Spiritual Practice

Om Shanti, from the Rig Veda

Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. (O God), Lead Us From Untruth To Truth, Lead Us From Darkness To Light, Lead Us From Death To Immortality, Om (Let There Be) Peace Peace Peace.

Prayer of Lawa'ih Jami

O God, deliver us from preoccupation with worldly vanities, and show us the nature of things, "as they really are." Remove from our eyes the veil of ignorance, and show us things as they really are. Show us not non-existence as existent, nor cast the veil of non-existence over the beauty of existence. Make this phenomenal world the mirror to reflect the manifestation of Thy beauty, not a veil to separate and repel us from Thee. Cause these unreal phenomena of the Universe to be for us the sources of knowledge and insight, not the causes of ignorance and blindness. Our alienation and severance from Thy beauty all proceed from ourselves. Deliver us from ourselves, and accord to us intimate knowledge of Thee.

Serenity Prayer

GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. - attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

Prayer of Thomas Merton

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort,

At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,

So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger,

At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,

So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears,

To shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,

So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness,

To believe that you can make a difference in this world,

So that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

Lord Christ, You have no body on earth but ours, No hands but ours, No feet but ours. Ours are the eyes through which your compassion must look out on the world. Ours are the feet by which you may still go about doing good. Ours are the hands with which you bless people now. Bless our minds and bodies, That we may be a blessing to others. Amen.

Whoever has come to understand the world

Jesus said, "Whoever has come to understand the world has found only a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."

Thomas 42: 30-33

Spiritual Practice

Unitarian Universalism draws from a variety of sources of spiritual authority as we attempt to discern truth and ethical conduct in this world.  These are delineated in our Six Sources.  We recognize that spiritual truth comes from a variety of sources, from the prophetic teachings of Jewish prophets and Jesus to the wisdom of Eastern sages and the Buddha.  We value reason and logic, personal experience, and cultural traditions, all filtered through our humanist leanings towards justice.

As such, you will find a variety of traditions represented in these pages, the unifying themes being that they all affirm life, love, beauty and justice. 

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and the sun and the animals; despise riches, give alms to everyone who asks; stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others; hate tyrants; argue not concerning God; have patience and indulgence toward the people. ... re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book; dismiss what insults your soul, and your very flesh shall become a great poem. - Walt Whitman

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