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  • Mystery of the Universe – Ground of our very Being, Truly it is said that you make the sun rise, and the life giving rains fall, on both the just and the unjust And in that way, yours is an abounding grace, and we give our thanks. But it is also true that none of us are ever really spared –...
    Prayer | By Kyle Johnson | June 18, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Buddhism, Challenge, Change, Character, Patience, Presence
  • Liking somebody, even loving somebody, is not enough to protect them from shade that you cannot even see, much less understand.
    Reflection | By Teresa Honey Youngblood | January 10, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Anti-Oppression, Character, Children, Coming-of-Age, Direct Experience, Humanism, Race/Ethnicity, Secular, Truth
  • My oldest child was confused: why would no one stop and help us? Even though people weren’t stopping to help us, my son said, he wanted to be more like me and stop to help someone anyway.
    Reflection | By Rayla D. Mattson | January 3, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Caring, Character, Children, Compassion, Conscience, Direct Experience, Generations, Integrity, Living Our Faith, Mothers, Parents
  • I long for progressive religious communities that are confessing communities—places where we admit our wrongdoings, are held accountable, and called back into covenant.
    Reflection | By Robin Tanner | May 3, 2017 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Character, Christianity, Community, Conscience, Direct Experience, Honesty, Humility
  • 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
  • We humans have both a natural desire and a spiritual need to feel connected and to grow roots, even if those roots aren't necessarily tied to a geographic place.
    Reflection | By Marisol Caballero | April 19, 2017 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Character, Commitment, Direct Experience, Discernment, Family, Home, Humanism, Identity, Secular
  • Someone called me a "bleeding heart liberal." It was not intended as a compliment. However, I will always consider it one of the biggest compliments of my life. My heart bleeds for the underdog. My heart fights for those who can't fight. My heart rejoices in seeing others overcome adversity. My...
    Meditation | By Sara Sutherland Dean | November 8, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), Activism, Character, Compassion, Courage, Direct Experience, Empathy, Humanism, Integrity, Living Our Faith, Love, Secular, Solidarity
  • October 5, 2016 "The heart was made to be broken." ― Oscar Wilde I'm sitting here broken-hearted. I could try to convince you that it’s about the state of the world with its tragedies, suffering, and seeming lack of compassion, but it’s not. I’m broken-hearted because a relationship that had...
    Reflection | By Sean Parker Dennison | October 5, 2016 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Brokenness, Character, Conflict, Healing, Hope, Integrity, Love, Relationships
  • I have a voice. It is a small voice, perhaps, but it will not be silenced. When you call for black people to be beaten, and excluded, and even removed—I will say no. When you attempt to silence Latinx voices—I will say no. When you mock the disabled and threaten the oppressed—I will say no.
    Reading | By Amy Petrie Shaw | September 29, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Activism, Anger, Anti-Oppression, Character, Commitment, Democracy, Direct Experience, Justice, Limitations, Nonviolence, Oppression, Secular
  • Kids, I want you to do something special: I want you to put on your backpacks, if you brought them, leaving the back pocket open just enough for us to drop in a small gift...and I want you to stand up on your pews....
    Blessing | By Jen Crow | August 2, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Backpack Blessing, Caring, Character, Children, Courage, Family, Growth, Individualism, Integrity, Journey, Parents
  • "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." This quote, attributed to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is likely a paraphrase of original language that was slightly different. The closest statement your WorshipWeb Curator could find is this excerpt from Rev. King's...
    Quote | By Martin Luther King, Jr. | June 1, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Activism, Anti-Oppression, Character, Commitment, Courage, Democracy, Integrity, Living Our Faith, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Self-Respect, Seven Principles
  • Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them....
    Responsive Reading | By Rainer Maria Rilke | August 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Challenge, Change, Character, Discernment, Doubt, Growth, Humanism, Wonder
  • You get up in the morning, you brush your teeth, and you help another human being.
    Quote | By Paul Eisemann | June 25, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Activism, Caring, Character, Choice, Meaning, Purpose, Relationships, Service
  • To prepare for this activity, place umbrellas in the pews. Instruct people to open the umbrellas when the man in the story receives the umbrella. Today we have a very special item in our very special Mystery Box. This item is going to teach us more about sanctuaries....
    Story | By Tim Atkins | June 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Caring, Character, Children, Empathy, Generosity, Interdependence
  • Dear God of Sorrow and Love— Are there no places of safety from hate? Are there no sanctuaries from racism? Are there no walls fortified with love that can withstand violence? We pray this day for the nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston who were senselessly...
    Prayer | By Sarah Lammert | June 18, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, Anti-Oppression, Character, Direct Experience, Humanism, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Race/Ethnicity, Unitarian Universalism, Unity
  • It is the day before the election as I write these lines, and whatever the outcome, I will be glad when it’s over. Some will be elated by the results, and others will feel dejected, but regardless of who wins or loses, our world will still be broken and suffering from ills that government is...
    Meditation | By Gary Kowalski | June 3, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy), Brokenness, Character, Freedom, Generations, Governance, Living Our Faith, Politics, Power, Responsibility, Suffering
  • Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.
    Quote | By William Ellery Channing | April 26, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Character, Identity, Purpose
  • Once upon a time, a mother and her daughter were carrying bags of food to a neighboring village where people were hungry and had no food of their own. The two had to travel a great distance, which made them very tired, so they stopped to rest. As they sat down they heard a voice call out to them.
    Story | By Christopher Buice | April 14, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Caring, Character, Discernment, Integrity, Kindness
  • Once upon a time in a little village, there appeared a sign that said: Beauty Contest to be held this Saturday at the fair grounds. There will be a surprise guest judge. All the young girls in the village were very excited about being in a beauty contest, and they began to prepare for the big day.
    Story | By Christopher Buice | April 14, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Beauty, Character, Discernment, Integrity
  • “So...what do you want to do with your life???” There was a time when this question haunted me like an existential crisis. Some might call it being in my twenties, but I certainly didn’t feel that such pain was just “to be expected.” I remember pouring over inspirational books. I found few...
    Reading | By David Ruffin | March 23, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Challenge, Character, Direct Experience, Identity, Purpose, Searching, Unitarian Universalism, Youth/Teens

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