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][3] 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.[4]

McDade does not call herself a Unitarian Universalist, rather "a woman of faith"-her community is a loose community of women.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b Unitarian Universalist Association (2000) [1993]. Singing the Living Tradition. Boston, Massachusetts: Unitarian Universalist Association. ISBN 1-55896-260-3. 
  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. ^ a b French, Kimberly (Fall 2007). "Carolyn McDade’s spirit of life". UU World. Unitarian Universalist Association. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Carolyn McDade Autobiography". Carolyn McDade Music. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 

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