Rev. Kelly’s Reading List

When I mention a book or article in a sermon, I will list link to it here so you can explore if you would like!

(I started this list in October, 2016)

The Body Keeps the Score  – Bessel van der Kolk

Rising to the Challenges of Our Times by Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker in Redeeming Time: Endowing Your Church with the Power of Covenant

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander

13th – A Netflix Original Documentary

Martin and Malcolm: A Dream or a Nightmare? – James Cone

Resources from Barry Oshry– Power and Systems

Making the Manifesto: The Birth of Religious Humanism – William F. Schulz

Universalism 101:  An Introduction for Leaders of Unitarian Universalist Congregations – Richard Trudeau

UU World Article: Confronting Evil

The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama

Stages of Faith – James W. Fowler

Stages of Faith Handout

Moving Beyond  “Whites Only” UU Theology

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear – Rev. Dr. William Barber

A Language of Reverence –  Dean Grodzins (Editor)

Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language – Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar

Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Emergent Strategy:Shaping Change, Changing Worlds – adrienne maree brown

The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times  Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy – Joanna Macy

Sacred Exhaustion – Jeff Foster

Ring Theory: How to Not Say the Wrong Thing When Comforting Someone

Eleven Tenets of Companioning  – Dr. Alan Wolfelt

For Ideas on Human Nature, Sin and Evil:

Sin is Personal; Not Just Systemic – Molly Housh Gordon

The Spiritual Force to Combat Evil – Jen Crow

The World is Better Than Ever. Why Are We So Miserable?

The Essential James Luther Adams

Perfectionism Among Young People Significantly Increased Since 1980s, Study Finds


How to Survive the End of the World Podcast – adrienne and autumn brown

Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African American Women references to Lucille Clifton  – Akasha Gloria Hull


Perhaps the most famous articulation of pneumatology in UU history was provided by Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

In his essay “The Over-Soul,” he describes a spiritual connection to something larger than humankind,
an ever-present God who contributes to
“that shudder of awe and delight with which the individual soul always mingles with the universal soul.”
[Quote taken from Emerson’s 1841 essay, “The Over-Soul,” #VIII, Paragraph 16]

Emerson talks about the universal spirit of life in another essay entitled “Worship.”
He says that God’s spirit is a “simple, quiet, undescribed, undescribable presence, dwelling very peacefully in us.”
[Quote taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1860 essay, “Worship,” #XVII, Paragraph 13]

Video references in sermon on Confession: TED Talk: Jay Smooth “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race”

Learning to Walk in the Dark – Barbara Brown Taylor

God is Not One – Stephen Prothero

Interfaith Leadership – Eboo Patel

Out of Many Faiths – Eboo Patel

Gallup Survey on Religion

Pew Research  – US Becoming Less Religious

America’s New Religions in New York Magazine by Andrew Sullivan

The Return of Paganism in the New York Times by Ross Douthat

Atheists are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians in the Atlantic by Segal Samuel

UUA membership rises for first time since 2008 in UU World Magazine by Christopher Walton

Community Foundation Trends Report; page 83 on religion

Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice by Frances Lee

The Whitewashing – and Resurrection – of Dr. King’s Legacy in Time Magazine

After the Good News: Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism by Nancy McDonald Ladd

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown