New Book Discussion
Date(s) - February 09, 2021
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
The First Principle of Unitarian Universalism affirms the “inherent worth and dignity of every person.” It sounds simple and straightforward, and yet seems maddeningly difficult to actually practice. We continue to live in extraordinary times. The current pandemic, our heightened awareness of racial and economic disparities, and an increasingly polarized political climate provide an abundance of challenges. How can we as Unitarian Universalists best understand and address these issues? Please join Rev. Axel for an 8-session reading and discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by the Pulitzer Prize Winning author Isabel Wilkerson, as we grapple with these important questions.
Please acquire a copy of the book and read the introduction and Part One (p. 1-35) for our first session, on February 9.
From the book jacket: “In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America, as she explores, through immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings… Linking caste systems of America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, and stigma… She points forward to ways America can move beyond artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.”