Call and Response Archive
Faith Development
  • Empathy Carries Us to Standing Rock

    You may be aware that Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, invited clergy of all faiths from every nation to come to the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. In his appeal, sent far and wide, he said...
    By Harlan Limpert | 12/7/2016
  • Let the Ceremony of Light Begin

    Two weeks ago, I was part of an interfaith gathering where we asked one another, “What is weighing on you? What signs of hope are you finding? How do you see God’s spirit moving in the world?” One by one, people named the troubles that swirl around our communities and our world...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 12/21/2015
  • Spring and Rejoice!

    An 18-inch blanket of snow surrounds my house and it is far too early to put the winter clothes into storage. Yet, the birds are singing every morning, the days are longer, and grocery store conversation has turned to spring. Springtime...a time of delight for the human spirit!...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 3/30/2014
  • UUs and the Battle for Christmas

    Many of us like to point out our UU connections with well-loved Christmas music and rituals. Charles Follen introduced the first Christmas tree in the United States. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women sacrifice their own Christmas presents for impoverished neighbor children....
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 12/3/2013
  • Making Peace with Faith Traditions

    I was the religious educator at a historically Universalist church. Fifteen years earlier, I had left the Christian faith of my childhood to embrace a Unitarian Universalism that had no room for the traditions and beliefs of my growing up years. One day, not long before Easter,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 5/17/2013

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