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  • Memorial services can be held in a range of settings, and can take place any time after someone's death: from a few day to months later...

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Elea Kemler
    In the eighteen years I’ve served as minister of my small-town congregation, I have led 96 memorial services, most for people I have loved. The longer I stay, the deeper I love and the more I grieve.
  • 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...

Skinner House Books

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Love Connects Us, Grades 4-5

Love Will Guide Us, Grades 2-3

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Kelly Murphy Mason
    May fellow feeling encourage each of us toward ever more compassionate living.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Love, hold us in your embrace. Offer comfort to [NAME] and all who love [her/him/them] as [she/he/they] move[s] through [her/his/...
  • By Eliot Brian Chenowith
    How many more Sundays will the preacher in black robes and the solemn shuffle of papers Read the names of those whose light was...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Open your hearts, my friends, And let yourself feel the reality of absence. Open your hearts, and acknowledge That we gather in the...
  • By Daniel Budd
    Leader: We're not sure what happened. But, we know what it's like when someone appears whose message we feel offers hope, who inspires us...
  • By Gwen Matthews
    Today, we're thankful for you and what you bring to our church. Your spirit, talents, generosity, imagination, and dedication reaffirm our...
  • By David O Rankin
    Dear God: Good Friday is gone—a dark day on the calendar, A time of suffering—with more losses than gains, And more pain than we thought we...
  • By David O Rankin
    During the Advent season, we celebrate the qualities of faith, hope, love, and joy. Yet these must be viewed through the prism of paradox...
  • By Dennis McCarty
    (In the) Spirit of Love and Remembrance, we mourn and honor [pet's name]. In life he embodied: the one-ness of all living things. In death...
  • By Erik Walker Wikstrom
    Spirit of Life, known by many names yet by no name fully known—we gather today with hopes and dreams and also with fears and wounds... [...
  • By Judy Welles
    If you woke this morning with a sorrow so heavy that you need the help of this community to carry it; or if you woke with a joy so great...
  • By Debra Faulk
    Please speak the response when you hear: "...this season brings forth many feelings" Response : We find comfort in naming these feelings;...
  • By Scott Phillips
    Introduction: Ours is welcoming community where we find connection; ...a spiritual community where we find meaning; Ours is a sharing...
  • My soul is deprived of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is. Lamentations is a book in the Hebrew (Old) Testaament, written around or...
  • By Naomi Shihab Nye
    Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you...