Stories from Our Faith

Please read this selection from Rev. Mark Harris’ 2011 book Elite: Uncovering Classism in UU History, published by Skinner House.

Rev. Harris is a UU minister currently serving at the First Parish of Watertown. We highly recommend you read his whole book, which is available through the UUA Bookstore and as a Kindle ebook.

  • What feelings did these passages bring up for you?
  • Did you see yourself in Rev. Harris’ account? In what ways would your own story be different or similar to his?
  • In what ways might class affect your religious life?
  • Did this selection resonate with your own experiences in UU communities?


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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303