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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 Lindasusan Ulrich
    Emotional tempests aren’t always easy to weather — pain, grief, disappointment, even love — but the flatness of life without such currents is the slow silence of drowning.
  • By Robin Tanner
    This is a story of in-the-middle for those wondering how their story ends.
  • By Amanda Poppei
    In real life, we can only place the pieces, one by one, and see what kind of picture we create. Sometimes we turn out to have chosen the wrong piece. Sometimes the picture is wildly unexpected.
  • 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 Aisha Ansano
    What happened in Charlottesville is nothing new. We know how to fight it, and it is done in community—wherever we can find it. Spirit that runs through us all, remind me to look up, to reach out, to find those doing this work alongside me and join them.
  • By Sean Parker Dennison
    I am not alone. I don’t have to face the world alone and I don’t have to fix the world alone. When I need hope, I find it in on the faces of my people. All we need is hope... and for that, we have each other.
  • By Maureen Killoran
    With a name like mine, it’s easy to guess I’m Irish. My forebears were among the millions who struggled to escape Ireland’s disastrous...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    There we were, two strangers idling at the red light―but I felt seen, and blessed, by a stranger.
  • 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 Erika A. Hewitt
    I know a little about "merry" meeting "mess" at the holidays — and by a little I mean How much time have you got? Four Christmases ago, a...
  • 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 Sean Parker Dennison
    I'm sitting here broken-hearted. I could try to convince you that it’s about the state of the world with its tragedies, suffering, and...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Miracles

Chalice Children

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

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...
  • Adapted from "The Real Heroes and Sheroes of New Orleans" by Lorrie Beth Slonsky and Larry Bradshaw. Original story appeared in the...

Windows and Mirrors

Circle of Trees

  • When Wangari Maathai was a little girl growing up in central Kenya in Africa, the land was green, the streams full, and the trees grew...
  • Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre, text copyright 2008. Used with permission by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc. Read the story...

Creating Home

  • Janeen K. Grohsmeyer, adapted from the story, “Circles of Light: The Flaming Chalice." In the dark nights and the darker days of World War...

What Moves Us

Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults

  • By Rev. Elizabeth Buffington Nguyen, Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. When I was 24, my father gave me...
  • By Jane Greer
    From "UU Convicted of Littering While Supplying Humanitarian Aid" , UU World, June 15, 2009. Used with permission. The subject of the story...
  • By Elandria Williams
    The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 80-year-old popular education center in the mountains of East Tennessee, which serves as...
  • By Ellen Zemlin, a White Unitarian Universalist. For me, there's never really been a question about whether my Unitarian Universalism and...

Gather the Spirit

  • By Janeen K Grohsmeyer
    By Janeen K. Grohsmeyer. In the month of July in 1969, a gigantic rocket was launched into space. It sailed through the darkness away from...
  • Permission to use "The Dog at the Well" in this curriculum granted by Marilyn McFarlane, author of Sacred Myths: Stories of World Religions...
  • Adapted from a Haitian tale. To whom does the water belong? There was once a drought in the country. The streams dried up and the wells...

Resistance and Transformation

  • Materials for Activity Worship or centering table and chalice Participant journals Writing materials, including paper, pens, pencils, color...
  • Materials for Activity Worship or centering table and chalice Participant journals Copies of Singing the Living Tradition for all...
  • Materials for Activity Worship or centering table and chalice Participant journals Copies of Singing the Living Tradition for all...

Spirit in Practice

Building Bridges

  • From The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of...