The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.
Hosea Ballou (Universalist, minister)
Worship, to be genuine, must be the worship of love.
Thomas Treadwell Stone (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, clergy, abolitionist) A Rod and Staff (1856) p.167
Conscience…prepares the mind to act and to suffer beyond almost all other causes
Daniel Webster, “First Settlement of New England, Delivered 22 December 1820” (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator)
To think truth is the worship of the head; to do noble works of usefulness and charity the worship of the will; to feel love and trust in man and God, is the glad worship of the heart
Theodore Parker, “The True Idea of A Christian Church…Jan 4, 1846” Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons vol. 1 (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, reformer, abolitionist, minister)
Let not my thanks to thee rob my silence of its fuller homage.
Rabindranath Tagore,Fireflies(Brahmo Samaj, poet, playwright, reformer)
Worship is the free offering of ourselves to God; ever renewed, because ever imperfect…This twofold aspect devotion must ever have: pale with weeping, flushed with joy; deploring the past, trusting for the future; ashamed of what it is, kindled by what is meant to be; shadow behind, and light before
James Martineau, The Tangent of Eternity: Meditations from the Sermons & Prayers of James Martineau, 1805-1900, A Lenten Manual for 1951. Beacon Press. (Unitarian, minister)
Worship, like religion, evades all precise and confining definitions but it is ever a free and rewarding experience of the aspiring soul.
Edson Russell Miles, The Price of Freedom: Lenten Manual 1944 (Universalist, Homiletics Professor at Theological School of St. Lawrence University 1917-48, minister)
Eleven to twelve A.M. on Sundays has been the most segregated hour in America, and it has been easier to integrate the chorus line of a burlesque show than to integrate a choir in most of our churches. The Church must decide what it is going to do and going to be.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. (civil rights leader, educator, Unitarian Universalist)