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Handout 1: The Stirrings of Compassion


We light this chalice in affirmation of compassion in human relations.

We gather to support each other in caring for one another

and in trusting in the transforming power of love.

We gather to explore our own experiences

and listen to the experiences of others,

to create and share and to bless one another.

May our time together renew our spirits, deepen our community,

and inspire us to lead lives of compassion and care

to build the common good.

We light this chalice for the Spirit of Life.


This workshop is grounded in the following Principle and Source from the Purposes and Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association:

Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.

Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.

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