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  • As we attempt to walk responsibly on this planet, we need perspective. If we hope to make a difference, we need a place from which to act. What are the Buddhist insights that can make our lives deeper and more productive? This is the purpose of zazen and koans: I walk down to the corner store and...
    Meditation | By James Ishmael Ford | October 17, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Buddhism, Integrity, Letting Go, Presence, Spiritual Practice
  • “It’s hard to know when to respond to the seductiveness of the world and when to respond to its challenge. If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and...
    Meditation | By Richard S. Gilbert | June 4, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Activism, Balance, Guilt, Individualism, Joy, Justice, Salvation, Service, Suffering, Wholeness
  • When we are overwhelmed with the world And cannot see our way clear, When life seems a struggle between tedium and apathy Or frenzy and exhaustion; When today seems a punishment and tomorrow a torment, May we find the courage of patience. May we recognize courage in ourselves and our companions;...
    Meditation | By Richard S. Gilbert | June 4, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Courage, Despair, Direct Experience, Fear, Pain, Patience, Solidarity, Strength, Stress, Suffering
  • “Each morning we must hold out the chalice of our being to receive, to carry, and give back.”—Dag Hammarskjold Each morning we hold out our chalice of being To be filled with the graces of life that abound— Air to breathe, food to eat, companions to love, Beauty to behold, art to cherish,...
    Meditation | By Richard S. Gilbert | June 4, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Abundance, Beauty, Generosity, Grace, Self-Care, Service
  • For the sound of bow on string, Of breath over reed, Of touch on keyboard; For slants of sunlight through windows, For shimmering shadows on snow, For the whisper of wind on my face; For the smooth skin of an apple, For the caress of a collar on my neck; For the prickling of my skin when I am dee...
    Meditation | By Richard S. Gilbert | June 4, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Beauty, Body, Fall, Friendship, Gratitude, Growth, Nature, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • In the midst of the whirling day, In the hectic rush to be doing, In the frantic pace of life, Pause here for a moment. Catch your breath; Relax your body; Loosen your grip on life....
    Meditation | By Richard S. Gilbert | June 4, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Acceptance, Balance, Direct Experience, Letting Go, Limitations, Mindfulness, Peace, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Self-Care, Stress, Wholeness, Work
  • Be ­gentle with another— It is a cry from the lives of ­people battered By thoughtless words and brutal deeds; It comes from the lips of those who speak them, And the lives of those who do them. Who of us can look inside another and know what is there Of hope and hurt, or promise and pain? Who...
    Meditation | By Richard S. Gilbert | April 26, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Caring, Compassion, Love, Pain, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Vulnerability
  • Spirit of Life, We pause to give thanks for many gifts of life that are ours, gifts we find expressed and enhanced in the community of this church. We are grateful for our family and friends and all they mean to us....
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Caring
  • Spirit of Life, How easy it is to speak your name and offer this prayer at this season of re-birth and renewal!! The spirit of life is everywhere, evident in each new bud and shoot. We pray that our lives may be blessed with that same renewal we see all around us in nature's annual celebration....
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Easter
  • For their service and their sacrifice, we pause in the silence of memory and respect.
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Memorial Day
  • Spirit of Life, We are here as a community dedicated to all that is good and just and beautiful. We ask that we might be strengthened in our dedication to a better world. In time of war, when national pride and anger overwhelms the call for world community, We would remember all those around the...
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Globalism
  • Spirit of Life, Known to us in many ways, but so often, in so many cultures, in the image of a mother, Hold us in your arms this day. Let all that we value and all that we hold dear in the images of motherhood we carry be our guide. We are grateful for all the parents that share the community of...
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Mother's Day
  • O God, whom we know as love, we gather here this morning as seekers and finders, creators and destroyers, givers and receivers of love....
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Direct Experience, Generations, God, Healing, Love, Relationships, Searching
  • Prayer - Wayne Arnason O God, whom we know as love, we gather here this morning as seekers and finders, creators and destroyers, givers and receivers of love....
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: God, Love
  • We join together now in a time of meditation or prayer, spoken at first and then for a time in the peace that silence brings.
    Meditation | By Wayne B. Arnason | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Connections, Gratitude, Interdependence, Memorial Day, Unitarian Universalism

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