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Study GuideExploring Class and/or Classism

Here is a short list of resources developed by and/or for Unitarian Universalists on class and classism. We invite you to share information on other relevant resources in the comments section below.

Commission on Appraisal (submitted to the 2015 UUA General Assembly) A Preliminary Report on Class in the Unitarian Universalist Association

Conversations on Race, Class and Theology Advance Congregational Dialogues on Urban Issues.

Harris, Mark W. Elite: Uncovering Classism in Unitarian and Universalist History. Purchase the $10 paperback. And access the discussion guide.

Harris, Mark W. (2011) “A Faith of the Few?” UU World, pp 22-27

Harris, Mark W. (June 2008) A Faith for a Few? a lecture given at the UUA General Assembly, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Muder, Doug. (Fall 2007) “Not My Father’s Religion,” in UU World

Current Study/Action Issue – Escalating Inequality

Universal Class Issues

Strategies for Addressing Class

Collins, Chuck, 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It, Berrett-Koehler, 2012.

United for a Fair Economy website

Robert Reich’s blog

Turpin, Cadence, A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties, storylineblog.com

Available for purchase from our partner Class Action

Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America, a book by Barbara Jensen

Created Equal, the only high school curriculum on class and classism

Cross-Class Dialogue Manual, Class Action’s founders guide others to replicate their transformative experience

Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle Class Activists, a book by Betsy Leondar-Wright

The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide

 Enough, DVD and curriculum, a conversation-provoking 11-minute video by 13-year-old Zoe Greenberg.

Intersection of Class and Other Forms of Bias

hooks, bell. Where We Stand: Class Matters. Routledge, 2000

James, Selma, Sex, Race and Class – The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011, PM Press. 2012

Lubrano, Al, Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams, John Wiley & Sons, 2003

Stout, Linda, Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing, Beacon, 1996

Sumi Cho, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, and Leslie McCall, “Toward a Field of Intersectionality Studies: Theory, Applications, and Praxis,” in “Intersectionality:Theorizing Power, Empowering Theory,” special issue, Signs 38, no. 4 (Summer 2013), pp. 785-810

The Classroom Project


April 17, 2017
April 29, 2017
  • MidAmerica "Building Bridges across Class and Race"

    April 29, 2017
    Chicago, IL, USA

    Building Bridges across Class and Race

    UU culture is seen as white, well-educated, professional and middle class. This workshop will explore how class and race shape one’s worldview. We will look at ways to use the gifts these differences bring to strengthen spirituality and social justice across faith and cultural borders. Presented by Kellie Kelly and Rev. Darrick Jackson.

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