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Braver/Wiser

  • By Tim Atkins
    The most important lesson pottery has taught me is to not be attached to the final product. Every time I’ve put a piece in to the kiln with a certain expectation of how it’ll come out, I’ve been disappointed. When I don’t much care in the end how it looks, I end up pleasantly surprised. I can’t be attached to those final outcomes — the process matters more than the product.

Pacific Western Region

  • By Jeanelyse Doran Adams
    As the New Year approaches I am grateful for yet another opportunity to begin again. Thankfully that opportunity is available to all of us...

UU World

WorshipWeb

  • By Debra Haffner
    We are on a journey. We didn’t plan it. We didn’t have time for the bread to rise. We may find ourselves in the wilderness, hungry, thirsty...
  • By Molly Housh Gordon
    The author suggests supplementing this Time for All Ages with a PowerPoint/slide show of interesting doors and asking the kids to imagine...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    The new year calls us forward, filled with mystery. As we turn toward that new year, we take a final glimpse of the past year, and reckon...
  • By Michelle Buhite
    This has been published with "they" pronouns; please use the most fitting pronoun in your own setting. Minister: I call (intern name) 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 Debra Haffner
    The Days of Awe begin with us tonight. May the next ten days be days of reflection, introspection, and peace. May we prepare ourselves for...
  • 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 Kristin Grassel Schmidt
    One: Spirit of Guiding Love, we give thanks today for all of the people who followed a dream, and whose vision, persistence, labor, and...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    This ritual was designed as part of a worship service/fire communion. Please see that holiday description for more details. Leader: Today’s...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    Having let go, Set our intentions, Named our curiosity, Committed our energies, And given ourselves over to lives of balance, purpose and...
  • 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
    From night into day, From chill into warmth, From sleep into awakening, We open our hearts to the wonder of life, Born again.
  • By Alex Holt
    For all those who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, may this day be another affirmation of divine love and promise; For all those who...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Let us call each other to this time and place, as we seek the Ground of our Being. When invited, please respond: “I am arriving. Together,...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Good Morning! Welcome to this liberal religious congregation [ or name of congregation]. My name is [name, role] . Some of us are bringing...
  • By Robin Tanner
    Today we share in a blessing for losers, risk-takers, all failures far and wide.... Blessed are they who fall in the mud, who jump with...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    We light this chalice on the brink of a new year Letting go of what has been Open and hopeful for what may come Renewed, restored, ready To...
  • 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...
  • By Jennifer McGlothin
    As the first hint of green begins to peek through the barren ground As that little sprig grows into a healthy stem As that stem grows into...
  • By Laurie Stuart
    In the spirit of community and a sense of purpose in our ministry: Let us commence the discovery of our strengths, our concerns, our grief...
  • By Robert T Weston
    I will lift up my voice and sing; Whatever may befall me, I will still follow the light which kindles song. I will listen to the music...
  • By David O Rankin
    Dear God: Good Friday is gone—a dark day on the calendar, A time of suffering—with more losses than gains, And more pain than we thought we...
  • By Lynn Ungar
    What a gathering—the purple tongues of iris licking out at spikes of lupine, the orange crepe skirts of poppies lifting over buttercup and...
  • By Mary Wellemeyer
    Like those shepherds who were on the hillsides with their flocks, like those wise ones in their observatories with their telescopes and...
  • By Charles F Flagg
    Leader: Every endeavor begins with a first step, and encounters darkness and difficulty along the way. Response: We know the darkness of...
  • By Stephen M Shick
    Early spring awakens memories of a deeper cold and hopes of a warmer wetness, sprouting seeds and budding branches. Gray trees on gray sky...
  • By Michael A Schuler
    We have reached the end of this time For the gathering of memory And for letting the imagination play with future possibilities. We have...