Ministerial Musings

Recently Julia Rampone (Tapestry President) asked me if there was a list of the books that we have read for the minister’s seminar. While I have been leading the group of a couple of years, I realized that I had not compiled a list. When the project first started, I didn’t know exactly what it would be. I just knew that there were a few books that I wanted to read within a UU setting. Over time, through some good books and great discussions with Tapestry members, the Minister’s Seminar seems to have solidified its focus.

I do my best to pick books that help us connect our Unitarian Universalist values with what is going on in the world around us. That includes the political world, our emotional lives, the environmental crisis and history. We read and discuss a combination of fiction and non-fiction, current and historical writers, some very popular works and some obscure. The mix is broad, but the books always give us a way to explore our values and how we act them out. 

The handful of regular participants have developed a shared vocabulary from the books that we have read together. “How Emotions Are Made,” “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” and “Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind,” gave us some great concepts that keep coming up in discussion. But the point of this seminar is that anyone can join in at any time. If you notice a book that sounds interesting, come join us. Part of what makes the discussions so powerful is the broad ranging life experience that people bring with them. To see a list of upcoming books, scroll down to the Minister's Seminar section. 

I hope you can come join is for a discussion. If there is a book that you think would be useful in exploring our UU values, please share the title with me.

Rev. Kent


Minister's Seminars

The Glass Castle

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

“The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
A memoir of resilience and redemption, and a look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered. The Glass Castle is truly a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

In order to fully participate in the discussion, please read the book in advance.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent .

"After the Good News: Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism"

by Nancy McDonald Ladd

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Speaking from a rising generation of clergy and lay leaders who formed their commitments to liberal religion at the end of the optimistic modernist age, Nancy McDonald Ladd shows how the religious life is not characterized by endless human advancement, but by lurching movement, crisis-management, and pain. Ladd calls religious progressives to greater authenticity and truth-telling rather than mere optimism. She charts a course forward that includes reclaiming rituals of atonement and lament, and becoming more vulnerable and accountable in our relationships. To fully participate in the discussion, please read the book before our meeting.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent .