Brokenness

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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 Rebekah Savage
    What had to die was my shame: my belief that I was not worthy of such love. I discovered a greater love within myself as a creation of God, worthy of these gifts.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Emotional tempests aren’t always easy to weather — pain, grief, disappointment, even love — but the flatness of life without such currents is the slow silence of drowning.
  • By Elea Kemler
    Every year, I tell the congregation not to worry about mistakes because there aren’t any; there is only us, telling an old story about love getting born into this aching world.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    "How complicated it is to break silence: to open all of the secrets in all of our broken hearts. But silence does break; truth seeks the light. We're unraveling silence because we have determined that our power with one another is greater than the power someone once had over us."
  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    Pray, if you pray. Send love and money, too. We will be rolled and covered, but we will rise and carry others with us. Watch for the opportunities to rise and carry. Watch for the holy moments where some people see God.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    People are in pain all around us, all of the time. How can we be companions to those in pain, and bear witness, so that pain can be...
  • By Sean Parker Dennison
    We are sometimes selfish, sometimes complicit with systems that do harm, sometimes the cause of pain and injustice. Until we can hold compassion for ourselves and others—until we can be forgiving when we fall short—our love is incomplete.
  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    We sat on the back steps watching transfixed as hundreds of rust-red spiders, big as thumbs, dropped on strands of silk out of the pecan...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    I know a little about "merry" meeting "mess" at the holidays — and by a little I mean How much time have you got? Four Christmases ago, a...
  • By Jake Morrill
    Those of us with some privilege in this empire may be tempted to seek refuge in it, as if privilege was ever going to save us. But who’s to say whether you’ve come to this place and position for a time such as this?
  • By Jake Morrill
    Our whole life is a series of signs. Any slight action: a dim semaphore. Our redemption, if it happens, will mean somebody tried.
  • By Sean Parker Dennison
    I'm sitting here broken-hearted. I could try to convince you that it’s about the state of the world with its tragedies, suffering, and...

inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

Skinner House Books

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Chalice Children

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

Virtue Ethics

  • Based on a 2011 interview with Reverend Howard Dana, who has been the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg's minister since August, 2000. When...
  • By Shelley Jackson Denham
    This is the story of Azim Khamisa. His decision to forgive deeds many would consider unforgiveable has inspired and transformed people all...

Signs of Our Faith

Creating Home

  • This is a story about a city. The name of the city is Makkah al-Mukarramah, but sometimes it is called Makkah or Mecca. This city is in...
  • You never know what the wind will blow in or which way the wind blows. The wind can change directions and maybe change your life. It...

Love Connects Us

What Moves Us

Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults

What We Choose

  • In September 1965, Filipino grape workers in Delano, California, went on strike for more pay and better working conditions. A week later,...
  • Dr. Anthony Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He serves as a...
  • By Polly Peterson
    Originally published in Stirring the Nation's Heart: Eighteen Stories of Prophetic Unitarians and Universalists of the Nineteenth Century (...

Gather the Spirit

The New UU

  • It was the first gathering of a newly formed small group. The eight people who gathered in Ann's living room recognized one another, but...

Spirit in Practice

  • Young prince Siddhartha had been raised in complete luxury. His life had been so arranged that he knew no suffering, no lack, no want. So...
  • A contemporary painter named Debora Jones-Buck has what many consider an unusual approach to her work. She prepares a canvas and then...
  • Pablo Casals, born in Vendrell, Spain to a Puerto Rican mother, is thought by many to be the greatest cellist who ever lived. His...

A Chorus of Faiths

Heeding the Call

Love Surrounds Us

  • Hundreds of years ago, when America was still a very new country, Unitarianism and Universalism were also very new. They were actually two...

Spirit of Life

  • By Elizabeth Tarbox
    Reprinted from Life Tides by permission of Sarah Tarbox. Copyright (C) 1993. Published by Skinner House Books, an imprint of the Unitarian...