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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Yuri Yamamoto
    As a hospital chaplain, I often listen to painful stories. We call it compassionate presence, but I may be crying inside. When words fail, I pray and sing.
  • By Kat Liu
    It's hard to feel gratitude for something when you're focusing on what’s wrong with it.
  • By Alex Haider-Winnett
    God is not a distant force, far away. God is in the beating of our hearts and the backbeat of a funky baseline. God is in a four-on-the-floor drum fill, and in the achy joints and sore muscles the day after.
  • By Connie Simon
    Music is my solace and my comfort, the one thing that’s always with me. I feel its vibration deep in my soul; it’s my spiritual practice. Music tells the story of my life.
  • By Tara Humphries
    “Now,” the yoga instructor said, “begin to chant GOD GOD GOD as you vigorously circle your arms.” Oh boy, I thought, Here we go. Of course it couldn’t just be arm circles.
  • By DeReau K. Farrar
    I wanted so badly to break free and let loose—but I just couldn't. I was stuck in my own false ideas of the congregation's expectations of me. Luckily, there’s still time.
  • By Tim Atkins
    The most important lesson pottery has taught me is to not be attached to the final product. Every time I’ve put a piece in to the kiln with a certain expectation of how it’ll come out, I’ve been disappointed. When I don’t much care in the end how it looks, I end up pleasantly surprised. I can’t be attached to those final outcomes — the process matters more than the product.
  • By Sean Parker Dennison
    About six months ago, I got a new tattoo. It’s a lit match on my right wrist, added to an arm full of paintbrushes, pens and other art...
  • By Sean Parker Dennison
    Have you felt it? The hush that falls over a crowd after a wonderful performance, just before the applause bursts forth? The feeling of...

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Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

  • Programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, faith, and communities.

Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

  • By J Mase III
    As Black trans people, we are a community often the target of criminalization, homelessness, murder and joblessness. As #BlackTransMagick, we ask ourselves “how do we protect our spirits and those of our loved ones who face so much trauma?”

UU World

  • By Jami A. Yandle
    Visual meditations.
    Image credit: Photograph entitled First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, Michigan (December 2018). A room with chairs and sunlight streaming in.
  • By Gwen­dolyn Howard
    ‘You said it was for the best if my soul remained hidden. . . . I believed you for a time.’
  • By Takiyah Nur Amin
    We need to stop banishing embodiment from our worship.
    Image credit: Painting: "Storming" by Ikahl Beckford, oil on canvas. A group of figures crowded and dancing or swaying
  • By Anne Cohen
    What delights me in watercolor is ‘the moment of magic,’ when water touches pigment and flows with a transparent life of its own.
    Image credit: Watercolor of a forest scene by Anne Cohen.
  • By Christopher L. Walton
    Master calligrapher Margaret Shepherd transforms ‘the words the church is made of’ into dazzling modern art.
    Image credit: Photo of calligrapher Margaret Shepherd
  • By Shelby Meyerhoff
    I use the tools of body paint and photography to represent myself in a way that aligns with my own aesthetic and intellectual interests.
    Image credit: Zoomorphic #5: photograph of a woman with her face, neck, and shoulders painted with black lines and blues and greens.
  • By Robert René Galván
    A crack on the face of the sphere / Begat innumerable tributaries.
    Image credit: background image of leaves frozen in ice, with a poem title of "Late thoughts on the existence of God".
  • By Ian Hochberg
    Are you to serve / a bigger purpose with your resistance?
    Image credit: background image of leaves frozen in ice, with a poem title of "Lone leaf".
  • By David Hummon
    dear earth, / teach us to stand / like trees
    Image credit: background image of leaves frozen in ice, with a poem title of "invocation".
  • By Barbara Stevens
    Show me your channels of hope.
    Image credit: background image of leaves frozen in ice, with a poem title of "Intimacy".
  • By Karen Holman
    shadows of clouds / hurrying to some reunion
    Image credit: background image of leaves frozen in ice, with a poem title of "Light of trees".
  • By Everett Hoagland
    imagine your / body out- / living your / mind.
    Image credit: background image of leaves frozen in ice, with a poem title of "imagine".
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    A children’s book lovingly depicts a year in the lives of modern Native Americans.
    Image credit: A page of "We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga", which depicts a year in the lives of modern Native Americans.
  • By Elaine McArdle
    At August 2018 conference, Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network votes to become Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries in 2019.
  • By Kenneth Sutton
    Photographs and excerpts from worship services at the 2018 UUA General Assembly.
    Image credit: Cecilia Hayes sings during the Service of the Living Tradition at the 2018 General Assembly; Amanda M. Thomas conducts the choir in the background
  • By Kim Hampton
    Stories do three things.
    Image credit: Above: Kim Hampton tells a story during Friday morning worship. Below: UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray tells a story adapted from Paulo Coelho during Sunday morning public worship.
  • By Kenneth Sutton
    The Unitarian Universalist Association’s fifty-seventh General Assembly begins in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20, 2018.
    Image credit: Kiya Heartwood and the Rev. Kimberley Debus perform their new song, "Are All Called"—the theme of GA 2018—during the Opening Celebration's worship service.
  • By Kimberly French
    Ira Glass first brought the Rev. Carlton Pearson’s story to This American Life. Now, with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Pearson, Glass brings the story to your television.
    Image credit: Martin Sheen is the Rev. Oral Roberts and Chiwetel-Ejiofor is the Rev. Carlton Pearson in Netflix's film "Come Sunday."
  • By Adam Lawrence Dyer
    Is Unitarian Universalism an oasis or a war zone for blacks?
    Image credit: illustration of T'Challa/Black Panther.
  • By Staff Writer
    Quilt made by members of Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, Louisville, Kentucky.
    Image credit: 8.5 x 9 feet, applique quilt.
  • By Colleen M. McDonald
    Music is a spiritual discipline for me. And I only need to practice on the days I eat.
    Image credit: Book cover: Faithful Practices, published by Skinner House.
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    A congregation bonds over its multiyear collaborative quilt project.
    Image credit: Pat Sturtzel works the long arm quilting machine for a collaborative quilt.
  • By Christopher L. Walton
    There are Unitarian Universalist angles to four prominent movies this season.
    Image credit: Film still image from UU Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird"
  • By Staff Writer
    Daniel Nevins’s painting ‘Love Is a Fearsome Thing’ honors longtime UUA supporters.
    Image credit: Love Is a Fearsome Thing, © 2017 Daniel Nevins. Oil on wood, 62 x 40 inches.
  • By Kenny Wiley
    A post-fire redesign of this San José, California, church feels like ‘getting a hug from the building.’
    Image credit: First Unitarian Church of San José, California.
  • By Aisha Ansano, Abigail Clauhs, Hannah Roberts Villnave
    Three young ministers discuss Lady Bird, powerful storytelling, and hopes and possibilities for Unitarian Universalist ritual.
    Image credit: Saoirse Ronan plays the title character in 'Lady Bird' by Greta Gerwig
  • By Kenny Wiley
    Letters and commentary on our story about Jason Shelton’s changes to the lyrics of his beloved song “We Are Standing on the Side of Love.”
  • By Jane Cornish Smith
    Encaustic and wax painting: figure and landscape.
    Image credit: Signage (detail). 7 x 24 feet, cold wax on paper.
  • By Anitra Lavanhar
    Photography as a meditation.
    Image credit: Digital Photograph, iPhone, titled "Under the Bridge"
  • Image credit: © Kat Liu
  • By Kimberly French
    When some felt excluded by his lyrics, Jason Shelton chose to reimagine ‘Standing on the Side of Love.’
    Image credit: © 2011 Nancy Pierce

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