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Braver/Wiser

  • By Daniel Gregoire
    Here we are on the cusp of the Winter Solstice, when the light comes back! To celebrate, I went to the discount store in search of...

Tapestry of Faith

Chalice Children

Love Will Guide Us

UU World

WorshipWeb

  • 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 David Breeden
    The Solstices teach us that darkness comes, that darkness goes. The Solstices teach us that light comes, that light goes. The Solstices...
  • 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 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 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 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 Julia Hamilton
    (Suitable for reading in multiple voices) In the pagan tradition, which is grounded in a respect and reverence for the natural world,...
  • 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 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 Cynthia Frado
    To the Weaver of Molecules, the Spinner of Stars the Impulse that gives birth to the Universe, to the Earth, to Me In the deepest, darkest...
  • 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...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December nineteenth, "The Many Moods of Christmas” (1963). Robert Shaw was best known as the conductor of his namesake Chorale. In its day...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eighteenth, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (1962). Amid the anxiety of the Cuban missile crisis, Unitarian Noel Regney wrote the text...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December Seventeenth, Rod Serling’s Christmas Specials (1963). Though Jewish, Rod Serling always loved Christmas (maybe because his...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December sixteenth, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1835). When the man he loved married a woman, Danish Unitarian Hans Christian...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fifteenth, the First American Christmas Tree (1832). Unitarian Minister Charles Follen delighted his son and party guests with a...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fourteenth, “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day” (1865). Unitarian Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Wrote "Christmas Bells" (a poem...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December thirteenth, first department store Santa (1890). Department storeowner James Edgar delighted customers’ children by walking about...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twelfth, Christmas Day is Clara Barton’s Birthday (1821). Clara Barton, Universalist and founder of the American Red Cross, is a...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eleventh, Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" (1843). Unitarian Charles Dickens impacted the way Christmas is celebrated today...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December tenth, Christmas Scenes in "Little Women" (1868). Unitarian Louisa May Alcott wrote over a dozen Christmas-themed stories and...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December ninth, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (1849). "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” was written by Unitarian Minister Hamilton Sears...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eighth, first Christmas Tree in the White House Blue Room (1912). From the New York Times, December 26, 1912: "With the President...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December sixth, The Modern Look and Lore of Santa Claus (1863). Universalist Thomas Nast produced over 70 illustrations of Santa. It is...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fifth, "Jingle Bells" (1857). First performed at a Thanksgiving event by the Sunday school children from the Unitarian Church in...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fourth, the earmuff is invented (1873). Lifelong Unitarian Chester Greenwood received the Patent for the first earmuff when he was...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December first, "Over The River And Through The Woods" (1844). The song "Over the River and Through The Woods" is based on a poem by...
  • By Cynthia Landrum
    In the bleak and cold winter, We gather ourselves in To light the fire to warm our spirits, To kindle the flame of love and hope.
  • By Gary Kowalski
    Night has its own kind of beauty, different than the beauty of day. Night is a time of sleep and dreams and inward visions, A time of pause...
  • By Kate R. Walker
    In between, liminal, that space where we wait. Between moments; events, results, action, no action. To stand on the threshold, waiting for...
  • By Aaron Payson
    Oh Beloved, Can it be that another year has passed? Wasn’t it just yesterday when we heard such familiar music, when these well-worn...
  • By Sheri Phillabaum
    There once was a child who got lost in the woods. As night began to descend, the child became more and more frightened. I’m sure any of us...
  • By Aaron Payson
    Oh Beloved, Can it be that another year has passed? Wasn’t it just yesterday when we heard such familiar music, when these well-worn...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Something has changed in me this winter. In the past I’ve focused on how long winter is, How miserable I find it, and how it seems so...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Waiting to be born, again, into the morning, onto the day, from dark warm comfort, of my bed full of sleep and blankets, back into bright...
  • By Barbara Wells ten Hove
    While most of us have heard the term, Winter Solstice, we don't necessarily know what it means. Many years ago, when I first started...

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