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Beacon Press: Resources for Unitarian Universalists

"Beacon is a vital part of our ministry, bringing our principles and practices to the wider world,as it was founded to do 150 years ago."
—William G. Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association

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 up for our e-newsletter for UUs, which is sent once a month. Individuals 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 (800) 215-9076.

UU Common Read | UU Affiliates | Title Recommendations | The King Legacy | The Pentagon Papers

The UUA Common Read

Beacon Press is proud to have published Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel, the 2011-2012 UUA Common Read selection.

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 Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.

The Acts of Faith discussion guide is available here.

The Death of Josseline

In The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands, the 2010-2011 Common Read pick, Margaret Regan presents a series of intimate stories from immigrants, activists, human rights workers, and border patrol people. Through their stories, the book explores the ethical, moral, and spiritual challenges presented by the complex immigration issues on the border, evoking our human response, rather than a political or policy debate. Regan calls us to the religious act of bearing witness to brutality and despair along with extraordinary courage and commitment.

The discusion guide for The Death of Josseline is available here.


UU Affiliates

Beacon Press welcomes the following UU groups to our affiliate program: Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economy (UUJEC), Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association (UURMAPA), and The Unitarian Universalist Ministers' Association (UUMA). If your UU group is interested in becoming an affiliate, please contact

Recent Titles of Special Interest to UUs

Sacred Ground Cover
Author: Eboo Patel

Now in Paperback

In the more than a decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. In Sacred Ground, author and renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but a challenge to the very idea of America and offers a primer in the art and science of interfaith work, bringing to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge for cooperation.

"Sacred Ground is not just a memoir or a history lesson. It's also a how-to guide for anyone who wants to build an interfaith movement." —Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune

 The Right to Stay Home Cover
Author: David Bacon

With extreme wealth disparities exacerbated by free trade agreements and economic policies, people across Mexico are being forced into migration. David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities and how immigrant communities are fighting back—envisioning a world in which migration isn't forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the "right to stay home."

"This book puts a human face on the immigration debate, its impact on people on both sides of the border, and the indispensable elements of real comprehensive immigration reform-who got us into this mess and what we need to do to fix it." —Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union and former vice president of the United Farm Workers

Soul Repair Cover

Now in Paperback

Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini define moral injury as feelings of shame, grief, meaninglessness, and remorse from having violated core moral beliefs. In Soul Repair, the authors tell the stories of four veterans, their experiences from war, and what can be done to heal the damage inflicted on soldiers' consciences.

"Soul Repair is an eloquent, deeply human reminder that war is not just what takes place on a distant battlefield. It is something that casts a shadow over the lives of those who took part for decades afterwards." —Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars

 A Gift of Love Cover

Now in Paperback

As Dr. King prepared for the Birmingham campaign in early 1963, he drafted the final sermons for Strength to Love, a volume of his most well-known homilies. King had begun working on the sermons during a fortnight in jail in July 1962, where he spent uninterrupted time preparing the drafts for works such as "Loving Your Enemies" and "Shattered Dreams," and he continued to edit the volume after his release. Revised in a fresh new edition, A Gift of Love includes these classic sermons, along with two new sermons. Collectively they present King's fusion of Christian teachings and social consciousness, and promote his prescient vision of love as a social and political force for change.

Gather at the Table Cover

Now in Paperback

Sharon Leslie Morgan, a descendent of slaves on both sides of her family, and Thomas Norman DeWolf, a descendent from the largest slave-trading dynasty in US history, journey together to confront the legacy of slavery and racism. The result is a revelatory testament to the possibilities that open up when people commit to truth, justice, and reconciliation.

"Gather at the Table is an honest exploration into the deep social wounds left by racism, violence, and injustice, as the authors work through their own prejudices in search of reconciliation--and ultimately find friendship." —Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

Author: Chris Stedman Editor: Eboo Patel

Now in Paperback

In Faitheist, Stedman draws on his work organizing interfaith and secular communities, his academic study of religion, and his own experiences to argue for the necessity of bridging the growing chasm between atheists and the religious. As someone who has stood on both sides of the divide, Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious to find common ground and work together to make this world—the one world we can all agree on—a better place.

“Smart. Funny. Heartening. Inspiring. Faitheist is the perfect book for those seeking a middle path between the firm, opposing certainties of religious fundamentalism and intolerant atheism.”—Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Beyond Fundamentalism


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 Pentagon Papers

On October 22, 2006, Beacon Press commemorated the 35th anniversary of publication of The Senator Gravel Edition of The Pentagon Papers—the 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.

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