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Beacon Press

  • Artemis Joukowsky, Ken Burns
    From Beacon Press
    Official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film tells the little-known story of the Sharps, an otherwise ordinary couple whose faith and...

Tapestry of Faith

Faithful Journeys

Hindsight, Humor, and Hope

Love Will Guide Us

  • By Rabbi Marc Gellman
    From Does God Have a Big Toe? Stories About Stories in the Bible (HarperTrophy, 1993). Used with permission. Jacob cried a lot. Jacob cried...

Signs of Our Faith

  • Inspired by the ancient epic poem, "The Conference of the Birds," by the Persian Sufi Muslim writer Fariduddin Attar. Once upon a time, all...

Toolbox of Faith

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

WorshipWeb

  • By Jason Shelton
    "Love, once again, break our hearts open wide." Thanks to Rev. Jason Shelton for providing the sheet music for this song.
  • By Laura Horton-Ludwig
    Would you be with me in a spirit of meditation, reflection, and prayer. Friends, it has been another challenging week in our world. I want...
  • By Ian W. Riddell
    We gather today in the presence of the old old story of death defeated by emptiness, of hope and newness triumphant over fear and...
  • By Alix Klingenberg
    Spirit of Life, Earth and Sea and Sky, Place of deep longing in my heart Find your way from silence to voice Give me strength and courage...
  • "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." This quote has been widely attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • By James Morison
    Within each of our hearts there is a most glorious light. Go forth, and let its spark help you understand what troubles both you and others...
  • By Naguib Mahfouz
    وطن المرء ليس مكان ولادته و لكنه المكان الذي تنتهي فيه كل محاولاته للهروب "Home is not where you were born; home is where all your attempts...
  • By Liz James
    Today, you join in membership. This is a moment of excitement and possibility. And although I don’t wish to pull you out of this moment, I...
  • 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 Erika A. Hewitt
    This is a ritual of caring (or, if you like, praying) for one another, couched in terms of struggle and hope. Part 1 will take a few...
  • By Margaret Fuller
    Be revered In thee the faithful hope that still looks forward, And keeps the life-spark warm of future action Beneath the cloak of patient...
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    When we are overwhelmed with the world And cannot see our way clear, When life seems a struggle between tedium and apathy Or frenzy and...
  • By Jane E Mauldin
    Torn and confused, lonely and enraged, I greet the new day with suspicion. Spirit of Life, show me the gate to healing. May I find in my...
  • By Sam Turton
    We travelled long We travelled far To be right here Where we are Reach out a hand No need to fear 'Cause all we need Right Here chorus: All...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    Text from "Love Will Guide Us," by Sally Rogers, #131, Singing the Living Tradition .
  • By Kathy Fuson Hurt
    In order to get out I must go through. There is no other way. No other way? But there must be another way, an easier path, a well-lit road...
  • By Jan Carlsson-Bull
    Love is knotted and gnarled, like an old tree fighting with the wind, like branches too brittle for their own good, like roots that...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once upon a time there were two rivers flowing side by side. Both rivers liked to argue about who was the best. “The water in my river is...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once, two frogs were hopping through the forest when they accidently hopped into a big churn of cream. The sides of the churn were so slick...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once there was a little girl who worried about a very big problem—world hunger. She read in the newspaper about children all over the world...
  • By Christopher Buice
    There once was a beautiful and powerful tiger. One day she was captured by a mean and cruel man who put her into a cage. The man kept the...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once upon a time there was a drop of water named Higgins. Higgins was no ordinary drop of water. He was a drop with a dream. Higgins lived...
  • By Paul R Beedle
    Let us contemplate the Spirit together: Spirit of Life and Love, Justice and Peace: Day in and day out wait weary tasks, burdens we lift...
  • By Marta I Valentín
    In gatherings we are stirred like the leaves of the fall season rustling around sacred trees, tossed hither and yon until we come to rest...
  • By Barbara Rohde
    Of course truth is hard. It is a rock. Yet I do not think it will fall upon me And crush me. I do not think they can hammer it to bits And...
  • By Stephen M Shick
    This resource can be read by a single reader, or responsively between a leader and the congregation. From the loneliness of troubled times...
  • By Dawn Fortune
    My theology understands humanity as simultaneously fragile and resilient, weak and strong, greedy and generous, mean and compassionate. I...
  • By Karen Lewis Foley
    May we honor and hold gently our past. May we live fully our present. May we hope toward and build our future, Living our mission [insert...
  • By Susan Maginn
    You are not alone, dear one...you are among all those who have walked this straining path before. You are not alone... you are with the...
  • By Nathan C. Walker
    “The Miseducation of Justice-Making” excerpted from Nathan C. Walker (2014) Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship ...
  • 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 Claudene (Deane) Oliva
    In the spirit of love and compassion, let us pray. Spirit of Life, gods of many names, be in our hearts and minds as we come together today...
  • By Martha Kirby Capo
    Our time together is finished, but our work is not yet done: May our spirits be renewed and our purpose resolved As we meet the challenges...
  • By Victoria Weinstein
    The purpose of the church is to encourage all who gather there to grow more generous in spirit and in action. This is the great end of all...
  • By Michael A Schuler
    If you are proud of this church, become its advocate. If you are concerned for it future, share its message. If its values resonate deep...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    It has been a long struggle, and our work is far from over. As we go forth, may we be empowered by the Spirit of Hope and Healing, whose...
  • By Gary Kowalski
    And now may the blessings of life be upon us and upon this congregation. May the memories we gather here give us hope for the future. May...
  • "Those who believed and adopted exile and fought for the Faith, with their property and their persons, in the cause of Allah, as well as...
  • By Bets Wienecke
    May this flame, symbol of transformation since time began, fire our curiosity, strengthen our wills, and sustain our courage as we seek...
  • By Ma Theresa Gustilo Gallardo
    All: Wake up O my Soul Leader: It takes energy to stand and defiantly stand against voices that wear me down. All: Wake up O my Soul Leader...
  • By Wayne B Arnason
    Take courage friends. The way is often hard, the path is never clear, and the stakes are very high. Take courage. For deep down, there is...

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