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  • Sunday before Thanksgiving. Themes can include gratitude to God, gratitude for loved ones, gathering the family together, breaking bread...

Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

  • By Carey McDonald
    Race in America is a complex subject, but there are some great tools out there for you to start the conversation. We are called by our...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Humor about Identity... Oil in Water or Watery Wine? Even when acting with intention to be respectful of the many ways in which we are...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Faith Helps When I was a kid my Thanksgiving holidays looked a lot like the seasonal TV commercials. We would gather at my maternal...
  • By Jeremie Bateman
    It feels like a math equation that I just can't solve: your family's traditions + my family's traditions – our budget x are we adults yet...
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity ... In More Ways Than One! One of the characteristics of being in the minority is that one is seen by...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Rabbi David Kudan asks, Are We Right to Blend Hanukkah and Thanksgiving This Year? . His answer demonstrates the power of adopting an...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Guest post by Stephanie Carey-Marron. – Ed. Yes, It's Kinda a Big Deal You may have already guessed that Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    A founding story of American Thanksgiving, reflected by the History Channel claims, " In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    We're making the mash-up! The Blue Boat of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is doing something special to celebrate the unusual confluence...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Coming to your household soon...

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Daniel Gregoire
    Something new could come out of this moment of discomfort; something like healing. This is our opportunity to reimagine what Thanksgiving could be — and who we could be.
  • By Jake Morrill
    An adequate Christmas would have you calm and open, taking it in, accepting whatever is. Slow it all down like you might be, in some way, attuned to the pace of the Eternal. If you need, you can fake it at first.

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  • A Celtic pagan story from Ireland, told by Erica Helm Meade in her book of wisdom tales, The Moon in the Well (Peru, Illinois: Open Court/...
  • From Christian scripture, John 6:1-19, New Revised Standard Version (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1990). A large crowd kept...

Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

  • By Jade Sylvan
    As we gather in the darkness and the light let us give thanks and witness to our chosen families who we have traveled a lifetime to find.

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  • By Isabel Call
    We celebrate Thanksgiving because gratitude is essential to human life. But grief is essential for healing our history of violence. The 400-year-old story we've heard about harmony between people of different backgrounds just isn't true.
  • 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 Sheri Prud'homme
    This ritual connects us to our history; to the earth and the cycle of life. The times we are living in call for new ways to lean into the depths of ancient ritual.
  • By Susanne Intriligator
    In the days ahead, many of us will gather with family and friends, people with whom we may have long and complicated relationships. It...
  • By William E. Swing
    “There’s a hunger beyond food that’s expressed in food, and that’s why feeding is always a kind of miracle. It speaks to a bigger desire.”...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We light our chalice as a symbol of gratitude as we celebrate the abundance of our lives together. In this sanctuary we harvest bushels of...
  • By Myke Johnson
    It is always good to give thanks! All that we have is a gift from life: our food, our relationships, our shelter from the cold. And when we...
  • By Gwen Matthews
    Today, we're thankful for you and what you bring to our church. Your spirit, talents, generosity, imagination, and dedication reaffirm our...
  • By Andre Mol
    This blessing was written in honor of two Unitarians, Martha and Waitstill Sharp, who during WWII dared to risk their own comfort in order...
  • By Laura Horton-Ludwig
    The wheel of the year has turned again. Once more the Thanksgiving season has arrived. How shall we sing our song of gratitude now? For...
  • 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 Swiftwalker
    Let’s start with the people we love and those who love us, thankful they are in our lives obliging us to open our hearts. Let open hearts...
  • By Dayna Edwards
    Note: at the bottom of this entry, you'll find a pronunciation guide. For this Time for All Ages, you might want to provide the following...
  • By Debra Smith
    We are hungry We are eating our daily bread and bowing our heads and yet we are hungry We are thanking the farmer and the farm worker and...
  • By David M. Horst
    Once, many grey autumns ago, I came upon a tree. The tree, a poplar, had dropped all of its leaves but for one, just one. Exactly one leaf...
  • By Tiffany Sapp
    This script is intended to take place over the arc of a worship service or children's chapel. People Needed: Narrator (can be Worship...
  • By Dawn Skjei Cooley
    Introduction The Cornbread and Cider Communion is a tradition in some of our congregations. With gratitude for our freedom and for our...
  • 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 Elizabeth M Strong
    Let us rejoice for the families who have gathered this Thanksgiving to express their thanks and to celebrate the bounty of their lives. Let...
  • By Gary Kowalski
    Each of us will be grateful this Thanksgiving in differing ways, Gathered in our separate families, Each with our own distinct recipes,...
  • By Naomi King
    Once there was and once there was not a family of dogs. Like many dog families, there were dogs that had wandered off the street and dogs...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    T... starts out with Turkey and with Tofu, and Together, H...reminds of Happiness, may it grow beyond all measure. A...means All who are...
  • By Naomi King
    Let us join and hands and hearts in gratitude on this wondrous day where we have the abundance of our lives before us. We remember this day...
  • By Naomi King
    Rev. Naomi King reflects, "Every day we experience hunger and yearning.... Every day we are invited anew to be thankful."
  • By Lillian Nye
    I [do not] mean to present myself as some kind of bodhisattva of compassion. However, in my better moments—at least in my more conscious...
  • By Michael Tino
    Seeds, scattered on fertile ground, are warmed by the sun and fed by the soil. They sprout and grow, producing great fields of grain. The...