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Braver/Wiser

  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    I know a little about "merry" meeting "mess" at the holidays — and by a little I mean How much time have you got? Four Christmases ago, a...

Press Releases

  • By Peter Morales
    Holiday Message from UUA President Peter Morales (English Version) Just last week I became a grandfather. My daughter’s baby is our first...

Tapestry of Faith

Faithful Journeys

  • "So, Ray," asked his mother, "what do you want for your birthday?" It was a surprisingly hard question to answer. What did he want for his...

UU World

WorshipWeb

  • By Tom Schade
    O God, who moves among the stars of the cold clear sky, whose voice whispers in the silence of falling snow, whose silence stills our...
  • By Tom Schade
    Night has fallen. Stars beckon in an indigo and velvet sky Somewhere a baby is being born. Tonight, the world lazes in a love of goodness...
  • 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 Teresa Schwartz
    In times like these, we may seek a new word. But perhaps, in times like these, more than new words, we need old words. We made the journey...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    This was written for Christmas Eve, or other occasions when people are each holding a candle. The spirit of the holy dwells in each of us...
  • By Rev. Lynn Gardner
    It was getting dark and the weary travelers needed a place to sleep. It’s almost 70 miles between Nazareth and Bethlehem, and Joseph and...
  • By Gwen Matthews
    As December opens up before us, we welcome in the gift of reflection. We turn toward our holiday celebrations and search for common threads...
  • By Debra Haffner
    Spirit of life and love, we know you by many names or perhaps no name at all— yet together we know this is a holy night. We come from many...
  • 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 Jann Aldredge-Clanton
    This hymn text was written to accompany the tune St. Louis, commonly known as "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (#246 in Singing the Living...
  • By Jim Burklo
    “‘God did it’ isn’t an explanation,” said Joseph. He got no account for the baby’s chromosomes, No description of the mechanism that...
  • By Howard Thurman
    When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back...
  • By Rebecca Parker
    You have to know your body as the home of God And this is the purpose of Christmas. The rose blossoming in the wilderness is the unfolding...
  • By Jan Richardson
    God has a fondness for what is fragile. This means us. Advent tells us that God came to us—and comes to us still—with complete...
  • By Kendyl R Gibbons
    One of the great things about Christmas is that it is a sturdy holiday. Christmas doesn’t wimp out when times are hard – it comes anyway,...
  • By Alix Klingenberg
    We come together tonight to remember the history, or the myth, that says hope was born in the form of a baby named Jesus. What is so...
  • 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 Lisa Doege
    This prayer's author suggests that for each paragraph of the prayer, an accompanist (on piano or some other instrument) softly play the...
  • By Cynthia Frado
    I am always in a bit of a shock when December 1st arrives on the calendar. I always feel like there should be at least another week beyond...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Tonight in this community, we have shared stories, sung carols, opened our hearts to the beauty of music. Tonight we have turned to one...
  • By Lyn Cox
    Mary: Hi! Are you on the way to the hill country, too? I’m going to the hill country. I'm on my way to see my cousin Elizabeth. I can’t...
  • By Ruben Piirainen, Suzelle Lynch
    Sheet Music (PDF) In the darkness of the winter, quiet hearts beneath the sky, we are waiting for the daystar and a holy newborn’s cry...
  • By Lisa Doege
    A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no...
  • By Quinn G. Caldwell
    If you came to this place expecting a tame story, you came to the wrong place. If you came for a story that does not threaten you, you came...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-fourth, The Flaming Chalice (1965). The Unitarian Service Committee adopted the flaming chalice as their logo in 1941...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-third, “O Holy Night” (1855). The first English translation of "O Holy Night" was by Unitarian minister John Sullivan...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-second, The First Unitarian Church Founded in Transylvania (1557). Despite recognition under the 1557 Act of Religious...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-first, the Winter Solstice. (The point along the Earth’s annual solar orbit when the northern hemisphere is at its furthest...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twentieth, first of Elliot’s Ariel Poems, “The Journey of the Magi” (1927). "Magi" is Unitarian T. S. Eliot’s first of 5 Christmas...

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