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A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer. Speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives-lives that are congruent with our inner truth-in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation. Mapping an inner journey that we take in solitude and in the company of others, Palmer describes a form of community that fits the limits of our active lives.

Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina. This is the story of how the people meant to protect and serve citizens can do violence, hide their tracks, and work the legal system as the nation awaits justice.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin. Galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.

The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin. Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

The Minimalist Vision of Transcendence: A Naturalist Philosophy of Religion (SUNY Series in Religious Studies) by Jerome A. Stone

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit. A fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers.

Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron. The best-selling author and spiritual teacher shares practices for living with wisdom and integrity even in confusing and uncertain situations.

Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton In this, her bestselling journal, May Sarton writes with keen observation and emotional courage of both inner and outer worlds: a garden, the seasons, daily life in New Hampshire, books, people, ideas―and throughout everything, her spiritual and artistic journey.

The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures by Nicholas Wade. How an instinct for faith has been hardwired into human nature. Religious expression evolved because it conferred essential benefits on ancient societies and their successors. Address the fact, little understood before now, that religious behavior is an evolved part of human nature.

How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow by Toni Bernhard

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard This life-affirming, instructive, and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is - or who might one day be - sick. It can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or life-

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, was the result of the experience of the Second World War. With the end of that war, and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never again to allow atrocities like those of that conflict happen again. World leaders decided to complement the UN Charter with a road map to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere.

The Immortalist by Alan Harrington. "Death is an imposition on the human race, and no longer acceptable." Analysis and summary at

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World, David Deutsch, Explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor; tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which potentially boundless progress—can and cannot happen; explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer prize and the culmination of a life's work, A brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.

What Is Marriage For?: The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution by E.J. Graff. The bible of the same-sex marriage movement.

Elite: Uncovering Classism in Unitarian Universalist History by Mark W. Harris. This provocative and critical look at class in Unitarian Universalist history reveals that today's largely middle-class and educated congregants are descended from an elite cultural establishment.

Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism by Mark D. Morrison-Reed. "Darkening the Doorways" helps answer the perennial question "Why are there so few African- American Unitarian Universalists?" It both grieves and celebrates the past while giving encouragement and direction for the realization of a more inclusive future."

Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood A spiritual companion for young adults and all who live amid transitions and tensions. Dozens of carefully selected readings address themes that are prominent for people in their twenties and early thirties.

RACE MATTERS Author: Cornel West The fundamental litmus test for American democracy-its economy, government, criminal justice system, education, mass media, and culture-remains: how broad and intense are the arbitrary powers used and deployed against black people. In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line.

The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade. Observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred. It's this premise that both drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human experience.

Process and Reality (Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh During the Session 1927-28) by Alfred North Whitehead. The work itself is a kind of speculative metaphysics which attempts to set forward “a coherent, logical, necessary system of general ideas in terms of which every element of our experience can be interpreted”

Readings in the Living Tradition. More than 250 readings are newly collected here to reinvigorate and update Unitarian Universalist worship.