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
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
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
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
Resistance is what love looks like in the face of hatred. Resistance is what love looks like in the face of violence.
William G. Sinkford, Unitarian Universalist, clergy, former UUA president
Once you choose hope anything’s possible.
Christopher Reeve, Unitarian Universalist, actor
These are the times that our church was intended for, to help us act with courage in the face of fear and hate.
Chris Crass, Unitarian Universalist
We are weary —weary of young black lives gunned down in the name of what some would call “order”… Do not let us grow complacent in our weariness, But rather stir up the embers that glow within our tired souls.
John Cullinan, Unitarian Universalist, clergy
We are completely woven out of each other and the cosmos itself.
James Ishmael Ford, Unitarian Universalist, clergy
The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love.