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Beacon Press

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Monica Dobbins
    What could you accomplish this week if you knew you had a ground team wishing you well? Who are the other explorers around you, needing a word of encouragement that would mean so much coming from you?
  • By Rebekah Savage
    My soul nudged me from a hiding place to confess and to seek forgiveness, and only through the grace of the Great Mystery of Life unfolding around us did I receive the blessing of journeying with a beloved, grieving friend.
  • By DeReau K. Farrar
    Black people are so accustomed to being ignored and invisible that a simple acknowledgement—a simple I see you—from a peer goes a long way.
  • By Kat Liu
    If a friend were in my situation, I would have seen their failings as human. So why hold someone to an unforgiving standard just because that someone is me?
  • By Elizabeth Harding
    Remembering is the art of holding a memory and sharing it; it’s drawing upon that memory so it can help us to grow into people who live lives of meaning and service. As a practice, remembering connects us deeply to each other and to the love that sustains us.

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Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Principled Commitment

  • The Program In this generous world, love will come our way now and then. But if we do not plant the love that we have in the firm soil of...

Chalice Children

Signs of Our Faith

  • Kamal was excited. His best friend Abby's birthday was today. In the kitchen, Kamal found his mother, Sherry, drinking her morning cup of...

Creating Home

What Moves Us

  • Several years ago, I spent an evening discussing Covenant Groups with members of a New England church who were interested in starting a...
  • By William F. Schulz
    Excerpted from the 2006 Berry Street Lecture. When I was seven or eight years old, I lived across the street from a little dog named Amy...

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. ...

Love Connects Us

  • Materials for Activity Props for role play, such as fabric, hats, paper bags, boxes, empty paper towel rolls, etc. Preparation for Activity...

Windows and Mirrors

  • Materials for Activity A copy of the story " Jelly Beans " A bell, chime, rain stick or other musical noisemaker Preparation for Activity...

Moral Tales

Wonderful Welcome

  • By Janeen K Grohsmeyer
    A story from A Lamp in Every Corner: Our Unitarian Universalist Storybook (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2004). Read or tell...
  • By Gail Forsyth-Vail
    The story, "The Bremen Town Musicians," was told by the brothers Grimm in Germany, in the early 1800s. This session comes from Gail Forsyth-Vail's book, Stories In Faith: Exploring Our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources Through Wisdom Tales (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association,...
  • By Kenneth W. Collier
    From Our Seven Principles in Story and Verse: A Collection for Children and Adults by Kenneth Collier (Boston: Skinner House Books, 1997)...

Toolbox of Faith

  • Preparation for Activity Choose the songs to teach - "Make New Friends," as suggested, or another of your choice - and become familiar with...

UU World

  • By John A. Buehrens
    The Transcendentalists practiced the art of forming and maintaining spiritual friendships transcending differences of gender, social location, theology, politics, and race.
    Image credit: Photo collage of 6 spiritual friends, from top left: Theodore Parker, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, James Freeman Clarke, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Lewis Hayden

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