Beacon Press: Beacon Press Discussion Guides for Unitarian Universalist Communities
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Beacon Press Discussion Guides for Unitarian Universalist Communities

A resource for adult religious education or adult discussion groups seeking to examine issues of concern to the UU movement

About the Program

Beacon Press books are ideal tools for life-long learning in UU congregations, and have often led the UU community to identify areas of concern. With this program, we aspire to strengthen the social justice and spiritual work of the denomination.

This program aims to:

  • deepen awareness in the UU community of issues of social justice;
  • provide the finest and most enlightened thinking about these issues as tools to enrich discussions within UU communities; and
  • create a new understanding of the work of Beacon Press in UU congregation and communities.

The Beacon Press Discussion Guides provide a flexible structure for a short-term, small-group discussion program using Beacon books. The guides offer support materials for group leaders with all levels of experience, laying out information in such a way that preparation time is minimal.

Guides are now available for fifteen Beacon titles; click on the titles below to view them. Guides are arranged by book title below.

Many guides are also available as Adobe Acrobat.pdf files for easier printing. Click here to get the free Acrobat Reader, then download the file you need from the images below.

Current Guides

Guides for Book Groups

Book Group Guides are available for the following Beacon Press titles:



Guides for Teachers

We also offer teachers' guides, many of which can be adapted for use in congregational discussion groups.

Ordering Books

InSpirit: The UUA Book and Gift Shop offers a 10% discount with orders of 5-9 copies of a single title, and 20% off 10 or more copies. Contact inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop, 24 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA, 02210, tel: 1-800-215-9076, fax: 1-617-723-4805, or


Please let us know how you like the guides and how they work for you. Your feedback about their content and suggestions for future titles will aid us in our commitment to meet the program needs of UU congregations.


This program was developed in collaboration with the UUA Religious Education Department and Congregational, District and Extension Services and was funded through a grant by the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.