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  • I am ever grateful for the friends who are my family; who have pieced me together each time I’ve fallen apart; who laugh, cry, dream, and age happily by my side.
    Reflection | By Marisol Caballero | December 28, 2016 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Acceptance, Caring, Child Dedication, Children, Family, Fathers, Forgiveness, Generations, Humanism, International, Mothers, Secular
  • This child dedication includes some multi-sensory elements. We recommend talking to parents in advance about how the child might respond. Worship Leader: Friends and family, we have been brought together by [child] for a joyous occasion: to recognize and welcome [Child’s Name] into this world and...
    Ritual | By Alex Haider-Winnett | August 19, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Child Dedication, Children, Commitment, Community, Family, Fathers, Generations, Mothers, Parents
  • Based on Dedications led by the Revs Janne and Rob Eller-Isaacs, Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, MN Let us enter into a space of dedication and hope, of promise and love, as we bless these young members of our community. I invite (children and caretakers) to the chancel. (Children’s names), by...
    Blessing | By Bill Neely | August 2, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Beauty, Child Dedication, Children, Community, Earth, Earth-Centered, Family, Fathers, Generations, Mothers, Parents, Relationships
  • We light this chalice for mothers and mothering; to celebrate those who have taken on the task of nurturing a young one-baby, child, or youth-into adulthood; to celebrate those who have nourished the light of truth and compassion in growing minds and hearts; to celebrate those who have committed...
    Chalice Lighting | By Claudene (Deane) Oliva | May 4, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Children, Commitment, Education, Family, Fathers, Generations, Gratitude, Love, Mother's Day, Mothers, Parents, WorshipWeb
  • She called to ask if I would baptize her infant son. I said, "What we do is like a baptism, but not exactly. And we normally do it only for people who are part of the church family. The next one we have scheduled is in May." She said, "Could we come to talk with you about it anyway?" They came to...
    Meditation | By Robert Walsh | January 10, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Child Dedication, Children, Faith, Family, Fathers, God, Grace, Love, Mothers, New Child, Parents, Salvation, Unitarian Universalism
  • 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
  • My wakeful nights are fewer now that my children are growing older. A recent event reminded me of what I am missing. After a tremendously exciting weekend in another state at a family celebration, my young son and I found that our sleep schedules were no longer in sync....
    Meditation | By Jane E Mauldin | June 3, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Aging, Calling, Children, Family, Fathers, Friendship, Intimacy, Mothers, Sacrifice, Service
  • Blessed is the person who feeds and warms, washes, and comforts a child and soothes them in illness. For they shall be called caregiver. Blessed is the person who gives shelter and food, clothing, toys, books and tools. For they shall be called provider....
    Prayer | By Janet H. Bowering | May 28, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Bridging Ceremony, Child Dedication, Children, Coming of Age, Coming-of-Age, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Mother's Day, Mothers, Relationships, Teamwork
  • Today is Father's Day, a day in which we honor and offer gratitude for our fathers, in whatever form or fashion they come into our lives—biological fathers, stepfathers, adoptive and foster fathers, grandfathers, spiritual fathers, and all of the uncles, brothers, and friends who, whether they...
    Opening | By Loraine Bottorff McNeill | May 20, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Children, Connections, Direct Experience, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Humanism, Men, Parents, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Relationships, WorshipWeb
  • My son has sent me a “Build-A-Bear.” Dressed in the latest digital camouflage ACUs.* (Build-A-Bear hasn’t yet caught up with multicam.) It came with a note in my eight-year-old’s handwriting: “Press left paw for I love you and I miss you.” Sure enough, when I press the left paw, my...
    Meditation | By George A Tyger | May 18, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Children, Direct Experience, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Grief, Love, Memorial Day, Military, Military Service, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Service, Veterans Day
  • Spirit of Life, Today, the advertising tells us what to buy for mom, instead help us listen to and honor the deeper voices. Today, let us honor all of those who have made this world possible for us. Those who did the hard work of building a better world for future generations. Today, let us honor...
    Prayer | By Evin Carvill Ziemer | May 7, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Children, Direct Experience, Family, Fathers, Generations, Humanism, Mother's Day, Mothers, Parents, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Relationships
  • When my youngest daughter was about two years old she came across a tattered paperback on our bookshelves, Ten Thousand Baby Names, and for a little while this was her favorite book. Drawn by the shining face of the baby on the cover, she brought it to me over and over and demanded that I read...
    Meditation | By Kathleen McTigue | May 6, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Birth, Children, Death, Direct Experience, Fathers, Identity, Love, Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Mothers, Parents, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Relationships
  • Holidays are complicated, especially the ones named after roles. Human relationships are messy, including relationships with people who are honored by holidays. For a lot of people, Father’s Day brings up feelings of grief for fathers who were lost, or who couldn’t be there, or who chose not to...
    Prayer | By Lyn Cox | May 6, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Direct Experience, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Forgiveness, Healing, Humanism, Men, Parents, Relationships, WorshipWeb
  • Forgive me dear father For all the trouble I caused The missed curfews The missed classes Your unfulfilled dreams for me Forgive me dear father But your dreams are not my dreams Forgive me dear father And I will forgive you For missed moments That you sacrificed So that one day I could follow my...
    Poetry | By Jay Wolin | April 22, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Children, Direct Experience, Father's Day, Fathers, Forgiveness, Generations, Love, Pain, Parents, Relationships, Wisdom, WorshipWeb
  • Ground of all being, Great Nurturing Spirit, This morning especially, we give thanks For beautiful days right in between spring and summer, For flowers and green trees and freshly cut grass and lazy lakeside afternoons, For the sound and sight and heart-swell of being together in this place made...
    Prayer | By Kristin Grassel Schmidt | April 17, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Children, Direct Experience, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Love, Men, Parents, Peace, WorshipWeb
  • For sleepless nights awaiting the curfew-breakers For anxious hours as a driving instructor For hours spent on sidelines, cheering And watching school plays, sometimes “resting our eyes,” For the pressures of bread-winning And “wait ‘til your father gets home.” For teaching moments and...
    Chalice Lighting | By Peter Friedrichs | April 16, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Change, Children, Direct Experience, Father's Day, Fathers, Parents, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Relationships
  • On Father’s Day we honor those people who have been teachers, confidants, and friends. We acknowledge that it is not biology that makes a parent, But love and attention. For those of us that have lost a father, or a child, we hold their memories in our hearts....
    Prayer | By Carol Allman-Morton | April 16, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Caring, Compassion, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Humanism, Love, Parents, Prophetic Words & Deeds, WorshipWeb
  • Children widen the circle of our being in ways that are limitless. Every baby that’s born connects us to our history, our own parents, grandparents and unknown forbears who brought new life to the world in each successive generation. Every baby that’s born links us to the future, to a world yet...
    Meditation | By Gary Kowalski | January 25, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Birth, Child Dedication, Children, Children's / Religious Education Sunday, Children's Sabbath, Family, Fathers, Generations, Love, Mothers, Parents
  • My dad died 28 years ago. I still have some of his things: A red plaid Pendleton bath robe. (I look like Dad in that thing now.) An old Sears table saw bought used in 1950. I still use it, (but for rough cuts only). An old grinding wheel, noisy as sin, but sharpens mower blades in no time....
    Reading | By Ken Nye | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Children, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Generations, History, Integrity, Parents
  • Among the most accomplished and fabled tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai....
    Reading | By Patrick T O'Neill | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Child Dedication, Children, Children's / Religious Education Sunday, Children's Sabbath, Commitment, Community, Family, Fathers, Generations, International, Mothers, New Child, Relationships

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