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1st Principle (Worth & Dignity)

The first of Our Unitarian Universalist Principles calls us to affirm and promote "the inherent worth and dignity of every person."

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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By S.J. Butler
    I’d gotten in the habit of keeping my head down and hardly noticing where I was or who was around me. On this day, I decided to greet the world differently.
  • By Elea Kemler
    I choose to believe in community. I choose to believe in the difficult, slow work of building a common life.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    Tell me the story of my birth, and help me understand how you were changed the day I entered the world. Help me know love, deep in my bones.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    My heart broke the day my son stood in the bathroom crying. He handed me a pair of scissors and told me to just cut it . I told him how beautiful his hair was and how sad I would be to see him cut it.
  • By Connie Simon
    What if we encouraged and celebrated each other for who we are? What if, instead of criticizing, we challenged with love, affirming the good we see in one another?
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    To offer hospitality, we first have to identify ourselves — sometimes in inconvenient or uncomfortable ways — as helpers; as willing to offer kindness or connection to someone we might disagree with.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Compassion, remind us that our task as humans is not perfection, but faithfulness.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    I’m not the same person who stood in that tattoo parlor eleven years ago. Still, I don’t for a minute regret being permanently marked with this snapshot in time, of my wounds and my hope.
  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    Liking somebody, even loving somebody, is not enough to protect them from shade that you cannot even see, much less understand.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    My oldest child was confused: why would no one stop and help us? Even though people weren’t stopping to help us, my son said, he wanted to be more like me and stop to help someone anyway.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    "How complicated it is to break silence: to open all of the secrets in all of our broken hearts. But silence does break; truth seeks the light. We're unraveling silence because we have determined that our power with one another is greater than the power someone once had over us."
  • By Lisa Bovee-Kemper
    Someone whispered to me, “Can you pray?” All eyes turned to me. I had no earthly clue what to say. It was a profound gut-level panic. It was the moment I learned to speak the truth as best I understand it, and to hold space for it to bloom.
  • By Robin Tanner
    We, the willing, follow the threads to one another; past rightness and quips and tweets. We will find one another and persist past sunrise.
  • By Elea Kemler
    My son, Caleb, and I went to Starbucks on a recent Saturday morning. We often do this as a prelude to the weekly grocery shopping. It...
  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    “Did that man just strap a gun to his belt?” My 10-year-old squinted, looking across the parking lot of the grocery co-op. I had seen it,...

Call and Response: Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development

  • By Gail Forsyth-Vail
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered when I was in eighth grade. I remember so clearly watching the news on my family’s small black...

Pacific Western Region

  • Twenty-six years after the launch of the Welcoming Congregation Program, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has some great news!...

Social Justice Statements

  • 2015 Statement of Conscience
    As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the reproductive justice framework, which espouses the human right to have children, not to have...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

A Chorus of Faiths

A Place of Wholeness

Amazing Grace

  • By Polly Peterson
    Two famous twentieth-century Unitarians were James Luther Adams, born in 1901, and James Reeb, born in 1927. Both men were deeply committed...
  • Excerpts from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Sheep were important in biblical times. They provided not just wool, but also...
  • By Elisa Davy Pearmain
    Doorways to the Soul, Elisa Davy Pearmain, p. vii. "Hide and Seek," Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press. Copyright (C) 1998. Used by Permission...
  • Retold by Sarah Conover and Freda Crane. From Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents (Boston...

Building the World We Dream About

Building the World We Dream About: For Young Adults

Chalice Children

Creating Home

Facing Death with Life

  • By Kate R. Walker, Lee Ann Wester
    A curriculum that offers personal reflection, learning, and spiritual growth focused on the topic of death and dying. It brings death, dying, and grief into the light of our daily lives, and invites participants to experience death and dying as a healthy part of life.

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