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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Helen Rose
    When I internalize cultural messages about the definitions of success or failure—or anything, really—I undermine my own sense of self-worth.
  • By Kat Liu
    Outside of the meditation hall, we plan for the future and think of the past. But so often we replay past regrets and worry about future events to the point where we’re no longer present in the present.
  • By Alix Klingenberg
    Once I quit drinking, my inner voice and I began the harder work: that of creating a life from which I do not need or want to escape.
  • By Alex Haider-Winnett
    God is not a distant force, far away. God is in the beating of our hearts and the backbeat of a funky baseline. God is in a four-on-the-floor drum fill, and in the achy joints and sore muscles the day after.
  • By Tara Humphries
    “Now,” the yoga instructor said, “begin to chant GOD GOD GOD as you vigorously circle your arms.” Oh boy, I thought, Here we go. Of course it couldn’t just be arm circles.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Compassion, remind us that our task as humans is not perfection, but faithfulness.
  • By Becky Brooks
    Someone had broken into our garage. We picked our way through the space, storage tubs strewn about, ready to make a list of what was missing: two wool sweaters and half a tent. Someone was suffering a misfortune here, but it wasn’t us.
  • By Yuri Yamamoto
    For almost thirty years after coming to the United States, I didn't fully understand the cultural cues around me. Initially, this gave me the false sense of liberation. I often interpreted uncomfortable situations to be my fault, as an ignorant immigrant. Trying hard to assimilate, I unconsciously suppressed what came naturally to me.
  • By Marisol Caballero
    How is it that I, a minister and known skeptic, am able to a) not run around screaming that the sky is falling and, b) do my job at all?...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Creating Home, Kindergarten-1st Grade

  • Adapted from Christian scripture. There once was a father, who had two sons. The younger son wanted to leave home and travel to distant...

Facing Death with Life

Faithful Journeys, Grades 2-3

Heeding the Call, Jr. High Ages 12-15

  • By Rev. Dr. Emily Brault. Used by permission. Rev. Dr. Emily Brault is a Unitarian Universalist minister who works as a Chaplain with the...

Hindsight, Humor, and Hope

Love Surrounds Us, Grades K-1

Love Will Guide Us, Grades 2-3

  • "We Got Here Together," by Kim Stafford, is reprinted by permission of the author from We Got Here Together, by Kim Stafford, illustrated...

Moral Tales, Grades 2-3

Signs of Our Faith, Grades 2-3

Spirit in Practice

Spirit of Life

  • By Elizabeth Tarbox
    Reprinted from Life Tides by permission of Sarah Tarbox. Copyright (C) 1993. Published by Skinner House Books, an imprint of the Unitarian...

What Moves Us

Windows and Mirrors, Grades 4-5

Wonderful Welcome

  • By Sophia Lyon Fahs
    From Stories in Faith: Exploring Our UU Principles and Sources Through Wisdom Tales (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2007)...
  • Inspired by "The Widow's Mite," a parable from Christian scripture. Read or tell the story. In a little village near Jerusalem, a long time...
  • Read or tell the story. Have you ever had to give something away that you really loved? This is a story about a little girl who gave away a...

UU World

  • By Karen Holman
    shadows of clouds / hurrying to some reunion
    Image credit: background image of leaves frozen in ice, with a poem title of "Light of trees".

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Rebecka Clement
    Lady of Love, of all the world's children, take this child for safekeeping.
  • By Addae Ama Kraba
    Blessings for a life well lived.
  • By Anne Lamott
    "We can change. People say we can’t, but we do when the stakes or the pain is high enough. And when we do, life can change."
  • By Jess Reynolds
    On my worst days, it is gravity I am most grateful for: the way the earth pulls at me from her core, yearns for me, keeps me pressed tightly against her surface. When my own core is hollowed out, when I have no more mass than a leaf dead on the branch, still this is enough for the earth to find me....
  • By Nathan Ryan
    Be it real or metaphor, whatever is in your backpack, or your briefcase, or your purse that you’ve brought into this sanctuary that is...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We call forth the life of our faith by igniting our chalice. This spark of new beginnings invites us into a sacred space to reflect where...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 1: Hope (Dec. 3, 2017) Many years ago, thousands of years ago, people in the northern hemisphere were thought to have gathered wreaths...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    This is the season of endings and beginnings, when the small signs of dawn pierce through the night and something new is born. But first...
  • By Vanessa Southern
    So much undone. ...
  • By Debra Burrell
    Fire consumes, and casts a bright light. May our chalice flame consume our regrets for the past, our fears about the future, and our...
  • By Kari Kopnick
    May we find the right people to do the right things as we go. May we discover what we need along the way. And may we remember to stop and marvel at the magic of each moment as it floats by.
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    Spirit, I would really rather not learn this. Didn’t think I needed to. I thought someone else could do it. Thought a leader was coming to...
  • By Tess Baumberger, Erika A. Hewitt
    This Releasing of Covenant was created to end the final worship service of a settled ministry. Minister: For [ number ] years you have...
  • By Brené Brown
    "I went back to church thinking that it would be like an epidural, like it would take the pain away… that church would make the pain go...
  • By Krista Flanagan
    What if everything always went according to plan? At first, we might accomplish more of what we think we need to accomplish. And it may...
  • By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    One: It may be the hardest thing we will ever do, Many: Caught up in our self-righteousness, honing our pain. One: The one who offended may...