Recommended Reading

Service - Think Local (BUUF history and future)

posted Oct 26, 2015, 5:06 AM by Robert Lewis

Rev Tommy Brown focuses on themes of BUUF’s  service...past, present, and exciting  opportunities for the future.

Feb 22, 2015 - Tranzmission with Parks Harper

posted Feb 25, 2015, 6:02 AM by Robert Lewis

*** See link below for a full transcript of the presentation ***

Tranzmission is dedicated to making the lives of Transgender, Gender Variant, Non-Binary, and GenderQueer individuals healthier, happier, and safer through education, advocacy, and support.

We do actually have a website! It is: You can make donations right on the website if you'd like. There is also a Facebook page- please "friend" us!

As far as supplies are concerned we always need:

clear packing tape
postage stamps
soft-cover books (see note below)
money for postage (tax deductible!)

You may give these materials to me at fellowship and I will bring them to Asheville when I go visit, or if you prefer you may mail these materials to:
Tranzmission Prison Project
P.O. Box 1874
Asheville, NC, 28802

If anyone is in Asheville on a Wednesday evening, feel free to drop by and help package books for a while! See the website for instructions or ask me.

A note about books-
Absolutely *Any and All* books in any condition are welcome but the most popular are:

Dictionaries- by far the most requested item

"Escapist" fiction/ "beach reads"- the second most popular. Any story that can "transport" you to another place, science fiction, fantasy, even many classic works!

Anything LGBTQ related is amazing, we absolutely can't get enough of these books for people.

Spanish-English dictionaries- lots of cell mates don't speak the same language as each other and this can really help.

Black History- an exceedingly popular topic

We also get a lot of requests for: crossword puzzles, self-help books, history books, romance/erotic novels, national geographic magazine, and westerns.

Anything and Everything will be mailed to someone and absolutely appreciated.

Search Institute

posted Jan 26, 2015, 10:28 AM by Robert Lewis

Here is a link to the Search Institute site that Tommy referenced in regard to providing children with the tools they need for success in life.

Transcript from 12/7/2014 - Navigating the Darkness

posted Dec 8, 2014, 11:40 AM by Robert Lewis

Several folks have requested the text from the sermon on Sunday that Tommy gave on Navigating the Darkness. It is attached as a PDF filer here.

References from 11/30/2014 Service

posted Dec 1, 2014, 5:36 AM by Robert Lewis   [ updated Dec 8, 2014, 12:10 PM ]

Ben Edwards - Planning for Comfortable Death


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande  

In Search of Gentle Death by Richard Cote

Card Game for Planning that was discussed:

References from Nov 9, 2014 service

posted Nov 10, 2014, 8:23 AM by Robert Lewis

Here are book references that Tommy Brown used in the Harvesting Democracy service on Sunday November 9, 2014. He asked that this be shared with everyone.

Primary Reference

Skocpol, Theda
Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life
2014 - University of Oklahoma Press

Other books I used and would recommend -

Landman, Todd
Human Rights and Deomocracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals
2013 - Bloomsbury Press

Alonso, Keane, and Merkel - Editors
The Future of Representative Democracy
2011 - Cambridge University Press

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