Parents

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Beacon Press

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Karen G. Johnston
    With a single generous gesture from my older child, her sister's belief in Santa stayed intact that year.
  • By Monica Dobbins
    Sometimes grief sends notice ahead of time; sometimes, it shows up as an unwelcome, uninvited guest.
  • By David Kohlmeier
    If there’s anything sitting in silence has taught me, it’s that silence doesn’t actually exist. Every moment is full to the point of bursting with Reality, whether or not we notice it.
  • By Amanda Poppei
    Who are you going to be, today? And tomorrow? Who are we all becoming, together?
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    We can’t always predict which choices will wind up having a huge impact on us, whether it's bringing home a stuffed animal or taking a particular train to Oxford Circus.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    Traditions and habits can be changed or broken and that’s not always bad. It doesn’t mean we didn’t learn or like what we did in the past, it just means that we moved on to something else and that’s okay too.
  • By Amanda Poppei
    What, exactly, are we doing when we invite love into our lives? Surely we know that it's much tidier without it, when things stay at a distance.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    A white woman pulled over and ran over to me with a shopping bag. She noticed that I never have on a coat and I often stand in the rain. She didn’t know if the things would fit, but the receipt was in the bag. She smiled and drove away. As I looked down at the bag, I had very mixed emotions.
  • By Christian Schmidt
    Our family prays at mealtime to practice gratitude in our lives. I love that my children are taking it as their own, finding their own meaning.
  • By Robin Tanner
    This is a story of in-the-middle for those wondering how their story ends.
  • 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 S.J. Butler
    I’d gotten in the habit of keeping my head down and hardly noticing where I was or who was around me. On this day, I decided to greet the world differently.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    Tell me the story of my birth, and help me understand how you were changed the day I entered the world. Help me know love, deep in my bones.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    My heart broke the day my son stood in the bathroom crying. He handed me a pair of scissors and told me to just cut it . I told him how beautiful his hair was and how sad I would be to see him cut it.
  • By Robin Tanner
    Being faithful doesn’t mean endless work. It also means attention to the movement of spirit that can appear as an hour of sleep, the truth of a toddler, or a donut in the middle of the day.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    I spent time feeling embarrassed—that somehow I had failed—because I had filed for divorce. It’s been over nine years now, and I wake up every single day happy with my decision.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    My oldest child was confused: why would no one stop and help us? Even though people weren’t stopping to help us, my son said, he wanted to be more like me and stop to help someone anyway.
  • By Rayla D. Mattson
    My three-year-old is almost completely nonverbal. Every day when she gets off the bus, I ask her the same question: I ask her how her day...
  • 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 Elea Kemler
    My son, Caleb, and I went to Starbucks on a recent Saturday morning. We often do this as a prelude to the weekly grocery shopping. It...
  • By Becky Brooks
    What DO we do in the face of evil? Anything. Everything. Pray, protest, bake, hug, grieve, wail, laugh, explain, linger, research, fight, cry. What we absolutely must not do is ignore it.

Call and Response: Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development

Skinner House Books

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Chalice Children

Love Will Guide Us

  • By Denise Tracy
    From the collection Stream of Living Souls. Used with permission. "What do you want for Christmas?" the father asked his daughter. She...

Creating Home

  • At the Central Park Zoo in New York City, there were two penguins named Roy and Silo, who adored each other. It is typical for penguins to...

Families

UU World

  • By Kim Hampton
    As the fight over reproductive rights continues, not enough is being said about racial disparities in health care.
    Image credit: illustration silhouette mother baby
  • By Carl Johnson
    What my young daughter taught me about the meaning of death.
    Image credit: Close up photo of mushrooms on a fallen log.
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    The holiday season can be a tangled web of memory, tradition, longing, and joy.
    Image credit: Stock image of woman holding up a tangle of holiday lights.
  • By Aisha Ansano, Abigail Clauhs, Hannah Roberts Villnave
    Three young ministers discuss Lady Bird, powerful storytelling, and hopes and possibilities for Unitarian Universalist ritual.
    Image credit: Saoirse Ronan plays the title character in 'Lady Bird' by Greta Gerwig