Category Archives: Prayers

Dear Universe, What. The. Heck?!? (a prayer)

This prayer was inspired by the prayer at the end of this blogpost by Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber.

Posted in grief, Prayers, Unitarian Universalism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ritual for Re-Opening Space

As all kinds of folx move into re-opening space that was closed during the pandemic, it can help to bring intentionality, and even ritual, to this process. We have all been exposed to trauma in the form of a global … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, Prayers, Spiritual Practice, Unitarian Universalism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Lamentation for Violence (in Two Voices)

October 28, 2018 Spirit of Life and Love, Possibility of Mercy and Peace, Impulse towards Compassion, Yearning for Comfort in times of Fear, our hearts echo these words from the poet Warsan Shire: We lament the very fact of this … Continue reading

Posted in grief, Prayers, Unitarian Universalism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Safety, Wholeness, Yearning (sermon)

November 19, 2017 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ   A refrain that has been in my mind, over and over. Safety.  And wholeness.  And a deep yearning for it. I have finally noticed it this past week, but really … Continue reading

Posted in Hope, Justice, Prayers, Sermons, Unitarian Universalism | Leave a comment

Gratitude Flag Garden along the Mill River

Not long before I left Western Massachusetts last summer, I walked along the Mill River in an area I hadn’t visited for several years. Well, maybe even more than several, truth be told.   I was so lucky because I … Continue reading

Posted in Hope, Prayers | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Prayer for the 15th Anniversary of September 11

Our human story began long before this Shattering of glass, metal, and human lives known by its date: September 11, 2001. We do a deep disservice to those lost and those forever transformed by what they took into their bodies … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Prayers, Unitarian Universalism | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gather Together

Do not be alone right now. Gather together. Gathering together grows courage: in ourselves and in others who see the numbers swelling. It is a small thing, but it is a thing. Right now, it is an important thing. Great … Continue reading

Posted in Justice, Prayers, Standing on the Side of Love, Unitarian Universalism | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Prayer for Those Lost in the Orlando Massacre

June 14, 2016 Shriver Job Corps Devens, Massachusetts I am sad. I am mad. I am afraid. These small words keep repeating in my head and heart. We are here to give voice to our grief because of the lives … Continue reading

Posted in grief, Justice, Prayers | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Blessing for a Pastoral Care Program

The blessing for this work is inspired by the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What … Continue reading

Posted in Poems, Prayers, Uncategorized, Unitarian Universalism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer for this Day

January 3, 2016 I voice this prayer of thanksgiving and lament. I lift my eyes to it all: bright mornings, cloudy afternoons, disorienting twilights, darkened nights, and dawns of exquisite splendor: for what was I made? In this world where … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers, Unitarian Universalism | Leave a comment