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  • Note: #FOMO means "Fear of Missing Out" and #YOLO means "You Only Live Once." These are accompanied by hashtags because their acronyms originated out of the Twitter-style writing (limited to 140 characters, with hashtags that connect you with other posts about the issue). Each #FOMO or #YOLO is...
    Responsive Reading | By Scott McNeill | August 6, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Acceptance, Coming-of-Age, Discernment, Humanism, Letting Go, Meaning, Searching, Secular, Young Adults, Youth/Teens
  • A Free Retelling of the Shevirat haKeilim (from the Kabbalah) At the beginning of time, before anything else at all existed, Love was all there was, and it filled up everything in the whole universe. But Love got bored and lonely. There was no one to be in love with....
    Story | By Amy Petrie Shaw | August 1, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Choice, Good, Healing, Judaism, Justice, Meaning, Purpose, Transformation
  • All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain... By trying to handle all suffering through willpower, denial, medication, or even therapy, we have forgotten something that should be obvious: we do not handle suffering; suffering handles us in deep and mysterious ways that ironically...
    Quote | By Richard Rohr | May 23, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Christianity, Despair, Meaning, Mystery, Pain, Spiritual Practice, Spirituality, Suffering
  • What makes us human beings so uniquely wonderful in this puzzling universe is that we never give up on love. Against all odds, with no guarantee of being loved in return, out of the hate and hurt so often handed us, in the face of the sad suffering history has let us see, we go on loving....
    Quote | By David Richo | May 19, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Beginnings, Connections, Courage, Direct Experience, Hope, Love, Meaning, New Child, New Year, Relationships, Respect, Self-Respect, Valentine's Day, Wonder
  • We gather together this morning, Because others came before us. Some have left examples for us to follow, Others lessons for us to learn from, and the paradox is that many have left both pain and joy. We honor our ancestors this morning, not because they are perfect, But because, without them, we...
    Reading | By Chris Rothbauer | November 11, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Community, Generations, History, Limitations, Meaning, Pain, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Vulnerability
  • We light this flame As our fervent plea to brighten the dark corners of our hearts; We hold this flame For in it is the promise of warmth for souls grown cold in loss and despair; We kindle this light That we might continue to find comfort in its warmth; strength in its light; holiness in its...
    Chalice Lighting | By S. William Feiss | November 10, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), All Souls Day, Animal Memorial, Death, Día de los Muertos, Forgiveness, Healing, Love, Meaning, Memorial Services, Purpose, Sacred, Samhain, Sorrow, Strength, Truth
  • Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.
    Quote | By Carl Jung | October 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Despair, Empathy, Humanism, Meaning, Psychology, Relationships, Secular
  • 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
  • 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
  • Each moment of our living brings us closer to our dying. Young or old, the knowledge of life’s end is with us, growing more real, more familiar through the experiences of time and of loss. Yet what is to keep us from frittering away what time is left to us, Making it almost a matter of...
    Meditation | By Helen Lutton Cohen | June 2, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Acceptance, Birth, Death, Journey, Joy, Limitations, Living Our Faith, Meaning, Purpose, Wisdom
  • I’m curious to know what you believe… about what is the Think about that for a moment. And if you’re wondering what I mean exactly, I leave it to each of you to interpret as you choose. What do you believe is the best food? [Allow a few moments for reflection.] And when you have...
    Time for All Ages | By Martha Dallas | May 28, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Authority, Choice, Direct Experience, Food, Freedom, Meaning, Responsibility, Searching, Unitarian Universalism
  • Our locks tell us a lot about our lives. Locks of all kinds hold my attention because of a dream I had when I was thirteen. In the dream a gray-haired woman in a white coat sat behind a desk. I knew she was me, far in the future. Behind her on the wall was a cross-stitched sampler with a motto. I...
    Meditation | By Meg Barnhouse | May 28, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Class, Courage, Fear, Meaning, Purpose, Race/Ethnicity, Relationships, Trust, Vision, Vulnerability
  • I somehow lost my chalice necklace on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston the same day I lost my marriage and my religion. I must have dropped it while I was walking down the street. It was a bad day. Let me back up. I grew up Unitarian Universalist. I had a chalice necklace for a long time that I only...
    Reading | By Robin Bartlett | April 26, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Identity, Meaning, Searching
  • Here, I will be discovered and lost: Here, I will, perhaps, be stone and silence. —Pablo Neruda Someday, out there, on a day like this in a place I will never see, where the clearing winds always come after the storm, I will arrive nameless on a distant memory carrying with me all the best I gave...
    Poetry | By Stephen M. Shick | March 12, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Identity, Love, Meaning, Purpose, Truth
  • To outgrow the past but not extinguish it; To be progressive but not raw, Free but not mad, critical but not sterile, expectant but not deluded; To be scientific but not to live on formulas that cut us off from life; To hear amidst clamor the pure, deep tones of the spirit; To seek the wisdom tha...
    Poetry | By William Laurence Sullivan | March 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Aging, Change, Character, Growth, Meaning, Peace, Secular, Wisdom
  • Who cast a spell over my world? Who opened the doors, stirred the crowd of possibilities, put gold dust in my dreams causing my life to turn? O Fate, O Love, O Spirit, O God: is it true that all good things must end? Or have you set me on a path of meaning Not luck Of clarity Not magic And this...
    Poetry | By Angela Herrera | March 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Change, Direct Experience, God, Grace, Letting Go, Meaning, Unitarian Universalism, Wonder
  • Search freely and responsibly for truth & meaning. The Seven Principles by Ellen Rocket...
    Image | By Ellen Rockett | February 27, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Freedom, Meaning, Responsibility, Searching, Truth, Unitarian Universalism
  • Holy One We gather this day to be reminded of the sacred in the ordinary. The holy moments of waking yet again to a new day. The feel of the earth beneath our feet The crisp cool on our skin The joy of being welcomed by our fellow travelers The warmth of this place. Help us this day to be fully...
    Prayer | By Tamara Lebak | February 20, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Acceptance, Awe, Connections, Contemplation, Grace, Meaning, Wholeness, Wisdom
  • Christmas and Hanukah once upon a time were about struggle, hope, and freedom. Both stories are exile stories pointing out how even a glimmer of light can provide a lasting hope for the triumph of all that is good. While we haven’t altogether lost these themes in our modern interpretations, we...
    Reading | By Daniel Chesney Kanter | February 17, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Christmas Eve / Christmas, Hanukkah, Interdependence, Meaning, Wealth
  • “This Ain’t No Country Club” excerpted from Nathan C. Walker (2014) Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship. St. Louis: Chalice Press. There is no time to be spinning around ourselves saying, “We’re so small. We’re a minority religion.” As if “minority” is...
    Reading | By Nathan C. Walker | January 25, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Courage, Meaning, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Purpose, Searching, Unity

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