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Required Reading for UUs

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1DeusExLibris
sep 22, 2008, 1:12pm

What would you say would be a short list of most important books to read about UUism? Lets say 5 or 10 books. Everyone knows the obvious ones, A Chosen Faith and the Pocket Guide, lets focus on history, theology (what little theology UUism can be said to have, is that term even appropriate?)

2Tanith
sep 22, 2008, 5:41pm

Books by Ralph Waldo Emerson and other historical Unitarians/Universalists. I haven't read any of those myself so maybe others can give specific titles?

A while back I read Finding Your Religion by Scotty McLennan who is a UU minister. I would recommend that to anyone that is on a spiritual search, and certainly UUs in particular.

3DeusExLibris
sep 22, 2008, 5:43pm

I'm particularly interested in theistic UUism in partiicular, but am open to just about everything. Thanks for the recommendation Tanith.

4Naren559
nov 6, 2008, 7:40pm

Try Emerson by Lwrence Buell or Nitezsche and Emerson: An Elective Affinity, by George J. Stack.

5DesertOwl
jan 11, 2009, 8:28am

I think you need to read something by Forrest Church right now I'm reading Bringing God Home and I hope to read his work Love and Death: My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow. I heard part of his interview on NPR's Dianne Rehm Show - it was suggested as part of our Building Your Own Theology "reading" along with the quiz at beliefnet.com whats your spiritual type and BeliefOMatic http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Quizzes/BeliefOMatic.aspx - check them out they are fun!
Cheers!

6sialia
apr 20, 2009, 12:25am

I definitely wouldn't include it in my five or ten books or on any reputable list, but oddly enough, the best UU overview I ever read was in a book by Alan W. Gomes called Unitarian Universalism. It is one of the Zondervan Guides to Cults and Religious Movements. The series is designed to give Christians talking points and persuasive arguments to convert various groups including UU's. After you read the good overview, you can amuse yourself with the rest.

One book I would put on my list is Walking Toward Morning by Victoria Safford. Also, I would include Mary Oliver's, New and Selected Poems. I cannot find the words to describe their words. Which is why they write and I don't. And as fluffy as it may seem, I would put one of Robert Fulghum's books on. He is awfully good at finding the sacred in the mundane. Which is a lot of what I think UU spirituality is about.

7Naren559
apr 20, 2009, 2:08pm

Hey, No. 5, DesertOwl, I did the beliefnet! What am I?

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Mahayana Buddhism (92%)
3. New Age (91%)
4. Unitarian Universalism (85%)
5. Liberal Quakers (79%)
6. Taoism (78%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (75%)
8. Hinduism (71%)
9. Jainism (69%)
10. Sikhism (63%)
11. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (61%)
12. Secular Humanism (59%)
13. Scientology (58%)
14. New Thought (53%)
15. Reform Judaism (50%)
16. Orthodox Quaker (44%)
17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (40%)
18. Baha'i Faith (37%)
19. Nontheist (29%)
20. Orthodox Judaism (29%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
22. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (22%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (19%)
24. Islam (19%)
25. Roman Catholic (19%)
26. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (17%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (14%

9Mr.Durick
nov 6, 2009, 9:14pm

It's not there.

Robert

10Naren559
nov 7, 2009, 6:47am

In the "page not there", if you will look to the lower right and click on "page blog spot", it will appear.
pax vobiscum
Naren

11teepland
nov 9, 2009, 11:03am

Try this link:

http://freeandresponsible.blogspot.com/

Taking the "2" off the end of the original URL posted by Naren559 seems to work.

12Naren559
nov 9, 2009, 7:01pm

Although Emerson is the UU primary icon in th U.S., I would maintain that Emerson's transcendentalism, which influenced Nietzsche (see Nitezsche and Emerson: An Elective Affinity, by George J. Stack), was the initial seed, which grew into the existentialism of the 20th century via Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, et al..