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  • What is the history of any thing? This apple, let's say, that my grandson just picked as he sits on my shoulders, feet dangling like parentheses around my heart?...
    Poetry | By Peter Friedrichs | November 10, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Awe, Children, Connections, Direct Experience, Family, Fathers, Generations, History, Humanism, Interdependence, Parents, Wonder
  • I am so tired and weary, So tired of the endless fight, So weary of waiting the dawn And finding endless night. That I ask but rest and quiet— Rest for the days that are gone, And quiet for the little space That I must journey on.
    Poetry | By Joseph Seamon Cotter | August 27, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Activism, Challenge, Despair, Hope, Journey, Limitations, Stress
  • Now the autumn shudders In the rose's root, Far and wide the ladders Lean among the fruit. Now the autumn clambers Up the trellised frame And the rose remembers The dust from which it came. Brighter than the blossom On the rose's bough Sits the wizened orange, Bitter berry now; Beauty never...
    Poetry | By Edna St. Vincent Millay | August 26, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Autumnal Equinox, Beauty, Death, Earth-Centered, Fall, Humility, Samhain
  • #‎BlackLivesMatter Let the only burning be the fire of commitment in our hearts, minds, hands, spirits in our community of faith. Live solidarity. Use your voice. Demand justice... better, live it into being. Cry out for others to join you. Name hate as hate—without shrinking back without...
    Poetry | By Jeannie Shero | August 11, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Anti-Oppression, Black History / Whitney Young / James Reeb, Change, Direct Experience, Honesty, Humanism, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Oppression, Power, Privilege, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Race/Ethnicity, Solidarity, Unitarian Universalism
  • “Hope” is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all— And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard— And sore must be the storm— That ­could abash the ­little Bird That kept so many warm— I’ve heard it in the...
    Poetry | By Emily Dickinson | June 25, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Hope, Listening, Nature, Secular
  • Ah, it’s true. When our ancestors spoke of heaven, they were speaking of this moment. When they went on about nirvana they imagined a time like this. When they sang of paradise, it was this morning they imagined....
    Poetry | By Mark Belletini | June 25, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Body, Community, Generations, Imagination, Living Our Faith, Love, Mystery, Presence, Silence, Truth
  • Is the fire going out? Not in your belly, for you are still alive, but in your soul, that place where dreams fuel commitment where longings shape action where meaning flames purpose where passion ignites and rekindles your life fire. If your soul smolders dream on till you flame like a chalice of...
    Poetry | By Stephen M. Shick | June 18, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Commitment, Courage, Despair, Hope, Meaning, Purpose
  • Sometimes I offer to make a deal with God. “I’ll tell you about my resistance to prayer,” I say, “If you’ll explain the Holocaust.” God declines to comment, and the lawyers make their prepared statements on his behalf. I kind of hate when he does that. I love God best, I confess, when I...
    Poetry | By Bob Janis-Dillon | June 15, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Doubt, Forgiveness, God, Playfulness, Searching, Spiritual Practice, WorshipWeb
  • Later there were mutterings at the bar, and throughout the law courts, that Jesus only showed at the gay pride parade to love the jewel, but not the quality, to love the potluck, but not the food, to love the vessel, but not the wine, to love the hot rod, but not the driver, to love the baby, but...
    Poetry | By Bob Janis-Dillon | June 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Anti-Oppression, Christianity, Inclusion, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, Pride Sunday
  • 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 present at the reading, disguise ourselves in sotto voice and pale monotone but here was one who could take us into his personal life and show us around as i...
    Poetry | By Ric Masten | June 3, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Connections, Home, Honesty, Hospitality, Humility, Intimacy, Relationships, Solidarity, Vulnerability, Wholeness
  • Through the windy night something is coming up the path towards the house. I have always hated to wait for things. I think I will go to meet whatever it is.
    Poetry | By Elizabeth Coatsworth | February 8, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Fear, Hope, Mystery
  • I want not dainty bone china-cupped, oh-so-polite, pinky-extended sips, but guzzle-by-the-gallon, drink-from-the-fire-hose- two-hundred-eighty-psi- Niagara-Falls volumes, and inch-thick slices of hearty multi-grain-hard-crusted- with-stick-in-your-teeth-seeds-bread (none of that bland supermarket...
    Poetry | By Peter Friedrichs | February 4, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Body, Direct Experience, Love, Playfulness, Sexuality, Valentine's Day
  • A man sits on the rubble— not just in the rubble, but on the pile of what remains. No people in the bombed-out houses. No dogs. No birds. Just ragged hunks of concrete and loss. And on his perch he is playing an instrument constructed of what is left—an olive oil can, a broom handle, a bowed...
    Poetry | By Lynn Ungar | November 20, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Direct Experience, Grief, Healing, Hope, Humanism, War, Wholeness
  • Why is this blank page staring back at me, mocking, like an affliction, and fraught with dread? How can it hold such sway, this simple emptiness? Might it instead be a gift left on my doorstep overnight, waiting to be broken open with the dawn?...
    Poetry | By Peter Friedrichs | November 17, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Acceptance, Awe, Compromise, Direct Experience, Earth-Centered, Humility, Imagination, Purpose, Wonder
  • I vote we let the artists win the ones covered in paint from their last attempt to smuggle across the beauty of a bowl of fruit the 14-year-old rapper learning to spit throwing life's chaos on the rhythm wheel uncovering the shapes that live on after the next break I say we let the food bank...
    Poetry | By Bob Janis-Dillon | November 16, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Awe, Caring, Direct Experience, Peace, Playfulness, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Suffering, Wonder
  • I wish I were like the trees, Who let their leaves go gracefully, without regret. Or the tumbling stream that flushes silt to sea, Exchanging murkiness for blessed clarity. Or the dandelion, who bows its head to the subtle breeze, Unleashing its future without fear or loss. Instead, I drive...
    Poetry | By Peter Friedrichs | November 11, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Forgiveness, Healing, Humility, Letting Go, Regret, Relationships
  • Go slow if you can. Slower. More slowly still. Friendly dark or fearsome, this is no place to break your neck by rushing, by running, by crashing into what you cannot see....
    Poetry | By Jan Richardson | October 22, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Advent, Christianity, Compassion, Discernment, Journey, Love, Searching, Shadow
  • Let’s start with the people we love and those who love us, thankful they are in our lives obliging us to open our hearts. Let open hearts embrace the Earth, the sea and soil and stars, blessed by bold beauty, the bounty of being. Then with hearts open to beauty let us embrace the arts and the...
    Poetry | By Swiftwalker | October 19, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Abundance, Beauty, Earth, Earth-Centered, Grace, Gratitude, Humanism, Relationships, Thanksgiving, Unitarian Universalism, Wisdom
  • I know sometimes you get cranky, And sometimes your tea gets cold Before you can drink it. Sometimes The news is too much. The resistance Seems too little. That's real. But we are Here. Imperfect and together and reaching. You can hold my hand if you want. I washed It with soap. It's OK. In this...
    Poetry | By Theresa I. Soto | September 26, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Activism, Compassion, Connections, Direct Experience, Friendship, Hospitality, Relationships, Secular, Solidarity
  • we were erased and still we loved we were shamed and still we loved we were expelled and still we loved we were laughed at and still we loved we were hunted and still we loved we were sacrificed and still we loved we were marketed and still we loved we were legislated and still we loved we were...
    Poetry | By Becky Brooks | August 1, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), America, Anti-Oppression, Direct Experience, Healing, Identity, Inclusion, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, Love, Pride Sunday, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Solidarity