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  • May we find unexpected ways to remember where we came from and imagine where we may go next. May we find touchstones of our pasts, and may they become a foundation for the future.
    Reflection | By Alex Haider-Winnett | August 15, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Body, Change, Direct Experience, Earth, Home, Nature, Sadness, Searching, Secular
  • "We want our children back. There are too many gone too soon." In December 2017, Rev. Jason Shelton was invited to lead singing at the fifth anniversary of the Newtown massacre, at a vigil in front of the headquarters of the NRA. He wrote this song of lament for the occasion, because he couldn’t...
    Music | By Jason Shelton | February 17, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Children, Death, Direct Experience, Disaster, Disaster or Crisis, Parents, Sadness, Violence
  • There is too much beauty in this world to give up on it yet, and it is always too soon to surrender to cynicism....
    Opening | By Gretchen Haley | February 16, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Brokenness, Disaster, Hope, Sadness, Unitarian Universalism
  • December 7, 2016 “Use loneliness. Its ache creates urgency to reconnect with the world.” — Natalie Goldberg I know a little about "merry" meeting "mess" at the holidays — and by a little I mean How much time have you got? Four Christmases ago, a painful break-up sent me spinning into a long...
    Reflection | By Erika Hewitt | December 7, 2016 | From Braver/Wiser
    Tagged as: Advent, Brokenness, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Commitment, God, Healing, Hope, Pain, Sadness, Spiritual Practice
  • In this hour of holy stillness we gather to honor the life and the person we love. In this hour of Holy Stillness we remind ourselves that the flames of life and love are never fully extinguished. In this hour of Holy Stillness we offer ourselves for sharing the weight of each other’s grief. In...
    Opening | By Patricia Shelden | April 13, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Acceptance, Animal Memorial, Death, Día de los Muertos, Ending, Grief, Healing, Holocaust Remembrance / Yom Ha'Shoah, Letting Go, Memorial Day, Memorial Services, Sadness
  • To the Weaver of Molecules, the Spinner of Stars the Impulse that gives birth to the Universe, to the Earth, to Me In the deepest, darkest night of my wintered soul I wrap myself in the blanket of my sadness and grief, pain and suffering, doubts and concerns, fears and questions, and look out fro...
    Meditation | By Cynthia Frado | December 8, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Agnosticism, Depression, Direct Experience, Growth, Healing, Imbolc / Brighid's Day / Candlemas, Indigenous American, Meditation Practices, Mourning, Sadness, Secular, Transcendence, Transformation, Trust, Twelfth Night / Epiphany, Unitarian Universalism, Winter Solstice / Yule, WorshipWeb
  • It is an hour before sunrise. The waves keep coming, but each minute they make less progress than the minute before....
    Meditation | By Elizabeth Tarbox | May 28, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Brokenness, Caring, Compassion, Direct Experience, Earth-Centered, Forgiveness, Guilt, Healing, Nature, Pain, Sadness, Vulnerability
  • It’s hard to believe it is finished. She was so full of life and fun until just before the end— keeping track of people, enjoying the outdoors, caring for family, all of it. Something came for her. She did not want to go. She denied the summons, fighting this final truth of her life. We did not...
    Meditation | By Mary Wellemeyer | May 13, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Acceptance, Calling, Death, Ending, Letting Go, Peace, Sadness, Transcendence
  • (In the) Spirit of Love and Remembrance, we mourn and honor [pet's name]. In life he embodied: the one-ness of all living things. In death he bears witness: to love beyond the bounds of race, kin, or species. This is a love with which it is tasked upon us: to unite, heal, and consecrate. From the...
    Prayer | By Dennis McCarty | February 27, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Animals, Death, Dignity, Direct Experience, Earth-Centered, Gratitude, Grief, Interdependence, Nature, Sadness, Secular, Sorrow

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