Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to visit inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop. What are your hours?

We are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except on holidays or from Christmas through New Year's Day. During the summer, we close at 4 p.m. We are located at 24 Farnsworth St. in Boston. Click on Google Maps for further information on how to get here. If you are planning to buy something in particular during your visit, please be aware that most of our inventory is stored off-site, so we have limited quantities for sale at 24 Farnsworth St. We encourage you to call us ahead of time at 1-800-215-9076 so that we can check our stock for you before you visit.


What is your discount policy?

We give a 10% discount on any purchase of 5-9 copies of the same title, and a 20% discount on 10 or more copies of the same title. For pamphlets, we give a 10% discount on 10 or more packs of the same title. These discounts do not apply to any edition Singing the Living Tradition or to sets (for example, the inSpirit Series Sampler).


Will I be charged tax?

Massachusetts individuals and for-profit institutions will be charged 6.25% Massachusetts sales tax on books and products not produced by the UUA, Skinner House or Beacon Press.


What if I need expedited shipping (overnight, 2 Day, etc.)? 

What if I need to ship outside the US or Canada?

Expedited shipping options are available. To place time-sensitive orders, please call us at 800-215-9076 or email us at

We only accept online orders shipping to the United States or Canada.  To ship and order outside the US or Canada, please call us at 800-215-9076 or email us at


How do I redeem a gift certificate?

Our current website does not offer a gift certificate feature, but customers can still redeem gift certificates online. To do so, place your items in the shopping cart and begin the checkout procedure. When you reach the payment page, you will have the option of entering credit card information or church account information. Find the number on your gift certificate and enter it, including letters, into the entry field for church account information. If your gift certificate does not pay for your entire order, enter your credit card information as well. Continue on to submit the order. The website will not subtract the gift certificate amount from your total, but our staff will do so when we process the order. Your credit card will be charged only for the amount that isn't paid for by the gift certificate.


Is your website secure?

All online transactions are secured through the highest possible SSL encryption. Your transactions are protected 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.


How do I report an error on your website?

Email us at, and we will make any necessary corrections.


I want a book that isn’t on your website. Can you get it for me?

We are able to special order any Beacon Press Book that is still in print, but may not be listed on our website. Please call us at 800-215-9076 or email with your special order request.


How do I suggest a title for inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop to carry?

Send suggestions to We welcome and look forward to hearing from you.

If you've published a book and would like us to carry the book, please send an email to

Due to the large volume of unsolicited submissions we receive, we regret we cannot respond to every one. If we decide to carry your book, we will let you know within 4-6 weeks. Because we receive so many books, we are not able to return any books that have been submitted for review. 

Mail a review copy of your book, along with a cover letter, to:
inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
24 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA 02210-1409


I want the Our Whole Lives DVDs, but they aren’t on the website. How do I get them?

The Sexuality and our Faith DVDs are available only to individuals who have completed OWL training and should be billed and/or shipped to a UU congregation whenever possible. Please contact us at 800-215-9076 to purchase these items.


Where do I buy a Side with Love banner?

You can find the graphics for the banner in the Brand Standards Guide at Side with Love. Side with Love banners are available pre-formatted to 10’ x 4’ and available as PDF or EPS files. We suggest that you order your banner locally to save money on shipping. However, the UUA has arranged with H&W Printing, a union print shop in Mt. Rainer, Maryland, to special order Side with Love Banners. Click here for the ordering information for H&W Printing.


How do I buy Wayside Pulpit posters to display at my church?

Wayside Community Pulpit Series 8 is available for free downloading. Click here for instructions on how to download and print poster-sized copies of the quotations in Series 8 for your congregation and for the quotations themselves.


How do I find Singing the Living Tradition, Singing the Journey or the pamphlet We Are Unitarian Universalists in Braille?

To order a copy of Singing the Living Tradition in Braille for $35.00, Singing the Journey for $23.00, or We Are for $2.00 (including shipping), contact Linda M. Horton at or write to her at 9322 E. Cedar Waxwing Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.


Is inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop at General Assembly?

We have a booth in the Exhibit Hall at GA every year. We feature new Skinner House and UUA titles, including religious education resources, meditation manuals, and many more books, often written by authors who are presenting lectures and workshops.


What's the difference between Skinner House Books and Beacon Press?

The Unitarian Universalist Association owns two distinct and complementary presses, Beacon Press and Skinner House Books.

Beacon Press: Beacon Press books seek to change the way readers think about fundamental issues, promoting such values as freedom of speech and thought, the importance of economic and social justice issues, religious pluralism, respect for our environment, and the importance of the arts in a civil society. Beacon has published several national bestsellers, and its books are frequently reviewed and discussed in national print and broadcast media. They are also used in university and secondary school curricula, citywide reading programs, and reading groups, and within a variety of organizational and faith-based reading programs.

Skinner House Books: Skinner House Books publishes titles directly aimed at the spiritual needs of Unitarian Universalists, seekers, and others who share the values of liberal religion. Skinner House publishes worship and church resources, books on theology and religious history, books for children and families, introductions to Unitarian Universalism, pastoral resources, and religious commentary on current issues and social justice concerns. While all Skinner House books express the Principles of Unitarian Universalism, many are distributed to the general public and accessible to people of all faiths or none. Content from Skinner House books is woven throughout Unitarian Universalist ministerial formation, preaching and worship, religious education, small group ministry, outreach, and programming at congregational and national levels.