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Faith Development
  • A White Privilege Wake-Up Call

    A wake-up call, according to the Urban Dictionary, is “when you've been doing something self-destructive for some time (perhaps without realizing it) before something serious happens that forces you to come to terms with what you've been doing and that you need to stop.” ...
    By Pat Kahn | 2/2/2016
  • Encouraging UU "Spiritual Osmosis"

    By Richard S. Gilbert Liberal religious educators have for centuries sought to help people grow, spiritually and morally. How do we do that? That is one of those questions that empty the room. No one really knows. However, I believe what happens is “spiritual osmosis.” Osmosis...
  • Peace, War, and Christmas Bells

    I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men. The 19th-century carol "Christmas Bells," Hymn 240 in Singing the Living Tradition , speaks to us across the ages about the longing for...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 12/21/2014
  • Resources for Families...So Faith Can Grow, Part II

  • Resources for Families: Enriching the Ground So Faith Can Grow

    The family is a huge factor in a child's faith development. Reverend Makanah Morris has likened family life to a ground in which seeds of a child's faith are planted. She writes, "The seeds are planted in the early environment, but the ground can also be prepared for spreading...
    By Pat Kahn | 4/18/2014
  • 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
  • More than Groundhog Day: Wisdom in the Belly of Winter

    February 2, Groundhog Day, presents a small, persistent cultural marker of a spiritual observance hundreds of years old. The Christian Candlemas is the day candles are blessed for use in the year ahead, in remembrance of the day the infant Jesus was said to have been presented...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 2/2/2014
  • Break Out the S’mores!

    I was a Girl Scout leader for many years, at one point leading a troop that ranged in age from nine to fourteen. They loved to go camping. Together they planned the trip, including food, equipment, and the shared labor of set-up, cooking, clean-up, and breaking camp. Wonderful,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 7/20/2013

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