By Joanne Dingus
What is Common Read? Each year a committee comprised of people at UUA headquarters and Field Staff chooses a book for congregations to read and discuss in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
At a time when racial, environmental and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. People and communities on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins.
Justice on Earth asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.
This three-week course will use the discussion guide provided by the UUA.
Participants should plan on reading the book before the sessions begin. Copies of the book will be available to buy or borrow. Please see or contact Joanne Dingus.
The sessions are a part of UUFP's Beloved Community Wednesdays and will be held in the sanctuary April 3, 10 and 24, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., with optional potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Pre-session homework: In preparation for this class, I invite you to research local environmental issues that interest you. In addition, please prepare a list of organizations outside of church that you currently support in some way.