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Beacon Press

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Elizabeth Bukey
    It was disruptive and strange to know that someone had died to bring this hope, and to wonder how the donor’s family mourned at the same time we rejoiced.
  • By Katie Romano Griffin
    May I always remember that Tango, like life, is a dance of the people. It’s meant to be shared, not practiced in isolation.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    If justice is to be realized, our voices must speak loudly—even boisterously—of love.
  • 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 Erika A. Hewitt
    Despite being warmly welcomed over and over by the greeters, by the family sitting behind me, and by the lead pastor, I couldn’t shake that “guest” feeling.
  • By Liz James
    Over the years, I’ve built up an impressive array of tools for meetings: I-statements, being assertive, and all of that stuff. What I could improve on, though, is knowing when to switch tools.
  • By Elea Kemler
    It is deeply spiritual work to learn to treat ourselves with compassion; to learn to see ourselves, if only in moments, the same way we look at something or someone we find beautiful: a newborn baby, the ocean, a sunset.
  • 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 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 Rebekah Savage
    What had to die was my shame: my belief that I was not worthy of such love. I discovered a greater love within myself as a creation of God, worthy of these gifts.
  • By Misha Sanders
    It is my only memory of a lesson from Kindergarten Sunday School class. Maybe it’s the only one that counts.
  • By Elea Kemler
    I choose to believe in community. I choose to believe in the difficult, slow work of building a common life.
  • By Nathan Ryan
    Last year for Lent, I decided to say yes to any request. I made it all the way to Easter without having to honor my decision.
  • By Erin Powers
    It’s been said that it’s easier to untangle a string of lights if you plug them in; it’s no different for people. Humans, just like strings of lights, are wired for connection.
  • By Becky Brooks
    “If I ask you a question, do you promise to tell me the truth?" For future reference, if a child asks you this question at Christmas time, EVADE.
  • By DeReau K. Farrar
    There’s something deeply moving for me about the idea of a love that will always have my back. "Always"—meaning unconditionally and without hesitation. And there's something deeply jarring for me about the idea that, despite my most earnest hopes, my best intentions and desires for others may have interrupted the flow of love from me to 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 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 Maureen Killoran
    He was, I am told, just a dog. But who was it that, fresh from the litter, climbed onto my chest, licked my face, and rubbed his pink baby...
  • 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...

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Skinner House Books

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

Moral Tales

  • Recrafted with permission of the author, Francis Dorff, O. Praem, of the Norbertine Community of Alberquerque, New Mexico, from his story...

Virtue Ethics

  • By Shelley Jackson Denham
    This is the story of Azim Khamisa. His decision to forgive deeds many would consider unforgiveable has inspired and transformed people all...

Love Surrounds Us

  • By Christy Olson, Lynn Kerr
    The Love Surrounds Us program explores all the Unitarian Universalist Principles in the context of the Beloved Community of family/home, school, and neighborhood.

Building Bridges

Signs of Our Faith

  • Adapted from an Aesop fable. OPTION 1 — Story Once there was a family of mice living on a farm. They had a pleasant life and all the food...

Circle of Trees

Creating Home

World of Wonder