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  • By Fred Small
    When I was in third grade at Evergreen School in Plainfield, NJ, my best friend was John Carvana. At 8 years old, I was awkward physically...
  • By Marilyn Sewell
    Radical hospitality. Radical means “out of the ordinary,” “revolutionary,” even. So what would it mean to receive someone—a stranger—with a...
  • By Anne Welsbacher
    Gadgets: The downfall of a free society, electric litter paving an inexorable path to our culture’s moral, intellectual, spiritual, and...
  • By Susan Maginn
    Many of us have stories about God. A college student once told me how he asked questions about God in his childhood church and the leaders...
  • By David A Miller
    We are five days away from what is has come to be traditionally celebrated as the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. I say what has become to be...
  • By Michael Tino
    Every June, representatives of the congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association gather for the annual General Assembly. Each year as we do so, we try to shed some light on a local issue of justice, and we invite people of all faiths to join us in working to make our world a better place. ...
  • By James Ishmael Ford
    Leonard Cohen sings to us there’s “a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” I believe this is one of the most important...
  • By Vail Weller
    Partner-church relationships with UU communities around the world connect us to extreme poverty. Global economic justice calls us to new depths of ethical living, generosity, and international mission work to spread the saving messages of Universalism.
  • By Leaf Seligman
    Thursday marks the bicentennial of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Different though they and their influences were, both...
  • By Elizabeth M Strong
    Since the time human beings became conscious of their existence, of the reality that they will die, and of the awareness that birth creates...
  • By Vail Weller
    An Austrian millionaire was in the news this month for giving away all of his fortune. Why? "For a long time I believed that more wealth...
  • By Scott Alexander
    Elie Wiesel was just a wide-eyed and innocent adolescent when he and all the other Jews of the Transylvanian village of Sighet were jammed...
  • By Scott Alexander
    This morning, I want us to grapple with one of the most universal and troubling facts of human existence. Though every last one of us would...
  • By Scott Alexander
    Take a moment right now to visualize in your mind’s eye the first American Thanksgiving feast which our Pilgrim forebears shared with their...
  • By Scott Alexander
    "It was still dark that morning in 1942 when the Gestapo rousted from bed the Jews of Bobawa, a Polish village. In the confusion, twelve-...
  • By Scott Alexander
    At one point in her novel Fly Away Home , American writer Marge Piercy has a mother say of her daughters: “The girls had been raised...
  • By Scott Alexander
    Happiness is a deep, persistent and universal obsession for humanity. As one of my correspondents asked, "Why isn’t happiness the only...
  • By Scott Alexander
    Every once in a while in my life, I have a human conversation that so stuns or startles me that it proves impossible to ever forget. It...
  • By Scott Alexander
    As must be obvious to every one of you, these are times of great tension and conflict in America. Much of this turmoil in our nation is...
  • By Wayne B Arnason
    Ten years ago, I was asked to present a paper to a new ministers’ study group that was forming at Cedar Hill, a small conference center...
  • By Wayne B Arnason
    I feel sorry for the kids today who are taking geography in school for the first time. When I was in school, unless you got really...
  • By Wayne B Arnason
    The gospels are full of stories about Jesus healing. The healing stories represent some of the most moving images in Scripture. They are...
  • By Wayne B Arnason
    There was an elderly man in England named Arthur Flowerdew. He’d lived his whole life in the seaside town of Norfolk, and had left England...
  • By Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson
    The world is a slippery sort of thing. It can be hard, very hard, to hold on to all the many pieces of life. In our days on this earth, we...
  • By Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson
    "Can faith equal faith? Do gods of one faith take care of the believers of other faiths? Who will protect my god when he falters and his...
  • By Rebecca F Benner
    I am a third generation Unitarian Universalist. This is by no means a record. Even in this congregation there are families whose Unitarian...
  • By Bruce A Bode
    About twenty years ago, I read a book that I've never dis­cussed with anyone, but which has stayed with me and intrigued me all this time...
  • By Cathy Bowers
    According to economist Juliet Schor, author of The Overworked American , having the chance to spend time not doing anything in particular...
  • By John A Buehrens
    When we remember those whom we have loved and lost, help us to remember also, O God, how great a privilege is human loving, and that not to...
  • By John A Buehrens
    I have a story to tell you, about the less-than-triumphal first appearance I made in a pulpit. I was a first-year seminarian, doing my...
  • By John A Buehrens
    "Whatsoever you wish that others do unto you, do so to them; for this is the Law of the Prophets."—Matthew 7:12 I should probably get one...
  • By Christopher Buice
    In the Unitarian Universalist Church we find inspiration from many different sources. The inspiration for today’s sermon comes from a joke...
  • By Sara Campbell
    I want to tell you about something that happened a few years ago on a Sunday after services. The congregation I was serving then was...
  • By Sara Campbell
    In the summer of 1989, I attended the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists at the General Assembly at Yale University in New Haven,...
  • By Bruce Clear
    Some of you may have heard Garrison Keillor’s Thanksgiving story in which Unitarians are featured. Somebody needs to find out what Keillor’...
  • By Bruce Clear
    I have come to discover that what most people know about humanism they learned from the lips of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other...
  • By Bruce Clear
    [This sermon is third in a three-part series: "The Humanist in Me," "The Theist in Me," and "The Christian in Me."] In this series of...
  • By Bruce Clear
    [This sermon is second in a three-part series: "The Humanist in Me," "The Theist in Me," and "The Christian in Me."] You may have noticed...
  • By Helen Lutton Cohen
    There was a fascinating story on the public radio evening news on Wednesday: The town of Port Arthur, Texas, a conservative, middle...
  • By Helen Lutton Cohen
    In his book, Facing Death , Averil Stedeford recounts the following story about a woman who was diagnosed with a terminal illness: Mrs. N...
  • By Helen Lutton Cohen
    In his 1947 biography of Theodore Parker, the American historian Henry Steele Commager wrote about Parker's first trip to Europe: There was...
  • By Dennis J Daniel
    Once in a while, I find myself stuck in traffic, only slowly inching past a construction crew or toward one of the more difficult...
  • By Richard R Davis
    One day I was sitting in a coffee shop downtown when I noticed a couple of street corner evangelists setting up shop across the street—an...
  • By Peter Friedrichs
    Pity the poor dandelion. It is, in many ways, nature’s perfect plant. With a tap root that grows more than a foot long, it can survive in...
  • By Peter Friedrichs
    For nearly thirty years, Forrest Church served as the spiritual leader of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City...
  • By Peter Friedrichs
    Today is the second of our three-part sermon series dedicated to Rev. Forrest Church. As I noted last week, Church spent nearly 30 years as...
  • By Peter Friedrichs
    As part of my seminary training I spent a summer working as a hospital chaplain, assigned to the psychiatric floor. I found it to be deeply...
  • By Jan Carlsson-Bull
    How clearly I remember it. My husband, Dan, and our daughter, Sarah, had spent the night in Taos, New Mexico. The next morning we set out...
  • By James (Jay) C Leach
    "Few of their children in the country learn English Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us...
  • By Victoria E Safford
    Step One : Invoke an external and internal threat. Pose it as a threat to civilization itself. Create a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond...

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