May 19, 2019

The unifying themes of this program are justice, love, learning and hope.  The messages come from sermons and readings from Unitarian-Universalist sources.  The program title comes from a beloved Unitarian-Universalist hymn, “Spirit of Life,” which includes the words, “Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion” and “Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.”

The bough breaks and the baby falls.  But why are we putting babies in trees?  We'll learn how to make repairs when trust has been broken.  Also, what we will explore theologies of love and power, resistance and resilience that have fueled movements for black liberation.


Written by Orlando Montoya

“When you triumph over us for an hour, you croak and clamor merrily like frogs of the water.  And when we conquer you and subdue you for an age, we remain as silent giants.”  These words from the Syrian poet Khalil Gibran address the Sons of Sorrow and the Sons of Joy.  Gibran, quite Christian, believed that those who now unjustly have sorrow will triumph over those who now unjustly have joy.  He concluded his poem by suggesting that what we see as the world’s order now is “naught but a thin and wavering pillar of smoke.”  But I’m starting to hear the frogs of the water croak and clamor, aren’t you?  In recent weeks, there was another school shooting; the United States started preparing for war with Iran; the government drove Uber drivers further into poverty; scientists again warned of the collapse of life on earth; reproductive rights retreated in Georgia; the President joked when one of his supporters suggested shooting immigrants, a suggestion that made his crowd cheer wildly; and the official opposition, responding to this, expanded like flatulence into incompetence, infighting and all the wrong messaging.  The frogs see dawn approaching.  And if you think dawn for croaking frogs is another election, you haven’t heard their night song.  We, who Gibran called the Sons of Sorrow, have been silent giants for too long.  Humanity’s progress has been rapid and constant for most of our lives.  So we see shocking things as shocking things, not the dawn of a new normal.  I hear you, those of you who are rightly shocked.  Gibran concluded that poem, “We are the sons of sorrow, and sorrow is a rich cloud, showering the multitudes with knowledge and truth.”  Shower, my friends.  And thunder.  May our storm be healing in the frog pond.


When the Bough Breaks” (2/17/19)

Rev. Deborah Cayer

Eno River Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, Durham, North Carolina


Dismantling White Theology” (2/17/19)

Rev. Alison Miller

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, New Jersey


“Practice Makes Imperfect” (2/26/17)

Rev. Aaron McEmrys

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Arlington


“Moncure Conway: Journey to Free Thought” (3/18/18)

Rev. Doug McCusker

Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, Virginia

Braver Wiser

Used by permission of Braver Wiser, a publication of the Unitarian-Universalist Association

Quest Monthly

Used by permission of Quest Monthly, a publication of the Church of the Larger Fellowship

UUA Statements

Messages from the Unitarian Universalist Association

Natural Silence

Used by permission of

UUA Principles and Sources

Our liberal faith as defined by the Unitarian Universalist Association

World Religions

Written by Orlando Montoya

Interfaith Calendar

Written by Orlando Montoya


Written by and used by permission of John Sias from interviews with Rev. Steve Edington

Published by the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua, NH

A Year of Spiritual Companionship

Written by and used by permission of Anne Kertz Kernion

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