Michael's Notes

Michael's Notes

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Dear Friends,

The end of the Chauvin trial and collective hope for the COVID pandemic's imminent conclusion call up a spectrum of individual reactions and emotions from those concerned with matters of justice, social equity, and public health. With this in mind, I want to highlight two important new titles from Skinner House that offer expressions of criticism, affirmation, anger, love, despair and hope -- all flowing out of these current, prevalent issues in our society.

Shelter in this Place: Meditations on 2020, the 2021 inSpirit Series volume, is an anthology of poems, prayers, and reflections from Unitarian Universalists -- a tale of two pandemics, COVID-19 and the deep-rooted pandemic of white supremacy and systemic racism. With readings from a variety of perspectives, identities, and geographies, Shelter in this Place captures the complex reality of 2020 -- grief and loss, resilience and joy.

In The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to My Faith, minister and poet Kristen Harper confronts the language, imagery, buzzwords, and cultural touchstones that demean and dehumanize Black people, but are so commonplace they can easily escape notice. But she also, in an arrangement of essays and poems, lifts up the strength, beauty, and resilience of Black people and outlines a path forward for all of us.

Both of these books, due out in late May, are available for pre-order right now. Blessings to all of you as we navigate these turbulent waters together.

Keep reading.


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