We are not human because we think. We are human because we care. All true meaning is shared meaning.
Forrest Church (Unitarian Universalist, clergy, author) Love & Death: My Journey Through The Valley of The Shadow
Memory is the servant of conscience.
Marion D. Shutter, Justice and Mercy (1894) p.148 (Universalist, clergy, theologian)
Of all the ingenious mistakes into which erring man has fallen, perhaps none have been so pernicious in their consequences, or have brought so many evils into the world, as the popular opinion that the way of the transgressor is pleasant and easy.
Hosea Ballou (Universalist, clergy)
It isn’t love that makes the world go round
but compassion — starting over in gentleness
when love hasn’t been enough or other factors have failed:
a gentle refusal to blame oneself or others
and just begin again.
Nancy Shaffer (Unitarian Universalist, clergy) While Still There Is Light: Writings From A Minister Facing Death
Men have never done much when the heart has been cold; and what have they not done, what have they not subdued, when the heart has been quickened to generous emotions? To rob religion of sensibility is to make it inert and unproductive.
William Ellery Channing (Unitarian, clergy, theologian) Memoir of William Ellery Channing by William Henry Channing (1874) p.379
We are often called to do the difficult, if not the seemingly impossible, and it is vital to our spiritual growth that we not ignore these challenges.
Janice Marie Johnson (Unitarian Universalist, educator, activist, faith leader) Bless the Imperfect: Meditations for Congregational Leaders
My stake is humanity. I always try to be clear that I’m here to be in service to the city. My spirit is being fulfilled in ways that I couldn’t buy.
Paul Eisemann (Unitarian Universalist, contractor, social activist) on working to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, quoted by Michelle Bates Deakin, Social Action Heroes: Unitarian Universalists Who Are Changing The World
Failure may be no disgrace, indeed failure in one sense of another is the lot of all. Failure may be honorable. Failure is oftentimes complimentary. Failure is always relative.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Unitarian, educator, soldier, reformer, clergy) Love and Loyalty (1907) p.261
To grow restless with who we are helps us move toward our ideals. Perfection is impossible, but we all have the potential to be more patient, more compassionate, more open-minded.
Stephen Shick (Unitarian Universalist, peace activist, reformer, clergy) Be The Change: Poems, Prayers and Meditations for Peacemakers