The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology by Forrest Church. Draws from the entire span of Church’s life’s work to leave behind a clear statement of his universalist theology and liberal faith. Giving new voice to the power of liberal religion, Church invites all seekers to enter the Cathedral of the World, home to many windows but only one Light.
Universalism 101: An Introduction for Leaders of Unitarian Universalist Congregations by Richard Trudeau,Few Unitarian Universalists (UUs), ordained or not, know much about Universalist theology. A related problem is that few UUs know much about Universalist history or culture, which is relevant because Universalist theology was shaped by Universalist experience. With the loss of Universalist perspective, our combined Unitarian Universalist religious movement is being impoverished.
“The evangelical church in America is changing from within and Deborah Jian Lee enthusiastically charts its new and unexpected course. Rescuing Jesus is an important and refreshing look at religion in America from a smart and passionate observer.” —Ari L. Goldman, author of The Search for God at Harvard
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.
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Vintage) by Alain De Botton. Argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion—without having to believe in any of it.
Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing by Rosemary R. Ruether. Internationally acclaimed author and teacher Rosemary Radford Ruether presents a sweeping ecofeminist theology that illuminates a path toward "earth-healing"--a whole relationship between men and women, communities and nations. "This is theology that really matters.
During their first millennium, Christians filled their sanctuaries with images of Christ as a living presence in a vibrant world. He appears as a shepherd, a teacher, a healer, an enthroned god; he is an infant, a youth, and a bearded elder. But he is never dead. When he appears with the cross, he stands in front of it, serene, resurrected. The world around him is ablaze with beauty. These are images of paradise—paradise in this world, permeated and blessed by the presence of God.
The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality) by Eknath Easwaran. Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide on the eve of a great battle; contextualizes the book culturally and historically and explains the key concepts of Hindu religious thought and the technical vocabulary of yoga.