The 2022–23 UU Common Read will be Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism (Skinner House, 2019). Authors Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin—a white minister and a layperson of color—document the joys, disappointments, and growth of five UU faith communities on a journey toward Beloved Community.
In 2017, as this book moved toward publication, a racial justice, equity, and inclusion movement began that shook the structure of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The UUA has since embraced recommendations from the Commission on Institutional Change that offer pointed challenges to congregations and our faith. Many more congregations are working intentionally to dismantle white supremacy culture and live into Beloved Community.
Launching in late fall 2022 with a recorded video conversation with the authors, this Common Read will guide congregational groups to reflect on their own needs and efforts around antiracism and multiculturalism. If you are starting to read Mistakes and Miracles now, note that each chapter ends with reflection questions to apply to your congregation.
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Mistakes and Miracles can be purchased from InSpirit: the UUA Book and Gift Shop, with bulk discounts for ten or more copies. Skinner House is working on an audiobook edition, which will be available soon. If you would like to be notified when it is available or need the book in another format, please email UUA Publications Director Mary Benard at email@example.com.