Rev. Jonalu Johnstone will read from her recently published book, “Scripture Unbound: A Unitarian Universalist Approach,” with a book signing and reception Nov. 23. The event will take place 2-4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan at 481 Zeandale Rd..

In this insightful guide, Johnstone provides an introduction to reading sacred texts, discusses Unitarian Universalist views of scripture, and suggests ways to use sacred texts within congregations. Each chapter explores an aspect of engaging with scripture and includes a reading from a sacred text—the Hebrew Scriptures, the Christian Bible, the I Ching, the Dhammapada, the Qur’an and others, including more modern sources—and offers progressive commentary based on scholarly and spiritual approaches to these writings.

This engaging volume invites readers into an adventure of encountering firsthand the words and stories that have inspired billions throughout the centuries. Exploring the wisdom of the ages helps equip people to understand the world we share with a diverse and evolving collection of religious voices.

With more than 25 years of ministerial service, Johnstone serves as developmental minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan. She is active in many community organizations, including Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice, Little Apple Pride and Everybody Counts.