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The 2021–2022 UU Common Read is Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris, published by Beacon Press. The Common Read builds community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared platform for reflection and a shared focus for action. Further, a Common Read can take us on a powerful faith journey as we explore—individually and together—what it means to be human and accountable in a pain-filled world.

Common Read Discussion Materials Now Available

The UUA 2021–2022 Common Read discussion materials are now available! A Common Read builds community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared platform for reflection and a shared focus for action. This year’s Common Read is Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris, published by Beacon Press.

Materials for this Common Read include a discussion guide for any Unitarian Universalist congregation or group and an abolition-focused program of study and actions developed by the Side with Love team for those who are in or would like to join UU activist networks. There’s also a recorded conversation with author Zach Norris and religious professionals.

Learn more about this Common Read, find the discussion guide, additional resources, and recommended guidance to the reader here: www.uua.org/read.

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2020–2021 Common Read Discussion Materials Available

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. The UUA 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. The 2020–2021 UUA Common Read is Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry, published by Beacon Press.

Discussion materials for this Common Read offer two plans: one for use by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) UU group, the other for any congregational group. Both plans invite groups to choose a one- or three-session program. With online gathering now a norm, readers need not live near one another to form a group.

Learn more and download the discussion guides here.

Common Read 2020

The UUA’s Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce that An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press, 2015) and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Beacon Press, 2019) are the new Common Read. Find out more about this year’s Common Read at www.uua.org/books/read and stay tuned for the discussion guide.