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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Misha Sanders
    Sometimes people show up fully and be with me. And sometimes they cannot, even if they really care about me and want to help.
  • By Nathan Ryan
    I saw a woman surrounded by the pressures to conform to adulthood, being the adult she always wanted to be when she was a child. She was as God made her, not who everyone else wanted her to be.
  • 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 Misha Sanders
    In real life, sometimes grief looms largest in December. Sometimes there's one too many dress-ups and the gold tulle makes your legs itch. “I just needed it to stop for a minute. Next time I will take calm breaths.”
  • By Misha Sanders
    I trusted the woman at the pharmacy to be capable of hearing hard truth. Bless her wounded heart with its internalized misogyny. She just wants women to love and support each other. Thank you. Me too.
  • 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 Lindasusan Ulrich
    However imperfectly I may be living this life of mine, there’s no one better at it, and there’s no one else who can do it for me.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Compassion, remind us that our task as humans is not perfection, but faithfulness.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    I’m not the same person who stood in that tattoo parlor eleven years ago. Still, I don’t for a minute regret being permanently marked with this snapshot in time, of my wounds and my hope.
  • By Jake Morrill
    An adequate Christmas would have you calm and open, taking it in, accepting whatever is. Slow it all down like you might be, in some way, attuned to the pace of the Eternal. If you need, you can fake it at first.
  • By Aisha Ansano
    Our souls and minds need sustenance as much as our physical bodies. May we delight in the ways we find to provide this nourishment to our whole selves.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    When I picked up her call, Kira’s voice was thick with tears. Kira, one of my best friends, is the mother of 4-year old twins, working full...

Call and Response: Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development

LeaderLab

  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Serving on a congregational board can be both rewarding and stressful. Some stress is natural, but certain kinds of stress can lead to burn-out. It's important for board to develop a culture that supports board members in their work as well as in their own growth and development. ...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Amazing Grace, 6th Grade

  • It is too bad that Dear Abby was not around in ancient Greece. Some of the characters in the old Greek myths could have used some good...

Chalice Children, in Preschool

Hindsight, Humor, and Hope

UU World

  • By Theresa I. Soto
    no one can rename you Other, it can’t stick, as you offer the gift of being and saying who you are.
    Image credit: Two transmasculine people sitting together and having a serious conversation
  • By Trudi Frazel
    As metaphorical scuba divers, we can control the depths to which we dive and grow more skilled through experience.
    Image credit: illustratration of a scuba diver
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    Allowing myself to see my injuries and pain as ‘not my fault’ is a spiritual challenge.
    Image credit: By Louis J. Gasnier, film Perils of Pauline, 1914, Wharton (US) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • By Christopher L. Walton
    The Church of the Larger Fellowship’s weekly talk show focuses on Black Lives Matter confrontations with police over killing of Jamar Clark.
    Image credit: Screen shot
  • By Cami Applequist
    I always heard the negative messages about my body; finally I listened to the positive ones.
    Image credit: © Miguel Davilla/theispot
  • By Peter Morales
    I urge you to make some space to reflect on what your spirit needs right now.
    Image credit: © Nancy Pierce

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Margaret Weis
    A recipe for resilience... make often, share with others, hold onto the leftovers - you'll need them after a long day that challenges your soul.
  • By Dan Lambert
    Leader: Because the daily pressure of life weighs heavy on our minds, on our bodies, and on our spirits. ...
  • By Vanessa Southern
    So much undone. ...
  • By Kris Cervantes
    Rest now, Rest in the peace of this moment. Be at ease. Look up at the stars, and down at the grass: Imagine the stars looking back at you...
  • By Molly Housh Gordon
    The author suggests supplementing this Time for All Ages with a PowerPoint/slide show of interesting doors and asking the kids to imagine...
  • By Tim Atkins
    Prop needed: An oversized pendulum. If this is hard to imagine, wrap yarn around a kickball sized ball and attach it to a long rod. Any...
  • By Jennifer Johnson
    These are anxious days. Hair-pulling, hand-wringing days. We are bombarded from all sides with new and unprecedented developments. Grave...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    The new year calls us forward, filled with mystery. As we turn toward that new year, we take a final glimpse of the past year, and reckon...
  • By Ashley Horan
    How is it with your soul? ...
  • By Erica Baron
    May you know the spiritual thirst that keeps the soul searching, and gives the sweetness of new discovery to faithful followers of spiritual paths of all kinds.
  • By Doug Kraft
    When I was a kid I liked to skip stones on lakes. If I threw a flat stone at the correct angle and with enough speed and energy it would...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    This Buddhist metta meditation is the text of hymn #1031 (in Singing the Journey ), put to music by Ian Riddell and Mark Hayes.
  • By Sean Neil-Barron
    Your body is welcome here, all of it. Yes, even that part. And that part. And yes, even that part. The parts you love, and the parts you...
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    “Each morning we must hold out the chalice of our being to receive, to carry, and give back.”—Dag Hammarskjold Each morning we hold out our...
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    In the midst of the whirling day, In the hectic rush to be doing, In the frantic pace of life, Pause here for a moment. Catch your breath;...
  • By Martha Dallas
    I’m going to talk about something really powerful today: HOPE. And first, I have a question. Have you ever hoped for something? … and did...
  • By Kenneth L. Patton
    I must live my own way, Refusing all that binds. I must know my own mind Among all other minds. I must do my own deeds, And in whatever...
  • By Barbara Merritt
    When my youngest child was a baby, the sweetest part of my day was putting David to sleep. At fifteen months he had a demanding schedule...
  • By Carol Allman-Morton
    Many of us carry a burden of worry. Anxiety over the state of the world Worries about money About our environment, Our families About peace...
  • By David S Blanchard
    Come down off the ladder. Wash out that paintbrush. Shake the sand out of your shoes. Get up off your muddy knees, and give the garden a...
  • By George Kimmich Beach
    Some days dark tremors sweep across our lives. Troubling events accost us. We have grown accustomed to such things, and often we have...
  • By Wayne B Arnason
    Ten years ago, I was asked to present a paper to a new ministers’ study group that was forming at Cedar Hill, a small conference center...
  • By Cathy Bowers
    According to economist Juliet Schor, author of The Overworked American , having the chance to spend time not doing anything in particular...
  • By Denise Tracy
    There was a young man who grew up in China. Everyone said that he was so calm and peaceful, he should become a monk. Not wanting to...
  • By Anonymous
    A member of a UU congregation reflects on living with bipolar disorder.