Braver/Wiser: Courage and Compassion for Life as It Is
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Life is full of hard edges and complicated choices. Braver/Wiser gives you weekly message of courage and compassion for life as it is. Every Wednesday we deliver an original written reflection by a contemporary religious leader, and brief prayer, grounded in Unitarian Universalism. Join the Braver/Wiser community and sign up today!

 

  • Startled into Noticing

    I hope that this Great Silence, which has come alongside the suffering, holds the beginnings of our healing.
    By Elea Kemler | 5/6/2020
  • Refusing the Lie

    We can’t turn back the clock to save lives, but maybe we can change our addiction to productivity that enables our leaders to fail us so tragically.
    By Jude Geiger | 4/29/2020
  • Holding On and Letting Go

    Sometimes, I know I'm hanging onto a part of my life that I'll eventually need to let go of...but not just yet.
    By Amanda Poppei | 4/22/2020
  • We Cannot Escape One Another

    A new disease, without any cure, is pushing us apart. And, yet, we cannot escape one another. We need one another. Whether I acknowledge it or not, the guarantee of safety does not exist.
    By Manish Mishra-Marzetti | 4/15/2020
  • In the Midst of Powerlessness

    Jesus had no political power. He lived his whole life in the shadow of the Roman empire, and that empire killed him. Yet Jesus healed the sick, he listened, he moved among the ordinary people, in the lowly places.
    By Myke Johnson | 4/8/2020
  • The Muscle of Our Collective Spirit

    I’m confident in our human ability to together muscle our way into renewing our world.
    By Aram Mitchell | 4/1/2020
  • At a Threshold

    “Game” is no longer the proper metaphor to guide my thoughts and actions. We are—all of us—in liminal space, at a threshold confronting immediacy, shrouded in fog.
    By Rita Capezzi | 3/25/2020
  • The Ninth Obstacle

    Years ago, I did one of those mud run obstacle races. There were eight physical obstacles on the course, but my biggest learning was that we all had a ninth obstacle.
    By Laura Solomon | 3/18/2020
  • The Smallest Biggest Number

    If two is the smallest number in ethics, it's also the smallest seed of certainty; the way not to get lost. Because the ultimate test, when the fear and grief finally give way to clarity, is knowing ourselves by how well we cared for one another.
    By Erika A. Hewitt | 3/11/2020
  • Two Sides of the Same Coin

    We all have our foibles; pieces of ourselves that we both admire and occasionally revile. These gifts and struggles exist in tandem.
    By Alix Klingenberg | 3/4/2020
  • New Levels of Sacred

    Before I birthed my baby, he was a possibility, a kick against my insides. With that first cry, first breath, he became a person in the world.
    By Caitlin Cotter Coillberg | 2/26/2020
  • The Truth About Chocolate?

    If we aren’t willing to ask the important, uncomfortable, and even scary questions, we won’t get to larger and deeper truths.
    By Katie Romano Griffin | 2/19/2020
  • Assisted Living Devices

    A lot of us feel like our lives should have come with instructions. Or maybe they did, but we lost the only copy a long time ago.
    By Elea Kemler | 2/12/2020
  • Amplified a Thousandfold

    We have so many opportunities to bless each other in this world, but they don’t always announce themselves as moments of profound transformation.
    By Lindasusan Ulrich | 2/5/2020
  • The Spark of Life

    If we don’t know where the spark of life comes from, can we know for sure where it goes?
    By David Kohlmeier | 1/29/2020
  • From Broken Parts, Whole

    Surround yourself with skillful teachers. Let them teach you, but don't let them do it for you. That learning is yours to do.
    By Karen G. Johnston | 1/22/2020
  • Unafraid

    When you’re the only black man in a sea of whiteness, purses still get clutched, and people still cross the street, and hellos still get lost in the void.
    By Adrian L. H. Graham | 1/15/2020
  • More Than a Sum

    We are never numbers to be tallied for turnout. We are more than a sum. Together, we are the hope and courage.
    By Robin Tanner | 1/8/2020
  • Next Year's Words

    One of my most treasured New Year’s traditions is coming up with a word for the year: a single word that I want to be the theme for my entire year. When I’m questioning what’s the right thing to do, I will look to my word of the year for guidance.
    By Tim Atkins | 1/1/2020
  • Messy, Wildly Imperfect Love

    Every year, I tell the congregation not to worry about mistakes because there aren’t any; there is only us, telling an old story about love getting born into this aching world.
    By Elea Kemler | 12/18/2019

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