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What We Read, What We Listened To in 2018

As we head into the end of 2018 -- for some of us, holiday and feasting and loved ones; and for others of us, work and loneliness and doubt; and for many of us, some of both -- we are sending love for the justice work we do every day and who we each are.

We’ll be sending out a look back and forward to celebrate and reflect and vision in early 2019. For now, we want to share some of the books and songs that have been getting us through - new things that blew our hearts and minds wide open and old ones that still shake us up in the best way.

What We’ve Been Reading (in no particular order):

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko

  • Joyful Militancy by Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery

  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

  • American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  • Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  • The Line Becomes the River by Francisco Cantú

  • Unapologetic A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers

  • When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors

  • They Best They Could Do by Thi Bui

  • The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

  • Electric Arches by Eve Ewing

  • The Book of Curses by the Asian American Literary Review

  • No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty

  • Parables of the Talents by Octavia Butler

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live by Brene Brown

  • Black Theology and Black Power by Rev. Dr. James Cone

  • Emergent Strategy Adrienne Maree Brown

What We’ve Been Listening To: Spotify Playlist

We offer each of you love and hope in your moments of grief and fear and on the journey yet to come. Our call to Side with Love is a holistic call to side with each other yesterday, today and the days to come as we become the Love we seek in this World!

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We got this, with love,

Everette Thompson and Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

P.S. Are you coming to Creating Change? We’d love connect with you there - let us know at love@uua.org!