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Beacon Press

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • 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 Jake Morrill
    .I want liberty and justice for all in my country. That will ask of me—and of many of you—the discipline of discomfort.

inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Faithful Journeys, Grades 2-3

Hindsight, Humor, and Hope

Love Will Guide Us, Grades 2-3

  • By Rabbi Marc Gellman
    From Does God Have a Big Toe? Stories About Stories in the Bible (HarperTrophy, 1993). Used with permission. Jacob cried a lot. Jacob cried...

Signs of Our Faith, Grades 2-3

  • Inspired by the ancient epic poem, "The Conference of the Birds," by the Persian Sufi Muslim writer Fariduddin Attar. Once upon a time, all...

Toolbox of Faith, Grades 4-5

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Lucy Bunch
    Mother Earth, in gratitude and humility, we ask that you hold us and sustain us, as we strive to live in connection with you and all life.
  • By Gail Sphar
    Amelia yearned to have super powers, like Wonder Woman, or magic like Harry Potter so she help people and make a difference in the world.
  • By Heide Cottam
    The resurrection of Jesus is one of the most sacred stories in Christianity; from that story emerges a renewal of faith.
  • By Hannah Roberts Villnave
    Bring your rainbow socks; Bring the emptiness you feel for our siblings gone too soon.
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We light our chalice as a symbol of gratitude as we celebrate the abundance of our lives together. In this sanctuary we harvest bushels of...
  • By Jennifer "Jo" VonRue
    Spirit of Life and love, God of many names and yet none at all Our hearts are stretched thin. We see and hear the devaluing of people of...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    We carry bags with us throughout the week for many reasons. Would any of you like to take our congregation's love with you to school, or to work, or on your travels? You name it and we'll take it from our heart supply and toss it in your bag!
  • By Jason Shelton
    "Love, once again, break our hearts open wide." Thanks to Rev. Jason Shelton for providing the sheet music (PDF) for this song.
  • By Laura Horton-Ludwig
    As a community, may we feel our strength together and use it for good as best we can.
  • By Patrick McLaughlin
    May these common items be symbols of love and resistance... announcing our commitment to each other's safety and well-being.
  • By Ian W. Riddell
    We gather today in the presence of the old old story of death defeated by emptiness, of hope and newness triumphant over fear and...
  • By Alix Klingenberg
    Spirit of Life, Earth and Sea and Sky, Place of deep longing in my heart Find your way from silence to voice Give me strength and courage...
  • "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." This quote has been widely attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • By James Morison
    Within each of our hearts there is a most glorious light. Go forth, and let its spark help you understand what troubles both you and others...
  • By Naguib Mahfouz
    وطن المرء ليس مكان ولادته و لكنه المكان الذي تنتهي فيه كل محاولاته للهروب "Home is not where you were born; home is where all your attempts...
  • By Liz James
    Today, you join in membership. This is a moment of excitement and possibility. And although I don’t wish to pull you out of this moment, I...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    We light this chalice on the brink of a new year...
  • By S. William Feiss
    We light this flame ...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Reader 1: ...
  • By Starhawk
    We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been—a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    This is a ritual of caring (or, if you like, praying) for one another, couched in terms of struggle and hope. Part 1 will take a few...
  • By Margaret Fuller
    Be revered In thee the faithful hope that still looks forward, And keeps the life-spark warm of future action Beneath the cloak of patient...
  • By Richard S. Gilbert
    When we are overwhelmed with the world And cannot see our way clear, When life seems a struggle between tedium and apathy Or frenzy and...
  • By Jane E Mauldin
    Torn and confused, lonely and enraged, I greet the new day with suspicion. Spirit of Life, show me the gate to healing. May I find in my...
  • By Sam Turton
    We travelled long We travelled far To be right here Where we are Reach out a hand No need to fear 'Cause all we need Right Here chorus: All...
  • By Ellen Rockett
    Text from "Love Will Guide Us," by Sally Rogers, #131, Singing the Living Tradition .
  • By Kathy Fuson Hurt
    In order to get out I must go through. There is no other way. No other way? But there must be another way, an easier path, a well-lit road...
  • By Jan Carlsson-Bull
    Love is knotted and gnarled, like an old tree fighting with the wind, like branches too brittle for their own good, like roots that...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once upon a time there were two rivers flowing side by side. Both rivers liked to argue about who was the best. “The water in my river is...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once, two frogs were hopping through the forest when they accidently hopped into a big churn of cream. The sides of the churn were so slick...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once there was a little girl who worried about a very big problem—world hunger. She read in the newspaper about children all over the world...