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Beacon Press

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Surrender is the last thing, often the only thing, available. And so we give ourselves to it. We fear it is our end. Sometimes—with grace or luck—we find it is our liberation.
  • 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.

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Chalice Children

Heeding the Call

  • By Jessica York
    Adapted from the Tapestry of Faith story "James Luther Adams,". Sometimes, freedom is a long time coming. It may take generations upon...
  • By Sarah Foster
    Sarah Foster is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who wanted to make the world a better place while doing something that she loved. What...

Creating Home

World of Wonder

  • Adapted from The Family Finds Out by Edith Hunter (Boston: Beacon Press, 1966). Ellen was sitting up on a branch of the apple tree,...

What Moves Us

Virtue Ethics

  • A wisdom tale from many cultures, including Buddhist. A wise woman, a teacher, was passing through a forest. There, among the leaves, was...
  • By Janeen K Grohsmeyer
    When Joseph Jordan (pronounced Jerden ) was born in Virginia in 1842, slavery was still legal. Most people of African descent were treated...

What We Choose

Gather the Spirit

  • Searle-White, Joshua. "Sunny Side Mary" in Magic Wanda's Travel Emporium: Tales of Love, Hate and Things in Between . Boston: Skinner House...

Resistance and Transformation

The New UU

Spirit in Practice

A Chorus of Faiths

  • Adapted from "Unitarian Couple Honored for World War II Bravery," a story by Michelle Bates Deakin, first published December 12, 2005, by...

A Place of Wholeness

Exploring Our Values Through Poetry

Love Will Guide Us

  • (Leader: Invite the group to join you in singing the chorus of "Follow the Drinking Gourd." Teach the words and tune, if needed. Tell them that any time during the story they hear you start to sing, they should join in.) ...

Spirit of Life