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Beacon Press

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 Elea Kemler
    I choose to believe in community. I choose to believe in the difficult, slow work of building a common 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 Jake Morrill
    An adequate Christmas would have you calm and open, taking it in, accepting whatever is. Slow it all down like you might be, in some way, attuned to the pace of the Eternal. If you need, you can fake it at first.
  • By DeReau K. Farrar
    How many times do I need to make mistakes at the expense of other people, or people’s groups, before I’m ready to admit that I’m not any better at this than the bigoted and willfully ignorant? If I am to “be change,” I must commit to humility and refuse to settle for my own comforting achievements.
  • By Jake Morrill
    .I want liberty and justice for all in my country. That will ask of me—and of many of you—the discipline of discomfort.

Skinner House Books

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Hindsight, Humor, and Hope


Moral Tales

Faithful Journeys

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

  • Genesis 22: 1-13 (New Revised Standard Version) After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am...
  • 1 Samuel 17 (New Revised Standard Version) Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle... The Philistines stood on the mountain on...

Sing to the Power

Signs of Our Faith

  • Based on a Santerian story. Special thanks to Lesley Murdoch for her insights to Afro-Caribbean religions. The Orisha are gods that came...

Creating Home

  • Adapted from The Empty Pot by Demi (New York: Henry Holt, 1990); permission pending. Long, long ago, the Emperor of an ancient land was old...

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,...
  • In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States. Milk grew up in New York, quiet about his homosexuality. He studied mathematics and graduated from New York State College for Teachers in...
  • On July 27, 2008, people gathered in the sanctuary of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville to watch the children...
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leading 19th-century philosopher, father of the Transcendentalist movement. Before he became a philosophical and...

Gather the Spirit

  • Long ago, it is said, there was a mighty flood, and the People left their world, the Fourth World, the Underworld, and came up into the...

The New UU

Spirit in Practice

  • After many years of being out of shape, he decided it was time to do something about the state of his body. With great excitement and enthusiasm, he went to the local gym, got a membership, and began a circuit-training routine. He felt good. And he kept at it, going to the gym several times a week. ...

A Chorus of Faiths

Exploring Our Values Through Poetry

Love Surrounds Us

  • By Mary Ann Moore
    Adapted from "Many Paths to God" in Hide and Seek with God (Skinner House Books, 1994). Used with permission. Narrator: Once upon a time,...
  • By Sarah Conover , Freda Crane
    A Muslim folk tale from Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs, A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents collected and adapted by Sarah...

Spirit of Life

Love Connects Us