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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 Robin Tanner
    We, the willing, follow the threads to one another; past rightness and quips and tweets. We will find one another and persist past sunrise.
  • 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 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 Maureen Killoran
    May we give thanks always, believing that, even in the world’s bleakest moments, the dance of life is always underway.
  • By Robin Tanner
    Holding on does not come easy to me. As a teenager who left home and bounced around, I am talented at escaping. I can evade like the best...
  • 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?

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

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. ...

Spirit of Life

  • By Kimberly French
    Excerpted and adapted from "Carolyn McDade's Spirit of Life" by Kimberly French, UU World magazine, Fall 2007. Used with permission...

What Moves Us

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

UU World

  • By Susan Frederick-Gray
    Mission and covenant are an antidote to individualism. They remind us of the responsibilities that come with an affirmation of interdependence.
    Image credit: illustration (© Rafael Lopez/
  • By Peter Boullata
    A dark night of the soul is a time of dormancy, fallowness, waiting, potentiality.
    Image credit: © Robert Neubecker

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Margaret Weis
    A recipe for resilience... make often, share with others, hold onto the leftovers - you'll need them after a long day that challenges your soul.
  • By Megan Devine
    "Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution. We cannot 'triumph' over death, or loss, or grief. They are immovable elements of being alive. If we continue to come at them as though they are problems to be solved, we'll never get solace or comfort in our deepest pain."
  • By Megan Devine
    Spiritual practices in any tradition, including mindfulness in its many forms, are meant to help you live what is yours to live, not make you rise above it.
  • By Justin S Osterman
    O God, It’s hard to know what to say, hard to know what to pray sometimes when fear, sadness, anger, and confusion come over me. This world...
  • By Eliot Brian Chenowith
    How many more Sundays will the preacher in black robes and the solemn shuffle of papers Read the names of those whose light was...
  • By Cheryl Strayed
    "When it comes to our children, we do not have the luxury of despair. If we rise, they will rise with us every time, no matter how many...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 3: Joy (Dec. 17, 2017) Advent is a season of waiting, of expectation, and of longing. On this third Sunday of Advent, we light one...
  • By Robin Bartlett
    I was talking to someone recently about the story of her church-going life, and she told me about a time in her life that she stopped...
  • By Sharon Wylie
    You whose hearts are broken, come in. You whom pain has touched, and sorrow, and shock. You who have cried this week, and read the news...
  • By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    One: Despair is sapping our spirits, damaging our souls, hurting our hearts. Many: We need to be resurrected into hope, faith, and trust...
  • By Andrew Millard
    When the angel Gabriel brought to Mary the news that she would give birth to a son, Luke records that “she was much perplexed by his words...
  • By Jason Shelton
    "Love, once again, break our hearts open wide." Thanks to Rev. Jason Shelton for providing the sheet music (PDF) for this song.
  • By Bryan Stevenson
    "Hopelessness is the enemy of justice." —Bryan Stevenson, in his 2017 Ware Lecture
  • By Melanie Davis
    If ever there were a time for a candle in the darkness, this would be it. Using a spark of hope, kindle the flame of love, ignite the light...
  • By Deborah Weiner
    Loving and Transforming Grace, Source of creation who some know as God -- Be with us now. We have endured the hard night of struggle for...
  • By Jessica York
    This is not a prayer that you may find hope For hope is a luxury that some cannot find and others cannot afford This is not a prayer that...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Welcome, you who come in need of healing, you who are confused, or have been betrayed. Welcome, with your problems and your pain. Welcome,...
  • By Theresa Hardy
    I got out of bed this morning because of all those who had to get out of bed before me: Martin and Coretta, the day after his home was...
  • By Ashley Horan
    How is it with your soul? ...
  • By Erica Baron
    Leader: [ if applicable: In addition to our own beloved dead], we take the time to acknowledge all those already lost as the world feels...
  • By Elena Westbrook
    When all around us voices are raised in anger, hatred spilling into the streets and sparking more hatred, sometimes the best we can do is...
  • By Addae Ama Kraba
    God of all known by many names, Holy one. It’s in sorrow that I implore your intercession in removing the darkness that has descended upon...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    This welcome was written for a Sunday after a national crisis. Whether you’re here because worshiping with us is part of your routine or...
  • By Audette Fulbright Fulson
    The days that come and carry away your spirit, your spark — bow down. Lay your head on the hard earth and let your brokenness join the...
  • By Richard Rohr
    All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain ... By trying to handle all suffering through willpower, denial, medication, or...
  • By David M. Horst
    Once, many grey autumns ago, I came upon a tree. The tree, a poplar, had dropped all of its leaves but for one, just one. Exactly one leaf...
  • By Robert R Walsh
    God does not work alone. The motions of the spheres will produce a sunrise, but the springtime of the spirit, the springtime of love and justice and peace, depends on our human response to the gift of life.
  • By Alice Anacheka-Nasemann
    In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow It would be easy to lose ourselves in never ending grief, To be choked by our outrage To be...
  • By Kristin Grassel Schmidt
    Spirit of Life, Source of all, to this beautiful place to this hallowed time and in the midst of this kindred company we bring hearts...
  • By Jennifer Leota Gray
    Spirit of Life and Love, Shaken by sorrow We wonder why We wonder how Humans can find it within themselves To destroy life That exists also...
  • By Carl Jung
    Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.
  • By Joseph Seamon Cotter
    I am so tired and weary, So tired of the endless fight, So weary of waiting the dawn And finding endless night. That I ask but rest and...