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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 Sandy Hoyt, Suzanne Reitz
    This ritual, for use within a worship service, calls for the voices of two lay leaders—such as the Board President and a worship associate—...
  • By Jason Shelton
    Bass/Low: Let us love; let us serve; let us honor one another, Yes! Melody: Love one another; serve one another; honor one another,...
  • By Karen G. Johnston
    This pastoral prayer is adapted from the prayer of Shantideva , an 8th century Buddhist monk and major source of inspiration to the Dalai...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    Accept one another and encourage spiritual growth: the image on the right may be used as wallpaper for a smartphone or tablet. The 3rd...
  • By Nathan C. Walker
    The question is not, “What happens when we die?” Nobody really knows. The real question is, “What happens when we stop living?” The...
  • By Aaron Stockwell
    In this new year, let us be amazed. Let us search for new life and hope in our midst. Let us nurture creativity in every form. Let us be...
  • By Susan Maginn
    Come into this room, weigh into this chair, breathe into this body, the very body that will be you, for better and for worse, in sickness...
  • By Carol Allman-Morton
    Many of us carry a burden of worry. Anxiety over the state of the world Worries about money About our environment, Our families About peace...
  • By Susan Maginn
    We are in the midst of advent, friends, and I have to admit how much I love this season. Like most clergy I feel that it is my job, 24/7/...
  • By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe
    On this Transgender Day of Remembrance , we remember those who have been murdered for being who they are, those who face violence on a...
  • By Daniel Chesney Kanter
    God of many names and mystery beyond all our naming, Persist in guiding us to a quiet measure of this moment, That we might link heart to...
  • By Gail Forsyth-Vail
    This story was created collaboratively by several religious educators. As you prepare to share it, read the 1966 Ware Lecture "Don't Sleep...
  • By Alex Kapitan
    I want to talk about choice. I want to talk about the fact that just because someone who is out to destroy you says you chose to be the way...
  • By Tess Baumberger, Cindy Clarenbach
    An Intergenerational Holiday Service adapted from Charles Dickens’ story, "A Christmas Carol"
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Something has changed in me this winter. In the past I’ve focused on how long winter is, How miserable I find it, and how it seems so...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Waiting to be born, again, into the morning, onto the day, from dark warm comfort, of my bed full of sleep and blankets, back into bright...
  • By Christian Schmidt
    A tale of salvation, ecology, and sharing. Characters Narrator Noelle Voice in a dream Noelle’s sisters Jane, Rain, and Elaine Friendly...
  • By Sue Ayer
    Spirit of life and love, we have gathered here in search of answers to hard questions. We have come in search of understanding, in search...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Note: This call to worship was written to be preceded by the first three sentences of " Wild Geese " by Mary Oliver (Singing the Living...
  • By Heather K Janules
    From the power of our memory and history, With high hopes for the days that lie ahead, We gather to craft the destiny we share with one...
  • By Rhys Williams
    Spirit of life, come to us to break down barriers; to widen horizons; to make us less judgmental. Help us to see the larger picture and the...
  • By Lawrence E McGinty
    To this house we come bringing our boldest dreams—seeking here the inspiration and strength to make them be! To this house we come hoping...
  • By Carol Meyer
    We are people of all ages who enter this space bringing our joys and our concerns. We come together in hope. We greet each other warmly...
  • By Louise A Robeck
    We come to this hour knowing that it is but an hour. Yet out of all the hours in the week this is one that is set apart: an hour that is...
  • By Gina Whitaker
    (This was written for the opening worship at a district board retreat. It could be used for any service where the thematic goal is to lift...
  • By Gary Kowalski
    We gather here to worship: to seek the truth, to grow in love, to join in service; to celebrate life's beauty and find healing for its pain...
  • By Paul H L'Herrou
    We gather in community to rest from our labors, to greet our neighbors, and to open our being to insight and intuition of that greater...
  • By Burton D Carley
    We gather on this Sabbath morn to worship in spirit and truth; to raise a joyful noise to the Eternal Mystery; to reconfirm our covenant to...
  • By Libbie D Stoddard
    "We gather together": familiar words to many of us. "We"—called here not by name, not by special invitation—but we who are here, who,...
  • By Libbie D Stoddard
    We have come into this room of hope where our hearts and minds are opened to the future. We have come into this room of justice where we...
  • By Amy McKenzie Quinn
    Welcome to this common, sacred space. Common, because we are all welcome. Sacred, because here we transform the ordinary and attend to the...
  • By Barbara Cheatham
    It is a good morning to be together! When winter's darkness spreads across the land, and cold seeps through our thickest coats, we hurry...
  • By Krista Taves
    Leader: Whether you have come here with heart full or heart empty, with spirits high or low, rested or tired, hopeful or despairing,...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Here is where it all begins. It cannot be otherwise. Here we have come to listen, we have come to hear. An old woman sat here yesterday on...
  • By Samuel A Trumbore
    I invite you now into a time of gratitude, reflection, renewal and hope. What an unearned blessing to delight in the calming peace of this...
  • By Elizabeth M Strong
    Let us rejoice for the families who have gathered this Thanksgiving to express their thanks and to celebrate the bounty of their lives. Let...
  • By Barbara Hamilton-Holway
    Let there be a quiet time among us. Spirit of life, in us and around us, here is our chance—once again—to live like we wish the world would...
  • By P M Traunstein
    Creator God: We always ask before we thank, for we are asking creatures. We ask for love and thank you for the love you have inspired in us...
  • By Richard Trudeau
    O God of life, help us make this church a refuge from the world, a place where the rules are different. May this be a place (for example)...
  • By Joel Miller
    We pray: Live in me, Spirit of Life. We are alive Because others have lived And we all were born within homes we did not build. Live in me...
  • By Virginia P Knowles
    Spirit of creative good, be with us when we are afraid. Grant us the courage to do what we have to do. Grant us the peace that passes...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Spirit of life and spirit of grace, Rest with us this day, in this place. We lift up every joy, every gladness, We hold up every hurt,...
  • By Jim Wickman
    May our faith sustain us, our hope inspire us, and our love surround us as we go our separate ways, knowing that we will gather again in...
  • By Linda J Hoddy
    Enter with me that still place within, the center, where we find not only our inmost selves, but also our connection to the farthest...
  • By Burton D Carley
    I wonder if the river ever despairs of its downward destiny, and harbors a secret desire to flow uphill. I wonder if winter yearns to be...
  • By Maryell Cleary
    Knowing that we do not always live up to our best expectations of ourselves, let us in quietness seek the good within, which some call the...
  • By Michael A Schuler
    Let us pause now to look inward, exploring, if we dare, the secret places where motives are made and intentions live. Beneath appearances,...
  • By David G Sammons
    O Spirit of life, let us resolve to move on with our lives in spite of whatever troubles may befall us. We know that we're imperfect, prone...
  • By Calvin O Dame
    We come into one another's presence seeking some part of ourselves, knowing that we do not live alone, knowing that we cannot live fully if...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Invite the congregation to join hands. The hand in yours belongs to a person whose heart is sometimes tender, whose skin is sometimes thin...

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