Our UUCWI Library is located in the Baker room of our building, next to the Minister’s office. The collection consists of approximately 800 titles and is managed by a Library Committee and a small group of Friends of the Library. The Library Catalog is online at http://uucwilibrary.com.
About 350 of the titles in the collection were donated by Kit Ketcham, our UUCWI Minister from 2003 – 2012. In addition to her books on UU theology, living our UU values, ethics, religious & UU history, you will find many volumes on one of her favorite topics—how Christian belief has changed over the millennia since the prophet Jesus lived & taught in the 1st century. Authors on this topic include Karen Armstrong, Marcus Borg, John Spong, and Bart Ehrman—well known modern-day professors and theologians. Their easily understandable work will shed light on many of your oldest questions about this faith which is one of UUism’s most important Sources.
Another 200+ of the titles in our collection were donated by Don Cooper, a friend of our Congregation though himself an active member of another UU Congregation on the East coast. These titles are primarily reference books in nature and about the religions and religious thought that he felt were most important in our 21st century context. As such they serve as the nucleus of our church library. An additional 50+ titles are from the library of Reverend Wesley Veatch (now deceased), and approximately 100 titles are from the library of Mary Ann & Tony Imkamp.
Annual UUA Common Read titles have been donated by Congregation members. Other new books are purchased for the Library as funds are available. As time goes on and additional titles continue to be added from other sources, we will nonetheless continue to appreciate the strong core collection of extraordinary quality that these individuals have made possible.
If you are interested in serving on the Library Committee or being a Friend of the Library, please visit the Library Committee page on this website for more information.
To read is to fly: It is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. ~A.C. Grayling