Spiritual Practice and Prayer in Unitarian Universalism

How do Unitarian Universalists engage in spiritual practice? Do Unitarian Universalists pray?


Unitarian Universalists may engage in prayer, meditation, silent contemplation, worship, and other types of spiritual practice as individuals or congregations. Because Unitarian Universalism welcomes a diversity of belief, our congregations are made up of individuals who engage in differing spiritual practices.


One way to understand spiritual practice in Unitarian Universalism comes from Sally Patton's sermon, "God Makes No Mistakes: Creating Beloved Community for All Our Children."


"A spiritual practice is an action designed to make a change in our deepest selves. It is something we do to gain new understanding of ourselves and leads to growth, change, and a more loving way to be in the world. We stretch ourselves in spiritual practice. Meditation, prayer, walking mindfully, hiking, and feeding the homeless can all be forms of spiritual practice."


Exploring examples of meditations and prayers in the Unitarian Universalist tradition may offer insight into the range of material that inspires us. The essays in "Unitarian Universalist Views of Prayer" highlight the distinctive approaches Unitarian Universalists take on this particular spiritual practice.


A Drive Time Essay entitled, "The Value of Personal Spiritual Practice" (MP3) focuses on Unitarian Universalist Denise Davidoff's personal spiritual practice to "take time to consciously acknowledge the gift of life most every day."


To learn more about spiritual practice and prayer in the Sunday morning services of Unitarian Universalist congregations, please visit UUA Worship Information.