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  • By Mykal Slack
    In finding my true voice, I also found my true gender.
    Image credit: © Nancy Pierce

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  • By Erik Walker Wikstrom
    Here, today, in this place and with these people, May we listen so that we can hear; May we hear so that we can feel; May we feel so that...
  • By Lisa Bovee-Kemper
    [touch hands to your own forehead, if it feels natural] May you be blessed with wisdom, knowledge and understanding. May your intellect...
  • By Mary Howard
    When my 85-year-old parents moved into their retirement home five years ago, my Dad found a comfortable role schlepping mats, blocks, and...
  • By Kristin Kany
    Kristin Kany wrote this multi-voice poem in 2016 to be read by a group of "diverse moms." I am mother Mother 1: I am Mother Mother 2: I am...
  • By Misha Sanders
    In a sacred place of honor in the temple that is my home stands a gleaming, powerful image of The Venus of Willendorf, proud and naked, her...
  • 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 Anne Mason
    Spirit of Life, your very presence among us is what gives us connection. Help us to sense that beneath our feet is the strength we need to...
  • By Erica Baron
    May you never thirst. May your body and your spirit always have what they need. When you are in need of refreshment, or new life, may the...
  • 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 Sarah Movius Schurr
    This sermon refers to, and includes, the emerging ritual of a "chocolate communion." If you're seeking to incorporate our Unitarian...
  • By Carolyn Fisher
    Did you know that there are trillions of little tiny creatures living inside your bodies? They’re called microbiota, and they're SOOO tiny...
  • By Ian W. Riddell
    Come one, come all! Come with your missing pieces and your extra screws Come with your hard edges and your soft spots Come with your bowed...
  • By Adam Lawrence Dyer
    That first breath must be delicious. It must be more tantalizing, more intoxicating than any drug, fragrant like no flower will ever be...
  • By Debra Burrell
    To make music is to worship. Music connects us with the silver-throated finches and the trumpeting humpback whales. M usic connects us with...
  • By Amy Bowden Freedman, Keith Kron
    Become aware of the hands that you are holding: their warmth, texture, and weight. As an infant, these same hands reached out for the...
  • By Margaret Weis
    Spirit of life and of love, Mystery that connects us all, We give thanks for this day For this gathering of bicyclists (and those who...
  • By Brian Doyle
    Sisters, I stand before you without homily or lecture or opinion. I stand here naked on the page. I stand here with my hands extended in...
  • By Laura Horton-Ludwig
    The religious mystics of every tradition tell us union is what we are here for — union is what we are: we are connected to each other, to...
  • By Laura Bogle
    We are called by the principles of our faith to embrace and affirm the inherent worth of dignity of all people. Some of us affirm quite...
  • By Robin Tanner
    I wonder Did God’s heart (I mean the love-mushy, endearing part of God) That part The heart that I don’t really believe in as a thing, With...
  • By Chip Roush
    We are about to enter sacred time. We are about to make this time and this place sacred by our presence and intention. Please turn off or...
  • By Robin Tanner
    Desire and sexuality are not held in high regard by many of the world’s religious traditions today. And sex? Don’t even go there! As...
  • By Laura Horton-Ludwig
    Take a moment to breathe into the silence. Our breath is always with us. We can always come back to the breath, our anchor, our grounding,...
  • By Matt Alspaugh
    Breathe with me Breathe with me—the breath of life Inhale, Inspire, Inspiration, Ruacḥ , Pneuma , Spiritus , the Holy Spirit the many names...
  • By Dawn Skjei Cooley
    Bruises are a part of roller derby — a celebrated part. It’s not uncommon for players to take pictures of their biggest, most colorful...
  • By Gretchen Haley
    When we talk about a liberal theology and ethic of sexuality, we need to start in our vulnerable, needy bodies, in real life, in the...
  • 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 Esther Perel
    "Desire is owning the wanting."
  • By Peter Friedrichs
    I want not dainty bone china-cupped, oh-so-polite, pinky-extended sips, but guzzle-by-the-gallon, drink-from-the-fire-hose- two-hundred-...
  • By Dawn Skjei Cooley
    Introduction The Cornbread and Cider Communion is a tradition in some of our congregations. With gratitude for our freedom and for our...
  • By Krista Taves
    Spirit of Love and Power, we are gathered today in beloved community that we might manifest in our lives the values and truths that we hold...
  • By Katie Kandarian-Morris
    As we begin to settle to a deeper more inward place; to be fully present right now in this place made for head and heart together; we might...
  • By Emmy Lou Belcher
    Under the wide sky, upon this earth the feet will dance of children stretching, swinging, leaping in joy, challenging themselves with new...
  • By Jonalu Johnstone
    We gather this afternoon, under this sky with these clouds and sun, connecting with this earth, which nourishes and supports us, to...
  • By Daniel Kanter
    God of many names and mystery beyond all our naming, Our time together today is a precious gift. We gather in the name of justice in love...
  • By Megan Dowdell
    Note: The phrase "meeting house" can be replaced with "sanctuary." We enter this meeting house for kindness and comfort. May rough-worn...
  • By Gregory Pelley
    And so we gather, from the ebb and flow of our lives Thirsty for connection to ourselves Thirsty for connection to others Thirsty for...
  • By Starhawk
    We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been—a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of...
  • By Mark L. Belletini
    Ah, it’s true. When our ancestors spoke of heaven, they were speaking of this moment. When they went on about nirvana they imagined a time...
  • By Sean Neil-Barron
    Your body is welcome here, all of it. Yes, even that part. And that part. And yes, even that part. The parts you love, and the parts you...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    These words, by composer Sarah Dan Jones, are from hymn #1009 in Singing the Journey .
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    For the sound of bow on string, Of breath over reed, Of touch on keyboard; For slants of sunlight through windows, For shimmering shadows...
  • By Claudene (Deane) Oliva
    We invite each of you to take a deep breath into the present moment, and, realizing that not everyone will have the functions to enter into...
  • By Martha Dallas
    Imagine with me for a moment, things that you love about life, things that you love about being alive. What do you love about life, and...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    We who are Unitarian Universalist not only affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person; we also affirm the inherent wholeness of...
  • By Angela Herrera
    This is what one hundred years look like: A rounded wrinkled back, sparkling wet and soapy above the shower bench, and my hand, having ­...
  • By Charlie Dieterich
    Note: The ritual does not include exposure to dirty water. We pour purified water from the previous year over the hands and into the common...

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