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Beacon Press

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • 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 Rebekah Savage
    A haircut, a cup of coffee, or just an honest “How are you?” can be transformed into a powerful moment between two people living in a hard world.
  • By Nathan Ryan
    I saw a woman surrounded by the pressures to conform to adulthood, being the adult she always wanted to be when she was a child. She was as God made her, not who everyone else wanted her to be.
  • By Elea Kemler
    It is deeply spiritual work to learn to treat ourselves with compassion; to learn to see ourselves, if only in moments, the same way we look at something or someone we find beautiful: a newborn baby, the ocean, a sunset.
  • By Kat Liu
    Outside of the meditation hall, we plan for the future and think of the past. But so often we replay past regrets and worry about future events to the point where we’re no longer present in the present.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    Traditions and habits can be changed or broken and that’s not always bad. It doesn’t mean we didn’t learn or like what we did in the past, it just means that we moved on to something else and that’s okay too.
  • By Alix Klingenberg
    Once I quit drinking, my inner voice and I began the harder work: that of creating a life from which I do not need or want to escape.
  • 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 Misha Sanders
    I trusted the woman at the pharmacy to be capable of hearing hard truth. Bless her wounded heart with its internalized misogyny. She just wants women to love and support each other. Thank you. Me too.
  • By Alex Haider-Winnett
    May we find unexpected ways to remember where we came from and imagine where we may go next. May we find touchstones of our pasts, and may they become a foundation for the future.
  • 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 Rayla D. Mattson
    My heart broke the day my son stood in the bathroom crying. He handed me a pair of scissors and told me to just cut it . I told him how beautiful his hair was and how sad I would be to see him cut it.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    I’m not the same person who stood in that tattoo parlor eleven years ago. Still, I don’t for a minute regret being permanently marked with this snapshot in time, of my wounds and my hope.
  • 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 Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Compassion, help us draw strength from all that we are. Give us new language with which to claim our wholeness, a new litany of joy built out of words that wounded.
  • By Aisha Ansano
    Our souls and minds need sustenance as much as our physical bodies. May we delight in the ways we find to provide this nourishment to our whole selves.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    There we were, two strangers idling at the red light―but I felt seen, and blessed, by a stranger.

Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

  • By Jade Sylvan
    This date marks the anniversary of a public demonstration by intersex people and their allies at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1996, at which they condemned nonconsensual surgeries on intersex people.

UU World

  • 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 Jess Reynolds
    The tides slowly wear away at the ragged and scraped edges where we tore ourselves out, and what is left behind is as smooth as breath.
    Image credit: illustration of shells, overlapping each other in an arc.
  • By Theresa I. Soto
    no one can rename you Other, it can’t stick, as you offer the gift of being and saying who you are.
    Image credit: Two transmasculine people sitting together and having a serious conversation
  • By Alison Oatman
    ‘Touch binds us together in a way that is warm and builds community.’
    Image credit: Rafael Cantón (right) leads a group hug with fellow congregants at the UU Church of Ventura, California.
  • By Kris Willcox
    Talking about how we hope to die can help avoid needless suffering for our loved ones as well as for ourselves.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Out of the blue, the 5-year-old turned to me and said matter-of-factly, ‘You’re fat.’
    Image credit: UUA Braver Wiser logo
  • By Mykal Slack
    In finding my true voice, I also found my true gender.
    Image credit: © Nancy Pierce

Worship Lab: Posts on Crafting Worship

  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Failing to use a microphone is a form of exclusion. “When I’m excluded, I feel invisible. It’s as though I’m on the other side of a window from the room where almost everyone else is, and they don’t even notice that I’m stuck outside of their conversation.”
  • By Suzanne Fast
    In Unitarian Universalist worship, we march for justice and stand for causes all the time; we also see clearly, raise our voices, and hear...

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