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Charles Dickens and the notion of evil
Although his true villains are never redeemed, Dickens' novels demonstrate that good wins in the end.
Who gets to tell Jesus's story?
A single story may win, but the alternate stories do not fully disappear.
Book to note: 'Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer'
New book for children shares stories from the life of Islam's founder.
The moral arc reconsidered
Empirical evidence that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice.
Book to note: 'An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions'
From Servetus to Second Life.
Forrest Church's spiritual odyssey
Biography reveals moving model for spiritual growth.
Rob Bell's case for Universalism
Popular evangelical Rob Bell makes the case for universal salvation.
A nation of religious changelings
A fickle religious marketplace offers promise and peril for Unitarian Universalists.
What book should Unitarian Universalists take to the beach this summer?
Remember the pro-censorship Unitarians?
Boston's elite saw censorship as part of their larger social reform agenda.
Only when we strip away magical thinking can we see the sacred in everything.
Book review of 'The Antiracism Trainings'
A former editor of this magazine satirizes the Unitarian Universalist Association.
'Fist Stick Knife Gun' as a graphic novel
Geoffrey Canada's memoir adapted by artist Jamar Nicholas.
Meet the founders of the UU Service Committee
A new book shares the stories of the founders of the UUSC.
Do all religions share a common thread?
Understanding our religious differences may be the best hope for promoting cooperation.
What can we reasonably believe about an afterlife?
Where should we assign the burden of proof for ideas about the afterlife?
Sitting, with a good Buddhist novel
Telling stories could be one of the most 'present' things we could do.
Waiting for a great novel about UU ministry
Contemporary authors have yet to plumb the true depths of Unitarian Universalist ministers' lives.
Photographic tour of Wright's Unity Temple
New book celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece for an Illinois Unitarian Universalist congregation.
Forrest Church's Universalism
For Church, 'E pluribus unum' was a civic ideal and a religious insight.
Seeing Joseph Priestley whole
He's more than just the discoverer of oxygen and soda water.
Holding the center against sectarianism and secularity
Religious liberals reject the idea that a religion is a collection of beliefs that are either true or false.
Reason for alarm
Books about reason in religion, environmentalism, and U.S. culture.
Ted Sorensen, JFK's Unitarian speechwriter
An interview with President Kennedy's counselor and speechwriter.
Can spirituality help at work?
Spirituality is packaged as if it's a pep pill for overworked managers.
Some Transcendentalists emphasized self-reliance, but others stressed social reform.
Why I'm sticking with classics
My reasons for reading Hawthorne, Melville, and Dante are hardly noble.
Book to note, Spring 2008
Gary Kowalski's new book.
Forgotten story of America's whites-only towns
James Loewen documents the rise of 'sundown towns' and their enduring legacy.
Liberal theology, vibrant but hidden
Unitarian Universalism was liberal theology's first home, but we have neglected it lately.
Documenting the gay marriage revolution
The story of legal same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
Jesus for UU children
New book offers a Unitarian Universalist view.
Passionate, unfiltered voices about ministry
New book about congregations and ministers working together.
Louisa May Alcott's Unitarian legacy
Did 'Little Women' plant the seeds of my own Unitarian Universalism?
Books address adoption's complications
Clear and honest writing about adopting a child.
We are what we eat
Michael Pollan's 'Omnivore's Dilemma' challenges our eating habits.
Sam Harris challenges liberal religious tolerance
Sam Harris has good news and bad news for Unitarian Universalists.
Secularism and tolerance after 9-11
Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Reza Aslan.
Musicians’ network offers children’s songbook
Thirty songs for children's choirs and worship services.
From Islam to Unitarian Universalism
One woman's religious odyssey.
Newbery winner reflects author's liberal faith
Thoughtful teen novel weaves in themes from various world religions.
Book introduces Unitarian Universalism to young children
Full-color illustrations will delight children and adults.
Marriage in the nineteenth century
The complexities of women's lives in Unitarian Boston.
Counterculture and liberal religion
20th-century transformations of liberal religion.
Books to honor great occasions
Four new books celebrating life's passages.
Philip Simmons's wisdom
A documentary follows contributing editor Philip Simmons through his final months.
Do UUs have theological common ground?
Two books look for liberal religion's theological foundations.
Two books see fascism in America
Davidson Loehr and Charles Derber see fascism in contemporary American politics.
Two new books about the urge to mend
What can we do to help?
New songbook explores new music styles
A review of Singing the Journey.
Making sense of the conservative worldview
Two recent books can help liberals understand the Christian right.
The spiritual in science fiction
A Unitarian Universalist take on science fiction and fantasy.
Book collects key texts in UU reverence debate
Documentary history of the 'vocabulary of reverence' debate.
James Luther Adams's examined faith
Faith is not fundamentally about one's beliefs but about one's commitments.
The pages of sin
Greed, envy, gluttony, and lust reconsidered.
The wellspring of American nature writing
'Walden' remains uncannily 'addressed to our condition exactly,' 150 years after its publication.
Human origins and human futures
Looking back at Darwin and ahead at genetic engineering.
Science and its metaphors
How far does the authority of science go?
The reclamation of liberalism
Comparing Fareed Zakaria and James Luther Adams.
Theodore Parker, heretical prophet
Theodore Parker did more to establish our justice-seeking heritage than anyone else.
Power, religious faith, and social change
The challenge of citizen participation and the democratic process.
Religious dialogue in a divided world
The urgent need for Muslim dialogue and a Jew's quest to pray with Christians and Muslims.
An urgent encounter with Islam
A reading list in the aftermath of 9/11.