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we need one another
by Erik Walker Wikstrom We come together this morning because within us there is something that knows we need more than we can find in our aloneness. We know—instinctively, in the depths of ourselves—that we need ...

Fruit-bowl, salad-bowl, or chalice
by Stephan R. Papa Is it a fruit-bowl, a salad-bowl, or a chalice with blended juices or fine wine that holds us together in our religious community?Is it our humanism, our progressivism, or our mysticism we have in common?Is ...

The stars in the pews
by Erik Walker Wikstrom Each of the stars in the heavens is unique, an individual, yet together they form the night sky;Each of us here is unique, an individual, yet together we are a congregation;Each of our congregations is ...

To blanket the world
by Erik Walker Wikstrom One snowflake is a marvel, a miracle;Four snowflakes, five, and the kids begin to run around in the yardOne hundred and the cars start slowing down;One thousand, two... you can see where this is going.We ...

For each and for all
by Erik Walker Wikstrom We light this chalice for all who are here, and all who are not; For all who have ever walked through our doors, for those who may yet find this spiritual home, and for those we can’t even yet imagine. ...

A vision for Unitarian Universalism in a multicultural world
by UUA Leadership Council With humility and courage born of our history, we are called as Unitarian Universalists to build the Beloved Community where all souls are welcome as blessings, and the human family lives whole and reconciled. ...

The Fire Is Not About Money
by Kate Bortner If you think I’m up here to ask for money, think again.I am here to announce an act of creation!Creation does not take place where there is a scattering and dissipation of energies.Creation requires ...

the strength we have gained
by Martha Kirby Capo Into our world we commend our spirits:May the strength we have gained in this communal hourSustain us as we resume the work that is at hand.

A Call to Meditation
by Martha Kirby Capo As we enter this sacred silenceMay our truest selves transcendThe dissonance of daily distractionsAs we join the spiraling, infinite dancePulsing unseen throughout all creation.So may it be.

An Association Sunday Sermon Template
by Erik Wikstrom Today is “Association Sunday,” the day the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has declared that we should focus not on our own congregation but on the wider Unitarian Universalism. Now ...

The meaning of the chalice
by Martha Kirby Capo For some, the chalice cup is a communion cup, freely offered to all who would seek the greater Truth. Others see the circle of fellowship in its embracing sides. The sacred hoop of its rim, the ambient ...

The work continues
by Martha Kirby Capo Our time together is finished, but our work is not yet done:May our spirits be renewed and our purpose resolvedAs we meet the challenges of the week to come.The chalice flame is extinguishedUntil once ...

If just for this hour
by Martha Kirby Capo In this hour may we be openTo a rededication of treasured friendships, a renewal of spirit;May we relinquish the worries and anxieties of the past week,If just for this hour, and regain our strengthThrough ...

this purest of flames
by Martha Kirby Capo Let this purest of flames kindle in each of our heartsA pledge to justice, a commitment to freedom,And a reverent awe for the crystalline gloriesThat sparkle along our footpaths

Holy Stuff
by Marilyn J. Sewell Father, Mother God, here we are together—rich and poor; educated and not so well educated; gay and straight; democrats and republicans; some of us with light skin, some of us with darker; some of ...

A Community of Faith
by Judith L. Quarles At this hour, in small towns and big cities, in single rooms and ornate sanctuaries, many of our sister Unitarian Universalist congregations are also lighting a flaming chalice.As we light our chalice ...

That which abides
by Martha Kirby Capo Through the week this chalice has abided, cupped and silent,Softly gleaming in a dimly lit room, complete unto itself.Today, we come together as a community of faith, joyful and free,Our individual energies ...

Come into this circle of love and justice
by Marilyn J. Sewell Come into this circle of love and justice,Come into this community where we can dream andBelieve in those dreams—Come into this holy space where we remember who we areAnd how we want to live.Come ...

If you are who you were, we have failed
by Erik Walker Wikstrom If you are who you were,and if the person next to you is who he or she was,if none of us has changedsince the day we came in here—we have failed.The purposed of this community—of any church, ...

We unite in our differences
by David Breeden We unite in our differences in background and belief;We unite—with gratitude and hope:Hope for a world of differences;Hope for a world that honors difference;We unite in communityWith gratitude for ...

We thank them all
by Mel Harkrader-Pine Some came here looking for solace.Some came here and gave it to them.Some came here seeking music.Some came here and gave it, joyfully.Some came here seeking laughter.Some came here and created it.Some ...

For all that is our lives
by Erik Walker Wikstrom Spirit of Life, known by many names yet by no name fully known—we gather today with hopes and dreams and also with fears and wounds... [briefly name some of the things lifted up during the candles ...

Meditation for an Intergenerational Service
by Axel H. Gehrmann Let us join in the spirit of prayer and meditation.We are each different. Some of us are bigger and others are smaller. Some of us are taller and others are shorter. Our hair is different colors and our ...

The morning's offering
by Erik Walker Wikstrom Before: It is said, “The Lord loves a cheerful giver,” yet we’ll accept from a grouch as well. As the ushers prepare to take this morning’s offering, may each of us look into not ...

Why Diversity?
Frequently I am asked, ‘Why should the UUA [Unitarian Universalist Association] spend money, time, and resources on racial and cultural diversity?’ I sometimes feel burdened with the expectation ...

 

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