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Our Sacred Journeys

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 11th 2013 // Stories and Voices // no comments

This poem was submitted by Katie Romano-Griffin, lay campus minister for the Eagle Unitarian Universalists in Fort Myers, FL.  The poem was written by one of the student members of the group, Allie Carville.  Allie was inspired to write this poem from her experience of sharing her beliefs with other young adults at a campus ministry gathering.  This UU community is making a difference in her life as well as her peers’ lives here and now.–Ed.




I thought my voice was weak
I felt my throat all scratched up
Sometimes even painful to mumble

But you hear me
Even when I’m not quite sure what I’m saying
You still wait patiently beside me
Until you see the light in my eye

I let out a sigh
My voice still a little dry
But like a cold drink
Refreshing and soothing
It nourishes me

It only takes a drop
A single moment
And I have the confidence to speak my truth

No longer thinking I won’t fit in
My thoughts are too scattered
But knowing what I said mattered

It matters when we can find a moment to connect
Not knowing the depth of the effect
Of a single smile
Pushing someone through another mile on their own sacred journey


– Alison M. Carville



profileAllie was raised in a Unitarian Universalist church and is now a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in Communication – Public Relations. She lives, breathes, and tries to put her values of lovingkindness in action everywhere she rolls with love.

About the Author

Annie is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and currently serves our faith as the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate for the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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