Each year the UUA chooses a social justice book as a common read. A decision needs to be made – will we use the UUA book? Will we choose our own? The coordinator organizes this process and organizes any discussion groups as follow-up. The Coordinator begins this process in September or October when the UUA’s choice is announced and asks for volunteers to read this book. Coordinator orders books to share; some readers may purchase their own. Readers discuss with the Social Justice Council Steering team and decide on a book. Then a series of plans must be made: will the book discussion be an ALPS class? What format will be used to discuss the book? Who will organize, recruit, and facilitate the discussion? Estimated time per month is 3 hours per month during the service which will end after the book discussion in the spring.
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation:
The common read books are inspiring, and that benefits to both the coordinator and the congregation. The discussions are informational and are linked to UU principles. Being the coordinator is a way to make connections and build community.
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