2020 Congregational Book Read
Based on the true story of the hellish Dozier reform school that operated from 1900-2011, The Nickel Boys chronicles the experience of two Black boys sentenced there (one mistakenly) in the 1960s. The tension between one boy’s ideals, adopted from Martin Luther King, and the other’s skepticism leads to a decision that will echo down the decades. A story of the past that is still making news and has parallels to events today. Written by “America’s Storyteller,” as named by Time Magazine. One of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Fiction Books of the Decade, winner of the Kirkus Prize, and longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. Discussions held Sunday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 26, at 7:15 p.m.
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Beloved Community Resources
Unity Justice Database
Team Dynamics House of Intersectionality
Anti-Racism Resources in the Unity Libraries Collection
Creative Writers of Color in Unity Libraries
The History of Race Relations and Unity Church, 1850-2005
Beloved Community Staff Team
The Beloved Community Staff Team (BCST) strengthens and coordinates Unity’s antiracism and multicultural work, and provides opportunities for congregants and the church to grow into greater intercultural competency. We help the congregation ground itself in the understanding of antiracism and multiculturalism as a core part of faith formation. We support Unity’s efforts to expand our collective capacity to imagine and build the Beloved Community. Here, we share the stories of this journey — the struggles, the questions, and the collaborations — both at Unity and in the wider world.
The current members of the Beloved Community Staff Team include Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, Rev. KP Hong, Barbara Hubbard, Drew Danielson, Laura Park, Rev. Karen Gustafson, Angela Wilcox, Pauline Eichten, and Erika Sanders.