Living a life of meaning and spiritual depth takes more than reading books about religion and spirituality. It requires intention, reflection, and a commitment to praxis. Praxis is the process of practicing what one is learning.

Spirit Study is a 10-month invitation to learning, practice, and reflection. Our 2021-22 study topic is Listening to Black Preachers, featuring Black UU preachers from all over the country. Our preachers are invited to speak on any topic of their choosing. Our study year runs from September 2021 through June 2022.
You can watch the recorded worship services in this series on Chalice’s YouTube channel.

Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd

“We Are What We Witness”
September 26

Unitarian Universalists witness for justice across the generations through our social justice statements. Both where we have been loud and where we have been silent tell us which of our actions are on the side of justice. Gather for a service of clarifying who we must be in a world hostile to our shared values.

Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd, MEd, CRE–ML is a Master Credentialed Religious Educator and Aspirant for Unitarian Universalist who lives and serves in Los Angeles, CA.


Rev. Margalie Belizaire

“The Good Samaritan”
October 24

Ever wonder if there might be more to the well known and beloved biblical parable “The Good Samaritan?” Well, I’ve come to view it in a whole new way lately. Come explore with me and see if this exploration impacts your understanding of the parable in any way.

Rev Margalie Belizaire is the Settled Minister of First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Florida.

Rev. Addae Kraba

“The Grace in Gratitude”
November 14

In November most people look forward to gathering around the family table in celebration of the American Holiday of Thanksgiving. How accurate are the stories that we learned as children about the first harvest feast held in 1621 from the reality of that day? How can we honor both family traditions and memories of native people?

Rev. Addae Kraba is the Minister to the Unitarian Universalists of New Braunfels in Texas.

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson



Previous Spirit Study topics:

  • 2020-21. Healing Trauma, informed by the book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.
  • 2019-20. Resiliency, informed by the book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
  • 2018-19. UU Theologies, informed by the book A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century by John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker
  • 2017-18. Active Hope, informed by the book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy
  • 2016-17. Compassionate Living, informed by the book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
  • 2015-16. Gifts of Imperfection, informed by The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

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