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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 Kristin Grassel Schmidt
    One: Spirit of Guiding Love, we give thanks today for all of the people who followed a dream, and whose vision, persistence, labor, and...
  • By Alix Klingenberg
    Spirit of Life, Earth and Sea and Sky, Place of deep longing in my heart Find your way from silence to voice Give me strength and courage...
  • By David Richo
    What makes us human beings so uniquely wonderful in this puzzling universe is that we never give up on love. Against all odds, with no...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Let us tell the stories of mothers… stories that could be true. Let us tell of warm mothers, soft and round, likely to be found with flour...
  • By Judith Hanson Lasater
    "There is no question for which compassion is not the answer."
  • By Joseph M. Cherry
    If we have any hope of transforming the world and changing ourselves, we must be bold enough to step into our discomfort, brave enough to...
  • By Jade Angelica
    For decades prior to my mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, we had suffered a strained relationship born from her alcoholism. When I learned...
  • By Laura Bogle
    We are called by the principles of our faith to embrace and affirm the inherent worth of dignity of all people. Some of us affirm quite...
  • By James Morison
    Within each of our hearts there is a most glorious light. Go forth, and let its spark help you understand what troubles both you and others...
  • By Alex Holt
    For all those who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, may this day be another affirmation of divine love and promise; For all those who...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Our Time for All Ages this morning is a time of make-believe. I’d like you to put your imagination caps on so that we can pretend together...
  • By Trungles
    Dear Liberal Allies, You and I learned very different things in very different ways. If you didn’t live an experience, then step aside. We...
  • By Lisa Bovee-Kemper
    In religious community, we share our joys and our triumphs, our sorrows and our broken places. ...
  • By Mark Glovin
    Good morning everyone and welcome to [ congregation's name ]. My name is { name } and I feel blessed to serve this healing and holy...
  • By Chip Roush
    We are about to enter sacred time. We are about to make this time and this place sacred by our presence and intention. Please turn off or...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Good Morning. Welcome to our Unitarian Universalist congregation. I’m [ name ]; I serve as [ role ] of this growing, journeying community...
  • By Dana E Worsnop
    Often people say that they love coming to a place with so many like-minded people. I know just what they are getting at -- and I know that...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Welcome to this morning, this day, and this opportunity to be together in community—which is a time of joy, comfort, and sometimes...
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    We gather to worship, our hearts alive with hope that here we will be truly seen, that here we will be welcomed into the garden of this...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Please respond to this call to worship with the words: We travel this road together. From the busy-ness of everyday we gather once a week...
  • By Heather Rion Starr
    May I move gently through this cloudy, murky, gray day. ...
  • By Maryah Converse
    While created as a Time for All Ages, the footnotes in this resource contain suggestions for expanding this moment into an entire Children's Chapel. ...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Let us call each other to this time and place, as we seek the Ground of our Being. When invited, please respond: “I am arriving. Together,...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Good Morning! Welcome to this liberal religious congregation [ or name of congregation]. My name is [name, role] . Some of us are bringing...
  • By Christina Shu, Tera Little
    The ritual of welcoming and honoring ancestors is an ancient spiritual practice found in many cultures and traditions. Thus we begin this...
  • By Sean Neil-Barron
    One day, your church was born. ...
  • By Lyn Cox
    This ritual was used as a Time for All Ages on Valentine's Day, but could be used on any number of Sundays—whether there are children and...
  • By Gretchen Haley
    When we talk about a liberal theology and ethic of sexuality, we need to start in our vulnerable, needy bodies, in real life, in the...
  • By Liz James
    Today, you join in membership. This is a moment of excitement and possibility. And although I don’t wish to pull you out of this moment, I...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    We arrive from many different experiences and backgrounds. Some of us have trouble speaking; others are so young that they’re still...
  • By Robin Tanner
    Blessed are they who make giant mistakes, who know the hot sense of regret and ask for mercy, for their hearts will know the gift of forgiveness.
  • By Jennifer Kitchen
    Come sit by our fire and let us share stories. Let me hear your tales of far off lands, wanderer, and I will tell you of my travels. Share...
  • By Tiffany Sapp
    This script is intended to take place over the arc of a worship service or children's chapel. People Needed: Narrator (can be Worship...
  • By Cynthia Frado
    I am always in a bit of a shock when December 1st arrives on the calendar. I always feel like there should be at least another week beyond...
  • By Alice Anacheka-Nasemann
    In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow It would be easy to lose ourselves in never ending grief, To be choked by our outrage To be...
  • By Audette Fulbright Fulson
    In a free religious community, to serve is the highest expression of our commitment and love. To be asked to lead is the highest honor...
  • By Katie Kandarian-Morris
    Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love, Spirit of Generosity, As we draw near to that quiet essential side of ourselves, may we open enough to...
  • By Katie Kandarian-Morris
    Here we have come into this sacred space— quieter now with our readiness Hushed voices, hoping, trusting for so many things: For connection...
  • By Krista Taves
    Spirit of Love and Power, we are gathered today in beloved community that we might manifest in our lives the values and truths that we hold...
  • By Christopher A Rothbauer
    We gather together this morning, Because others came before us. Some have left examples for us to follow, Others lessons for us to learn...
  • By Mark Stringer
    The following ritual—which could be used to honor a congregation's founders—is used at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines (IA) to honor...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Reader 1: The word courage comes from the Latin cor , which means heart. According to poet Mark Nepo, the original use of the word courage...
  • By Lisa Ward
    A covenant is not a definition of a relationship; it is the framework for our relating. A covenant leaves room for chance and change, it is...
  • By Dori J. Somers
    Leader: Let us enter into the circle of energy and love; Response: All are welcome here. We are an inclusive community of faith and...
  • By Dori J. Somers
    We, all of us, build houses for our dreams.. The masonry and lumber, glass and tiles, A solid form, wherein we see our hopes, A shelter and...
  • By Laurie Stuart
    In the spirit of community and a sense of purpose in our ministry: Let us commence the discovery of our strengths, our concerns, our grief...
  • By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe
    This is a congregation that gathers in faith. Not faith in one religion or one god or any one way. We gather in faith of the power of...
  • By Gregory Pelley
    And so we gather, from the ebb and flow of our lives Thirsty for connection to ourselves Thirsty for connection to others Thirsty for...
  • By Ranwa Hammamy
    This water is sacred. It is made sacred by the many hands that have poured it with intention and love, the many stories that each drop...
  • By Van Ogden Vogt
    O Thou unseen source of peace and holiness, we come into thy secret place to be filled with thy pure and solemn light. As we come to thee,...

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