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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Yuri Yamamoto
    Who are the angry birds in my life? Do I avoid opportunities in fear of risks? What are the sticks I carry in my heart so as not to be hurt again?
  • 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 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 Connie Simon
    What if we encouraged and celebrated each other for who we are? What if, instead of criticizing, we challenged with love, affirming the good we see in one another?
  • 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 DeReau K. Farrar
    I wanted so badly to break free and let loose—but I just couldn't. I was stuck in my own false ideas of the congregation's expectations of me. Luckily, there’s still time.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Compassion, help us draw strength from all that we are. Give us new language with which to claim our wholeness, a new litany of joy built out of words that wounded.
  • By Lisa Bovee-Kemper
    Someone whispered to me, “Can you pray?” All eyes turned to me. I had no earthly clue what to say. It was a profound gut-level panic. It was the moment I learned to speak the truth as best I understand it, and to hold space for it to bloom.
  • By DeReau K. Farrar
    How many times do I need to make mistakes at the expense of other people, or people’s groups, before I’m ready to admit that I’m not any better at this than the bigoted and willfully ignorant? If I am to “be change,” I must commit to humility and refuse to settle for my own comforting achievements.
  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    Standing roadside, stranded, watching thousands of dollars rise in the smoke coming from under the hood, it’s easier to fight about who...
  • By Sean Parker Dennison
    Have you felt it? The hush that falls over a crowd after a wonderful performance, just before the applause bursts forth? The feeling of...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Amazing Grace, 6th Grade

Chalice Children, in Preschool

Hindsight, Humor, and Hope

Love Surrounds Us, Grades K-1

Sing to the Power, Grades 4-5

Windows and Mirrors, Grades 4-5

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

UU World

  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Out of the blue, the 5-year-old turned to me and said matter-of-factly, ‘You’re fat.’
    Image credit: UUA Braver Wiser logo
  • By Myriam Renaud
    What do we mean when we talk about the UU First Principle and inherent dignity?
    Image credit: © Cargo/Imagezoo/Corbis
  • By Cami Applequist
    I always heard the negative messages about my body; finally I listened to the positive ones.
    Image credit: © Miguel Davilla/theispot

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Sharon Wylie
    You are beautiful; every part of you beautiful just the way you are.
  • By Cooper Garrett
    May we love our trues selves with the kindling of this flame.
  • By Lori Walke
    Gracious God, ...
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    Remind us every day, every moment, that we are beloved, beloved, beloved.
  • By Samantha Gupta
    I give thanks for all it takes to be a healing presence, and also how simple it is. I confess that I want to be seen as (especially) good (...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    The offering that we take each Sunday isn't just a stale habit: it's an opportunity to recommit to this place, and to this people. Our...
  • By Cheryl Strayed
    “You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it...
  • By Kari Kopnick
    It’s not that I didn’t want to finish school. I just came from a working-class family where college visits and choosing the right school were a foreign world.
  • By Talia Cooper
    The 7 Jobs Capitalism Asks of All of Us: 1. Measure Self Worth by Work : Don’t believe in the inherent goodness of people. Instead decide...
  • By Rosemary Bray McNatt
    Worship Leader: In this moment of worship we call to mind those times of failure and regret common to all of us. We remember first, in...
  • By Diana Davies
    Characters: Narrator, Very Important Person, Enemies (including Leader of the Enemies), Spider, and at least four Cave Rocks. Materials...
  • By Misha Sanders
    In a sacred place of honor in the temple that is my home stands a gleaming, powerful image of The Venus of Willendorf, proud and naked, her...
  • By Amy McCreath
    "What we need is here" is a perfect, simple song by Episcopalian priest Rev. Amy McCreath. Its five words are the closing sentence of a...
  • 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 Theresa Hardy
    I got out of bed this morning because of all those who had to get out of bed before me: Martin and Coretta, the day after his home was...

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