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  • 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...
  • By Michael Tino
    One of the potential spiritual lessons of sports comes in its ability to connect people—to each other as well as to a team of strangers...
  • By Trungles
    Dear Liberal Allies, You and I learned very different things in very different ways. If you didn’t live an experience, then step aside. We...
  • By Robin Tanner
    Desire and sexuality are not held in high regard by many of the world’s religious traditions today. And sex? Don’t even go there! As...
  • By Sean Neil-Barron
    One day, your church was born. ...
  • By Dawn Skjei Cooley
    Bruises are a part of roller derby — a celebrated part. It’s not uncommon for players to take pictures of their biggest, most colorful...
  • By Gretchen Haley
    When we talk about a liberal theology and ethic of sexuality, we need to start in our vulnerable, needy bodies, in real life, in the...
  • By Liz James
    Today, you join in membership. This is a moment of excitement and possibility. And although I don’t wish to pull you out of this moment, I...
  • By Cynthia Frado
    I am always in a bit of a shock when December 1st arrives on the calendar. I always feel like there should be at least another week beyond...
  • By Matthew Johnson
    I want to say to all those who would close the door, who would be guided by fear instead of hope, who would clutch in scarcity rather than live in generosity, who would say “No, you can’t come here”— ...
  • By Matthew Johnson
    In eighth grade, we were assigned a project: to make a poster about some part of our ancestry. I made mine about the story of the 1930 migration, from Germany to the United States, of my great-grandmother, her husband, and their three children. ...
  • By Bob Janis-Dillon
    Note: this reflection was written at the end of Rev. Janis-Dillon's week in Samos, Greece working in a Syrian refugee center. The people of...
  • By Joshua Mason Pawelek
    We hear it said we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations.” We hear it from presidential candidates, from right-wing talk radio pundits,...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    For many reasons, people depart. They leave home—or the places given to them, in place of home that might’ve been lost to war—and seek...
  • By Robert R Walsh
    I heard the Second Brandenburg Concerto played in honor of Bach’s 300th birthday, and I was swept away. I remembered a story about the...
  • By Christopher A Rothbauer
    We gather together this morning, Because others came before us. Some have left examples for us to follow, Others lessons for us to learn...
  • By Lisa Ward
    A covenant is not a definition of a relationship; it is the framework for our relating. A covenant leaves room for chance and change, it is...
  • By Kenny Wiley
    Most of us Unitarian Universalists are here because we felt welcome here — at last. Some of us were too agnostic somewhere else. Some of us...
  • By Gina Valdés
    Hay tantísimas fronteras que dividen a la gente, pero por cada frontera existe también un puente. There are so many borders that divide...
  • By Nelson Mandela
    I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret...
  • By Sobonfu Somé
    Community is the spirit, the guiding light of the tribe, whereby people come together to fulfill a specific purpose, to help others fulfill...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    “Look, look!” The strangers around me were shouting and pointing. I spun around. From my position halfway across the Brooklyn Bridge, I could see a large circle of light on the Verizon building, prominent in the New York City skyline. Inside the circle were three symbols that would have meant...
  • By Reinhold Neibuhr
    Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; Therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    They will march, walk, wheel, dance, shimmy and shake Block upon block of undulating color, flesh, banners, signs, clothing or lack thereof...
  • By Paul S Sawyer
    In Taps, something speaks to me in my heart and soul about dying, and, for those of us who remain, about remembering well.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    We who are Unitarian Universalist not only affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person; we also affirm the inherent wholeness of...
  • By Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
    At age twenty, I had the fortune of traveling the world. Through a study abroad program, I journeyed to awe-inspiring destinations like India, Cuba, and South Africa. In the process, I witnessed extreme poverty, global wealth, power disparity, and the effects of war and militarism—all while...
  • By Kenny Wiley
    The first time my heart felt broken, I went to church. When my mom died, I went to church. When I failed a class, I went to church. When I failed a friend, I went to church. When I felt like I’d failed at life, I went to church. ...
  • By Dana Capasso
    The delicate, flapping wings of a butterfly have the power to set molecules of air in motion, in turn moving more molecules of air—a tiny act that is eventually capable of affecting weather patterns on the other side of the planet. This notion comes from a concept within Chaos Theory called the...
  • By Erik W. Martínez Resly
    “The beauty of the world is the mouth of a labyrinth,” writes Simone Weil. We would be foolish not to follow its call. And so we enter the labyrinth, lured by the whiff of a dream still in the making: the possibility of a new relationship, the promise of a new career, the potential for a new...
  • By Karen Mooney
    Today we light our candle of remembrance. On April 19, 1943 the Jewish community in the Warsaw ghetto rose up against their captors in a...
  • By Robin Bartlett
    I somehow lost my chalice necklace on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston the same day I lost my marriage and my religion. I must have dropped it while I was walking down the street. It was a bad day. ...
  • By Saul Ulloa
    Identity is one of those concepts I have tried desperately to push to the sidelines for most of mi vida. It was always too complicated, too painful, or too divisive. To put it ­simply, I am a bi-racial, white-passing, queer, socio-economically poor, agnostic Unitarian Universalist college...
  • By Kayla Parker
    I realized I was a woman, or more precisely at the time, a girl, the day in first grade I noticed boys were looking up my dress when I was on the monkey bars. I started wearing shorts under my dresses. I now prefer pants. ...
  • By Ashley Horan
    By the time I was in my late twenties, I was convinced that I would never find love. I had had a few boyfriends, but over and over again, I was exiled to the dreaded Friend Zone. I always suspected that it was because I was “too much”: too smart, too feminist, too radical, too fat, too...
  • By Carey McDonald
    There was a period in my life when, within three months, all my major relationships changed. The most joyous of these was getting married; Sarah and I had dated for three and a half years, and I proposed to her at our holiday party. ­People tend to shine the spotlight on proposals, which makes them...
  • By Elandria Williams
    The history and legacy of Unitarian Universalism are shaped as much by Emerson, Fahs, and Channing as it is by the ancestors in our congregations. We come to it through different avenues: the Internet, an invitation, reading the Transcendentalists, or as babies or ­little kids. ...
  • By Andrew Coate
    A few years ago, my ­little sister moved in with me from our native Los Angeles to the coast of Maine. The move brought a lot of firsts for her: snow, the Atlantic Ocean, and seeing me as an older brother instead of an older sister. ...
  • By Marcus Hartlief
    The Unitarian Universalist congregation where I served as an intern made a mosaic Tree of Life the summer before I arrived. Congregants of all ages came together to craft the tree’s leaves, using bits and pieces of broken ceramics, jewelry, glass, and stone. There are many precious personal items...
  • By Ricardo Williams
    The Resurrection is to me the most difficult story in the Bible. ...
  • By Paul R Beedle
    We do not know the woman’s name. Jesus tells those with him not to scold her for anointing his head: “Let her alone; why do you trouble her...
  • By Paul R Beedle
    In all sacred literature, the hearts of the storytellers are revealed in the stories, their breath is felt in the words on the page, and we...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    I got off work at 7 pm and did the thing where you chase the bus a ­little bit but then realize you won’t make it and walk sheepishly back to the bus stop. I’m already an hour late to Sunday night singing at the Lucy Stone Cooperative, a UU affordable housing co-op in Boston. I’m still...
  • By Nic Cable
    I’ve always had a tough time falling asleep. As a child, I was skeptical about the whole idea of sleep. I thought, “Who needs it anyway? Can’t we just be awake all the time? Isn’t that what life is all about?” So it is not surprising that, when my now mother-in-law asked me a few years ago...
  • By David Ruffin
    “So...what do you want to do with your life???” ...
  • By Barbara Rohde
    During the hot Nebraska summers of my childhood, I spent hours, high in my treehouse, devouring the books I found in the small collection my parents had acquired from the estates of various relatives. ...
  • By Stephen M Shick
    Nature provides ready metaphors for peace and justice. Jesus' peaceful kingdom is described as a mustard seed that grows into a large bush, providing shelter to all. the Hebrew prophet Amos cried for justice to roll down like water, and we sing, "I've got peace like a river" and "strength like a...
  • By Raziq Brown
    “So last week I tried to hang myself on a stretch of land off I–35,” said my friend, who I called my cousin. ...
  • By Rianna Johnson-Levy
    My high school years were speckled with trust walks. In my ­Unitarian Universalist youth group at the First UU Congre­gation of Ann Arbor, each year, the incoming freshmen were given blindfolds and a partner. They were led out into the dark, with only hands on their shoulders to guide them. When...

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