Beacon Press: Resources for Unitarian Universalists
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Resources for Unitarian Universalists
Welcome to our page for Unitarian Universalists where we offer a variety of
resources for UU individuals and congregations, including discussion
guides and a History
of Beacon and the UUA. For the latest news from Beacon Press, sign
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can buy Beacon Press books on this web site, at the UUA
Bookstore, and at bookstores everywhere. UU Congregations and Congregational
Book Stores wishing to place bulk orders should contact the UUA Bookstore at
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Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America
and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent
faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patels story is a hopeful and
moving testament to the power and passion of young peopleand of the world-changing
potential of an interfaith youth movement.
The Acts of Faith discussion guide is available here.
Eboo Patel, a 2008 speaker at GA, is founder and executive director of the
Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit building the
interfaith youth movement. He is a regular contributor to the Washington
Post, NPR, and CNN. Named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News
& World Report, he was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory
Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Individuals can buy this book on this website, at the UUA
Bookstore, and at bookstores everywhere.
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Universalists for a Just Economy (UUJEC),
Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association (UURMAPA),
and The Unitarian Universalist Ministers' Association (UUMA).
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With close readings of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, the latest
data on the science of sexual orientation, and a sympathetic, accessible,
and ecumenical approach to religious faith, Michaelson makes the case
that sexual diversity is part of the beauty of nature and that the recognition
of same-sex families will strengthen, not threaten, the values religious
people hold dear.
"Michaelson looks at the Hebrew and Christian Bible with keen
intellect, wit, and often surprising insights. He roots his arguments
not in dry exegesis but in hard-won self-acceptance and passionate concern
for others." Joe Perez, author of Soulfully Gay
How the strict purity ethic and rules-based culture of American Protestantism
has adversely affected the sexual development of many believers, and
the intimate and varied personal stories of the roads nine of them traveled
to begin to heal.
"Amy Frykholm has gathered the intimate stories of people of faith
in search of wholeness. These tender tales both challenge and encourage
the church to listen to voices it might not hear otherwise. When it
comes to integrating mind, body and spirit, the Church can serve as
curse or blessing. These searingly honest stories compel us to strive
for the latter." The Rev. Lillian Daniel, author of Tell
it Like it is: Recovering the Practice of Testimony
A primer of essential writings about one of the cornerstones of our
democracy by the original authors of the Constitution, edited by preeminant
liberal theologian Forrest Church.
"The Separation of Church and State is an invaluable handbook
of primary sources for the perplexedand the concerned-in today's
whirlpool of contrary opinions and strident voices." Edwin
S. Gaustad, author of Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land: A
History of Church and State in America
In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between
people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative
for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment
with those whose activism is a source of faith.
"Secularists, individualists, please take note! Encounters and
dialogue between religiously motivated radicals and more secular activists
remain important. America, the nation with the soul of a church,
cannot be changed by those who ignore or scorn religion. This book proves
that in vitalizing stories." John Buehrens, co-author, A
House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion in the 21st Century
Dispatches from Arizonathe front line of a massive human migrationincluding
the voices of migrants, Border Patrol, ranchers, activists, and others.
The 2010-2011 UUA Common Read selection.
"There may be no better way to understand the muddle that is U.S.
immigration policy than to read The Death of Josseline. It helps
explain, on a human level, the ebb and flow of human labor across political
boundaries." Ted Robbins, Southwest correspondent, NPR
"Thou, Dear God" is the first and only collection
of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Included are both
personal and public prayers King recited as a seminarian, graduate student,
preacher, pastor, and, finally, civil rights leader, along with a special
section that reveals the biblical sources that most inspired King.
"My father believed that prayer was essential to daily living,
not just in times of struggle and fear, but in times of great joy and
great love as well. 'Thou, Dear God' celebrates his profound
love of God and God's presence in our lives, and brings his inspiring
words of grace to all of us. Through my father's own prayers, we can
experience God's love and wisdom in every aspect of our lives, and just
as he did, use our own prayer life to keep changing the world."
Dr. Bernice A. King
Beacon Press and the Martin Luther King Jr. Estate
On May 27, 2009, Beacon Press announced a new partnership with the Estate
of Martin Luther King Jr. for a new publishing program, "The King Legacy."
Beacon will print new editions of previously published King titles and compile
Dr. King's writings, sermons, orations, lectures, and prayers into entirely
new editions, including significant new introductions by leading scholars.
This partnership brings together the legacy of one of the most important
civil rights and social justice leaders in the world with one of the oldest
and most respected independent publishing houses in America. Click here
for more information.
Beacon Press, Unitarian Universalists, and The
On October 22, 2006, Beacon Press commemorated the 35th anniversary of
publication of The Senator Gravel Edition of The
Pentagon Papersthe first full edition of the top secret Defense
Department studies that exposed decades of U.S. decisionmaking in Vietnam.
On June 24, 2007, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman moderated a panel
at General Assembly with Dan Ellsberg, Senator Mike Gravel and Former UUA
President Bob West on the role of Beacon Press in publishing the Pentagon
Papers. Click here
for more information.