Shelley Butler on behalf of the Beloved Community Staff Team
Two years ago, the Library and Bookstall Team, with the Beloved Community Staff Team, produced the "Anti-racism Collection" within Unity libraries. This list makes it easier to identify titles that speak to strengthening our anti-racism commitment and multicultural awareness. There are now nearly 180 books and links to online sources in that collection, including Bryan Stevenson's Ted Talk, "We Need to Talk About an Injustice." More recently, we created another collection called "Creative Writers of Color," which already has nearly 100 books. To access these collections, visit https://www.librarycat.org/lib/UnityChurch.
Two of the more recent titles are Diane Wilson's Beloved Child and Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys. Diane Wilson spoke about her new book, and her well-received earlier title, Spirit Car, at The Gathering retreat on January 25, 2020. The Nickel Boys is the Unity Church 2020 Congregation Read. There will be two opportunities to discuss this important and challenging book: Sunday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m., and/or Wednesday, February 26, at 7:15 p.m. (both discussions will be held at Unity Church).
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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.