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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


March 15, 2017
  • UUAMP "Class Stories: Sharing Our Whole Selves"

    March 15, 2017
    Milwaukee, WI, USA

    Class Stories: Sharing Our Whole Selves
    This interactive workshop explores how classism limits our congregations' ability to thrive. Together, we will identify new ways to address classism and create a more inclusive and cohesive faith community that uses and celebrates the gifts of all its members. Presented by Kellie Kelly.

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March 20, 2017
March 22, 2017
  • Convening Call

    March 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    ZOOM Online

    UU Class Conversations wants to connect with congregations and church members that have participated in our workshops. Convening Calls will create an online space to talk about what was learned in the workshops, discuss issues that have come up since your workshops, and connect with other congregations that are working on the same problems and solutions.

    Time: Mar 22, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Online: https://zoom.us/j/960506317
    Join Phone: 646-558-8656
    Meeting ID: 960 506 317

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(Eastern timezone)