Arts & Music

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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Surround yourself with skillful teachers. Let them teach you, but don't let them do it for you. That learning is yours to do.
  • By Katie Romano Griffin
    May I always remember that Tango, like life, is a dance of the people. It’s meant to be shared, not practiced in isolation.
  • 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—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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Skinner House Books

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 Barbara Gadon
    ‘The more I worked with it, the more I liked the idea of God’s grace as three sweet teenagers following me around.’
    Image credit: Shirley, Goodness and Mercy. © 2017 Barbara Gadon. 16 x 17 inches, acrylic, magazine papers, charcoal, gel crayon, tissue paper.
  • By Rex LeBeau
    ‘Birds represent the glorious continuation of their extinct dinosaur ancestors.’
    Image credit: charcoal on paper drawing of a bird. Black and white.
  • By Elaine McArdle
    A documentary about LGBTQ immigrants, a documentary about progressive religion in Oklahoma, and an animated short film about refugees have Unitarian Universalist connections.
    Image credit: The Rev. Carlton Pearson in a film still from the movie "American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel".
  • By Kenneth Sutton, John Benford, Nancy Pierce
    Worship highlights from the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington.
    Image credit: Mariela Pérez-Simons lights the chalice during the opening celebration of the 2019 UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    Many artful touches make the building and grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane memorable.
    Image credit: The dramatic front doors of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, Washington.
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    Book to note: ‘Goodness Gracious: A Gratitude Book for Children.’
    Image credit: Spread from the book "Goodness Gracious: A Gratitude Book for Children", published by Skinner House, 2019.
  • 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"