BBUUC Adult RE Book Club
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema, is our book for March. Centering is one of two books that were chosen as UUA Common Reads for 2017-18.
Centering presents nine short essays, each paired with a responding essay, all written by persons of color who are pastors of UUA congregations or in other leadership positions in the UUA. Topics covered include “…how religious professionals of color can exercise power effectively, be relevant, and connect to others in culturally white settings…” This is an important book for all who feel diversity is important in our congregation and in the UUA generally.
We will discuss as many of the essays as we can cover in 2 hours on March 6.March 20 we will discuss any remaining essays and view the film, Wilderness Journey, produced by Ron Cordes and the Massachusetts Bay District Racial Justice Coordinating Council in 2003.
The connection is that while Centering features essays and responses by persons of color actively working in the UUA today, Wilderness Journey interviews black and white participants in what has been called the UUA Black Empowerment Controversy of 1967-70.
Two separate discussion sessions are scheduled 1-3 PM and 7-9 PM on both March 6 and on March 20. If planning to attend, please sign up in the back of the sanctuary or by emailing If emailing, please include “book club signup” in the subject line. Centering is available for sale at Our DRE, Chris Jarman, also has two copies in the church office.

Book source information for April and May:

AprilHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance. Available at:
May: (UUA Common Read for 2017-18): Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappe’ and Adam Eichen. Available at: