Common Read

UUCE’s Monthly Common Reads have wrapped up, and have no further meetings planned at this time. Check back in the fall for further development.

Report from the Commission on Institutional Change:

“Widening the Circle of Concern” can be found on the UUA website, for free here: . If you prefer to read it in book form, it can be purchased through the UUA Bookstore, for $16 plus shipping, and can be found here: 

This book is a part of our commitment to the 8th principle, and the work of Unitarian Universalism.

Monthly Common Reads, 2021

Sunday, April 4
“America Without God” by Shadi Hamid (The Atlantic).

Sunday, March 7
Three articles from the December 2019 issue of The Atlantic “How to Stop a Civil War.”

“How America Ends” by Yoni Applebaum

“No Apologies” by Megan Garber

“Against Reconciliation” by Adam Serwer

Sunday, February 7
“2020 In Photos: A Year Like No Other” by Dean Baquet (The New York Times)

Sunday, January 3, 2021
“The Spoon Theory” by Christine Miserandino (But You Don’t Look Sick?)

Weekly Common Reads, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020
This will be the last Weekly Common read of 2020. In 2021 we will move to a monthly read, discussed the first Sunday evening of the month. For this week we will read the Hospitality and Inclusion section of “Widening the Circle” which can be accessed by clicking here. The link to the full text can be found below. 

Saturday, December 12, 2020 
This week’s Common Read will be a Common Viewing of the movie “With One Voice” available on Amazon Prime and YouTube. More information on IMDB:  

Saturday, December 5, 2020
“Why Do We Still Have ‘Girl Stuff’ and ‘Boy Stuff’?” by Mary Katharine Tramontana (The New York Times 

Saturday, November 28, 2020
“National Day of Mourning – November 26, 2020” (National Today) 

“What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?” (Native Hope) 

“Thanksgiving: A Day of Mourning” by Roy Cook (American Indian Source)

“The Suppressed Speech of Wamsutta (Frank B) James, Wampanoag” by Frank James, to have been delivered at Plymouth, 1970 (UAINE)

“Thanksgiving Mourning” (Teaching Tolerance)

“On Thanksgiving: Why Myths Matter” by Matthew Hughey (Racism Review)

Saturday, November 21, 2020
There will be no Common Read on November 21. 

Saturday, November 14, 2020
“Eight Keys to Forgiveness” by Robert Enright (Greater Good Magazine)

“The power of forgiveness” (Harvard Health Publishing),

 “Forgiveness Can Be Bittersweet” by Sharon Salzburg (On Being)

Saturday, November 7, 2020
This week we will take a small break from “Widening the Circle” to view and discuss this video from Brené Brown, called “The Anatomy of Trust”

Saturday, October 31, 2020
This week we will continue to read “Widening the Circle of Concern”, and will be discussing the 
Congregations and Communities Section. 

Saturday, October 24, 2020 
This week, we will continue to read “Widening the Circle of Concern.” We will be discussing the Governance section. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020 
This week, we will continue to read “Widening the Circle of Concern.” We will be discussing sections 
Methodology thru Theology

Saturday October 10, 2020
This week, we will begin reading “Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change” as part of our committment to the 8th principle. For this Saturday, we will be reading the Preface through the Introduction

Saturday, October 3, 2020
On Monday, September 28, we had a Common VUUing (Viewing) of “The Social Dilemma” which will be discussed this Saturday. If you missed the viewing and want to watch independantly, you can find it on Netflix, here:

September Common Read (this article will be discussed each Saturday during the Month of September, please watch the embedded videos in addition to reading)

“11-Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege” by Jon Greenburg (

Saturday, August 29, 2020
“Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults” by Renee Diresta (Wired)

Saturday, August 22, 2020
“The problem with wilderness” by Dina Gilio-Whitaker (UU World)

Saturday, August 15, 2020
“What does Decolonizing Fitness Mean?” by Ilya Parker (

“Fuck Diet Culture:  An Ode to Never Fitting In” by Latoya Shauntay Snell (runningfatchef.com

Saturday, August 8, 2020
“The rise of the body neutrality movement: ‘If you’re fat, you don’t have to hate yourself'” by Anna Kessel (The Guardian)

“The Problem with Body Positivity” by Kelly deVos (New York Times)

“Why don’t men talk about body image?” by Dave Chawner (GQ

Saturday, August 1, 2020
“When Children Say They’re Trans” by Jesse Singal (The Atlantic)

Saturday, July 25, 2020
“In Praise of the Telescopic Perspective: A Reflection on Living Through Turbulent Times” by Maria Popova ( 

Saturday July 18, 2020: No Weekly Read

Saturday, July 11, 2020
“You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument” by Caroline Randall Williams (New York Times)

Saturday, July 4, 2020
“United in Change” by Meera Subramamanian (Orion Magazine)

Saturday, June 27, 2020
“Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives” by Maria Popova (brainpickings.org

Saturday, June 20, 2020
“I Vow Not to Burn Out” by Mushim Patricia Akeda (Lion’s Roar)

Saturday, June 13, 2020
“How Much Do We Need the Police?” by Leah Donella (NPR) 

“Protests about police brutality are met with wave of police brutality across US” by Adam Gabbatt (The Guardian) 

Saturday, June 6, 2020
“To Black People Who Say Violence Isn’t a Solution” by Ishena Robinson (The Root)

Saturday, May 30, 2020
“The Prophesies of Q” by Adrienne LaFrance (The Atlantic)

Saturday, May 23, 2020
“A Biblical Mystery at Oxford” by Ariel Sabar (The Atlantic)

Saturday, May 13, 2020
“By Fire and Water: An Interview with Michael Meade” by Sy Safransky (The Sun)