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  • By Margaret Weis
    A recipe for resilience... make often, share with others, hold onto the leftovers - you'll need them after a long day that challenges your soul.
  • By Jill Tarter
    We live on a fragile island of life, in a universe of possibilities. For many millennia, humans have been on a journey to find answers, answers to questions about naturalism and transcendence, about who we are and why we are, and of course, who else might be out there. Is it really just us? Are we...
  • By Lisa Fischbeck
    When some people think of Easter, they think of a bunny rabbit. Others would point to other fertility symbols and signs of Spring, springing forth out of the ordinary, the plain, the seemingly dead: butterflies, flowers, and the like. Christians might think of the empty cross, or of a cross with...
  • By Jennifer Willet
    What images comes to mind when I say, “Labor Day”? ...
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    Stones of justice have been tossed in the lake but their ripples have not yet arrived.
  • By Anne Dilenschneider
    The Innkeeper's dilemma.
  • By Myke Johnson
    In 1617, a few years before English settlers landed, an epidemic began to spread through the area that became southern New England. By 1620, ninety to ninety-six percent of the population had died.
  • By Myke Johnson
    Every October and November in the United States, we find ourselves in a season of false and misleading stories about European settlers and Native Americans.
  • By Adrienne Maree Brown
    When we are engaged in acts of love, we humans are at our best and most resilient.
  • By Carl Scovel
    I like to think that after many years of living together, our family has developed a certain sense of equilibrium, a certain ease with each...
  • By Jonathan Chapman
    Recently, I ordered 4-foot-tall rainbow bunnies for my church. Just after I hit “order,” I wondered if we really needed them. Later that...
  • By Marcia McFee
    Hallelujah! is a dangerous word, especially in the mouths of the creatively maladjusted.* Hallelujah! is a dangerous word, for it comes...
  • By Kendyl R Gibbons
    Our communities of memory and promise are founded upon covenants because we all need a defense against the impulse of immediate feelings...
  • By Gretchen Haley
    As a child, growing up Catholic, my sense was that we should give away forgiveness like candy at Halloween: freely and readily, to anyone...
  • By Carol Thomas Cissel
    Diverse. Multicultural. Inclusive. Welcoming. If I made a list of every single Unitarian Universalist congregation I have served, visited...
  • By Kimberly Quinn Johnson 
    Joy Unspeakable is not silent, it moans, hums, and bends to the rhythm of a dancing universe…. For our free African ancestors, joy...
  • By Connie Simon
    When I started attending a UU church, I was excited by the promise of worship that would draw from the arts, science, nature, literature and a multitude of voices. Indeed, some of the voices that Unitarian Universalists hear in worship each week belong to Thoreau, Emerson, Ballou, and others. Their...
  • By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
    Religion is as much about faith in humanity as it is about faith in deity. And many of us will find that, over and over, our faith in...
  • By Jabari S. Jones
    Yesterday, a new employee — a white guy — walked into the bakery where I work. “Hi,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve met you yet.” He told me his name. ...
  • By Leslie Jamison
    Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us — a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain — it’s also a choice we make: to pay...
  • By Talia Cooper
    The 7 Jobs Capitalism Asks of All of Us: 1. Measure Self Worth by Work : Don’t believe in the inherent goodness of people. Instead decide...
  • By Kaaren Solveig Anderson
    For a long time now, I haven’t believed in a god with a will, intentionality, or consciousness. I don’t put all my eggs in the basket of a...
  • By Carol Hepokoski
    Those of us who call ourselves religious Humanists have a strong reverence for life. Many of us experience a deep sense of awe before the...
  • By Mark Ward
    Reason is an important tool, sure — an essential arbiter of truth claims about the world. But religion is grounded someplace deeper, where...
  • By Amanda Poppei
    Humanism… is primarily about who we are connected to, what we think about each other, and how we work for justice in the world. No matter...
  • By Michael Werner
    For all the talk about reason and science, Humanism is really about a passionate love affair. It is a love affair with life, not a mythical...
  • By David Breeden
    Late in his life, the philosopher Richard Rorty — a well-known atheist — was asked by an interviewer if he could define holy. Perhaps the...
  • By Myke Johnson
    Each of us has gifts and wounds from those who fathered us. This is inevitable; even the best fathers in the world disappoint their...
  • By Cheryl Strayed
    Every mother has a different story, though we tend to group them together. We like to think that partnered moms have it good and single moms have it rough, but the truth is that we're a diverse bunch. Some single mothers have lots of child-free time because their kids are regularly in the custody of...
  • By Sarah C Stewart
    Whiteness has been used throughout the histories of America and Europe to praise desirable groups of people and exclude undesirable groups...
  • By Marilynne Robinson
    Everyone has petted a cat, but to touch one like that, with the pure intention of blessing it, is a very different thing. It stays the mind.
  • By Aisha Ansano
    No matter what tactics and methods racial justice activists use, the general response of society will be a collective head-shaking and tsk-...
  • By Aisha Ansano
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a radical. He was called “the most dangerous man in America” by the FBI and had a 17,000 page FBI...
  • By David Schwartz
    We gather at Thanksgiving, in some sense, to retell the creation myth of our country. In this myth is our very best and our very worst: a...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Our first breath is followed by our first song Lusty, loud and primal A solo that announces to the world, “I have arrived!” We are the...
  • By Elizabeth Harding
    People have always known that fire was special. Long, long ago, before people made matches or candles or even made houses, people knew that...
  • By Nancy McDonald Ladd
    This reading is an excerpt of the sermon delivered by Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd on Sunday morning at General Assembly 2016. For as long as...
  • By Amy Petrie Shaw
    I have a voice. It is a small voice, perhaps, but it will not be silenced. When you call for black people to be beaten, and excluded, and...
  • By Forrest Gilmore
    In the first episode of "Call the Midwife"—a British show about post-WWII midwives—the main character Jenny Worth is just starting as a...
  • By Susan Maginn
    He's not where he is supposed to be. He should be practicing sprints in the desert sun with all the other aspiring Marines, but instead he...
  • By Nicole Janelle
    I understand participation in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) as a spiritual practice or discipline. While the word discipline may...
  • By Doug Kraft
    When I was a kid I liked to skip stones on lakes. If I threw a flat stone at the correct angle and with enough speed and energy it would...
  • By Adam Lawrence Dyer
    Don’t speak to me of “healing” racism, or “wounded souls” or the “painful hurt” until you are willing to feel the scars on my great-great-...
  • By Adam Lawrence Dyer
    You’ve seen it. Two black men pass each other on the street. They nod. Subtle, sometimes imperceptible, but there is acknowledgement. “Do...
  • By Chris Crass
    To become an anti-racist faith community, the key question for a white/white majority community is not “How do we get people of color to...
  • By Caitlin Breedlove
    Fertility in social movements and among people is not something we control. We cannot make new life like we make plans or money. It's hard...
  • By Jade Angelica
    For decades prior to my mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, we had suffered a strained relationship born from her alcoholism. When I learned...
  • By Laura Horton-Ludwig
    The word desire comes from the Latin desiderare : “to long for,” but the Latin desiderare comes from de sidere : “from the stars.” From the...
  • By Laura Horton-Ludwig
    The religious mystics of every tradition tell us union is what we are here for — union is what we are: we are connected to each other, to...

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