When we love, truly love, we are as filled with and as close to the deep and sustaining mystery of life as we may ever be. We are as safe and as strong as we may ever be. When we love, we dwell in a sweet and holy place
Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar (Unitarian Universalist, educator, author, clergy) Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language
Mystery shimmers and shines in the world
in even the darkest corners.
Kathleen McTigue (Unitarian Universalist, clergy) Shine and Shadows: Meditations
The beauty is we do not know what to expect. Tomorrow is an open door, an untraveled journey, an untouched feast.
Richard S. Gilbert (Unitarian Universalist, clergy, reformer) Thanks Be For These: Meditations on Life and Death p.30
The greatest of all mysteries is the way in which men live in the midst of mysteries — buying, selling, eating, drinking — without having their heads and hearts crushed by the weight of wonders which is on them.
James Freeman Clarke (Unitarian, author, reformer, clergy) Autobiography, Diary, and Correspondence (1891)
Every day is a hinge in our lives. We keep turning, opening the door of each new day not really knowing what it will bring
Richard S. Gilbert (Unitarian Universalist, reformer, clergy) Thanks Be For These: Meditations on Life and Death p.33
Behind the dim unknown standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
James Russell Lowell (Unitarian, poet, diplomat, reformer)
Let religion be to us life and joy…Let religion be to us the wonder and lure of that which is only partly known and understood
Vincent B. Silliman (Unitarian, clergy, hymn writer)
When I say I believe in God, God is not God’s name. God is our name for that which cannot be named or known.
Forrest Church (Unitarian Universalist, author, theologian, minister)
Belief lives in the mind. It is a cognitive, intellectual dimension of religion, made up of ideas. Faith is deeper. It is a profound, existential sense of trust. Faith lives at the mysterious spiritual center of our being.
Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar, Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language (Unitarian Universalist, educator, minister)
Birth if from the mystery of night into the greater mystery of day
Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies (Brahmo Samaj, nationalist, reformer, author, poet)