New book about congregations and ministers working together.
This slender volume brings together thirteen distinctive voices that range from the intensely personal to the abstract, from experienced to fresh, from strident to measured. A common thread is that many of the authors are clearly on fire with passion for Unitarian Universalism; whether you experience that passion as light or heat will be as variable as the voices themselves.
All of the essays extol the virtue (necessity, even) of ministers and congregations working together, while none of them glosses over the struggle and conflict that often involves. Several focus on exactly that reality.
The authors are eleven UU ministers, the lay leader of a UU ministry, and a Presbyterian minister.
Readers who are allergic to God language would be advised to begin at the back with the essays on practical ministry and read forward (perhaps skipping chapter ten, by the Presbyterian minister), but read it all. Be certain not to skip the chapter on the Bible, one of the more humanist essays! The great virtue of this book is the unexpurgated honesty of its authors. A little allergic reaction is a small price to pay for insight into this degree of engaged ministry.
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Kenneth Sutton is managing editor of UU World.
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