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Spiritual Care in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Danielle J. Buhuro, the editor of this amazing collection of essays, maintains that society does not make room for a quality of life for activists that provides a level of sustainable self-care. …Buhuro suggests that if we are to be healthy and continue to advance a culture of resistance…

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The Call to Care: Essays by Unitarian Universalist Chaplains

Edited by Karen L. Hutt, this is an anthology of essays written by UU chaplains serving individuals in diverse settings. The essays offer glimpses into the diverse and creative ways that UU chaplains serve their varied communities, as well as their reflections on their work.

BLUU Notes: An Anthology of Love, Justice and Liberation

Joining the legacy of treasures generated by Skinner House Books, created and birthed through the collaborative efforts of Takiyah Nur Amin and Mykal Slack, the anthology’s themes are captured in the creative talents of its contributors, whose voices are massaged and birthed through their tears, pain, laughter, joy and sheer determination.

Ecowomanism at the Panama Canal: Black Women, Labor, and Environmental Ethics

by Sophia Betancourt, a Unitarian Universalist minister, represents a significant scholarly contribution to ecofeminism and environmental justice. The book documents the building of the Panama Canal that was accomplished by the labor of men and women from the African diaspora.…

Communities of Resistance and Solidarity: A Feminist Theology of Liberation

Dr. Sharon Welch is a Unitarian Universalist feminist liberation theologian, who self-identifies as white, female, and owning class. Just as she is transparent about her social location, she candidly claims her double identity of oppressed and oppressor, a dual identity many of us share—if we are honest.

Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology

Using a womanist methodological approach, Rev. Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey explores the impact of oppression against Black LBGTQ women and introduces her reader to queer theology. This is a review of both the book, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology, and a Queer Theology Bible Podcast interview with Lightsey.

Olivia Jones

is a historical fiction set in the 1960s in Selma, Alabama during the nation’s civil rights struggles. While it is told through the innocent eyes of the eleven-year-old protagonist, it centers the larger issue of justice, and the struggles of Black southerners facing centuries-old oppressions. The reader follows Olivia (Oli) and her best friend, Bartholomew (Mo), on their journey to find their fathers.

Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists are Changing the World…

The author, Feminista Jones, adopted her name in homage to Cleopatra Jones, the female character in Black exploitation movies portrayed as a “hard-hitting-no-nonsense” ass kicking-karate-chopping-take-care-of-business Black woman….

The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to My Faith

Rev. Dr. Kristen L. Harper demonstrates her mastery of prose and poetry in the 126 pages that include questions after each section. She skillfully takes the reader into some hard places and topics, and with equal aplomb delivers riveting poetry that reinforces her powerful prose.

Books by and about Rosa Parks

A brief overview of several books by and about Rosa Parks including I Am Rosa Parks; Rosa Parks: My Story; The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Adapted for Young People); and At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. 

The Black Unitarian Universalist Survival Guide: 10 Steps for Surviving…

After reading Reverend Xolani Kacela’s book, The Black Unitarian Universalist Survival Guide: 10 Steps for Surviving as a Black Unitarian Universalist and How Allies Can Keep It 100, I recommend that it should be included in every Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation’s New Member Orientation…

Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson’s book, Just as I Am, represents her final words to the world and her fans, her closing act. Cicely Tyson died January 28, 2021, at 96 years old. She died the same year her book was published. So it is her finale–her tribute. I am happy that she was able to narrate and take control of her parting story and message.

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Adam Hochschild’s skillful research and writing reveal a compelling chronicle of King Leopold’s “death toll of holocaust dimensions” that galvanized the first great international human rights movement of the twentieth century.…