A few new folks joined our group from last week as we met for the second session of our New UU Class, led by Rev. David Carl Olson and Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks. We began by meeting in pairs to discuss the following question: â€œIf your own spiritual/religious history was a tree, what would be its roots and what would its branches be reaching toward?â€ We did some thinking about our own religious histories and moments that changed us or made an impact in our lives and shared in small groups.
Rev. David shared a bit from the New UU Curriculum, Themes in North American Unitarian Universalist History. Curriculum author, Jonalu Johnstone posits four primary themes in our history:
â€¢ Freedom of Thought and Noncreedalism
â€¢ On-going Revelation
â€¢ The Power of Nature
â€¢ Building the Beloved Community
We closed with a historical tour of our church buildings. If you couldnâ€™t be with us tonight, remember there are church tours on the first and third Sundays of the month after worship.
The following are some books and other resources under this sessionâ€™s topic that you might be interested in. All books can be ordered at http://www.uuabookstore.org unless otherwise noted.
A list of UUA pamphlets is available online here: http://www.uua.org/publications/pamphlets/ Follow the links to read selected pamphlets. Of interest this week may be:
Unitarian Universalism: A Narrative History, by David Bumbaugh
A Stream of Light: A Short History of American Unitarianism, by Conrad Wright
For Faith and Freedom: A Short History of Unitarianism in Europe, by Charles A. Howe
Norbert Fabian Capek: A Spiritual Journey, by Richard Henry
The Spirit Leads: Margaret Fuller In Her Own Words, by Barry Andrews
Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism: Channing, Emerson and Parker, by Conrad Wright
American Universalism: Fourth Edition, by George Huntston Williams
Black Pioneers in a White Denomination: Third Edition, Mark D. Morrison-Reed
Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism, by Mark D. Morrison-Reed
Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalism Women and Social Reform, 1776-1936, by Dorothy May Emerson
(Our class is adapted from a new curriculum in theTapestry of Faith series from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). A copy of the original New UU curriculum is available online, as are other titles in the series.)