UUA offers eBooks focused on Phoenix experiences

Two resources, which have grown out of Unitarian Universalists’ witness in Arizona in support of migrant communities, are available from the UUA Bookstore. Both are only available as eBooks.

The first is Assembled 2012: Select Sermons and Lectures from the 2012 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (held in Phoenix). It includes the Berry Street Essay by the Rev. Fredric Muir, the Sophia Lyon Fahs lecture by Louise Derman-Sparks, the Ware lecture by Maria Hinojosa, and sermons from the Service of the Living Tradition by the Rev. Karen Tse and the Sunday morning worship service by the Rev. John Crestwell.

Also available is Annette Marquis’ Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County. Marquis, LGBTQ and Multicultural Ministries Program Manager for the UUA, was arrested and spent a night in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix in July 2010, along with a number of other UUs, as she protested the implementation of Arizona’s anti-immigration measure SB 1070. In her 48-page book she reflects on what compelled her to act and what she learned about the struggles of migrants and people of color.

Marquis’ book is available free with purchase of Assembled 2012. Each can be purchased separately.

Resources for congregational governance, leadership, conflict, stewardship

Earlier this year Annette Marquis, district executive for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Southeast District, compiled several lists of books she believes are useful for congregational leaders. She created lists for the following topics:

• Good governance in congregations

• Congregational leadership

• Leadership tools

• Covenant, conflict, and right relationships

• Congregational stewardship

She notes, “Although you probably can’t read them all, engaging your congregation’s board and leadership in a planned course of study of at least one of these books a year will help to build a culture of commitment to best practices in your congregation.”

The lists are on her blog, Vital Congregations. While you’re there, check out some of her other blog posts on Technology Resources for Congregations and Right Relationships in Congregations.