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  • The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) "meditation manual" series has a new name: InSpirit . To find these reflections on how to...

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  • By Laura Evonne Steinman
    Let us listen deeply to what is on our hearts, Let us listen to what our fears are; Let us listen to the young children, Let us listen to...
  • By David Breeden
    For the setting sun from an airplane window; for the rising sun from a train window after riding all night; for the rising sun and setting...
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    I believe in fathering I believe in the radical idea that men have the full human capacity to nurture Hair bows and baseballs Cooking and...
  • By Amy Petrie Shaw
    We recognize and honor today every dad who stood as their child shouted at them in anger or frustration. Every dad who tried to understand...
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    I invite you into a period of quiet meditation. Close your eyes if you wish, and get comfortable in your seat. Think about the father-...
  • By Rev. Rod Richards
    On this Father’s Day, we recognize the vast spectrum of experience and the often-complicated feelings that surround such a celebration. We...
  • By Jennifer Johnson
    These are anxious days. Hair-pulling, hand-wringing days. We are bombarded from all sides with new and unprecedented developments. Grave...
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Give voice to sorrow and fear — the wracking sobs at family betraying family the shock at the chasm separating neighbors “What will you do...
  • By D. Scott Cooper
    There is a glow far off in the distance, a light to which no path leads. We know that each time we help another or join with them to heal...
  • By Tom Schade
    Tonight, everyone is displaced and homeless. Tonight, everyone searches for Bethlehem. On this night, when the darkness comes so close, We...
  • By Andrea Hawkins-Kamper
    The winter solstice is a time to look back upon our ancestors, gather our family and friends close, and rejoice in the return of the sun...
  • By Samuel A Trumbore
    In this time of long nights and short days, let us seek the light within … by contemplating, through our mind’s eye, the image of a candle...
  • By Quinn G. Caldwell
    One of my favorite things about all the rituals and traditions attached to this time of year is the way they mess with time. My husband and...
  • By Leslie Takahashi
    In the daily weave of our lives, those who have died are still strong, guiding threads. Theirs is the golden glimmer or perhaps the...
  • By Jessica York
    This is not a prayer that you may find hope For hope is a luxury that some cannot find and others cannot afford This is not a prayer that...
  • By Theresa Hardy
    I got out of bed this morning because of all those who had to get out of bed before me: Martin and Coretta, the day after his home was...
  • By Ashley Horan
    How is it with your soul? This is the question that John Wesley, Anglican priest and the founder of Methodism, was known to ask of...
  • By Sara Sutherland Dean
    Someone called me a "bleeding heart liberal." It was not intended as a compliment. However, I will always consider it one of the biggest...
  • By Julie Taylor
    Love is patient Love is kind It does not envy It is not proud Love bears all things We know these words, use these words when we refer to...
  • By Leslie Ahuvah Fails
    All that we have been separately and all that we will become together is stretched out before and behind us like stars scattered across a...
  • By Matt Alspaugh
    A glass of tea sweats a circle of droplets on an old table Drying, they pull dirt and stain from the wood, leaving a ring Water makes its...
  • By Lisa Doege
    "I remove my shoes because this is hallowed ground," the guide says. "A holy place, not an everyday life place." The guide tells us how we...
  • By Deanna Vandiver
    Throughout time, our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition has held a thread of clarity: how we relate to each other creates the...
  • By Elena Westbrook
    Let every moment be a prayer. With every sip of trea, let your lips move in thanksgiving. Be fully present to every stroke of the hairbrush...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Spirit of Life and Love, I come before you black and brown and red and yellow and alabaster, I come longing for the simpler days that truly...
  • By Lisa Doege
    No hot house flowers, these, bred for perfection, dyed and trimmed, and arranged to order, clothed in ribbons and bows. Not these. No,...
  • By Victoria E Safford
    Imagine this. On the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, every fall, every year, the people make their peace with anyone they have...
  • By Victoria E Safford
    People ask me sometimes, “Is this a gay church?” It is a privilege to answer: “Ours is absolutely, gladly, hopefully and humbly, gaily, a...
  • By Elea Kemler
    Six weeks into the church year, I have realized that I am the minister of a church where things usually go wrong. This morning the copy...
  • By Nancy Shaffer
    When you heard that voice and knew finally it called for you and what it was saying—where were you? Were you in the shower, wet and soapy,...
  • By Nancy Shaffer
    May each one among us have skin that longs to touch other skin: fingertips that long for other fingertips or whole hands and even arms;...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Blessed is this ground on which we stand. Holy is this place. Holy are the places of memory, the places which have formed us, where we...
  • By Doug Kraft
    “We want to give you an update on our progress,” the captain said over the PA. A silent groan went through the passengers: the word “update...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Let us tell the stories of mothers… stories that could be true. Let us tell of warm mothers, soft and round, likely to be found with flour...
  • By Victoria E Safford
    Here is where I found my voice and chose to be brave. Here’s a place where I forgave someone, against my better judgment, and I survived...
  • By David Snedden
    EARTH, clay from which we are made and to which we will return. Soil, rich and aromatic, crumbling in my fingers, dark under my nails. This...
  • By David M. Horst
    Early in the morning, before the children are awake and while the grass is still dewy, I like to walk in my garden. It’s “my” garden only...
  • By Angela Herrera
    What do you do with the secret verses of your heart? With your need for redemption, the story without words? With paradoxical truths, too...
  • By Seth Carrier-Ladd
    Spirit of life and love, May we find appreciation today, and in our lives, for our embodiment. We are physical creatures, mind, spirit and...
  • By Debra Smith
    We are hungry We are eating our daily bread and bowing our heads and yet we are hungry We are thanking the farmer and the farm worker and...
  • By David M. Horst
    Once, many grey autumns ago, I came upon a tree. The tree, a poplar, had dropped all of its leaves but for one, just one. Exactly one leaf...
  • By David M. Horst
    I saw the parade pass by with the last soldier marching. I saw politicians stand by not in pride, but in shame as they recited the names of...
  • By Kate McKenna
    They say a story can carry a truth far greater than the literal truth. We Unitarians* know the value of stories. We know they carry truth...
  • By Robert R Walsh
    The light green shoots of blossoms-to-have-been are out of sight under the drifting snow. Gale force winds are rattling the old house. The...
  • By Robert R Walsh
    She called to ask if I would baptize her infant son. I said, "What we do is like a baptism, but not exactly. And we normally do it only for...
  • By Robert R Walsh
    I knew a man who had printed on his stationary this proverb: “Nothing is settled. Everything matters.” It established a certain ambience...

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