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  • By Maryah Converse
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  • By Bob Janis-Dillon
    Note: this reflection was written at the end of Rev. Janis-Dillon's week in Samos, Greece working in a Syrian refugee center. The people of...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    For many reasons, people depart. They leave home—or the places given to them, in place of home that might’ve been lost to war—and seek...
  • By Amy Carol Webb
    How often we seek refuge in this sacred flame ...
  • By Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
    Source of all, This is my third attempt at a prayer. The first two revealed to me that I am angry, which I didn’t realize until I just...
  • By Jude Geiger
    Spirit of Hope, God of Many Names, Source of Love, We gather, hearts heavy with grief for our neighbors in Paris, in Beirut, in Baghdad;...
  • By Cynthia Landrum
    Flame of our faith, call us into the community of love and justice this morning and every morning.
  • By Gregory Pelley
    We gather, from the ebb and flow of our lives, thirsty for connection to ourselves, thirsty for connection to others and thirsty for connection to the larger life.
  • By Anonymous
    The familiar can be delicate for the innocent, and too often suddenly lost and destroyed: homes and roads and neighborhoods or simply the...
  • By Dennis McCarty
    [In the] spirit of love, harmony, and remembrance, we stand too often divided, too often set apart from one another in heedless ways. We...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    These words are taken from "We Need One Another," by George Odell: Reading #468 in Singing the Living Tradition.
  • By Elizabeth Tarbox
    Spirit of Life, I give thanks for the opportunities to love that present themselves in the turmoil of life. Where the light catches the...
  • By Elizabeth Tarbox
    It is an hour before sunrise. The waves keep coming, but each minute they make less progress than the minute before. As the tide goes out,...
  • By Lyn Cox
    Spirit of Life, Who draws us together in a web of holy relationships, Make your presence known with us and in us and among us. Remind us...
  • By George A Tyger
    I cannot change his world, but I can—I must—try to understand it. Otherwise, a kid with a rock is just one more kind of enemy instead of the person he really is, a kid who, like my own son, only wants to be happy, safe, and loved.
  • By Martha Dallas
    This morning I’ve invited a special guest to join us, someone who has quite a story to tell. [ Pull out costume and put on hat and blanket/...
  • By Martha Dallas
    Who here knows from experience that life is not fair? [Show of hands.] We know this, don’t we? Life is just not fair. And I really don’t think it ever has been. But what can we do? We generally just shrug and accept it: it’s not fair. ...
  • By Martha Dallas
    Have you ever wondered how it came to be that churches are known as places where you can get a helping hand when you need one? It seems to...
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    Be ­gentle with another— It is a cry from the lives of ­people battered By thoughtless words and brutal deeds; It comes from the lips of...
  • By Thomas Rhodes
    Feel the earth beneath your feet as it supports you. Feel the love of this community as it surrounds and enfolds you...
  • By Keith Goheen
    Let ours be praying hands, reaching out with the blessed energy rising in our souls and offering it freely in service to this shared ministry.
  • By Carol Allman-Morton
    On Father’s Day we honor those people who have been teachers, confidants, and friends. We acknowledge that it is not biology that makes a...
  • By Christopher Buice
    One day a merchant was traveling on a road when he was attacked by bandits. The bandits were so cruel that they beat the merchant, stole...
  • By Robin F. Gray
    We join our voices in a holy communion of mind and heart, dedicated to the promises that bind us in compassion, one with another. In this hour we light the flame that signals our intention to find the sacred in every living thing.
  • By Stephen M Shick
    Spirit of my longing and lonely heart, help me travel through the barren borderlands that separate me from others. Teach me to willingly...
  • By Thandeka
    Despair is my private pain Born from what I have failed to say failed to do failed to overcome. Be still my inner self let me rise to you...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    Justice, equity and compassion: the image on the right may be used as wallpaper for a smartphone or tablet. The 2nd Principle of Unitarian...
  • By Krista Taves
    Spirit of Life that flows through our hearts like a never ending stream, On this blessed day we are filled with gratitude to find ourselves...
  • By Tess Baumberger, Cindy Clarenbach
    An Intergenerational Holiday Service adapted from Charles Dickens’ story, "A Christmas Carol"
  • By Kaaren Solveig Anderson
    My friend Marcy and her boyfriend Brian recently ate dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. As they enjoyed a plate of lo mein, engrossed in...
  • By Jane Ranney Rzepka
    When all is quiet and we are small and the night is dark, may we hear the tender breathing of all who lie awake with us in fear, that...
  • By Philip Larson
    We gather together to face ourselves honestly, to forgive ourselves gently, to love one another fervently.
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Here is where it all begins. It cannot be otherwise. Here we have come to listen, we have come to hear. An old woman sat here yesterday on...
  • By Leaf Seligman
    Loving God, ...
  • By Robert R Walsh
    Eternal God, Source of All Creation, we would give substance to our thankfulness by resolving to make right use of the gifts we have received from thy bounty.
  • By Richard Trudeau
    O God of life, help us make this church a refuge from the world, a place where the rules are different. May this be a place (for example)...
  • By Gordon B McKeeman
    "Let there be light!" ...
  • By Max A Coots
    May God—the mind that sees our faults, the tears that sting our wounds, the laugh that soothes our aches, and the love that redeems us all—be illuminated by the light we kindle in this house of faith.
  • By Richard M Fewkes
    May the light of truth and the spark of love set our hearts on fire.
  • By Bets Wienecke
    May this flame, symbol of transformation since time began, fire our curiosity, strengthen our wills, and sustain our courage as we seek what is good within and around us.
  • By Viola Abbitt
    As we light the chalice and fully embrace the sacred space created here this morning, please hold in your hearts the Unitarian Universalist principle which calls upon us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Today, as we remember those who share this earth with...
  • By Virginia P Knowles
    Spirit of creative good, be with us when we are afraid. Grant us the courage to do what we have to do. Grant us the peace that passes...
  • By Nancee Campbell
    Spirit of kindness and compassion...Touch this gathering with tenderness so that we may be refreshed anew by the grace that encompasses this evening [or "morning"].
  • By Edward T Atkinson
    At this quiet time and in this place of worship we would seek to know more deeply what it means to love one another. We know so well our...
  • By Tony A Larsen
    Spirit of life, we come from different spaces. Some of us arrive alive with hope and joy. Some of us come in loneliness or fear -- looking...
  • By David A Johnson
    Thou who art the soul and heart of life, save us from fear...of the known and the unknown, the fear that builds high walls around our spirits and our lives, the fear that closes in and envelops us, the fear that nibbles at the edges of every satisfaction.
  • By Paul H Beattie
    May our lives be blest according to the depth of our love, the persistence of our faith, our willingness to forgive and be compassionate,...

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