UU Lent 2022 – Day 46 – Hope

Hope for the Heartbroken by Sean Parker Dennison

Fear Can’t Last Forever by Robin Tanner

17. Hope Is Not a Bird, Emily, It’s a Sewer Rat by Caitlin Seida

Hope is not the thing with feathers
That comes home to roost
When you need it most.
Hope is an ugly thing
With teeth and claws and
Patchy fur that’s seen some shit.
It’s what thrives in the discards
And survives in the ugliest parts of our world,
Able to find a way to go on
When nothing else can even find a way in.
It’s the gritty, nasty little carrier of such diseases as
Optimism, persistence
Perseverance and joy,
Transmissible as it drags its tail across your path
and
bites you in the ass.
Hope is not some delicate, beautiful bird,
Emily,
It’s a lowly sewer rat
That snorts pesticides like they were
Lines of coke and still
Shows up on time for work the next day
Looking no worse for wear.

UU Lent 2022 – Day 40 – Accountability

“Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth. How can you improve if you’re never wrong? If you don’t admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you’re bound to make the same one again.” – Pat Summitt

“We say stuff that sounds like accountability in places that aren’t designed for it and we neglect to nurture the relationships where it could be transforming our lives.” – Val Marie Paper

Confessing Communities by Robin Tanner

Siding with Love: Immigration by Kendyl R Gibbons

UU Lent 2020 – Day 45 – Anticipation

Anticipation is the electricity of childhood. – Jason Kotecki

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. – Fred Rogers

Long intros are cool because there’s a little bit of anticipation, you know? – Miranda Lambert

Radical Expectations by Robin Tanner

Meditation on Planting by David Snedden

UU Lent 2020 – Day 36 – Confession

According to the dictionary confession means: 1) a formal statement admitting that one is guilty of a crime, 2) an admission or acknowledgment that one has done something that one is ashamed or embarrassed about, 3) intimate revelations about a person’s private life or occupation, especially as presented in a sensationalized form in a book, newspaper, or movie, and 4) a statement of one’s principles.

Confessing Communities by Robin Tanner

UU Lent 2019 – Day 8 – Mistakes

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
― Albert Einstein

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.”
― Brandon Mull, Fablehaven

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
― Sophocles, Antigone

“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Here is “A Blessing for Risk-Takers and Failures” bRobin Tanner