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  • Mental illness is a spiritual problem as well as a psychiatric one.
    Reading | By Barbara F. Meyers | July 27, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Health, Searching, Spirituality
  • The real holy of holies happens in sobriety when relationships with self and others are healthy and whole.
    Meditation | By Anonymous | January 28, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Addiction/Recovery, Direct Experience, Healing, Health, Letting Go, Secular, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • Surrendering to the truth of my addiction has been the most empowering act of my life.
    Meditation | By Anonymous | January 28, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Acceptance, Addiction/Recovery, Direct Experience, Healing, Health, Letting Go, Secular, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • We are full, sovereign human beings.
    Reading | By Jaclyn Friedman | January 19, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Body, Choice, Direct Experience, Health, Self-Respect, Sexuality, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • Uncertain as the world feels right now, love will bear whatever lies ahead.
    Reflection | By Julie Fanselow | November 4, 2020 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: America, Body, Brokenness, Democracy, Direct Experience, Healing, Health, Humanism, Marriage, Secular, Worship
  • I take care of myself first, because I am deserving of exquisite care. I take care of myself to maintain the capacity to help others. I move and stretch my body every day. I spend time in nature, attuning my senses to the earth's wisdom. I ration my daily exposure to the news....
    Meditation | By Laura Mancuso | April 21, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #COVID19, 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Direct Experience, Healing, Health, Humanism, Letting Go, Limitations, Secular, Self-Care, Self-Respect, Spiritual Practice
  • Sung to the tune of “Gather the Spirit” ©1990 Jim Scott (#347, Singing the Living Tradition) Gather in spirit, shelter in place. Let’s do what we can to flatten the curve. Wash your hands often, don’t touch your face. This virus is something no one deserves. chorus: Gather on Skype, gather...
    Music | By Pat Lamanna | April 15, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #COVID19, Community, Health, Unitarian Universalism
  • Spirit of love and life, these are trying times, and sometimes we are at wits' end trying to figure out what to do. We have all this extra time, and we are busier than we have ever been....
    Meditation | By Rosemary Morrison | April 9, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #COVID19, Building Community, Grace, Gratitude, Health, Love, Spiritual Practice
  • This recipe has been tweaked over time, so adjust as necessary. Sometimes it yields more servings than anticipated. Sometimes it needs a bit more of this ingredient or that. It comes from generations who have gone before me, and I've added my own flavor along the way. A Recipe for Resilience One...
    Reading | By Margaret Weis | May 27, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Balance, Challenge, Courage, Despair, Grace, Health, Hope, Imagination, Journey, Self-Care
  • Once I quit drinking, my inner voice and I began the harder work: that of creating a life from which I do not need or want to escape.
    Reflection | By Alix Klingenberg | January 2, 2019 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Acceptance, Addiction/Recovery, Body, Change, Direct Experience, Discernment, Health, Humility, Letting Go, Self-Respect, Vulnerability
  • Leader: Because the daily pressure of life weighs heavy on our minds, on our bodies, and on our spirits. All: We need a time of sabbath rest. Leader: Because the stresses of our culture often leave us feeling burdened and looking for hope. All: We need a time of sabbath rest....
    Litany | By Dan Lambert | December 21, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Balance, Body, Direct Experience, Healing, Health, Self-Care, Work
  • The Congregational minister stopped me in the aisle of the supermarket a few months after I had unexpectedly recovered from a serious illness. With a gentle but slightly teasing smile he asked me, “How does a Unitarian deal with a miracle?” It was a good question, one which I thought about a...
    Meditation | By Barbara Rohde | October 19, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Awe, Body, Contemplation, Direct Experience, Good, Gratitude, Healing, Health, Wonder
  • Diverse. Multicultural. Inclusive. Welcoming. If I made a list of every single Unitarian Universalist congregation I have served, visited or worshipped at, they would have a few things in common—including the use of these words. Perhaps on the front of the Order of Service?...
    Reading | By Carol Thomas Cissel | October 15, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Direct Experience, Health, Listening, Multiculturalism, Pain, Personal Stories, Race/Ethnicity, Reconciliation, Unitarian Universalism
  • Holy God, we admit to you that all is not right — in our hearts and in our world, We look to the darkness and not to the light. We look for what is broken, and not at what is being mended. We look to criticize and not to praise. We look at ourselves and not to you. Turn us around so that we look...
    Prayer of Confession | By Beth Merrill Neel | September 2, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Brokenness, Christianity, Forgiveness, Health, Hope, Humility, Spirituality, Transcendence, Vision
  • Sisters, I stand before you without homily or lecture or opinion. I stand here naked on the page. I stand here with my hands extended in helpless prayer. I will never know your pain. I will never know your agony of spirit. I will never know the dark nights of your souls. I will never know the...
    Prayer | By Brian Doyle | April 20, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Body, Children, Choice, Compassion, Direct Experience, Healing, Health, Reproductive Justice
  • We light this chalice on the brink of a new year Letting go of what has been Open and hopeful for what may come Renewed, restored, ready To live Life fully anew May we move forward with intention. Note: this chalice lighting can be read in unison or responsively.
    Chalice Lighting | By Lois Van Leer | January 14, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Beginnings, Chinese New Year, Ending, Healing, Health, Hope, Letting Go, New Year, Purpose, Rosh Hashanah, Strength, Vision, Wholeness
  • December twelfth, Christmas Day is Clara Barton’s Birthday (1821). Clara Barton, Universalist and founder of the American Red Cross, is a hero of our liberal religious faith. We remember her around the holidays season since she was born Christmas Day, 1821. But in the season when we recall the...
    Image | By Ralph Yeager Roberts | November 23, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Advent, America, Arts & Music, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Healing, Health, International, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular, Universalism, Winter, Winter Solstice / Yule
  • As the first hint of green begins to peek through the barren ground As that little sprig grows into a healthy stem As that stem grows into a stalk and forms a bud As that bud slowly opens with each new day To form a yellow daffodil Let us be, like that first hint of green, renewed by the warm of ...
    Chalice Lighting | By Jennifer McGlothin | October 20, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Abundance, Awe, Beauty, Beginnings, Earth, Earth Day, Earth-Centered, Easter, Flower Communion, Growth, Health, Interdependence, Nature, Secular, Spring, Unitarian Universalism, Vernal Equinox
  • By what are you saved?And how? Saved like a bit of string, tucked away in a drawer? Saved like a child rushed from a burning building, already singed and coughing smoke? Or are you salvaged like a car part—the one good door when the rest is wrecked? Do you believe me when I say you are neither...
    Meditation | By Lynn Ungar | May 25, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Beauty, Caring, Health, Salvation, Vulnerability
  • Once upon a time there was a young girl named Maggie, who found out she had a very terrible disease and probably would never be well again. She was very, very sad, and although she had many friends, all of them were afraid to visit her because they feared they might catch the disease....
    Story | By Christopher Buice | April 14, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Body, Caring, Friendship, Healing, Health, Love, Presence

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