I’m immensely proud of the work of our Beacon Press – Unitarian Universalism’s voice for good in the world. Over the years Beacon has published a stunning collection of books that have profoundly influenced our culture such as James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and more recent titles that have contributed to the public discourse on significant issues such as Cornel West’s Race Matters, Rashid Khalidi’s Resurrecting Empire and Margaret Regan’s The Death of Josseline.
Beacon is now publishing the works of Martin Luther King Jr. in the King Legacy Series.
A new Beacon publication that caught my eye is Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition by Dan McKanan. Dan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, winner of the 2011 Frederic G. Melcher Book Award, and serves on the UUA’s Panel on Theological Education. His book describes the crucial role of religion – including Universalism, Unitarianism, and UUism — in the radical movements that have transformed American society over the centuries.
Dan also has an interesting article on the Huffington Post headlined “The Prophets Among Us” that notes the role of faith communities in today’s struggles for liberty, equality, and justice, our own Standing on the Side of Love campaign being one example.
The prophetic tradition has a long history in our culture and continues strong today.