A CHOSEN FAITH
An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
by John A. Buehrens and Forrest Church
Beacon Press Boston

For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief.

John A. Buehrens served as the sixth President of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001. He served for twenty years as a parish minister in Knoxville, Dallas, and New York City. Forrest Church, minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York, is the author of many books, most recently God and Other Famous Liberals and Life Lines

Library Catalog

  • Essential Unity of All Religions; Bhagavan Das
  • The Story of Civilization (I-VIII); by Will Durant
    1. Our Oriental Heritage
    2. The Life of Greece
    3. Caesar and Christ
    4. The Age of Faith
    5. The Renaissance
    6. The Reformation
    7. The Age of Reason Begins
    8. The Age of Louis XIV (with Ariel Durant)
  • Windows to the Spiritual World: Spiritrealism and the Art of Puskar; by Robert Masla
  • The Timetables of History (3rd Revised Edition); by Bernard Grun
  • The Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination by Johanna Drucker
  • Young Readers Bible (Revised Standard Edition)
  • The Illustrated World’s Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions; by Huston Smith
  • Great Religions of the World; by the National Geographic Society
  • In God’s Name; by Jules and Gedeon Naudet with photos by Stephane Crasneanscki and Interviews by Virginie Luc
  • The Moral Child:Nurturing Children’s Natural Moral Growth; by William Damon
  • Wounded Innocents and Fallen Angels: child Abuse and Child Aggression; by Gregory K. Moffatt
  • Ancestor Worship in Contemporary Japan; by Robert J Smith
  • The Therapeutic Relationship and its Impact; by Carl Ransom Rogers
  • How We Got Our Bible; by J. Paterson Smyth
  • The Bible in the Making, in the Light of Modern Research; by J. Paterson Smyth
  • Methods of Private Religious Living; by Henry N. Wieman
  • Youth and the Bible; by Muriel Anne Striebert
  • Who Wrote the Bible; by Richard elliot Friedman
  • The Historical Bible: The Life and Teachings of Jesus; by Charles Foster Kent
  • God and the Universe; by Arthur Gibson
  • The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology; by Joseph Campbell
  • The Power of Myth; by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
  • The Hidden face of God; by Gerald L. Schroeder
  • the Myth of the Eternal return: Or, Cosmos and History; by Mircea Eliade
  • Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus; by Anthony Storr
  • Language and Myth: ; by Ernst Cassirer
  • Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism; by Mircea Eliade
  • Creation and Recreation; by Northrop Frye
  • Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; by William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith
  • Metaphors We Live By; by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
  • The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion; by Micrea Eliade
  • God and Reason: A Historical Approach to Philosophical Theology; by Ed L. Miller
  • Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology; by Edmund Husserl
  • God and Other Minds; by Alvin Plantinga
  • The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles; by Ronald Hutton
  • The Ontological Argument: from St. Anselm to Contemporary Philosophers; edited by Alvin Plantinga
  • The Analytic Theist: an Alvin Plantinga Reader; edited by James F. Sennett
  • The Coherence of Theism (revised Edition); by Richard Swinburne
  • Leading change in the Congregation: Spiritual and Organizational Tools for Leaders; by Gilbert R. Rendle (2 copies)
  • God without Being; by Jean-Luc Marion
  • The self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness created the Material World; by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.
  • The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil; by Andrew Delbanco
  • The Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction; by Beverley and Brian Clack
  • Shout Them From the Mountain Tops II: Georgia Poems and Stories with Art and Photos; edited by Copland, Holmes, J.D. Knight, J.S. Knight, Jr.
  • A Year in the Life: Journaling in Self-Discovery; by Sheila Bender
  • The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine; by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Destined for Salvation: God’s Promise to Save Everyone; by Kalen Fristad
  • Destined for Salvation – Study Book; by Kalen Fristad
  • Mother Teresa: Her Essential Wisdom; edited by Carol Kelly-Gangi
  • Heart of a Hawk, Eye of the Eagle; by Deborah H. Tainsh
  • Until Today; by Iyanla Vanzant
  • The Buddha and His Teachings; by Narada
  • The New Human Revolution; by Daisuke Ikeda
  • One Day My Soul Just Opened Up; by Iyanla Vanzant
  • Modern Prophet; by Edgar Cayce
  • Bus 9 to Paradise; by Leo Buscaglia
  • The Origins of Love and Hate; by Ian D. Sutte
  • This Thing Called You; by Ernest Holmes
  • The “God” Part of the Brain: A Scientific Interpretation of Human Spirituality and God; by Matthew Alper
  • A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness; by V.S. Ramachandran
  • Gandhi: An Authbiography; by Mohandas Gandhi
  • Perception, Knowledge and Belief; by Fred Dretske
  • Trickster Makes this World; by Lewis Hyde
  • Reading the Bible Again for the First Time; by Marcus J. Borg
  • The Essential Rumi
  • Adam, Eve and the Serpent; by Elaine Pagels
  • Sharks in the Baptistery; by John DeWolf-Hurt
  • The Extended Phenotype; by Richard Dawkins
  • Prometheus Rising; by Robert Anton Wilson
  • The Essential Mystics: Selections from the World’s Great Wisdom Traditions; by Andrew Harvey
  • Dialogues and Natural History of religion; by David Hume
  • The sacred Mushroom and the Cross; by John M. Allegro
  • Beyond Civilization; by Daniel Quinn
  • The Gnostic Gospels; by Elaine Pagels
  • Empiricism and the Philosophy of the Mind; by Wilfrid Sellars
  • The Big Questions in Science and Religion; by Keith Ward
  • Tyrrany of the Normal: Essays on Bioethics, Theology and Myth; by Leslie Fiedler
  • The Prayer amendment; by S. Dennis Hale
  • Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western inner Traditions; by Ricgard Smolly and Jay Kinney
  • The Protestant Credo; edited by Vergilius Ferm
  • The Ancient and Shining Ones; by D.J. Conway
  • Metaphysics as a guide to Morals; by Iris Murdoch
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine
  • A Survey of the New testament; by Robert H. Gundry
  • Religion, Society and the individual; J. Milton Yinger
  • The Psychiatric Study of Jesus; by Albert Schweitzer
  • the Religion of the Inquiring mind; by Henry Wilder Foote
  • Religion and Politics; by Peter H. Odegard
  • Truth in the religions; by Montgomery watt
  • Romancing the Universe: Theology, Science and Cosmology; by Jeffrey G. Sobosan
  • Understanding the New Testament (second edition); by Key/Young/Froelich
  • Synchronicity; by Carl G. Jung
  • Unchristian; by david Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
  • The Two Faces of Religion; by N.S. Xavier (2 copies)
  • The Religious Situation 1968; edited by Donald R. Cutler
  • Mirror of the Marvelous: The Classic Surrealist Work on Myth; by Pierre Mabille
  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan; by Greg Mortensen
  • Ecyclopedia of Morals; by Vergilius Ferm
  • Full House; by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Eye of Spirit; by Ken Wilber
  • Thucydides: Complete Writings
  • Memories and Visions of Paradise; by Richard Heinberg
  • Islam; by John A. Williams
  • The Koran (Penguin Classics)
  • A History of the Christian Church; by Williston Walker
  • The First Age of Christianity; by Ernest F. Scott
  • When Jesus Lived in India; by Alan Jacobs
  • An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism; edited by Gordon Stein
  • A Mind That Found Itself; by Clifford Wittingham Beers
  • A cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales about the Christ; edited by Michael Bishop
  • Rational Mysticism; by John Horgan
  • Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief; by Newberg, D’Aquili, Rause
  • Behold the Man; by Scott McCormick
  • The Allure of Gnosticism; edited by Robert Segal
  • The Cult of the Saints; by Peter Brown
  • Wholeness and the Implicate Order; by David Bohm
  • The Dogma of Christ; by Erich Fromm
  • The Miracle of Theism; by J.L. Mackie
  • What Jesus Meant; by Garry Wills
  • How Can We Know?; A.N. Wilson
  • What We Can Never Know; by David Gamez
  • The Act of creation; by Arthur Koestler
  • The Demon-Haunted World; by Carl Sagan (2 copies)
  • Modern Mysticism; by Michael Gellert
  • The Fifth Gospel; by Paterson, Robinson and Bethge
  • The Prophets and the Problems of Life; by Sidney A. Weston
  • From State church to Pluralism; by Franklin Hamlin Littell
  • changing Destiny; by Master Chin Kung
  • KRSNA; by Swami Prabhupada
  • The Unholy Bible; by June Singer
  • How to Practice; by Dalai Lama
  • From Religion to Philosophy; by F. M. Cornford
  • Interracialism and christian Community in the Postwar South: The Story of Koinonia Farm; by Tracy Elaine K’Meyer
  • Animal Minds and Human Morals; by Richard Sorabji
  • History of Religions; by Moors
  • Jesus Through the Centuries; by Manuel Komroff
  • Classics of Protestantism; by Vergilius Ferm
  • Dialectic Spiritualism; by swami Prabhupada
  • In defense of Secular Humanism; by Paul Kurtz
  • The History of Religions; by Mircea Eliade and Joseph Kitagawa
  • Religion without Magic; by P.E. Osgood
  • Sociology and Religion (Hazen Conference, 1962)
  • Religion is the Search for Meaning; Walter Donald Kring
  • Secularism A Myth; by Edwin E. Aubrey
  • How the Great Religions Began; by Joseph Gaer
  • Terror and Suicide Attacks: An Islamic Perspective; by Ergun Capan
  • A Catholic Speaks His Mind; by Thomas Sugrue
  • 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth; by The earth Works Group
  • Losing Faith in Faith; by Dan Barker
  • Dimensions of Character; by Ernest M. Ligon
  • The Mask of Religion; by G. Peter Fleck
  • Plato: Apology and Crito
  • Human rights, the United States and the World Community; by Vernon Van Dyke
  • The New Jim crow; by Michelle Alexander
  • Many Paths to God; by Ruby L. Radford
  • How We Believe; by Michael Shermer
  • A Survey of Hinduism; by Klaus K. Klostermaier
  • Misquoting Jesus; by Bart Ehrman
  • Hinduism; by Louis Renou
  • Practicing the Power of Now; by Eckhart Tolle
  • Stillness Speaks; by Eckhart Tolle
  • catholicism and the American Mind; by Garrison
  • Intelligible Religion; by Philip H. Phenix
  • How God Inspired the Bible; by J. Paterson Smyth
  • God Talks with Arjuna (The Bhagavad gita, Royal Science of God-Realization); by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God’s Problem; by Bart Ehrman
  • What is this Treasure; by James A. Pike
  • The Future of Religions; by Paul Tillich
  • The Newsman: A Memoir; by Dick McMichael
  • Jesus and Yahweh; by Harold Bloom
  • The Zen of Seeing; by Frederick Franck
  • Christmas Treasures
  • Short History of Ethics; by Reginald A.P. Rogers
  • The Arts of Living
  • Religion in Secular Society; by Bryan Wilson
  • The Way of a Pilgrim
  • What is Vital in Religon; by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • The science of God; by Gerald L. Schroeder
  • The Mature Mind; by H.A. Overstreet
  • Attaining the Mastership; by Elliot James
  • Let Me Die Before I Wake; by Derek Humphry
  • The Mind Alive; by H.A. Overstreet
  • Man for Himself; by Erich Fromm
  • The Different Drum; by M. Scott Peck
  • A Guide to Understanding the Bible; by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • Woe to the Women – The Bible Tells Me So: The Bible, Female Sexuality and the Law; by Annie Laurie Gaylor (2 copies)
  • Primer for Protestants; by James Hastings Nichols
  • Answers in the Wind; by Charles White McGehee
  • The Uncarven Image: A Manual for Meditation; by Philipp Hewett
  • To Meet the Asking Years: A Meditation Manual for 1984; edited by Gordon B. McKeenan
  • A Brief History of the Work of Universalist Women, 1869 to 1955; edited by Ida M. Folson and Ellen Spencer
  • Outstretched Wings of the Spirit: On Being Intelligently and Devotedly Religious; by Donald Szantho Harrington
  • IN Unbroken Line; edited by Christopher Gist Raible
  • Critical Mass, Mass critical: A Journal of Religious Frontiers in Unitarian Universalism (1987; invierno and primavera editions)
  • In the Simple Morning Light; by Barbara Rohde
  • Across the Abyss to God; by Walter Kring
  • The Trying out; by Richard Kellaway
  • Protestant catholic Jew; by Will Herberg
  • Those Incredible Christians; by Dr. Hugh J. Schonfield
  • Finding Foxes; by Terry Sweetser
  • Faith, fact and Fantasy; by Wren-Lewis, Pond, Baelz and Moule
  • From Shakespeare to existentialism; by Walter Kauffman
  • Channing: The Reluctant Radical; by Jack Mendelsohn
  • christianity Takes a Stand; by Wiliam Scarlett
  • Admire the Moon; by Mary Wellemeyer
  • Religion in America; by Meridian Books
  • Philosophy in a New Key; by Susanne K. Langer
  • challenge of a Liberal Faith; by George N. Marshall
  • Man Against Himself; by Karl Menninger
  • America’s Real Religion; by A. Powell Davies
  • When Children Ask About God; by Harold S. Kushner
  • A Church without God; by Ernst Harrison
  • The Church of the Pilgrim Fathers; by george N. Marshall
  • Christanity; by S.C. Carpenter
  • Religion and the State; by Evarts B. Greene
  • Psychoanalysis and Religion; by Erich Fromm
  • Truman; by David McCullough
  • The Protestant Tradition; by J.S. Whale
  • The Teachings of Jesus; by George Barker Stevens
  • The Poets of the Old Testament; by Alexander R. Gordon
  • Born to Run; by Christopher McDougall
  • Protestantism; by J. Leslie Dunstan
  • Humanism as the Next Step; by Lloyd and Mary Morain
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces; by Joseph Campbell
  • Theodore Parker: Yankee Crusader; by Henry Steele Commager
  • Northrop Frye on Religion
  • Thank God for Evolution; by Michael Dowd
  • Thou Art That; by Joseph Campbell
  • Jesus and Buddha; by Marcus Borg
  • The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible; by Robin Lane Fox
  • The Twelve religions of the bible; by Rolland Wolfe
  • Religious Behavior; by Michael Argyle
  • The Celestine Prophecy; by James Redfield
  • Religious Faith and World Culture; by A. William Loos
  • Protestant Thought in the Twentieth Century; edited by Arnold S. Nash
  • Science and religion; by Daisuke Ikeda
  • The Icelandic Unitarian Connection; by V. Emil Gudmundson
  • christology in American Unitarianism; by Prescott B. Wintersteen
  • The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life; by Emile Durkheim
  • Religious belief; by C. B. Martin
  • Man’s Place in Nature; by Thomas H. Huxley
  • These Live Tomorrow; by Clinton Lee Scott
  • John Adams; by David McCullough
  • Reader in Comparative Religion, An Anthropological Approach; by William Lessa and Evon Vogt
  • The Psychology of Christian Personality; by Ernest M. Ligon
  • American Protestantism; by T. Valentine Parker
  • Celebrations of Life; by Rene Dubos
  • Religion in the development of American Culture; by William Warren Sweet
  • The Almost church; by Michael Durall
  • The Essene Book of Asha; by Edmund Bordeaux Szeleky
  • Songs for Little People; by Frances Danielson and Grace Conant
  • The Religious Factor; Gerhard Lenski
  • Prayers of Aspiration; by Jay William Hudson
  • Law of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, No. 13; by Edwin S. Newman
  • Nationalism Old and New; by Hugh Seton-Watson
  • The Sound of Silence: A Book of Meditations; by Raymond John Baughan
  • Stopping Places, 1974 UUA Meditation Manual; edited by Mary Lou Thompson
  • Living Without Hate; by Alfred J. Marrow
  • The World’s Religions; by Huston Smith
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Third Edition; by A.A. World Services
  • Theology and Reality; by W. Norman Pittenger
  • Language and Religion; by Ben F. Kimpel
  • The Two Faces of Religion; by N. S. Xavier
  • Laughter, Silence and Shouting; by Kathy Keay
  • Challenge of a Liberal Faith; by George N. Marshall
  • The World’s Living Religions; by Robert Ernest Hume
  • The Shaping of the Modern World; by Crane Brinton
  • Ten Great Works of Philosophy; edited by Robert Paul Wolff
  • Diet of a Small Planet; by Frances Moore Lappe
  • Four Existentialist Theologians; by Will Herberg
  • Sing a Song of Scripture: 100 Scripture Songs for Kids; compiled by Ken Bible
  • A New Christianity for A New World; by John Shelby Spong
  • The Heart of Christianity; by Marcus J. Borg
  • Existentialism, from Dostoyevsky to Sartre; edited by Walter Kaufmann
  • Born of a Woman; by John Shelby Spong
  • Jesus, Interrupted; by Bart Ehrman
  • The End of Faith: Religions, Terror and the Future of Reason; by Sam Harris
  • The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness; by Karen Armstrong
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience; by William James
  • Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously, but Not Literally; by Marcus J. Borg
  • Why I am Not a Christian; by Bertrand Russell
  • A Time for Christian Candor; by James A. Pike
  • The Gutenberg Galaxy; by Marshall McLuhan
  • Some Main Problems of Philosophy; by G. E. Moore
  • Religions of the World, Volume Two; by John A. Hardon
  • Escape from Reason: A Penetrating Analysis of Trends in Modern Thought; by Francis Schaeffer
  • Logic and Language, First and Second Series; edited by Antony Flew
  • The Function of Reason; by Alfred North Whitehead
  • Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution; by V. I. Lenin
  • Notebooks, 1914-1916; by Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • The Philosophy of Nietzsche; edited by Geoffrey Clive
  • Psyche & Symbol, A Selection from the Writings of C.G. Jung; edited by Violet S. de Laszlo
  • The Method of Zen; by Eugen Herrigel
  • The Existential Mind, Documents and Fictions; edited by Frederick R. Karl and Leo Hamalian
  • The Rationalists: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz
  • Life’s Operating Manual, with the Fear and Truth Dialogues; by Tom Shadyac
  • More than Numbers: The Ways Churches Grow; by Loren B. Mead
  • Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square; by Paul Rasor
  • An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols; by L.C. Cooper
  • A Treasury of African-American Folklore; by Harold Courlander
  • This is the Faith, A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith. by Canon Francis Ripley
  • The Names of God by George W. Knight
  • Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff

REFERENCE

  • Dictionary of the World
  • The Methodist Hymnal (4 copies)
  • The Hymnbook (Presbyterian)
  • Judaism: The Tanakh (Sacred Writings)
  • Fireside Book of American Songs; by Boni, Lloyd and Battaglia
  • Holy Bible (Contemporary English Version)
  • Holy Bible (Gideons)
  • Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version) (2 copies)
  • The Book of Common Prayer (The Episcopal Church; published by Oxford Uni Press)
  • The Book of Common Prayer (Protestant Episcopal Church; published by Harper and Brothers)
  • The Book of Mormon (2 copies)
  • The Random House dictionary of the English Language
  • The Oxford Universal Dictionary
  • Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; by Mary Baker Eddy
  • Islam: the Qu’ran (Sacred Writings)
  • New American Standard Bible (Reference edition)
  • The essential Kabbalah
  • Tao Te ching
  • The Bhagavad Gita

UU TOPICS

  • Salted with Fire; edited by Scott W. Alexander
  • CLF: Church of the Larger fellowship
  • A Chosen Faith; by John A. Buehrens and F. Forrester Church
  • 100 Questions About Unitarian Universalism
  • How Open the Door?: Afro-Americans’ Experience in Unitarian Universalism; by Mark D. Morrison-Reed (2 copies)
  • Profile of Historic Unitarian Universalism
  • Articulating Your UU Faith: A five-Session Course; Barbara Wells & Jaco B. Ten Hove (3 copies)
  • The Abundance of Our Faith: Award-Winning Sermons on Giving; Edited by Terry Sweetser and Susan Milnor
  • The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide
  • Our Chosen Faith; by John A. Buehrens and F. Forrester Church (2 copies)
  • Exploring Unitarian Universalist Identity; by Peter Tufts Richardson
  • The ABCs for UU Newcomers
  • Fundraising with a Vision: A Canvass guide for Congregations; by Edward B. Landreth
  • Building Your Own Theology; by Richard S. Gilbert
    • Volume 1 (2 copies)
    • Volume 2 (2 copies)
    • Volume 3
  • churchworks: A Well-Body Book for Congregations; by Anne Odin Heller
  • What If Nobody Forgave?; by Colleen McDonald
  • The Liberal Gospel; edited by charles Lyttle
  • The Little Book of Wholeness and Prayer; by Kimberly Beyer-Nelson
  • The Seven Principles in word and Worship; edited by Ellen Brandenburg
  • Singing the Living Tradition (Large Print Edition)

MAGAZINES

  • Habitat World
  • Skeptic Magazine
  • The Humanist
  • UU World
  • The Other Side

 

FICTION

  • The Alchemist; by Paulo Coelho
  • His Dark Materials; by Philip Pullman
  • Inferno; by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  • Sand and Foam; by Kahlil Gibran

DVDs/VHS

  • A Vision of Human Dignity (VHS)
  • Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (all 6 parts; VHS)
  • Exploring the Roots of Religion (All 3 parts; DVD w/ study book)
  • Black Pioneers in a White Denomination (2 copies; VHS)