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The Uncommon Common Read

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 12th 2013 // Guides and Tools // one comment

Reading Makes Doing Happen

Common_Read_book Since the inaugural  Unitarian Universalist Association Common Read in 2010, the program has focused on big issues of our times,  providing a venue and framework for intentional reflection and work on issues of injustice through the prism of Unitarian Universalist principles and sources of faith. Anybody can organize or participate in Common Read, and Common Read groups exist in many forms, including on-line. The UUA produces study guides to focus collective discussion and reflection, and participants create their own resources as well.


Each year the UUA recommends one title for organized collective reading, reflection and discussion, but the resources that are produced in support of past Common Read titles remain available for use in small group study, individual edification or as a process and way to foment positive change that we can share with others.

Read together, reflect together, share the books, study guides and other resources in your community – and help make change happen.

Unitarian Universalist Common Read Titles:

The 2010 UUA Common Read, “The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands“, by Margaret Regan, presented the complexity of immigration issues in the United States.

The 2011 UUA Common Read selection, “Acts of Faith“, by Eboo Patel, focused on interfaith action.

The 2012 UUA Common Read selection, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”, by Michelle Alexander, brought to light the racial, ethnic and economic profiling inherent in a policy of Mass Incarceration.

The 2013 UUA Common Read selection, “Behind the Kitchen Door“, by Saru Jayraman, selected as the, examines the social inequities suffered by workers in the restaurant industry


Read the related post on the 2013 UUA Common Read selection, Behind the Kitchen Door”, by Saru Jayaraman.



About the Author

Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
One Response to “The Uncommon Common Read”
  1. Derrick says:

    The title of this post kind of threw me off. I think I expected this to be an idea for a Youth and Young Adult “Common Read” that would be called the “Uncommon Read.”

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