Hate, Violence, and Trauma: Talking with Children

Hateful violence and natural disasters touch all of us. You want to help your children emotionally and spiritually process what is happening in and outside our communities. For UUs, action is a valid response; it is important to ground that action in compassion and make it part of your own healing. Please use these resources to help yourself, your family, and others.

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Meditations and Readings

  • Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Reading on Death and Remembrance, collected by Edward Searl (Skinner House, 2005). See a prayer by Victoria Safford, page 117; "Love Abides," by Barbara Pescan, page 144; and "We trust that beyond the absence," by Anonymous, page154.
  • Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems, Volume 1 (Beacon Press, 1994)

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Beyond Absence A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings On Death and Remembrance

By Edward Searl

From Skinner House Books

Drawn from poets, philosophers, theologians and clergy, this inspiring collection will assist ministers, lay leaders and anyone seeking to express and explore the mystery and grief of death.

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Lifespan Faith Engagement

The Lifespan Faith Engagement office of the UUA puts a justice seeking, radically inclusive faith in action by creating experiences for meaning-making and faithful living, accompanying people to make a home in our faith, and advocating for youth engagement and lifespan faith development.

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Candle Memorial at University Medical Center in Tuscon, AZ 1/8/11.

UUA Disaster Relief Fund

Wherever a natural disaster hits, people need our support. Engage your family to raise funds to help affectedUU congregations assist their members and their local community partners.