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Uncommon Community - One Congregation's Work with Prisoners

Uncommon Community: One Congregation's Work with Prisoners

Product Attributes:

Product Code: 7334
ISBN: 9781558965386
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Publication Date: 
Pages: 92
Size: 5.5 X 8.5 Inches (US)


Availability: In Stock


In 2003 members of the Henry David Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Bend County, Texas, began a letter-writing program with prison inmates. Soon afterward they launched a creative writing workshop and then a program that allowed prisoners to serve as writing mentors to college students. Speer describes how these programs started and evolved, sharing details about what worked, what didn't and how the experience was transformational for all involved.

Praise for Uncommon Community: "Uncommon Community is the best kind of guide. In clear, direct language Speer describes prison programs developed and supported by his congregation in Texas. He shares stories of human sharing, personal testimonies and observations about our national prison crisis, while also giving useful advice to others wanting to do similar work. I look forward to sharing this excellent account with people across the country-inside and out-involved with prison issues and programs." Judith Tannenbaum, author, Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin

"These projects cut right to the core of our faith. Transformation is never easy, yet it is necessary to heal our bruised and hurting world. In giving a voice to the voiceless, the unimagined possibilities for hope in this world are made manifest." Bill Clark, minister, First Parish in Lexington


Table Of Contents:

Finding Freedom with Prisoners
The Letter Project
The Writing Workshop
The Writing Mentor Program
What Prisoners Can Teach Us
UUA 2005 Statement of Conscience: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform


Review   Kirkus Reviews - July 15, 2013
"A valuable guide for parents and educators that includes tips on choosing a therapist and parenting strategies."
Review   Publishers Weekly - June 3, 2013
"This book is a welcome antidote to an alarming trend."
Review   Library Journal - June 1, 2013
"Highly recommended for parents, caregivers, educators, physicians, and specialists working with children of all ages."
Review By: Daniel Goldin,   Huffington Post - October 29, 2013
“Dr. Enrico Gnaulati has written the book of the hour, an extraordinarily well-researched explication of our rush to pathologize normal behavior in children and an impassioned plea to reflect very carefully before placing our youngsters under diagnostic categories that hinder their growth and leave them believing they suffer from 'brain diseases.'”
Review By: Patricia Frevert,   Dorchester UU Church - May 1, 2008
This book made real the possibility of reaching out to prisoners via my church community. Each program launched by the Henry David Thoreau congregation of Fort Bend County, Texas, felt believable and possible. Speer describes the projects well: each one comes to life in full detail, triumphs and mistakes included. I was inspired!


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