What does hospitality mean to you?
Long before hospitality was an industry dominated by hotels and restaurants, it...– Skye Jethani, The Divine Commodity, p.149
How are you cultivating trust with someone you did...
Community is formed by the slow, deliberate invitation to trust, to belong, to...– David Augsburger, Dissident Discipleship
Only one little sunbeam shining through one little window into one little room...– George L. Perin, “Universalism for the World,” Good Tidings (1900) p.144 (via uuquotes)
No condition is unfavorable to virtue, where virtue is.– E. H. Chapin, Living Words (1861) p.28 (via uuquotes)
Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and...– Horace Mann (Unitarian, educator, reformer)
We come to welcome and to be welcomed, To build bridges over the chasms that...– Richard S. Gilbert, On The Cusp of Life (1997) (Unitarian Universalist, minister, social activist)
How are you serving your neighbor?
Humility is sincere concern for the good of others balanced with simple...– David Augsburger, Dissident Discipleship
Love can triumph over hate, but only if it is familiar to one’s heart and...– Carl J. Nelson, Snow in April (1966) (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
The eye that directs a needle in the delicate meshes of embroidery will equally...– Maria Mitchell (Unitarian, astronomer, educator, reformer)
The living soul stands rooted and reaching.– Francis C. Anderson, Jr. Greatly To Be: A Lenten Manual 1957. Universalist Church of America (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
All nights are sacred nights to make Confession and resolve and prayer; All...– Helen Hunt Jackson, “New Year’s Morning” (Unitarian, poet)
How do you define true community? Why?
True community exists when the person you dislike most dies or moves away and...– Quaker Proverb
We might define true community as that place where the person you least want to...– Parker Palmer
What do you share with someone you believe...
Otherness is the heresy that says we, of all the world, are unique.– Sr. Joan Chittister. Alleluia for All There Is, p.111
How are you respecting someone else's religious...
To use religion for the purpose of challenging other religions is grossly wrong....– Nelson Mandela
What more have we to give to one another than love and understanding?– Kenneth L. Patton, “Love and Understanding” (Unitarian Universalist, minister, poet)
When we are tired with the work we have to do or feel unequal to it; When we...– Vivian T. Pomeroy (Unitarian, Congregationalist, minister, children’s book author)
What experience of wonder have you had this week?
To see the World in a Grain of Sand and a Heaven in a Wild Flower hold...– William Blake
People in difficulty, namely most of us, need to know that it is all right to be...– Clarke Dewey Wells, The Strangeness of This Business (1975) (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
And that a man should walk in dignity means that he live dangerously rather than...– Robert Terry Weston, “I Have Come To The Parting of Ways” (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
How are you attending to wholeness in community?
…individual spirituality is only one part of personhood, one half of the...– David Augsburger, Dissident Discipleship, p.54
Yes, I Exist
I awoke to claims of my non-existence earlier today. I am not sure how I managed that, since liberal christians are not supposed to exist, but then the Holy is merciful and amazing that way, bigger than we can, and often do, imagine. How people can be tossed out of the single body of Love continues to amaze me. But then, living in amazement is part of my spiritual practice. This life is so full...
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years...– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Unitarian, poet)
Many a man who might walk over burning ploughshares into heaven stumbles from...– E. H. Chapin, Living Words (1861) p. 26 (Universalist, minister)
In a culture where the plastic smile is mandatory and cheap grace abounds, the...– Clarke Dewey Wells, The Strangeness of This Business (1975) (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
In a hundred ways, we need to learn the art of reconciliation. In our personal...– Max Kapp, Earth’s Common Things: A Lenten Manual for 1941 (Unitarian Universalist, minister, educator)
What happens when you open the window of your...
Love saw me weak and it launched a raid. Everywhere I look I see love, there is...– Sultan Bahu (Sufi poet)
What are the difficult traits you appreciate in...
What we have most in common is not religion but humanity….The moment I...– Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith p.101-102
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your...– Charles Dickens (Unitarian, author, social reformer)
If a sacrament is an outward act or event by which an inward grace is...– James Freeman Clarke, Messages of Faith, Hope and Love (1905). Geo. H. Ellis, p.158 (Unitarian, minister, reformer)
Where is love's caravan leading you these days?
Whichever the way love’s caravan shall lead/ That shall be the way of my faith– Ibn ‘Arabi
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Unitarian, poet, editor)
We may prove deserters or traitors, and struggle to the rear during the...– Mary Ashton Rice Livermore (Universalist, suffragist, social reformer)
While we diminish the stimulant of fear, we must increase to prisoners the...– Dorothea Dix (Unitarian, social reformer)
My great panacea for making society at once better and more enjoyable would be...– Frances Power Cobbe (Unitarian, social reformer, founder of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection)
How are you learning to share power and authority?
Struggling for mutual relation is how we keep our balance. It is the “how...– Carter Heyward, God in the Balance, p.75
A stone upon my hand contains a treasury of secrets. Raindrops splashing on my...– Carl J. Nelson, Snow in April (1996) (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
Love asks of us more stamina than we think we have, Demands too much giving and...– Richard S. Gilbert, On the Cusp of Life (1997) p. 47 (Unitarian Universalist, social activist, minister)