UUA Common Read
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. Email Carmen to request a copy. Books will be available starting Sunday, January 6.
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!