This is a list of CVUUS Library books that contain readings for inspiration, personal reflection, team meetings, and other occasions. CVUUS Library call numbers are included. See also Readings for Worship at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s website.

What are your favorite sources for inspirational readings? Leave suggestions at any of our library locations: the sanctuary meeting room (upstairs), the blue room (downstairs), or Fenn House chapel.


From the Unitarian Universalist Association or by UU Authors

Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Death and Remembrance. Boston: Skinner House Books, c2006. 808.8193548 BEY

Bless All Who Serve: Sources of Hope, Courage, and Faith for Military Personnel and Their Families. Boston: Skinner House Books, c2010. 242.88 BLE

Bless This Child: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings To Celebrate Birth. Boston: Skinner House Books, c2005. 808.803523 BLE

Come into the Circle: Worshiping with Children. Michelle Richards. Boston: Skinner House Books, c2008. 264.09 RIC

Coming of Age: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Growing Up. Edward Searl, ed. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books, 2007. 808.80354 SEA

Gatherings: Small Group Ministry for Men. By Tony Bushman. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books, 2006. 259.081 BUS

Great Occasions; Readings for The Celebration of Birth, Coming-of-Age, Marriage, and Death.   Carl Seaburg, ed. Boston, Beacon Press [1968]. 808.8 SEA

In Praise of Animals: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings. Edward Searl, ed. Boston: Skinner House Books, c2007. 808.8 SEA

Lifting Our Voices: Readings In The Living Tradition. 264.09132 LIF

Readings for Common Worship. [Boston, Mass.]: The Commission, 1981. 291.38 REA

Readings for The Celebration of Life. By Kenneth L. Patton. Boston: Universalist Historical Society, 1957. 264.08 PAT

Rejoice Together: Prayers, Meditations, and Other Readings for Family, Individual, and Small Group Worship. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books, c2006. 264.09132 REJ

Resources for Study and Worship. [Boston]: Unitarian Universalist Denominational Grants Panel, 1987. 268.434 RES

Sources of Our Faith: Inspirational Readings. Boston: Skinner House Books, c2012. 289.132 SOU

Sunday and Every Day: My Little Book of Unitarian Universalism. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books, 2010. 289.132 SUN

True Harvest: Readings from Henry David Thoreau for Every Day of The Year. By Henry David Thoreau. Boston: Skinner House Books, c2006. 818.309 THO

Way for This Journey. Ridgewood, N. J.: Meeting House Press, 1976. 291.82 WAY

We Pledge Our Hearts: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate Love and Marriage. 808.803543 WEP Boston: Skinner House Books, c2006.

Welcome: A Unitarian Universalist Primer. 230.9132 WEL Boston: Skinner House Books, c2009.

Note for library browsers and library team: Skinner House (UUA) publishes meditation manual annually as part of its “InSpirit” series. To locate them in our Library catalog (and to update this list) do a keyword search on the words “mediation(s)” and “manual” together. Many of these small UUA meditation manuals are located in the 242 (Dewey Decimal) section of our library in the upstairs meetings room.


From Other Faith Traditions

A Modern Buddhist Bible: Essential Readings from East and West. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002. 294.3 MOD

A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings. Coleman Barks, ed. 891.5511 BAR [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, c2006.



Almost any volume of poetry—poetry anthologies or works by individual poets like Mary Oliver—can be a source of readings. To locate volumes of poetry, browse 800 (Dewey Decimal) call numbers in our library, either in the blue room downstairs or in the children’s collection in Fenn House chapel. Or, try a keyword search in our library catalog, using the word “poetry” or “poems” to explore this genre as a source for readings, inspiration, and reflection.


Other Sources

Readings for Older Women. San Jose, CA: Hot Flash Press, c1992. 808.8 REA

Wedding Readings: Centuries of Writing and Rituals on Love and Marriage. 395.22 WED New York, N. Y.: Penguin Books, 1996.