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  • “Now,” the yoga instructor said, “begin to chant GOD GOD GOD as you vigorously circle your arms.” Oh boy, I thought, Here we go. Of course it couldn’t just be arm circles.
    Reflection | By Tara Humphries | February 7, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Challenge, God, Interfaith, Joy, Letting Go, Spiritual Practice
  • I wanted so badly to break free and let loose—but I just couldn't. I was stuck in my own false ideas of the congregation's expectations of me. Luckily, there’s still time.
    Reflection | By DeReau K. Farrar | January 16, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Acceptance, Arts & Music, Body, Direct Experience, Empathy, Freedom, Joy, Limitations, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity, Self-Respect
  • In our congregations, how often do we assume that preachers, music directors, and other worship leaders are there to fulfill our personal preferences?
    Leader Resource | By Erika Hewitt, Erica Baron | January 10, 2018 | From WorshipLab
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Arts & Music, Conflict, Covenant, Direct Experience, Leadership, Responsibility, Secular, Unitarian Universalism
  • The chalice is the container— the space where the musicians and the listeners gather. The oil is the fuel— the hours of practice and the life experiences of everyone in the room. The wick is the instruments and vocal cords through which the music will flow. And the flame—the flame!— is the...
    Chalice Lighting | By Marnie Singer | October 24, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Direct Experience, Playfulness
  • Hush: Somebody’s calling your name— Can you hear it? Calling you to a past not quite forgotten, Calling us to a future not fully imagined? Hush, hush: Somebody’s calling our name. What shall we do? Note: this benediction is part of an entire Promise & Practice...
    Benediction | By Kimberly Quinn Johnson  | October 15, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Arts & Music, Calling, Healing, Listening, Living Our Faith, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity, Reconciliation, Responsibility
  • Joy Unspeakable is not silent, it moans, hums, and bends to the rhythm of a dancing universe…. For our free African ancestors, joy unspeakable is drum talk… For enslaved Africans during the Middle Passage, joy unspeakable is the surprise of living one more day… For Africans in bondage in the...
    Reading | By Kimberly Quinn Johnson  | October 15, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Arts & Music, Community, Direct Experience, Joy, Living Our Faith, Multiculturalism, Personal Stories, Race/Ethnicity, Spiritual Practice, Unitarian Universalism
  • The most important lesson pottery has taught me is to not be attached to the final product—the process matters more than the product.
    Reflection | By Tim Atkins | June 28, 2017 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Abundance, Arts & Music, Beginnings, Creativity, Direct Experience, Humanism, Playfulness, Secular
  • Last summer at General Assembly, I walked out of the sanctuary we had made from the convention center space. As tired as I was, I returned more and more to my deeply introverted default of self, and I passed a woman who had to stop to talk with me....
    Reflection | By Glen Thomas Rideout | May 10, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Anti-Oppression, Arts & Music, Direct Experience, History, Humanism, Love, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Race/Ethnicity, Respect, Responsibility, Sacred, Unitarian Universalism
  • The 7 Jobs Capitalism Asks of All of Us: 1. Measure Self Worth by Work: Don’t believe in the inherent goodness of people. Instead decide that everyone’s worth is only as much as they achieve. 2. Accept that Oppression is the Norm: This starts with adultism the moment we are born and conditions...
    Reading | By Talia Cooper | April 20, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Activism, Arts & Music, Character, Direct Experience, Healing, Integrity, Relationships, Secular, Self-Respect
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time when particular songs get sung; one of them is "Lift Every Voice and Sing." It gets sung in school, in church, and at various MLK day celebrations or over the course of Black History Month....
    Reflection | By Aisha Ansano | February 27, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), America, Anti-Oppression, Arts & Music, Black History / Whitney Young / James Reeb, Direct Experience, History, Juneteenth, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Pain, Privilege, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Race/Ethnicity
  • "What we need is here" is a perfect, simple song by Episcopalian priest Rev. Amy McCreath. Its five words are the closing sentence of a Wendell Berry poem, "The Wild Geese," which inspired Amy to write this tune....
    Music | By Amy McCreath | February 13, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Community, Direct Experience, Faith, Humanism, Living Our Faith, Power, Presence, Purpose, Self-Respect, Solidarity, Unity
  • It's in one tiny moment in time / for life to shine to shine Burn away the darkness You've got one tiny moment in time / for life to shine to shine To burn away the darkness I will be light. — “I Will Be Light” by Matisyahu About six months ago, I got a new tattoo. It’s a lit match on my...
    Reflection | By Sean Parker Dennison | February 1, 2017 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Activism, Anger, Anti-Oppression, Arts & Music, Despair, Direct Experience, Humanism, Identity, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular
  • An awakening passed through the whole theatre, and as if touched by some invisible hand, the people stood, clapped, shouted with joy, laughed, and wept… It was blessed to be connected to—no, to be a part of a community—a people. —Volker Kühn, in his essay about a cabaret performance during...
    Reflection | By Sean Parker Dennison | December 14, 2016 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Community, History, Personal Stories, Power, Responsibility, Self-Respect, Suffering, Tradition
  • Spirit of life and love, we know you by many names or perhaps no name at all— yet together we know this is a holy night. We come from many different traditions or perhaps no tradition at all — We have celebrated decades of Christmases, or this might be only our first or second time at a...
    Prayer | By Debra Haffner | December 14, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Awe, Christianity, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Connections, Direct Experience, Tradition, Unitarian Universalism
  • The wheel of the year has turned again. Once more the Thanksgiving season has arrived. How shall we sing our song of gratitude now? For what shall we give thanks? For this moment; for friends near and far; for our breath; for love; for courage and clarity; for strength; for delight; for laughter;...
    Opening | By Laura Horton-Ludwig | November 30, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Arts & Music, Awe, Direct Experience, Generations, Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Wonder
  • Our first breath is followed by our first song Lusty, loud and primal A solo that announces to the world, “I have arrived!” We are the music. As toddlers hearing our first reggae beat We let our spines and hips bend and sway in response As natural as the beat of our hearts We are the music. The...
    Reading | By Renee Ruchotzke | November 12, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Arts & Music, Direct Experience, Humanism, Music Sunday, Secular, Unity
  • My friends, when you go from here know that our hearts are always in a holy place, for we are always connected to one another. Know that deep down, our hearts beat in one universal rhythm. May we each find the sacred space to hear it.
    Benediction | By Israel Buffardi | September 22, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Arts & Music, Community, Connections, Love, Music Sunday, Sacred, Unity, Valentine's Day
  • "When we hear our voices each other's words, then our heart is in a holy place." from #1008, "When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place," in Singing the Journey.
    Image | June 23, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Community, Unitarian Universalism, Unity
  • Let us go out into the world singing. Let us go out into the world singing songs that proclaim liberty. Songs that turn ashes into garlands Songs that bind up the afflicted and those who mourn. Songs that, like oaks, have roots that go deep and stand strong. Let us go out into the world singing....
    Benediction | By Dawn Skjei Cooley | March 1, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Activism, Arts & Music, Christianity, Compassion, Music Sunday, Transformation, Vision, Wholeness
  • Image | By Jennie Freiberger | February 4, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Arts & Music, Playfulness, Seven Principles, Unitarian Universalism

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