Category Archives: We Are

Winter Solstice – We Are: Light

Across the Roman Empire that once stretched from southern England to northern Africa, from Spain to Palestine, these days would be marked by a festival known as Saturnalia.  The great sky god Saturn, the earth goddess, Ops (from which we … Continue reading

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We Are: Our Prayers

Out of Celtic Irish tradition comes a way of praying called the Breastplate Prayer, or Lorica.  The legends have it that these kinds of prayers, when offered by Druids, allowed them to pass by their enemies appearing only as a … Continue reading

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We Are: Our Landscape

With so much of our time spent inside of climate and light controlled buildings, we lose our immediate contact with the Earth.  In particular, we lose a sense of how the immediate landscape shapes who we are and how we … Continue reading

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We Are: Our Stories

Recently, after our Winter Solstice ritual, several of us found ourselves in a warm and lively conversation about the power that stories have had on us.  For most of us there, they were stories that came to us through reading, … Continue reading

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We Are: Together

I am still reflecting on what happened this past Sunday during the congregational meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett.  This was our meeting always held at this time of the year to approve our budget for the coming … Continue reading

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We Are: The Spirit of God–Some Observations

We are our grandmothers’ prayers. We are our grandfathers’ dreamings. We are the breath of our ancestors. We are the spirit of God. Ysaye Barnwell For people who believe in God in traditional terms, that last line of the chorus … Continue reading

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We Are: Individual and Community

As Americans, we love our individualism.  Celebrating the individuality of each human being is a beautiful and necessary thing.  Our own Unitarian Universalist principles speak to this individuality. We affirm the dignity of every human being (1), acceptance of one … Continue reading

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We Are: What We Say

Most of us, when we find a friend discouraged, find words to encourage.  Many of us find it within us, when we find even a total stranger or someone that we do not know well or call friend discouraged, the … Continue reading

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We Are: So Many Things

We are.  I am.  He/she/it is. You are.  They are.  To be.  Being.  Been.  All of these are the same verb in English–the verb “to be.”  It is in most languages the most commonly used verb and in many instances, … Continue reading

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We Are: One

“For each child that’s born the morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are.”* Yesterday was my birthday.  Those of you who know me personally already know this because, well, Facebook.  Because it was my birthday, and … Continue reading

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