Updated March 25, 2018

A Chance 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. A Common Read 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.

Common Read Group Meets, Newcomers Welcome
Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, September 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save the democracy we thought we had and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.
May 6 , Part 1 & 2, Chapters 1-4, pp. 3-76
June 3, Part 3, Chapters 5-9, pp 79-163
9:15am -10:15am
 A copy is available for sharing on the Welcome Table. Please do not remove from the UUCRT. 

Each year’s Common Read is chosen by a committee including both headquarters and field staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Anyone may nominate a book.

Common Read 2017-2018

side by side covers of the two 2017-18 Common Read selections: Daring Democracy and Centering


Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

Centering offers help with the inner work of today’s Unitarian Universalism; Daring Democracy provides a vision and practical guidance for advancing our justice-making work in the public square.

Common Read 2016-2017

The Third Reconstruction

Common Read 2015-16

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2014,