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Invitation for Growth

We’ve said before that Unitarian Universalism isn’t going to appeal to everyone. They may decide that they need more direction, fewer options, or just a different style of worship than the local congregation favors. Many people, though, are looking for what we have. We’ve also written that UUs have a responsibility to get our message […]

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A Meditation on a New Year:

Today marks the start of a whole new year; one with no imperfections, mistakes, or failures in it. Today, you can choose to be your best self for the entire year, and probably succeed, at least for a little while. The thing to remember, with any resolution, is that you have to make the choice […]

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Oh! Holy Night!

Each night a child is born is a holy night. A time for singing, a time for wondering, a time for worshiping. ~ Sophia Lyon Fahs,¬†Unitarian religious educator We cannot celebrate every single day. But, this one day, we can remember that a child is born every day. We can celebrate the hope and the […]

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We Know Each Other By Our Actions

I do not have the ability to judge someone for the things that they think or feel, and I am immensely glad that no one can judge me for what goes on in my head. I am not always proud of my first reaction to the world. Luckily, while I cannot always choose my thoughts, […]

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The Interdependent Web of All Time and Space

Please support our work with a small pledge on , the Unitarian Universalist Crowdfunding site! Today marks the 45 year anniversary of the landing of the last human beings to visit the moon. They are unlikely to remain the last human beings, but so far, it has been that long since we’ve sent anyone beyond […]

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A Meditation on Our Principles and Their Purpose

This week, the first full week of December, we will be reflecting on the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism; one each day from Monday to Sunday. We refer to this celebration as Chalica, though others prefer different names. What we want to do today, at the start is talk about those Principles as a whole; […]

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We Do Not Promise Comfort: Building the Beloved Community

The weekend got away from Thomas, as Thanksgiving is happening tonight for his family. Sorry for the short post this week! The word “comfort” does not appear in the Principles of the UUA. We have “acceptance” and “compassion” but also “growth” and “responsible”. At no point do they promise any of us that we will […]

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Stewardship is Much More Than Money

In our culture, “Money” is a form of measurement; the time and energy you spend throughout the week is translated into dollars. Dollars are then spent to pay for work; buying the time and energy of others. Time, energy, skill, and money are all resources we must manage to do the things we love and […]

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Love is the Doctrine of Our Faith

Dozens, if not hundreds, of Unitarian Universalist congregations have a covenant that begins with words to the effect of “Love is the Doctrine of this Church”. These words appear all across in handouts and discussions. They even appear in our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition (#471). Love: a word with too many meanings We […]

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