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3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth)

The third of Our Unitarian Universalist Principles calls us to affirm and promote "acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations."

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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • 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 Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Compassion, remind us that our task as humans is not perfection, but faithfulness.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    My three-year-old is almost completely nonverbal. Every day when she gets off the bus, I ask her the same question: I ask her how her day...
  • By DeReau K. Farrar
    How many times do I need to make mistakes at the expense of other people, or people’s groups, before I’m ready to admit that I’m not any better at this than the bigoted and willfully ignorant? If I am to “be change,” I must commit to humility and refuse to settle for my own comforting achievements.
  • By Robin Tanner
    "Uh, where’s the booth?” Having been raised by a Christian-on-the-periphery, New Age mom and a Buddhist-leaning dad, I was a little...
  • By Sean Parker Dennison
    I’ve been doing a lot of guest preaching lately and it’s always a little awkward. I often don’t know how the congregation is used to doing...
  • By Robin Tanner
    I had finally begun to relax—a bit. We were en route to Pennsylvania. My friend, a formal part of our “framily,” was visiting. We decided a...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    When I picked up her call, Kira’s voice was thick with tears. Kira, one of my best friends, is the mother of 4-year old twins, working full...
  • 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,...
  • By Marisol Caballero
    I have begun to pray recently. This may sound odd coming from a minister, but as much as I adore leading prayer in front of a congregation...

Call and Response: Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development

Skinner House Books

  • Life never stops sending new spiritual challenges our way. How do we, as individuals and communities, find the path forward on crossing...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

A Chorus of Faiths

Amazing Grace

Building the World We Dream About

Building the World We Dream About: For Young Adults

Chalice Children

Creating Home

  • By Janeen K Grohsmeyer
    (Light a chalice, if there isn't already one lit, and have some matches at hand.) Have you ever watched a candle burn? (Lean forward to...

Facing Death with Life

Faithful Journeys

  • By Ellen Gold
    By Ellen Gold. Based on information in the book, Maglipay Universalist, by Fred Muir (Annapolis, Maryland: Unitarian Universalist Church of...

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