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!

 

  • Testimony and Truth

    It often feels like we’re shouting into the void. It was a gift to be reminded that sometimes someone is listening.
    By Jodi Cohen Hayashida | 7/8/2020
  • Heaven Broken Open

    The drag show was heaven broken open, given to us for the evening. Everything for a little while was perfect—and I saw the face of my God.
    By Jami A. Yandle | 7/1/2020
  • So Far Apart and In This Together

    I miss the way things were, and I know they’ll never really be the same.
    By Erica Rose Long | 6/24/2020
  • The House My Ancestors Built

    Our conversations about the history of our country—the actions of our ancestors—can be made new and relevant and understandable. We can and must have these conversations.
    By Heather Rion Starr | 6/17/2020
  • Claiming Our Names

    May we all remember how inextricably we are linked in this fight for justice and freedom.
    By Otto O'Connor | 6/10/2020
  • An Awful, Magnificent Truth

    My mother and father armed us with this truth: The world is awful, magnificent, and belongs to you as much as it belongs to anyone else.
    By Carol Thomas Cissel | 6/3/2020
  • 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

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