Does your heart ache for peace, mutual understanding, respect and trust? Do you want to be part of a conscious majority working to reduce the polarization, tension, violence and fear in our society? If your answer is yes, then join our Unity community as we explore current issues with open minds and open hearts. All events are open to the public.

Be part of the conversation. Be part of the healing.

Healing the Heart of America Book Club: Conversations on Race

Do you wonder why this society is so polarized about racial issues and racial justice?  Would you welcome the opportunity to participate in a safe, open exploration of this sensitive topic?  If so, join us in taking a reading journey to learn about racism: its history in this country, what perpetuates it and how we might overcome the forces that divide us. Bring a curious mind and a willingness to hear different points of view.

At our next meeting, on June 27, we will conclude our monthly discussions of Heather McGhee’s highly acclaimed 2021 book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. 

But, we’re not done with this amazing book yet! Our collective response to this book has been so profound that we’re going to offer a Healing the Heart of America event based on it, hopefully in the fall. Be watching this space for more information to come.

On July 25, we will begin discussing Former Secretary of Labor and Professor Robert B. Reich’s highly acclaimed 2015 book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. We’re likely to need more than one meeting to adequately study this one, too. If you’re really pressed for time, or to get a head start, check out the 2017 Netflix documentary of the same title and bring your thoughts or questions to the group.

This group meets on the 4th Sunday of each month, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

Facilitator:  Linda Patterson

RSVP to Linda Patterson at lspatterson56@gmail.com for more information and the current Zoom link.


So far, we have read: So You Want to Talk About Race; Between the World and Me; Stamped from the Beginning; How to Be an Antiracist; Just Mercy; Rising Out of Hatred; Brown White Black; White Fragility; The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality; This Is An Uprising, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, The Vanishing Half, and The New Jim Crow.


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Past Events:

  • The Living History and Bright Future of Freedmen’s Town, March 21, 2021 (Watch the Video)
  • A Unity Conversation on Racism and the Global Pandemic with Kym King, September 26, 2020 (Watch the video)
  • The Voting Secrets No One Tells You: The Hidden and Down Ballots, September 12, 2020
    (Watch the video)

    Handout – Dates to Remember
    Handout – Helpful Links
  • What is Racism? A Deeper Dive, July 11, 2020 (Watch the Video)
  • “After George Floyd: Learning from Our Pain”, June 14, 2020 (Watch the video)
  • “A Conversation On Race with Dr. Jill Carroll,” September 14, 2019
  • Safe and Meaningful Conversations, June 20 & 27, 2019
  • Introduction to Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT), April 27, 2019
  • Race and Ethnicity: From Pain to Possibilities, March 30, 2019
  • Unity Peacemakers’ “Living Room Conversations”, July-August, 2018
  • Conversation Café, June, 2018
  • Theo E.J. Wilson: Racial Healing through Unity Consciousness, April 12, 2018
  • Wisdom of Gandhi classes, February 4 & 11, 2018
  • An Evening with Marianne Williamson: Love America Tour, January 2018
  • Dialogue on Race (4 sessions), October 2017 – February 2018
  • Political Polarization and The Righteous Mind, April, 2017
  • Spiritual Evolution: Gaining Insights for Action, March 2017
  • Justice: What Kind of America Do We Want? January-February, 2017
  • Healing the Heart of America , October 17, 2016

Program Directors:

  • Rev. Karen Tudor, 713-782-4050, ktudor@unityhouston.org
  • Cindy Wigglesworth, cindy@deepchange.com
  • Dr. Jean Latting