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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    Light We Seek, wherever I am on the journey toward wholeness for all of us—that is, toward racial equality—help me to forgive myself and others for missteps and missed opportunities, and guide my efforts to build up the relationships where love, justice, and understanding grow.
  • By Jake Morrill
    What's my favorite weather? When the wind whips your face, you're alive, and you can think what you will.

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Chalice Children, in Preschool

Creating Home, Kindergarten-1st Grade

  • This story is designed to be used with Leader Resource 2, Beehive Poster in Activity 3. What Do Bees Do at Home? How do you think bees get...
  • One day some worker bees made a honeycomb in the hollow trunk of an oak. They settled nearby to rest. Then, the drones from their hive flew...
  • Once there was a farmer. He was very old and ill and knew he would soon die. He had lived a good life and his only regret was that his...

Resistance and Transformation

  • Materials for Activity Worship or centering table Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED battery-operated candle Timepiece (minutes) Chime or...
  • Preparation for Activity Invite three or four activist members of your congregation to join a panel and share their stories of why they are...
  • Materials for Activity Index cards and pens/pencils Newsprint, markers, and tape Preparation for Activity Find out about social action...

Riddle and Mystery, 6th Grade

Windows and Mirrors, Grades 4-5

World of Wonder, Grades K-1

  • 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 Sara M. Fawcett
    If my role as an educator is my ministry, then every act of education is my prayer.
    Image credit: Illustration © Sarah Hickok (background image © Ellen van Deelen CC BY 2.0 )

WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Dan Lambert
    Leader: Because the daily pressure of life weighs heavy on our minds, on our bodies, and on our spirits. ...
  • By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    One: On Labor Day we honor our work, physical and mental, paid and unpaid, joyous and heartbreaking. ...
  • By Chrystal Hogan
    We light this chalice to honor our work...
  • By Tim Atkins, Jessica Ferguson
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    We carry bags with us throughout the week for many reasons. (If you have a bag with you, and you want to have it blessed, please bring 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
    Our words for the chalice lighting were written from the perspective of Jessica Star Rockers. Perhaps her specific memories will elicit...
  • By Dorothy Day
    What we would like to do is change the world—make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves... by fighting for...
  • By Howard Thurman
    When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back...
  • By Andrew Weber
    Our [congregation name] ancestors are the ones who physically bought this land*, built some of our buildings, raised the money to create...
  • By Julie Taylor
    Love is patient Love is kind It does not envy It is not proud Love bears all things We know these words, use these words when we refer to...
  • By Susan Maginn
    He's not where he is supposed to be. He should be practicing sprints in the desert sun with all the other aspiring Marines, but instead he...
  • By Amy Bowden Freedman, Keith Kron
    Become aware of the hands that you are holding: their warmth, texture, and weight. As an infant, these same hands reached out for the...
  • By Aaron Stockwell
    Dear God, Spirit of Life and Love, ...
  • By Aaron Stockwell
    Dear God, Spirit of Life and Love, ...
  • By Audette Fulbright Fulson
    In a free religious community, to serve is the highest expression of our commitment and love. To be asked to lead is the highest honor...
  • By Megan Dowdell
    We enter this meeting house for kindness and comfort. May rough-worn hands and aching backs be healed. We enter this meeting house of hope...
  • By Reinhold Neibuhr
    Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; Therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense...
  • By Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson
    Dear great lathe of heaven, O foundry of souls, You churning, burning cosmos which has wrought me on the infinite loom of your celestial...
  • 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 Linda M. Underwood
    All this talk of saving souls. Souls weren’t made to save, like Sunday clothes that give out at the seams. They’re made for wear; they come...
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    I have learned some things about life from canoes. I’m not saying I know how to paddle. I have been in canoes twice, and both have been...
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    All summer, workers have been building a brick wall along the road by my neighborhood. Against the brutal heat, they stretch a tarp...
  • By Rosemary Bray McNatt
    If we do not bring justice to the world, none of us is safe and none of us will survive.
  • By Mary Wellemeyer
    Like those shepherds who were on the hillsides with their flocks, like those wise ones in their observatories with their telescopes and...
  • By Barbara Merritt
    My husband, the physics teacher, receives a weekly magazine called Science News . A recent cover story, in bold letters, riveted my...
  • By Audette Fulbright Fulson
    Did you rise this morning, broken and hung over with weariness and pain and rage tattered from waving too long in a brutal wind? Get up,...
  • By Heather K Janules
    From the power of our memory and history, With high hopes for the days that lie ahead, We gather to craft the destiny we share with one...
  • By Jack Mendelsohn
    Here in this sanctuary of ancient dreams and wisdom and beauty we come to grow, to be healed, to stretch mind and heart, to be challenged,...
  • By Gina Whitaker
    (This was written for the opening worship at a district board retreat. It could be used for any service where the thematic goal is to lift...
  • By Albert F Ciarcia
    I do not like the "I hate it" feeling, but I have it. I hate it that there are too many good people who allow the ways and works of...
  • By Kathleen Rolenz
    Spirit of Life, known to us in beginnings and endings, In possibilities and promises We give thanks for all that has led to this moment,...
  • By Jane Ranney Rzepka
    A one-paragraph newspaper article describes a subway platform during the morning rush hour at Grand Central Terminal. A train pulls in; a...
  • By Bret Lortie
    It was in Alaska, right before the first Gulf War, that I first realized how music can “teach us how to hear the world differently,” as...

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