Leslie Takahashi

Leslie Takahashi Morris, a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson District Anti-Racism Transformation Team, served as moderator for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Durham, NC, an intentionally multicultural anti-racist congregation. She serves as co-minister at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA.

From Leslie Takahashi

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May we reconnect to our life-giving, breath-freeing connection

Prayer | By Leslie Takahashi | May 1, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Beauty, Earth, Earth Day, Earth-Centered, Nature, Responsibility, Climate Justice, WorshipWeb, Worship

We celebrate our desires to stretch our wings towards where we wish to fly and soar free. And thus, we make a bridge. We affirm our commitment to remain connected to those who are still earth-bound and captive, remembering that a bridge may be a footpath or an umbrella. And thus, we offer a bridge.

Responsive Reading | By Leslie Takahashi | June 19, 2021 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Caring, Connections, WorshipWeb, Worship

What does it mean to develop systems that are accountable to expanding diversity, equity and inclusion? Structures that promote accountability are essential to maintaining progress over time, especially as the world is changing.

Webinar | By Leslie Takahashi, Kim Hampton, Lucia Santini Field, Leon Spencer | September 14, 2020 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: #WidenTheCircle, Governance for Congregations

Across the limits of our imagination, we are connected.

Affirmation | By Leslie Takahashi | September 8, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Connections, WorshipWeb, Worship

‘If we were able to fashion a UUA that could work for the person who had been the most marginalized among us, it would work better for everyone.’

By Mary Byron, Natalie Maxwell Fenimore, Cir L’Bert Jr., Elías Ortega, Leslie Takahashi | June 1, 2019 | From UU World
Tagged as: Anti-Oppression

We gather as many drops, each winding our own path down life’s surfaces and ruts. Here we pool together as a single body, flowing together for a time. Together we are a stream, at times even a river, for with our shared force we can travel toward oceans of meaning and seas of connection.

Chalice Lighting | By Leslie Takahashi | December 7, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Community, Connections, Earth, Earth-Centered, Meaning, Nature, Playfulness, Unitarian Universalism, Water Communion

This is a prayer for when words fail, for when they are not big enough or small enough to slip into the little cracks left in our hearts by life’s unbearable pressures....

Prayer | By Leslie Takahashi | July 17, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Challenge, Community, Disaster or Crisis, Fear, Hope, Power, Suffering, Transcendence, Unitarian Universalism, Unity

Spirit of Life, God of Love, hear this cry which begins with gratitude for the human ability to take action to right the wrongs of our kin. If you are the force of Love, be loving to these dear ones who would rid the world of hatred and greed. If you are the force of Possibility, seed opportunity...

Prayer | By Leslie Takahashi | July 3, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy), 6th Principle (World Community), Activism, America, Democracy, God, Hope, Justice, Power, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Solidarity, Unitarian Universalism

One: Listening is not an act of the ear, listening is an act of the heart. Many: In these times when so much speaks: outrage, anger, disillusionment. One: Rage is a constant cry. Derision has found his voice. The despair of the fair and faithful speaks fast and often. The whisper of despair grows...

Responsive Reading | By Leslie Takahashi | September 12, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Caring, Direct Experience, Empathy, Healing, Meditation Practices, Multiculturalism, Prayer Practices, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness

We remember the joys our departed gave us which opened us up to the life shared which is now ours to steward.

Meditation | By Leslie Takahashi | December 8, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Death, Día de los Muertos, Direct Experience, Family, Generations, Grief, Immanence, Life Transition, Memorial Services, Mystery, Spirituality, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness

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