Spirit of Life

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"Spirit of Life", number 123 in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) hymnal Singing the Living Tradition,[1] is "by far the most commonly sung UU song" (excepting children's recessionals).[2] It was written by Carolyn McDade in 1981.[1] "An outsider examining UU worship practices would almost certainly regard 'Spirit of Life' as the standard UU anthem."[2] It has been used to represent Unitarian Universalism in interfaith contexts, such as the 1993 centennial celebration of the Parliament of World Religions.[3]


  1. ^ a b Unitarian Universalist Association (1993 (corrected reprint, 2000)). Singing the Living Tradition. Boston, Massachusetts: Unitarian Universalist Association. ISBN 1-55896-260-3.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Commission on Appraisal of the Unitarian Universalist Association (May 2005). "Worship: How Do We Celebrate?". Engaging Our Theological Diversity. Boston, Massachusetts: Unitarian Universalist Association. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-55896-497-6. 
  3. ^ Giles, John E. (1994). "How Sweet the Sound: The Role of Music in Unitarian Universalist Evangelism". In Alexander, Scott W. Salted With Fire: Unitarian Universalist Strategies for Sharing Faith and Growing Congregations. Boston, Massachusetts: Skinner House Books. p. 111. ISBN 1-55896-289-1.