Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral...– Parker Palmer
It is easy to be generous for a few months or even years. But to be continually...– Jean Vanier, Community and Growth
It has not been the business of history to keep a record of tears shed in...– Charles Spear, Essays on the Punishment of Death (1844) p. 67-8 (Universalist, death penalty abolitionist, minister, reformer)
All human beings are subject to decay And when fate summons, monarchs must...– John Dryden
But holier, in the solitude, Her own pure fountain of the wood, That blessed...– Frances Sargent Osgood, “To Jane!” (Unitarian, poet, author)
Color, which is the poet’s wealth, is so expensive that most take to mere...– Henry David Thoreau (Unitarian, Transcendentalist, naturalist, philosopher)
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on...– Albert Einstein
We are the mariners, and God the sea; And, though we make false reckonings,...– Alice Cary (Universalist, poet, author)
unlove’s the heavenless hell and homeless home…lovers alone wear sunlight.– e. e. cummings (Unitarian, poet, painter, critic)
Love necessitates sorrow, as life necessitates death. One can wish away love,...– David Mamet, comment on Leviticus 14:49-55, Five Cities of Refuge
Encouragements are necessary to carry forward every reform. And the...– Charles Spear, Essays on the Punishment of Death (1844) (Universalist, death penalty abolitionist, reformer, minister)
Deep in their roots, All flowers keep the light.– Theodore Roethke
No one love, however great, no one class of functions, however absorbing, can be...– Antoinette Brown Blackwell, “Work In Relation to the Home” May 2, 1874 (Unitarian, minister, reformer, suffragist)
Let my love find its strength in the service of day, its peace in the union of...– Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies (Brahmo Samaj, poet, playwright, reformer)
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.– Maya Angelou
There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on– Rod Serling (Unitarian Universalist, author, screenwriter)
Routine is not a prison, but the way to freedom from time.– May Sarton (Unitarian Universalist, essayist, author, poet, critic)
Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.– Adlai Stevenson (Unitarian Universalist, statesman)
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust.– George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (Unitarian, author)
How do you define success? Why?
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you...– Albert Schweitzer
Any stories to share about the relief of failure?
When the safety net has split, when the resources are gone, when the way ahead...– Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible....– Henry Brooks Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (Unitarian, author)
I do not ask for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any...– Louisa May Alcott (Unitarian, author)
When a men bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he...– Charles Dickens (Unitarian, author, reformer)
Any stories to share about wisdom from...
I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.– Mark Twain
What is the earth teaching you?
"Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee," Job is counseled (Job 12: 8). Wonder and reverence of and learning from the world in and upon which we live is Scriptural wisdom, too. What is the earth teaching you?
Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.– Job 12:8
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he...– Henry David Thoreau (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, naturalist, philosopher)
God is a God of justice. Wherever we note the working of the laws that govern...– Olympia Brown, “The Curse of the Lord” ca. 1888 (Universalist, minister, suffragist, reformer)
How have you found center after being knocked off...
If you do not start choosing to get lost in some fairly low-risk ways, then how...– Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, p. 71-2
Certainly, truth should be strenuous and bold; but the strongest things are not...– E. H. Chapin (Universalist, minister)
Flattery is all right – if you don’t inhale– Adlai Stevenson (Unitarian Universalist, statesman)
How are you growing a more generous civic...
[If democracy fails] It will happen because we - you and I — became so...– Parker Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy, p.9
Pain is evidence of life — the sharper, the more evidence of life.– Charles Lamb (Unitarian, critic, editor, author)
I believe that the highest laws of life are those which we find written within...– Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1860) (Unitarian, minister, suffragist, reformer)
What's your favorite story of carrying on with...
Our task is to make music with what remains.– Yitzhak Perlman, after completing a violin concerto on only 3 strings, after 1 snapped
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are– e. e. cummings (Unitarian, poet, playwright, critic)
You are not here to verify, Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity Or carry...– T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding (Anglican, Unitarian, poet)
Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice– Lydia Maria Child (Unitarian, author, reformer)
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, refrains from giving windy...– George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (Unitarian, author)
How has pain wakened you spiritually?
There will always be people who run from every kind of pain and suffering, just...– Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, p.174
How are you celebrating differences?
Let’s stop ‘tolerating’ or ‘accepting’ difference,...– Kate Bornstein