Nancy Bartlett In 2012 I went to Mexico – my first time ever out of the United States or Canada  – and I went for seven weeks … alone, no one’s needs or wants to accommodate but my own.  I lived in a pretty small room so cleaning took all of 10 minutes a week. […]

For the last couple years, I have been leading youth ministry trainings for the Southern Region of our Unitarian Universalist Association. There’s an activity I do sometimes with the youth advisors I am training where I ask them to write their various identities on index cards, and then arrange the cards into piles based on […]

Animal Blessing Service Story – Jessica Seales   https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ym14TcsJfX3l-1n1baQhxhoe32aymZwnYdpA3uGgRcg/edit?usp=sharing Since I was young, I always have loved living in the city. I never wanted to be the kind of person that wanted a slow-paced, small town life. So, you might imagine that I never expected to be the kind of person that had a house […]

Always commercial #LikeAGirl: https://youtu.be/XjJQBjWYDTs Last week was huge for me in celebrating some of the women in my life. My twenty-five-year-old daughter Sophia was married to the man she loves. It was a beautiful moment for me and for her mother Laura, and, as part of my “Father of the Bride” speech, I shared the […]

Poet Anne Sexton describes courage as “a small coal / that you kept swallowing.” It’s a powerful metaphor. As early as 1550 B.C., ancient Egyptians used a certain kind of charcoal to treat poisons and toxins. It absorbs them, renders them harmless. And so we keep swallowing the small coal of courage, so that despite […]