For many Unitarian Universalists, the resurrection narrative is often more metaphorical than literal. Many kinds of resurrection can be emphasized: rebirth of nature; resurrecting dreams and hopes; resurrecting dead relationships. In a general sense, the ultimate triumph of life over death. Hallelujah!

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  • It’s complicated, sorting out where Jesus fits into my life as a witch. But he hasn’t gone away.
    Reflection | By Myke Johnson | April 5, 2023 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Christianity, Easter, Lent, Worship
  • Let us imagine washing the feet of someone who has wronged us. Their feet, too, are calloused and muddy from the road.
    Responsive Reading | By Patty Willis | October 3, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Caring, Christianity, Compassion, Easter, Empathy, Ministry, Service, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • May we open our hearts to the abundance of creation.
    Prayer | By Vanessa Rush Southern, Alyson Jacks | August 8, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Balance, Connections, Earth Day, Easter, Hope, Joy, Vernal Equinox, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • You can crush Love down, bury it, cover it over, but it will rise.
    Reflection | By Molly Housh Gordon | April 6, 2022 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Christianity, Community, Easter, Love, Mystery, Purpose, Worship
  • Every day offers us, yet again, the chance to experience our own Divinity and spiritual Transformation.
    Affirmation | By Paul Stephan Dodenhoff | November 17, 2021 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Easter, Good Friday, Unitarian Universalism
  • A triumph of love over death is the core of the Easter message.
    Reflection | By Rachel Lonberg | March 31, 2021 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Beauty, Christianity, Death, Easter, Joy, Love, Worship
  • Easter is a holiday of miracles.
    Opening | By Peggy Clarke | March 31, 2021 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Belief, Christianity, Easter, Hope, Love, Nature, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • Jesus had no political power. He lived his whole life in the shadow of the Roman empire, and that empire killed him. Yet Jesus healed the sick, he listened, he moved among the ordinary people, in the lowly places.
    Reflection | By Myke Johnson | April 8, 2020 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: #COVID19, 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Calling, Caring, Christianity, Democracy, Easter, Evil, Good Friday, Healing, Hope, Power, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Responsibility
  • “The favoured method of showing the supremacy of the Christian belief was the destruction of the holy trees of the Germans. These were trees, usually old oaks or elm trees, dedicated to the gods....
    Homily | By Myke Johnson | July 27, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Beauty, Christianity, Discernment, Easter, History
  • Let us imagine for a moment that our lives are like the baskets that our children will use after the service to collect colorful eggs and candy. And as we welcome that imaginative connection, let us pause for a moment to accept a blessing....
    Blessing | By Lucas Hergert | May 27, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Abundance, Awe, Beauty, Community, Compassion, Easter, Family, Generosity, Gratitude, Happiness, Joy
  • When some people think of Easter, they think of a bunny rabbit. Others would point to other fertility symbols and signs of Spring, springing forth out of the ordinary, the plain, the seemingly dead: butterflies, flowers, and the like. Christians might think of the empty cross, or of a cross with...
    Reading | By Lisa Fischbeck | April 11, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Awe, Beauty, Christianity, Easter, Mystery
  • Note: Lisa Maria has provided instructions, below, to make this litany interactive and fun. One of her suggestions entails inviting an added written response from members of the congregation. #1: We celebrate the memory of winter’s sleep and the quieting of our souls. Response: Sing praises for...
    Litany | By Lisa Maria Andreoli Steinberg | April 9, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Abundance, Beauty, Easter, Gratitude, Meaning, Spring
  • Hate and betrayal do not and will not prevail, says the resurrection.
    Homily | By Heide Cottam | February 13, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Awe, Christianity, Easter, Faith, Hope, Living Our Faith, Love, Mystery, Reverence, Strength, Transformation
  • We all know loss and pain. Let none of it divide us. In the rising sun today Let us do together what we cannot do alone: Roll away the stones that close our hearts.
    Closing | By Joel Miller | December 21, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Christianity, Easter, Love, Pain, Unity, Wholeness
  • Rejecting literal readings of what we insist is only a myth, we look to nature and religions close to the earth for alternative stories of the season. Explaining away troublesome details—the empty tomb, Jesus' appearance to the women and the disciples—we tell a story that appeals to reason.
    Meditation | By Lisa Doege | June 18, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Christianity, Easter, Gratitude, Hope, Reason, Transformation
  • today is a story day of a man who was loved dying washed with herbs wrapped in scented cloths laid to rest in a cave tomb a rock marking the place a story of followers weeping in surprise when they are told not to be afraid that the rock is rolled away and the cave tomb is empty and somewhere up...
    Invocation | By Lois Van Leer | June 18, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Belief, Christianity, Easter, Hope, Presence
  • Hallelujah! As the spring sun coaxes lilies and bluebonnets from the soil, Let us celebrate that even after murderous betrayal, After days and nights suspended in torture, When all the world has gone dark and we cried out, “Why have You forsaken me?”—even then, there is a sunrise. Even then,...
    Opening | By Elena Westbrook | May 31, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Challenge, Christianity, Easter, Hope, Humanism, Joy, Spring, Unitarian Universalism
  • Download your own copy of the Easter egg chalice coloring page!
    Image | By David Snedden | March 30, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Easter
  • All the great religions have their stories, and usually a special day that celebrates that story. Today is Easter. Easter and Christmas are the most special days for Christians: on Christmas we tell the story of Jesus being born in the manager; on Easter we tell a story about the end of Jesus’...
    Time for All Ages | By Sue Andrews | March 29, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Christianity, Easter
  • This trio of poems in multiple voices imagines the journey of Jesus’ followers, from the gates of the city to the empty tomb. At the Gate He came in on a donkey, But we greeted him as a King. The crowd was huge that day. As though all of Jerusalem’s poor, tired, downtrodden had flooded into the...
    Poetry | By Molly Housh Gordon | March 25, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Christianity, Easter