Our weekly Common Read is something short, uplifting, fascinating, and thought provoking that we can ponder throughout the week and then discuss together over Zoom. The selection is announced early in the week, and then we meet on Saturdays from 11am to noon.
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We hope that you will join us in taking this time to dive deeper into our spiritual lives!

Up Next:

“Widening the Circle of Concern” can be found on the UUA website, for free here: https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/cic/widening . 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: https://www.uuabookstore.org/Widening-the-Circle-of-Concern-P18686.aspx 

This book will be our Weekly Read for the next several weeks, as part of our commitment to the 8th principle, and the work of Unitarian Univeralism. 

week 1 Preface thru intro (10/10/20)
week 2 Methodology thru Theology
week 3 Governance
week 4 Congregations and communities
week 5 Hospitality & Inclusion
week 6 Living our Values into the World
week 7 Religious Professionals
week 8 Educating for Liberation
week 9 Innovations & Risk Taking
week 10 Restoration and Reparations
week 11 Accountability and Resources
week 12 Final Thoughts 

As you read, please refer to the Distinctions and Definitions (a section near the end).

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: 
https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224

Past Common Reads

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 (CitizenshipandSocialJustice.com
https://citizenshipandsocialjustice.com/2017/10/14/11-step-guide-to-understanding-race-racism-and-white-privilege/

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

 https://www.wired.com/story/online-conspiracy-groups-qanon-cults/

Saturday, August 22, 2020
“The problem with wilderness” by Dina Gilio-Whitaker (UU World)
 https://www.uuworld.org/articles/problem-wilderness

Saturday, August 15, 2020
“What does Decolonizing Fitness Mean?” by Ilya Parker (decolonizingfitness.com/)
https://decolonizingfitness.com/blogs/decolonizing-fitness/what-does-decolonizing-fitness-mean

“Fuck Diet Culture:  An Ode to Never Fitting In” by Latoya Shauntay Snell (runningfatchef.comhttps://www.runningfatchef.com/blog/nedaweek2020

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)
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/23/the-rise-of-the-body-neutrality-movement-if-youre-fat-you-dont-have-to-hate-yourself

“The Problem with Body Positivity” by Kelly deVos (New York Times)
 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/29/opinion/weight-loss-body-positivity.html

“Why don’t men talk about body image?” by Dave Chawner (GQhttps://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/lifestyle/article/body-image-men-suffer-too

Saturday, August 1, 2020
“When Children Say They’re Trans” by Jesse Singal (The Atlantic)
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/when-a-child-says-shes-trans/561749/

Saturday, July 25, 2020
“In Praise of the Telescopic Perspective: A Reflection on Living Through Turbulent Times” by Maria Popova (Brainpickings.org)
https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/12/21/reflection/ 

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)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html

Saturday, July 4, 2020
“United in Change” by Meera Subramamanian (Orion Magazine)
 https://orionmagazine.org/article/united-in-change/

Saturday, June 27, 2020
“Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives” by Maria Popova (brainpickings.orghttps://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/

Saturday, June 20, 2020
“I Vow Not to Burn Out” by Mushim Patricia Akeda (Lion’s Roar)
https://www.lionsroar.com/i-vow-not-to-burn-out/

Saturday, June 13, 2020
“How Much Do We Need the Police?” by Leah Donella (NPR)
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/03/457251670/how-much-do-we-need-the-police 

“Protests about police brutality are met with wave of police brutality across US” by Adam Gabbatt (The Guardian)  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/06/police-violence-protests-us-george-floyd 

Saturday, June 6, 2020
“To Black People Who Say Violence Isn’t a Solution” by Ishena Robinson (The Root)
https://www.theroot.com/to-black-people-who-say-violence-isnt-a-solution-1843783788

Saturday, May 30, 2020
“The Prophesies of Q” by Adrienne LaFrance (The Atlantic)
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/

Saturday, May 23, 2020
“A Biblical Mystery at Oxford” by Ariel Sabar (The Atlantic)
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/museum-of-the-bible-obbink-gospel-of-mark/610576/

Saturday, May 13, 2020
“By Fire and Water: An Interview with Michael Meade” by Sy Safransky (The Sun)
https://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/217/by-fire-and-water