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  • May everyone feel safe and free to love as they choose.
    Reflection | By Lynette Yetter | June 12, 2024 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: #Pride, 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), Brokenness, Community, Despair, Direct Experience, Fear, Friendship, Humanism, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, Oppression, Pain, Pride Sunday, Searching, Women, Worship
  • In our lives, people sometimes do us wrong.
    Responsive Reading | By Patty Willis | March 8, 2023 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Connections, Empathy, Forgiveness, Grace, Pain, Solidarity, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • Every time someone showed up for me, I learned that love is greater than skin deep.
    Reflection | By Melissa Jeter | January 12, 2022 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Challenge, Choice, Direct Experience, Discernment, Living Our Faith, Love, Pain, Parents, Relationships, Worship
  • It’s important to honor the footprint others leave on our heart.
    Reading | By Lauren Robbins | October 1, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Brokenness, Change, Direct Experience, Discernment, Ending, Friendship, Humanism, Pain, Relationships, Secular, Self-Respect, Vulnerability, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • May the invitation of prayer and meditation embrace this holy house and each precious person, moving each and all to connect with a sense of affirmation— sound, movement, or silence— in whatever way your body knows to be true. [chime] Spirit of Life and Love, our hearts are overflowing with...
    Prayer | By Karen G. Johnston | May 5, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Community, Courage, Justice, Meaning, Pain, Politics, Purpose, Unitarian Universalism, Vision
  • Knit six purl six sets of two rows four rows six rows up to twelve, patterns, repeating, steady, soothingly same. This is not what life is like. Life is like picking up a tousled hunk of yarn pulled out of the basket by an impatient child looking for a string too many times. You find an end. You...
    Poetry | By Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt | October 16, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Acceptance, Brokenness, Connections, Direct Experience, Grief, Humanism, Interdependence, Life Transition, Pain, Secular, Stress
  • "Compassion is love's response to pain." from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/500901.How_to_Be_an_Adult_in_Relati… To Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Living, p. 36.
    Quote | By David Richo | March 5, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Compassion, Direct Experience, Humanism, Love, Pain, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular
  • "Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution. We cannot 'triumph' over death, or loss, or grief. They are immovable elements of being alive. If we continue to come at them as though they are problems to be solved, we'll never get solace or comfort in our deepest pain."...
    Quote | By Megan Devine | February 4, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Death, Despair, Direct Experience, Grief, Humanism, Love, Pain, Presence, Secular
  • [S]piritual and meditative practices are not meant to erase pain. That's a symptom of our pain-avoidant culture, and not an accurate portrayal of the practices themselves. It's a misuse of so many beautiful teachings to force them into roles they were never meant to play....
    Quote | By Megan Devine | February 4, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Brokenness, Death, Despair, Direct Experience, Grief, Healing, Humanism, Mindfulness, Pain, Secular, Spiritual Practice, Wholeness
  • We all know loss and pain. Let none of it divide us. In the rising sun today Let us do together what we cannot do alone: Roll away the stones that close our hearts.
    Closing | By Joel Miller | December 21, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Christianity, Easter, Love, Pain, Unity, Wholeness
  • "We can change. People say we can’t, but we do when the stakes or the pain is high enough. And when we do, life can change."...
    Quote | October 30, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Beginnings, Change, Contemplation, Direct Experience, Growth, Letting Go, Pain, Searching, Transformation, Vulnerability, Wisdom
  • What had to die was my shame: my belief that I was not worthy of such love. I discovered a greater love within myself as a creation of God, worthy of these gifts.
    Reflection | By Rebekah Savage | October 17, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Brokenness, Death, Direct Experience, Islam, Love, Pain, Relationships, Self-Respect
  • Emotional tempests aren’t always easy to weather — pain, grief, disappointment, even love — but the flatness of life without such currents is the slow silence of drowning.
    Reflection | By Lindasusan Ulrich | October 3, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Brokenness, Hope, Pain
  • How many more Sundays will the preacher in black robes and the solemn shuffle of papers Read the names of those whose light was extinguished for our right to bear arms? How many more Sundays will we try to believe that our hopes for justice are worth more than the lobbyists’ tailored suits and...
    Meditation | By Eliot Brian Chenowith | March 15, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Despair, Direct Experience, Disaster or Crisis, Grief, Pain, Presence, Sorrow, Spirituality
  • Spirit of Life and Love, we gather today under smoky skies, Aching from the onslaught of the daily news, Our spirits weary and sore, Our nerves jangling with every loss of power, every alert on our phones Our thoughts this morning are with the firefighters and all those whose bodies continue to b...
    Prayer | By Caitlin Cotter Coillberg | December 16, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Direct Experience, Disaster, Disaster or Crisis, Earth, Nature, Pain, Trauma
  • Reader One: You who feel your heart is breaking, come in. Reader Two: You who are confused and wondering. Come in. Reader Three: You who are angry, in pain, or not wanting to be here. Come in. Reader Four: You who are hopeful and energized. Come in. Leader: Come into this community of your heart...
    Chalice Lighting | By Amy Russell | October 24, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Acceptance, Community, Hope, Pain, Unitarian Universalism, Vulnerability
  • Spirit of Life and of Love, Holy One that reaches wide to encompass all beings, Hold us to Yourself in this moment. We come to this place carrying so much in our hearts. Around us we hear the laments of a broken world, Torn by fire, storm and strife, Crying, “I too have suffered. I too have been...
    Prayer | By Rev. Molly Brewer | October 21, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Anti-Oppression, Body, Direct Experience, Healing, Pain, Power, Salvation, Solidarity, Vulnerability, Wholeness, Women
  • This Lamentation is for two voices: one white, and one person of color/indigenous (POCI). Both voices invite people to repeat a refrain several times: white voices say, “So much has been lost,” and voices of color say, “Beloved, you must not be defensive when you hear our hurt.” The latter,...
    Responsive Reading | By Erika Hewitt, Rebekah Savage | October 15, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Direct Experience, Forgiveness, Grief, History, Humanism, Listening, Multiculturalism, Pain, Personal Stories, Race/Ethnicity, Reconciliation, Secular, Unitarian Universalism
  • When I was in middle school, I was taught that every person, to some extent, holds a set of prejudices that impact our perceptions of others. We were asked to think about what our prejudices might be, and how they might inform our relationships and our movement through the world....
    Homily | By DeReau K. Farrar | October 15, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Direct Experience, Integrity, Living Our Faith, Money, Multiculturalism, Pain, Personal Stories, Privilege, Race/Ethnicity, Reconciliation, Unitarian Universalism
  • I play this moment over and over again in my head: the day I heard of the Thomas Jefferson Ball, hosted by Unitarian Universalists in 1993. As a person of color, raised in a UU congregation, I felt a shiver down my spine as I learned something new and unsettling about the faith that I call home....
    Homily | By Rebekah Savage | October 15, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Commitment, Direct Experience, History, Integrity, Listening, Living Our Faith, Multiculturalism, Pain, Personal Stories, Race/Ethnicity, Reconciliation, Unitarian Universalism

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