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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • 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 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 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 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 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 Sean Parker Dennison
    I’ve been doing a lot of guest preaching lately and it’s always a little awkward. I often don’t know how the congregation is used to doing...

inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Chalice Children, in Preschool

Miracles, Wide Age Span

  • This Korean folk tale, translated by Heinz Insu Fenkl, is similar to the European folk tale “The Frog Prince.” Used with the translator’s...

World of Wonder, Grades K-1

  • By Janeen K Grohsmeyer
    In the warm salty waters of the great blue sea, little orange and white fish called clown fish played their favorite game: chasing each...
  • Adapted from "Amrita's Tree" in The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey and Anne Wilson (Cambridge: Barefoot Books, 2009). Used by...
  • Adapted from "Why the Sky is Far Away" in The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey and Anne Wilson (Cambridge: Barefoot Books, 2009...

UU World

  • By Staff Writer
    Selections from ‘To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience.’
    Image credit: Book cover of Selections from To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience, edited by William G. Sinkford, Skinner House, 2017

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Andrea Hawkins-Kamper
    May it be well with you and all those entrusted to our care.
  • By Rexford J. Styzens
    Christmas is a risk for us to take.
  • By Anne Lamott
    "We can change. People say we can’t, but we do when the stakes or the pain is high enough. And when we do, life can change."
  • By Lisa Bovee-Kemper
    You are loved beyond measure. You are good, right, and beautiful. Your lives are more than the sum of the moment or moments that changed you.
  • By Frederick Buechner
    Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you...
  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Remembering to breathe and to breathe deeply and then once more, to take the breath in and let the breath out, we pause, poised as we are,...
  • By Rebecca Parker
    We remember the Magi, Observers of stars, Evidence-based seekers Who found their way to kneel before a baby. May we, too, kneel before life...
  • By Myke Johnson
    It is always good to give thanks! All that we have is a gift from life: our food, our relationships, our shelter from the cold. And when we...
  • By Gretchen Haley
    As a child, growing up Catholic, my sense was that we should give away forgiveness like candy at Halloween: freely and readily, to anyone...
  • By Gretchen Haley
    There is nothing you need to bring with you to be welcome here ...
  • By Amy Russell
    Reader One : You who feel your heart is breaking, come in. Reader Two : You who are confused and wondering. Come in. Reader Three : You who...
  • By Molly Brewer
    Spirit of Life and of Love, Holy One that reaches wide to encompass all beings, Hold us to Yourself in this moment. We come to this place...
  • By Marisol Caballero
    “Though we tremble before uncertain futures, may we meet illness, death, and adversity with strength. May we dance in the face of our fears...
  • By Megan Foley, Theresa I. Soto
    Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Theresa Soto writes, "All of us need all of us to make it." I want you to get used to those words; make them your prayer. All of us need all of us to make it. ...
  • By Jan Richardson
    God has a fondness for what is fragile. This means us. Advent tells us that God came to us—and comes to us still—with complete...
  • By Susan Maginn
    Gracious God, from Exodus we hear you say, "I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the...
  • By Lisa Doege
    No hot house flowers, these, bred for perfection, dyed and trimmed, and arranged to order, clothed in ribbons and bows. Not these. No,...
  • By Elea Kemler
    Six weeks into the church year, I have realized that I am the minister of a church where things usually go wrong. This morning the copy...
  • By Lorelei Greenwood-Jones
    Leader: In this sacred place, we need not be alone. We seek a listening ear, a warm heart, open arms. Congregation: In this sacred place,...
  • By Chip Roush
    We are about to enter sacred time. We are about to make this time and this place sacred by our presence and intention. Please turn off or...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Good Morning. Welcome to our Unitarian Universalist congregation. I’m [ name ]; I serve as [ role ] of this growing, journeying community...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Welcome to this morning, this day, and this opportunity to be together in community—which is a time of joy, comfort, and sometimes...
  • By Evan Young
    In our reckless yearning to be safe, we turn again and again away from the blessed security of having nowhere left to hide. Give us the...
  • By Christopher A Rothbauer
    We gather together this morning, Because others came before us. Some have left examples for us to follow, Others lessons for us to learn...
  • By Katie Kandarian-Morris
    O God of many names, the personal and mysterious, We have come to a quiet time, an interior place, a place for the deepening of spirit, the...
  • By Mark Nepo
    Unconditional love is not so much about how we receive and endure each other, as it is about the deep vow to never, under any condition,...
  • By Dennis McCarty
    [In the] spirit of love, harmony, and remembrance, we stand too often divided, too often set apart from one another in heedless ways. We...
  • 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 Ric Masten
    if we show them at all most of us who write our secrets down and call it poetry prefer to slip it under the door and run, and if we must be...
  • By Elizabeth Tarbox
    Spirit of Life, I give thanks for the opportunities to love that present themselves in the turmoil of life. Where the light catches the...
  • By Elizabeth Tarbox
    It is an hour before sunrise. The waves keep coming, but each minute they make less progress than the minute before. As the tide goes out,...
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    Our locks tell us a lot about our lives. Locks of all kinds hold my attention because of a dream I had when I was thirteen. In the dream a...
  • By David O Rankin
    I have learned to trust those who are witnesses rather than gurus, those who express their confusion as well as their knowledge, and those...

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