Barbara Merritt

Barbara Merritt is senior minister at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, Massachusetts, where she has served for 24 years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Starr King School for the Ministry and has received two honorary doctorates.

From Barbara Merritt

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The 2007 inSpirit title.The inSpirit Series was previously known as the Meditation Manual Series.

Book | By Barbara Merritt | From Skinner House Books
Tagged as: Searching, UU Beliefs, UU Identity, Personal Inspiration

A more vicious little creature you could hardly imagine.

By Barbara Merritt | March 17, 2015 | From UU World
Tagged as: Personal Stories, UU Theology, Personal Inspiration

I am one of those people who love to make New Year’s resolutions. Why not create a vital, remodeled persona, new and improved? Just write down all the things you want to accomplish, all the projects you want to complete, all the character improvements you want to make, and all the skills you want...

Meditation | By Barbara Merritt | March 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Challenge, Change, Grace, Love, Progress, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism

When my youngest child was a baby, the sweetest part of my day was putting David to sleep. At fifteen months he had a demanding schedule. There were toilet paper rolls to unravel, dressers to empty, bookshelves to clear, trash baskets to dump on the floor, papers to tear, pans to bang, books to...

Meditation | By Barbara Merritt | March 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Buddhism, Children, Direct Experience, Love, Mothers, Peace, Self-Care, Trust, Unitarian Universalism, Weakness, Wisdom

My husband, the physics teacher, receives a weekly magazine called Science News. A recent cover story, in bold letters, riveted my attention and I snatched it: “Controlling Chaos.” Now, that’s a practical theology! My hopes soared. Here, in concise scientific prose, was the potential solution...

Meditation | By Barbara Merritt | March 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Change, Peace, Science, Stress, Unitarian Universalism, Work

Praise in the midst of a broken world and a broken heart? Sing hallelujah in the darkest season of the year?

By Barbara Merritt | December 14, 2008 | From Spirit
Tagged as: Culture, Spiritual Practice, UU Theology, Personal Inspiration

I decided that this was an auspicious moment to have a discussion with my older child about ‘nonmaterialism.’

By Barbara Merritt | July 2, 2007 | From UU World
Tagged as: Families & Faith Development, Living Our Faith, Social Justice

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