Making mistakes is human and most of us can name a harm we have directly caused another person. Yet, even as people of faith, we can struggle to accept our responsibility. It can be hard! Even when we wish to make amends, we can get stuck on how to make things right.
The Five Steps we will discuss:
Naming and owning harm
Starting to change
Restitution and accepting consequences
Making different choices
At a time when Unitarian Universalists are striving to widen our circles, to improve our relationships across the interconnected web of life, and to become better builders of Beloved Community, On Repentance and Repair by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (Beacon Press, 2022) is a powerful choice for the next UU Common Read.
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On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World taps 12th century writings from the Jewish physician and scholar, Maimonides, for a fresh perspective on how we make ourselves accountable to others. Rabbi Ruttenberg applies Maimonides’ five-step process to a variety of modern circumstances. As a UU Common Read selection, this book gives a glimpse into Judaism, one of Unitarian Universalism’s foundational sources, and invites us to follow our own faith into practices of transformative atonement.
In the meantime, find more information about the UU Common Read here. Get your paper copy at uua.org/bookstore. or Park Road Books. Buy an audiobook version here. If you would like to participate in the UU Common Read discussion but are unable to acquire the book yourself, please contact Paula Gribble, paula (at) uuccharlotte.org.