Victoria Safford

Victoria Safford is the minister at of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of Walking Toward Morning, the 2003 UUA Meditation Manual and With or Without Candlelight: A Meditation Anthology. Both are published by Skinner House Books.

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The 2003 inSpirit title. The inSpirit Series as previously known as the Meditation Manual Series.

Book | By Victoria Safford | From Skinner House Books
Tagged as: Unitarian Universalism

Imagine this. On the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, every fall, every year, the people make their peace with anyone they have wronged or slighted or injured or in any way neglected in the past twelve months....

Meditation | By Victoria Safford | June 13, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Brokenness, Forgiveness, Healing, Judaism, Relationships, Wholeness, Yom Kippur

People ask me sometimes, “Is this a gay church?” It is a privilege to answer: “Ours is absolutely, gladly, hopefully and humbly, gaily, a gay church, a gay tradition, where everyone, including heterosexual members and friends, is welcome, where everyone is needed, where everyone’s experience...

Meditation | By Victoria Safford | June 9, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Acceptance, Anti-Oppression, Coming Out, Direct Experience, Hospitality, Identity, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, Love, Pride Sunday, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness

Here is where I found my voice and chose to be brave. Here’s a place where I forgave someone, against my better judgment, and I survived that, and unexpectedly, amazingly, I became wiser. Here’s where I was once forgiven, was ready for once in my life to receive forgiveness and to be...

Meditation | By Victoria Safford | May 2, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Calling, Courage, Direct Experience, Growth, Journey, Letting Go, Mystery

They had no idea where they were going, when they left that night, in the dark, without lights, without shoes, without bread, their children smothered against them so they would make no noise....

Meditation | By Victoria Safford | March 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Courage, Faith, Freedom, Identity, Journey, Judaism, Passover (Pesach), Purpose, Searching, Tradition

Step One:​ Invoke an external and internal threat. Pose it as a threat to civilization itself. Create a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solution. Insist that the leader’s superior instinct and access to privileged knowledge are more reliable than universal...

Sermon | By Victoria Safford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: America, Anti-Oppression, Fear, Freedom, Inclusion, Oppression, Politics

Now is the moment of magic, when the whole, round earth turns again toward the sun....

Meditation | By Victoria Safford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Awe, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Connections, Earth-Centered, Gratitude, Hanukkah, IllUUmination, Kwanzaa, Love, Winter Solstice / Yule, Wonder

A child I know, when asked this week whether she would answer the call of her elementary school principal to wear red, white and blue clothes on Thursday, was in a quandary. She put down the crayon with which she was painstakingly trying to squeeze the words Peace is Possible onto the white bars...

Sermon | By Victoria Safford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), Brokenness, Democracy, Nonviolence, Terrorism, War

Introduction One year for the November Service Auction, [a member] asked and I agreed to have a sermon topic listed among the many items available for bidding....

Sermon | By Victoria Safford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Abundance, Generosity, Growth, Integrity, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Salvation, Unitarian Universalism

Congregational covenants are declarations of interdependence.

Feature | By Victoria Safford | June 30, 2013 | From UU World
Tagged as: Spiritual Practice, Personal Inspiration

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