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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 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
    We gather, from the ebb and flow of our lives, thirsty for connection to ourselves, thirsty for connection to others and thirsty for connection to the larger life.
  • 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,...
  • By Joseph Campbell
    We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have...
  • By James Baldwin
    For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea...
  • By Jeannie Shero
    #‎BlackLivesMatter Let the only burning be the fire of commitment in our hearts, minds, hands, spirits in our community of faith. Live...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    As we listen to the blessing of music, May we know this ending As more than a time of goodbye. May the warmth of this community and the...
  • By Paul J. Wadell
    “Hope has to be seen to be believed. It has to be made visible. It has to be something we can feel and touch. We are called to be persons...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    This is a ritual of caring (or, if you like, praying) for one another, couched in terms of struggle and hope. Part 1 will take a few...
  • By Cathy Rion Starr
    Leader: Today we mark the turning of a season. We mark it with the ritual exchange of flowers. We mark it with the election of new leaders...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    A line from hymn #346 in Singing the Living Tradition : "Come, Sing a Song with Me" by Carolyn McDade
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    When we are overwhelmed with the world And cannot see our way clear, When life seems a struggle between tedium and apathy Or frenzy and...
  • By Kate R. Walker
    In between, liminal, that space where we wait. ...
  • By Becky Brooks
    Mother's Day is complicated. Joyful for many, yes, but complicated. It's right there on the calendar, even if your mother has died. Even if...
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    Our locks tell us a lot about our lives. Locks of all kinds hold my attention because of a dream I had when I was thirteen. In the dream a...
  • By Amy Johnson
    Loving Creator, beyond our understanding yet closer than our breath, breathe into us your love so that we may love ourselves and others as...
  • By Loraine Bottorff McNeill
    Today is Father's Day, a day in which we honor and offer gratitude for our fathers, in whatever form or fashion they come into our lives—...
  • By George A Tyger
    I have purchased a set of Islamic prayer beads from one of our local shop owners. The set has ninety-nine beads, one for each of the names...
  • By Mary Wellemeyer
    In one church it was meals, prepared and frozen to be shared with those in need. Food was handed out at the door, or taken to where it was...
  • By Martha Dallas
    I’m going to talk about something really powerful today: HOPE. And first, I have a question. Have you ever hoped for something? … and did...
  • By Martha Dallas
    Who here has to go through their clothes sometimes, say every year or so? Maybe it’s something your parents make you do…. [ ask for a show...
  • By Martha Dallas
    This children's worship activity relies on the use of objects that you'll have to assemble. Its author used Quarto! game pieces (shown in...
  • By Martha Dallas
    Have you ever wondered how it came to be that churches are known as places where you can get a helping hand when you need one? It seems to...
  • By Paul S Sawyer
    In Taps, something speaks to me in my heart and soul about dying, and, for those of us who remain, about remembering well.
  • By Kathleen McTigue
    When my youngest daughter was about two years old she came across a tattered paperback on our bookshelves, Ten Thousand Baby Names , and...
  • By Lyn Cox
    Holidays are complicated, especially the ones named after roles. Human relationships are messy, including relationships with people who are...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    We who are Unitarian Universalist not only affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person; we also affirm the inherent wholeness of...
  • By Kenny Wiley
    The first time my heart felt broken, I went to church. When my mom died, I went to church. When I failed a class, I went to church. When I failed a friend, I went to church. When I felt like I’d failed at life, I went to church. ...
  • By Beth Lefever
    We are whole, even in the broken places, even where it hurts. We are whole, even in the broken places, the places where fear impedes our...
  • By Ric Masten
    shouting back to Stevie Smith who cried “I’m drowning! Not waving!” I ain’t waving babe, I’m drowning going down in a cold lonely sea I ain...
  • By Gordon B McKeeman
    I stretch forth my hand Knowing not what I shall touch... A tender spot, An open wound, Warmth, Pulsing life, Fragile blossoms, A rock, Ice...
  • By Leslie Takahashi
    They teach us to read in black and white. Truth is this—the rest false. You are whole—or broken. Who you love is acceptable—or not. Life...
  • By Marcus Hartlief
    The Unitarian Universalist congregation where I served as an intern made a mosaic Tree of Life the summer before I arrived. Congregants of all ages came together to craft the tree’s leaves, using bits and pieces of broken ceramics, jewelry, glass, and stone. There are many precious personal items...
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    We meet on holy ground, Brought into being as life encounters life, As personal histories merge into the communal story, As we take on the...
  • By Margaret Wheatley
    We never know who we are (this is strange, isn’t it?) or what vows we made or who we knew or what we hoped for or where we were when the...
  • By Alex Kapitan
    Spirit of the universe, Life force that flows through all beings, Power beyond our knowing, We ask you to help us see beyond our dependence...
  • By Keith Goheen
    Let ours be praying hands, reaching out with the blessed energy rising in our souls and offering it freely in service to this shared ministry.
  • By Charlie Dieterich
    Note: The ritual does not include exposure to dirty water. We pour purified water from the previous year over the hands and into the common...
  • By Amy Young
    To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you To those who lost a child this year–we mourn with you To those...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Based on a folktale from Africa and China. Printed in Doorway to the Soul , ed. Elisa Davy Pearmain (Pilgrim Press, 1998). Themes:...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once upon a time, there was a village with a road that went straight through the center of town. One day, something strange happened. God...
  • By Annie Scott
    Please join me for a body prayer of caring. We bring our hands over our hearts to express respect for ourselves. We expand our hands into a...
  • By Sarah C Stewart
    Bring who you are as you enter our church this morning. Bring your best self and your struggling self; bring your mistakes and your...
  • By Dawn Skjei Cooley
    The diversity of the human species is astounding. The fact that we can gather together for common experience is nothing short of a miracle...
  • By Heather Christensen
    Each week as we gather we light a common chalice. We sing and celebrate, we pray and think. Then we each gather strength from the flame and...
  • By Marta I Valentín
    In gatherings we are stirred like the leaves of the fall season rustling around sacred trees, tossed hither and yon until we come to rest...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    I got off work at 7 pm and did the thing where you chase the bus a ­little bit but then realize you won’t make it and walk sheepishly back to the bus stop. I’m already an hour late to Sunday night singing at the Lucy Stone Cooperative, a UU affordable housing co-op in Boston. I’m still...
  • By Stephen M Shick
    A good anger swallowed clots the blood to slime —Marge Piercy But what is to be done with it, this anger that dare not be swallowed? Should...
  • By Chip Roush
    Lay Leader: Our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Babies are born. Children grow up. People commit themselves to...

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