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Recommended books if you’re new to Unitarian Universalism

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Boston: Beacon Press, 1994)

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John A. Buehrens

This is the classic introductory text on Unitarian Universalism with chapters by former UUA President John Beuhrens and Forrest Church that explore the many sources of the living faith tradition of their chosen faith. This is a thought-provoking, entertaining sourcebook for searchers, newcomers and lifelong learners. Preface by former UU moderator Denise Davidoff. 

The Cathedral of the World: Universalist Theology (Boston: Beacon, 2009)

The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology by Forrest Church

Described by Cornel West as “a towering public intellectual and the leading universalist philosopher of his generation,” Forrest Church was one of the preeminent liberal theologians of our time. His final gift, The Cathedral of the World, 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.

Welcome: A Unitarian Universalist Primer (Boston: Skinner, 2008).

Welcome: A Unitarian Universalist Primer edited by Patricia Frevert

Features common Unitarian Universalist prayers and readings, including the seven Principles and six Sources, chalice lightings, quotations from UUs of yesterday and today, and a glossary. Plus introductions to UU history, religious education and social justice.
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The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide

The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide edited by Rev. Peter Morales, Foreword by Melissa Harris-Perry

The most complete introduction to Unitarian Universalism available, covering ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, community, and history. Extensively revised, the sixth edition prepares readers with resources and information for this crucial moment in Unitarian Universalism. It also gives voice to many individual Unitarian Universalists—people of all ages, coming from many backgrounds, and holding many beliefs—as they share their personal and deeply heartfelt testimonies. Contributors include Rosemary Bray McNatt, Erika Hewitt, Cheryl Walker, Jessica York, Elizabeth Nguyen, Aisha Hauser, Dan McKanan, and more. Foreword by lifelong Unitarian Universalist Melissa Harris-Perry, writer, professor, political commentator, and editor-at-large at Elle.com. The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide The most complete introduction to Unitarian Universalism available, covering ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, community, and history. Extensively revised, the sixth edition prepares readers with resources and information for this crucial moment in Unitarian Universalism. It also gives voice to many individual Unitarian Universalists—people of all ages, coming from many backgrounds, and holding many beliefs—as they share their personal and deeply heartfelt testimonies. Contributors include Rosemary Bray McNatt, Erika Hewitt, Cheryl Walker, Jessica York, Elizabeth Nguyen, Aisha Hauser, Dan McKanan, and more. Foreword by lifelong Unitarian Universalist Melissa Harris-Perry, writer, professor, political commentator, and editor-at-large at Elle.com.