A love-filled snuggle with a beloved pet restores our sense of calm and welness.
Henry David Thoreau’s act of civil disobedience inspires courage to heed the guidance of our conscience.
A classic Unitarian Universalist story, reworked and dramatized.
A beloved old stuffed animal helps bring to life the wisdom from the story of The Velveteen Rabbit.
Life’s awesome moments move our spirits, so let’s share!
We experience the dance between death and life by picking and eating leaves from a potted mint plant.
Receiving comfort helps us as we heal. A child’s comforting blanket is transformed, through time and with stories, into a symbol of deep comfort.
Our voices produce audible sound, but what can we discover through the physical sensation of our own vibrations?
Chicks come inherently prepared for the miraculous effort of breaking free of the confines of their shells, much like Jesus’ break-out from his tomb.
Words of the 16th-century priest, Francis David, still ring true when we consider our faith – and others’ – in action.
A family of birds discovers that their infectious vision of beloved community calls for building a bigger, stronger nest.
Singing an African American folk song honors Black History Month and connects us to the ongoing struggle for true freedom for African Americans.
A TV reporter interviews the children to get a fuller understanding of what it is to play.
Taking teeny, tiny steps is one way of accomplishing the greatest, biggest things in life.
The Chinese Year of the Snake offers an opportunity to explore the snake’s process of shedding its old skin as a metaphor for growth and change.
Children lead the way toward the best process – and the best results – of the most amazing playground ever!
Grass bridges built by the Inca people serve as a metaphor for our mutual interdepencence on the shared journey into our future.
When the world gets noisy and chaotic, a retreat to the wilds of silence and darkness can give a restorative peace.
We know the familiar scene of the stable where Jesus was born, but this imagining welcomes a new character, adding loving wisdom to the tale.
Singing the song, “Bingo” provides the experience of how sound’s presence and absence – together – evokes feeling.
The role of the church as compassionate helper is traced to the social world of Jesus, and the gospels and early church that responded to his ministry and prophecy.
Pieces from a simple board game teach us about commonalities, uniquenesses, and our ultimate membership in the human family.
The sharing of a personal family story models the valuable role of stories in forming our identities.
A first-person story of Siddhartha Gautama’s transformed heart in the wake of seeing suffering for the first time.
Exploring our feelings offers a way into understanding Jesus’ vision for justice contained in the phrase, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”
A metaphor of waves in the ocean teaches the value of knowing our oneness with the wider community.
Tracing the roots of the Old Hundredth doxolgy teaches about our theological develolpment over the centuries.
Tastes and beliefs about food offer us a parallel to evolving beliefs about life’s ultimate questions.
A diversity of stones and a child’s wondering questions help us understand universal love.
A bunny’s astonishing delivery sets off a cascade of “Eastering” in a once-dreary home.
The metaphor of opening a circle helps us to embody the simplicity and power of including others.
A curious creature wonders aloud what a minister is, and various symbolic props help provide an answer.
Children help us to see how learning is like kindling a fire, and both require space.
Acorns are one kind of hope for an Oak and another kind of hope for squirrels, and it’s all interconnected.
We share special candy with friends for the same reasons that we pledge generously to our congregation.
A group hike reminds us of our spiritual journeys shared in congregational life.
Often, it is others who observe that we’re “in a box” and help us to get out.
A prophet’s first-person tale of befuddled love and reluctant obedience.
Diversity is not just in who we are, but in what is ours to do.
The experience of rock climbing teaches that those who have a different perspective can help us muster the courage to take risks.
A qoute from a Holocaust prisoner inspires a reflection about sharing hope in the bleakest of circumstances.
Sorting through the clothes in our closets is analogous to reviewing and updating our beliefs as we grow and change.
A conversation with an animated pencil about the meaning of home as a place, and especially as a feeling.
A story about how easy it is to accept someone else’s truth as our own, and the value in discovering beliefs that are truly ours.
A profound sense of the divine, found in holding the gaze of a dog, inspires ritual and art.
Acorns teach us the immense power of hope in their potential, with a balance of care, luck, and action, to become huge oak trees.
When all people are fully free, our living rings like the clear tone of a bell.
Discovering circumstances in which a cool, clear glass of water holds more value than a $100 bill.
A question by Mary Oliver and tactile remains of once-living creatures open us to ponderings on the reality of death and the meaning of our lives.
A chocolate bar provides a humorous and theatrical approach to the tough topic of addiction.
This first person account of the one helped by the Samaritan shows how unexpected compassion can instantly dissolve fear and hatred.