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).
Beloved Community Staff Team
In 2016, the Beloved Community Staff Team was formed at Unity Church to strengthen and coordinate Unity’s anti-racism and multi-cultural work, and to share the stories of this journey with the wider community. We commit to sharing the struggles, the questions, and the collaborations here at Unity and in the wider world of our faith and city. The current members of the team include Rev. KP Hong, Barbara Hubbard, Drew Danielson, Ahmed Anzaldúa, Laura Park, Karen Hering, Angela Wilcox, Pauline Eichten, and Erika Sanders.
Beloved Community Resources
Next Right Actions
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