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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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  • By Becky Laurent
    As flame is to spirit, so spirit is to breath, and breath to song.
  • By Lori Walke
    Can we just sit here for a minute, Holy One? ...
  • By Lori Walke
    Gracious God, ...
  • By Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson
    United in hope for the future, guides us to trust in love.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    Remind us every day, every moment, that we are beloved, beloved, beloved.
  • By Ben Soule
    A feeling of being on the edge of something new. A time to welcome the new year and make the old year right before we lay it on our shelf of memories.
  • By Dan Lambert
    As we light this chalice, we gather as one body looking to the Nativity for its message to all of humanity.
  • By Douglas Taylor
    Across the generations, this flame comes to us. We join in the line and we carry the flame forward.
  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Humans make maps of stars. May the stories we connect draw constellations that reflect a shared ministry calling out the best in us.
  • By Anne Lamott
    "We can change. People say we can’t, but we do when the stakes or the pain is high enough. And when we do, life can change."
  • By Heide Cottam
    Let us be a faith that sees a vision of a better world: More compassionate, more just, more holy, And with more love.
  • By Jess Reynolds
    On my worst days, it is gravity I am most grateful for: the way the earth pulls at me from her core, yearns for me, keeps me pressed tightly against her surface. When my own core is hollowed out, when I have no more mass than a leaf dead on the branch, still this is enough for the earth to find me....
  • By Cheryl Block
    As we go forward into this frightening, exhilarating, confusing, miraculous world, may we offer our comfort to the afflicted our love to those who are lonely and our wish for all to be safe.
  • By Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson
    You have been looking for something larger than yourself.
  • By Debra Haffner
    Happy new year! ...
  • By Amy Zucker Morgenstern
    May all our hours together be blessed as this one has been: by open-hearted sharing, learning from one another, and making beautiful harmonies together. And may we greet everyone we encounter with the same acceptance and grateful kinship, until we meet again. Blessed be.
  • By Nathan Ryan
    Be it real or metaphor, whatever is in your backpack, or your briefcase, or your purse that you’ve brought into this sanctuary that is...
  • By Cheryl Block
    Leader: In this sacred space People: Let us be still in the quiet. Leader: In this sacred space People: Let our hearts open as a butterfly’...
  • By Aoife Barrington-Haber
    As the child leaves the doorstep, the parent prays: Please, keep my child safe, And give me the courage to let them go out to explore the...
  • By DeRay Mckesson
    “If your love for me requires that I hide parts of who I am, then you don't love me. Love is never a request for silence.”
  • By Raquel V. Reyes
    You have right of passage into adulthood simply for being you. We are honored to celebrate this milestone with you.
  • By Jason Cook
    We seekers are on a quest: A quest to discover truth and meaning. Sometimes we think we’ve found it— Wrapped up, glimmering with newness...
  • By Kyle Johnson
    Mystery of the Universe – Ground of our very Being, Truly it is said that you make the sun rise, and the life giving rains fall, on both...
  • By Lyn Cox
    Spirit of Life, ever adapting and renewing, we come together this morning with yearnings that do not match: We yearn for stability, for...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We light this chalice as a symbol of reunion. We reunite in this sanctuary to share the flow of our hearts with one another. We gather...
  • By Debra Burrell
    We have basked in the warmth and beauty of this flame and this community. As the chalice flame is extinguished, let us carry its glow...
  • By Heather K Janules
    Spirit of life and love, God of memory, mourning and history, Bring before us the truths of serving in war Bring before us— In compassion...
  • By Elizabeth Stevens
    We give thanks for your presence among us. You are living examples of courage and perseverance. We give thanks for the stories you have...
  • By Shari Woodbury
    I invite you to enter a period of quiet for a guided meditation. You may wish to adjust your position so that your spine is straight, your...
  • By Linda Barnes
    Suspended between all that was and all that might be, we struggle to find this very moment—to live this very moment. Let us sit together...
  • By Katie Romano Griffin
    Come, let us enter this space of hope and community. Come, let us enter this space with our sorrows, our joys, our passion and compassion...
  • By Marcia McFee
    Hallelujah! is a dangerous word, especially in the mouths of the creatively maladjusted.* Hallelujah! is a dangerous word, for it comes...
  • By Kendyl R Gibbons
    Our communities of memory and promise are founded upon covenants because we all need a defense against the impulse of immediate feelings...
  • By Gretchen Haley
    Every little thing that breaks your heart Is welcome here We'll make a space for it Give it its due time and praise for the wanting it...
  • By Bryan Stevenson
    “We are all broken by something. We have all hurt someone and have been hurt. We all share the condition of brokenness even if our...
  • By Cheryl Strayed
    "When it comes to our children, we do not have the luxury of despair. If we rise, they will rise with us every time, no matter how many...
  • By Ben Soule
    Let us hold a quiet moment together as our chalice is lit. As the wild wind bites, so does the still flame warm us. As the deep snows block...
  • By Megan Dowdell
    I had dreams about anywhere-else-but-here But our faith kept me close. I believed I had done something to deserve it. Our faith shouted, “...
  • By Anya Sammler-Michael
    I put my faith in you. I put my faith in every one of you who woke up this morning with the weight of loss—manifesting as numbness, anger,...
  • By Elizabeth Mount
    Come into this place, bringing all you hold with you. though your heart be heavily burdened, whether you be on the brink of tears or burn...
  • By Connie Simon
    This is the hour. The time has come. Mindful of our responsibilities as leaders of this faith and guardians of the living tradition, we...
  • By Julianne Lepp
    We seek our place in the world and the answers to our hearts’ deep questions. As we seek, may our hearts be open to unexpected answers. May...
  • By Matthew Rosin
    If another strains to breathe, may our voices be the gentle rise and fall. If another chokes on tears, may our voices be an opening to hope...
  • By Debra Burrell
    Fire consumes, and casts a bright light. May our chalice flame consume our regrets for the past, our fears about the future, and our...
  • By Sharon Wylie
    You whose hearts are broken, come in. You whom pain has touched, and sorrow, and shock. You who have cried this week, and read the news...
  • By Kari Kopnick
    May we find the right people to do the right things as we go. May we discover what we need along the way. And may we remember to stop and marvel at the magic of each moment as it floats by.
  • By Gretchen Haley
    There is nothing you need to bring with you to be welcome here ...
  • By Amy Russell
    Reader One : You who feel your heart is breaking, come in. Reader Two : You who are confused and wondering. Come in. Reader Three : You who...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    It was at a gathering of white women when this gathering of the waters first came to pass. White women in a second wave of gender self-...
  • By Marisol Caballero
    “Though we tremble before uncertain futures, may we meet illness, death, and adversity with strength. May we dance in the face of our fears...

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