Topic: AFF Congregational Read for Discussion Leaders
Time: Feb 12, 2024 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Faith Formation presents: 2024 Congregational & Denominational Reads

TUUCW Congregational Read:

Transforming Conflict: The Blessings of Congregational Turmoil

– by UU Reverend Terasa Cooley

Cooley “takes us through an understanding of where conflict resides in our minds and bodies, and gives many examples from her years as herself being a Congregational Life consultant, and now an interim minister, she helps us realize that we can’t simply talk, or think, or rationalize our way out of conflict.”

Opportunities will be provided to discuss this short but deeply insightful and effective book together in the new year.

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Please note that February dates are specifically for chapters 1-4 and March dates are for the remaining chapters of Transforming Conflict: The Blessings of Congregational Turmoil

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Save the Date – Saturday and Sunday (March 23&24) Events with Terasa Cooley

“Terasa Cooley brings experience to the literature to provide an accessible, informed, hopeful book. Read this book a long time before the conflict arises; and then you will have the skills to navigate the complex – an outstanding book.”

The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary

“Transforming conflict is not about escaping it…. It is about…seeking how we can be with one another in a healthy and life-giving way. Here, Terasa offers steps down that better path.”

Gil Rendle, author of Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World

UUA Denominational Read:

On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World

– by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Read Rabbi Ruttenberg’s book along with UUs around the country and take advantage of the many resources and discussion groups provided by the UUA. Discussions are divided into 3 aspects of the book:

  • Repentance and Repair in our Lives and our Relationships
  • Repentance and Repair in our Covenanted Communities
  • Repentance and Repair to Transform our World

Go to https://www.uua.org/read/repentance-repair to learn more and hear an interview with Rabbi Ruttenberg about this wonderful book.

On Repentance and Repair- Making Amends in an Unapologetic World

“When you read Danya Ruttenberg’s brilliant book, you see with fresh eyes that there is a huge omission in contemporary culture: we don’t have a road map for how someone who’s done harm can change and make amends to others, nor do we discuss why this is necessary for both individual recovery and societal well-being.”

Rebecca Solnit

“Excellent, necessary . . . Her careful and thoughtful writing frequently includes the voices of others, centering the needs of victims and holding the words of perpetrators to account.”

Emily Dziuban, Booklist