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As we develop the new Online Learning Center, you will find all our classes on the events page at clfuu.org. Please check back for new classes.  In the meantime, try using these online study guides for books printed by Beacon Press.
 

Beacon Press Books with Study Guides

Breaking Free, Study Guide

Breaking Free, Study Guide
Breaking Free, edited by Marilyn Sewell

This program brings women together to discuss aging as the development of character, a breaking free of old restraints, and an opportunity to deepen their spiritual lives (five sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore

   
A Chosen Faith, Study Guide

A Chosen Faith, Study Guide
A Chosen Faith, by John A. Buehrens and Forrest Church

An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism for searchers, newcomers, and lifelong learners.

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World, Study Guide

Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World, Study Guide
Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World by Lauent A. Parks, Cheryl H. Keen, James P. Keen and Sharon Daloz Parks

A landmark study that reveals how we become committed to the common good and sustain such commitments in a changing world. 

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
The Death of Josseline, Study Guide

The Death of Josseline, Study Guide
The Death of Josseline, by Margaret Regan

Presents an interconnected mosaic of those intimately involved: immigrants, activists, human rights workers, and border patrol people. The book evokes a human and religious response, rather than a political debate, as it draws the reader into the physical, economic, and above all, personal terrain of immigration in the borderlands.

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, Study Guide

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, Study Guide
Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America by Geoffrey Canada

A memoir of a young man's struggles with violence fuels discussion about issues that concern today's youth and how communities can address them (two sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
The Force of Spirit, Study Guide

The Force of Spirit, Study Guide
The Force of Spirit, by Scott Russell Sanders

For adults of all ages, this program creates a safe space for personal sharing and reflection on the call of spirit in our lives (three sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Free for All, Study Guide

Free for All, Study Guide
Free for All, by Wendy Kaminer

What are the most important elements of liberty in America today? What is liberty in America today? As a nation, we preach "liberty and justice for all", and prize freedom - but what exactly is that freedom, and at what cost is it bestowed? The questions raised in the program will be, and should be, difficult to answer (three sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century, Study Guide

A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century, Study Guide
A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century, by John A. Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker

Conversation with each other and with theologians ancient and modern.

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Kindred, Study Guide

Kindred, Study Guide
Kindred, by Octavia Butler

This program provides a framework for Unitarian Universalist discussion groups to engage in reflective dialogue about the legacy of slavery, the connections between historical burdens and present realities, and our vision for shaping our future (three sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Life Lines, a Study Guide

Life Lines, a Study Guide
Life Lines, by Forrest Church

Popular writer and minister Forrest Church explores the lifelines that can sustain us in times of trouble.  

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday, Study Guide

Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday, Study Guide
Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday, by Forrest Church

From "one of our leading pastors" (Dan Wakefield), a joyous book on the art of finding meaning in daily life.

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Love & Death, Study Guide

Love & Death, Study Guide
Love & Death by Forrest Church

“My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow.” Forrest provides courageous leadership in the way in which he is dying. He is living the end of his life in a “manner worth dying for.”

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Proverbs of Ashes, a Study Guide

Proverbs of Ashes, a Study Guide
Proverbs of Ashes by Rita Nakashima Brock & Rebecca Ann Parker

Models a process by which individuals and religious communities can reflect on their personal and shared histories in order to challenge limiting theologies and reshape our common truths.

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract, Study Guide

The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract, Study Guide
The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract, by Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer

This program encourages reflections and contributions of young adults as well as parents, educators and other adults who finished their years of formal schooling, acknowledging that we all have a stake in the nature of moral education (three sessions)

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Taking Retirement: A Beginner’s Diary, Study Guide

Taking Retirement: A Beginner’s Diary, Study Guide
Taking Retirement: A Beginner’s Diary, by Carl H. Klaus

This program has relevance for all adults of all ages, creates a space for authentic sharing between UU elders and encourages intergenerational dialogue about aging and life transitions (two sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  

   
Understanding the Bible, Study Guide

Understanding the Bible, Study Guide
Understanding the Bible, by John A. Buehrens

Skeptics, seekers, and religious liberals often need a “way in” to understanding the complex territory that is the Bible. John Buehrens's Understanding the Bible offers just such an entry point. Through the activities suggested in this discussion guide, readers of Buehrens's book will be able to “claim [their] own power to understand the Bible.”

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
Waist High in the World: A Life among the Nondisabled, Study Guide

Waist High in the World: A Life among the Nondisabled, Study Guide
Waist High in the World: A Life among the Nondisabled, by Nancy Mairs

In her book, Mairs shares her own insights on the nature and meaning of disability in her life. This program encourages the reflections and contributions of all people, whatever their experience with disability (three sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.

   
What Is Marriage For?: The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution, Study Guide

What Is Marriage For?: The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution, Study Guide
What Is Marriage For?: The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution, by E. J. Graff

Participants investigate past and current marriage laws and customs and develop personal definitions of marriage (two sessions).

This book is available from the UUA Bookstore.  You might also try Amazon.