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monthly reads

Our Monthly Reads meet-up allows an entry point into our priority issues and supports individuals looking to build on their understanding to be better allies and co-conspirators. Join us in experiencing some of the latest award-winning books, life-changing articles, and dazzling other media as we use these tools for justice.

The UUWF Monthly Read meets via Zoom on the first Sunday of the month, unless it's a holiday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Pacific / 5:30 p.m. Mountain / 6:30 p.m. Central / 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

During our Monthly Read gatherings, we will:

  • Create a Safe Space for Meaningful Dialogue: We offer a safe and inclusive environment for members to discuss complex issues openly. Previous themes include gender equality, empowerment, body positivity, intersectionality, and community building. We honor a space that fosters respectful conversations, allowing participants to challenge their perspectives and broaden their understandings, all while connecting to our UU values.
  • Amplify Marginalized Voices: We provide an opportunity to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, women of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those from different socio-economic backgrounds. By intentionally selecting authors from these communities, our texts help to center their narratives and lived experiences. This approach encourages empathy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of the diverse challenges faced by these communities. It also serves as a powerful tool for raising awareness and dismantling stereotypes.
  • Provide Education and Self-Reflection: We engage in social justice literature to expose us to new ideas, perspectives, and historical contexts. Through reading and reflection, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of systemic issues, uncovering the root causes of social injustice. These discussions extend beyond the pages of the books into our online community, Mighty Networks, and empower individuals to advocate for change in their communities.
  • Cultivate Empowerment and Activism: We provide access to resources and community initiatives that support activism and advocacy. This joint effort strengthens the potential impact of the book club by connecting individuals to opportunities for community service, volunteering, and engagement in local and national social justice movements. It creates a sense of collective power and fosters a network of changemakers working towards a common goal.

The titles curated by the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation encompass an array of perspectives, genres, and authors, ensuring a diverse and inclusive literary journey. Together, we can create a more just and equitable world.

Monthly Reads are open to women, femmes, and gender-expansive folks. No registration is needed, just join us at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/UUWFbookclub. Questions? Contact us at uuwf@uuwf.org.

March 3rd

For our March Monthly Read, we will explore Abby Brockman's essay, "Despair is Not a Strategy: 15 Principles of Hope." If you’re out there trying to change your neighborhood, community, city, country, or the world then this is for you. In moments when everything seems hopeless, read this to get your hope on.

April 7th

One in five people in the U.S. lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent--but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

From Harriet McBryde Johnson's account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma; from blog posts, manifestos, and eulogies to Congressional testimonies, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.


May 5th

Callie Chamberlain is a birth doula and a death doula, helping people navigate both the process that brings new life into the world, and the ways we pass beyond it. As one of Minnesota’s 15,000 Korean adoptees, she’s also had to navigate her own issues of rebirth, loss, and passing into new worlds.

Most of the 200,000 Korean adoptees worldwide, and many adoptees generally, don’t know their full birth stories. Some may know partial stories, half truths, or in some cases, stories that are discovered later to contain significant fictions, as Callie did. So Callie set out to learn her story—and not just the story of her own adoption, but the story of how it shaped other parts of her life. Sun Yung Shin writes, "A Story of Wholeness — Part One: What is Lost & Part Two: What is Gained."

June 2nd

American culture focuses on letting go of grudges and redemption narratives instead of the perpetrator's obligations or recompense for harmed parties. As survivor communities have pointed out, these emphases have too often only caused more harm. But Danya Ruttenberg knew there was a better model, rooted in the work of the medieval philosopher Maimonides.

For Maimonides, upon whose work Ruttenberg elaborates, forgiveness is much less important than the repair work to which the person who caused harm is obligated. The word traditionally translated as repentance really means something more like return, and in this book, returning is a restoration, as much as is possible, to the victim, and, for the perpetrator of harm, a coming back, in humility and intentionality, to behaving as the person we might like to believe we are.

UUWF is excited to join in on the UUA Common Read. To learn more, visit uua.org/read.

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