and Environmental Justice) by Jennifer Nordstrom

Chapter 3 (The Formation of the Environmental Justice Movement) by Paula Cole Jones

Chapter 4 (Ecotheology) by Sheri Prud'Homme

Chapter 5 (Ethical Implications of Environmental Justice) by Sofia Betancourt

Chapter 6 (Cherishing Our World: Avoiding Despair in Environmental Justice Work) by Adam Robersmith

February 24, 9:30 - 10:45 AM: Session 2: Finding Our Religious Ground

Chapter 7 (Becoming Resilient: Community Life for a New Age) by Peggy Clarke and Matthew McHale

Chapter 8 (Drawing on the Deep Waters: Contemplative Practice in Justice-Making) by Kathleen McTigue

Chapter 9 (Transforming Unitarian Universalist Culture) by Pamela Sparr

Chapter 10 (Learning to Change: Immersion Learning and Climate Justice) by Kahleen McTigue

March 24, 9:30 - 10:45 AM: Session 3: Embracing Accountability and Becoming Partners

Chapter 11 (Eating the Earth) by Peggy Clarke

Chapter 12 (Water Unites Us) by Mel Hoover and Rose Edington

Chapter 13 (The Journey of Partnering for Justice) by Deborah J. Cruz, with Alex Kapitan

Chapter 14 (Concluding Reflections) by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom

Class will run from 9:30-10:45, and each 75 minute session would include:

Chalice Lighting (5 minutes)

Check-In/Introductions (10 minutes)

Reflections (small group & large group) (55 minutes)

Check-Out (5 minutes)

On the last session, the "Reflections" segment will include a conversation about "Next Steps."

It is exciting to be doing this UUA Common Read with GNUUC!