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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • 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.
  • By Daniel Gregoire
    Here we are on the cusp of the Winter Solstice, when the light comes back! To celebrate, I went to the discount store in search of...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Chalice Children, in Preschool

Love Will Guide Us, Grades 2-3

UU World

  • By Doug Muder
    Millions of Humanists celebrate Christmas joyfully, meaningfully, and authentically, without pretending to be Christians or grinchishly trying to take anything away from them.
    Image credit: People holding presents and smiling, being greeted outside the entrance to a house.
  • By Laura Randall
    We need to be a faith that is talented at companioning ourselves and others in the mysterious, the unknown, the small hours of the night.
    Image credit: Photograph of a silhouetted person walking out of a brightly lit area into the darkness.
  • By Erica Baron
    A story for Yule in these times.
    Image credit: © 2016 Stacy Spangler
  • By Erica Baron
    The light and the dark are like twins.
    Image credit: © 2006 Chris Gorgio/istockphoto.com
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    Candlelight transforms a meetinghouse for Christmas Eve.
    Image credit: © Gary Phillips
  • By Meg Cox
    Many of us still struggle to find the right mix of family traditions for this time of year.
    Image credit: © Robert Neubecker

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Lyn Cox
    With curiosity and contemplation, let us delve into the gifts of darkness... where life finds rest and renewal.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    Stones of justice have been tossed in the lake but their ripples have not yet arrived.
  • By Dawn Fortune
    Chalice lighting that speaks to the dark nights of midwinter.
  • By Shari Woodbury
    I invite you to enter a period of quiet for a guided meditation. You may wish to adjust your position so that your spine is straight, your...
  • By Ben Soule
    Let us hold a quiet moment together as our chalice is lit. As the wild wind bites, so does the still flame warm us. As the deep snows block...
  • By Gregory Jones
    On this, the longest night of the year, we are warmed by the certain knowledge that tomorrow will welcome more light than today. As it has...
  • By Andrea Hawkins-Kamper
    The winter solstice is a time to look back upon our ancestors, gather our family and friends close, and rejoice in the return of the sun...
  • By David Breeden
    The Solstices teach us that darkness comes, that darkness goes. The Solstices teach us that light comes, that light goes. The Solstices...
  • By Samuel A Trumbore
    In this time of long nights and short days, let us seek the light within … by contemplating, through our mind’s eye, the image of a candle...
  • By Gwen Matthews
    As December opens up before us, we welcome in the gift of reflection. We turn toward our holiday celebrations and search for common threads...
  • By Jann Aldredge-Clanton
    This hymn text was written to accompany the tune St. Louis, commonly known as "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (#246 in Singing the Living...
  • 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 Julia Hamilton
    (Suitable for reading in multiple voices) In the pagan tradition, which is grounded in a respect and reverence for the natural world,...
  • 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 Ruben Piirainen, Suzelle Lynch
    Sheet Music (PDF) ...
  • By Cynthia Frado
    To the Weaver of Molecules, the Spinner of Stars ...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-fourth, The Flaming Chalice (1965). The Unitarian Service Committee adopted the flaming chalice as their logo in 1941...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-third, “O Holy Night” (1855). The first English translation of "O Holy Night" was by Unitarian minister John Sullivan...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-second, The First Unitarian Church Founded in Transylvania (1557). Despite recognition under the 1557 Act of Religious...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-first, the Winter Solstice. (The point along the Earth’s annual solar orbit when the northern hemisphere is at its furthest...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twentieth, first of Elliot’s Ariel Poems, “The Journey of the Magi” (1927). "Magi" is Unitarian T. S. Eliot’s first of 5 Christmas...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December nineteenth, "The Many Moods of Christmas” (1963). Robert Shaw was best known as the conductor of his namesake Chorale. In its day...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eighteenth, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (1962). Amid the anxiety of the Cuban missile crisis, Unitarian Noel Regney wrote the text...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December Seventeenth, Rod Serling’s Christmas Specials (1963). Though Jewish, Rod Serling always loved Christmas (maybe because his...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December sixteenth, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1835). When the man he loved married a woman, Danish Unitarian Hans Christian...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fifteenth, the First American Christmas Tree (1832). Unitarian Minister Charles Follen delighted his son and party guests with a...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fourteenth, “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day” (1865). Unitarian Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Wrote "Christmas Bells" (a poem...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December thirteenth, first department store Santa (1890). Department storeowner James Edgar delighted customers’ children by walking about...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twelfth, Christmas Day is Clara Barton’s Birthday (1821). Clara Barton, Universalist and founder of the American Red Cross, is a...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eleventh, Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" (1843). Unitarian Charles Dickens impacted the way Christmas is celebrated today...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December tenth, Christmas Scenes in "Little Women" (1868). Unitarian Louisa May Alcott wrote over a dozen Christmas-themed stories and...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December ninth, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (1849). "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” was written by Unitarian Minister Hamilton Sears...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eighth, first Christmas Tree in the White House Blue Room (1912). From the New York Times, December 26, 1912: "With the President...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December sixth, The Modern Look and Lore of Santa Claus (1863). Universalist Thomas Nast produced over 70 illustrations of Santa. It is...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fifth, "Jingle Bells" (1857). First performed at a Thanksgiving event by the Sunday school children from the Unitarian Church in...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fourth, the earmuff is invented (1873). Lifelong Unitarian Chester Greenwood received the Patent for the first earmuff when he was...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December first, "Over The River And Through The Woods" (1844). The song "Over the River and Through The Woods" is based on a poem by...

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