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In October 2012, Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death, was released in a new paperback edition!

Remembering Well, which has offered a ministry to people of all faiths for over twelve years, continues to receive acclaim for its relevance to people dealing with death and grief. Pilgrim Heart: The Inner Journey Home offers inspiration for those who travel far or near in the quest to become more at home in themselves and the world. The Holy Intimacy of Strangers speaks to the perennial challenges we face as we seek to nurture a sense of hospitality in all relationships.

Into the Wilderness, originally published by Skinner House Press as part of the Unitarian Universalist Meditation series under the name Sara Moores Campbell, is also available in paperback.


Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death

“This book is a treasure for religious leaders and ordinary people who face the challenges of grief and mourning. Without offering pat answers, religious dogma or platitudes of any kind, the author provides heartfelt stories and wise words to guide the reader through the many kinds of issues that surface when a loved one has died.”

- (star) Publishers Weekly

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First Edition: Copyright 2000 Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons
Second Edition: Copyright 2012 Apollo Ranch Institute Press

NOW IN PAPERBACK! After selling steadily for twelve years in hardback, Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death is now available in an affordable paperback edition.

The first edition of Remembering Well was selected by Spirituality and Health magazine as one of the best spiritual books of the year. Since then, it has received the highest acclaim from many prominent sources, including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. Below are excerpts from a few reviews for Remembering Well:

Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death is well worth reading—and to be read not just once and put on the shelf, but kept handy as a useful tool in putting together funeral services.”–The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Remembering Well deals with complex and basic concerns related to bereavement. York explores issues, including violent deaths from murder or suicide, the deaths of children, organ donation and family estrangement. At a basic level, she offers families, clergy, funeral professionals and hospice workers guidelines for planning funerals and memorial services.”–The Washington Post “[Remembering Well] offers ways to adapt traditional rituals to contemporary lives and gives guidance to those who find religion empty, awkward, or irrelevant.”–USA Today

Pilgrim Heart: The Inner Journey Home

“[Pilgrim Heart} is a wise and honest book, in style simple and in substance complex; just what I prefer. It’s full of heart, and so its title is appropriate, and yet its intelligence, so smooth and understated, raises it above most books on similar themes.”

- Thomas Moore, author, The Care of the Soul

Hardback edition: Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons, 2001

Pilgrim Heart: The Inner Journey Home was a Booksense selection and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

“Spiritual readers of all stripes will enjoy this meditation on the meaning of home and journey. York, a Unitarian Universalist minister, writes that all seekers are restless for spiritual homes, and the first step in finding them is to embark on a journey. York tells the story of her own journey, which includes a literal trek through Thailand and Nepal, as well as a metaphorical journey toward her own soul. York returns from her spiritual and physical travels feeling, quite simply, more “at home at home”; her audience will no doubt feel that way, too, after reading this lovely book.”–(star) Publishers Weekly “In her invigorating new book, Sarah York tutors us in the spiritual arts of long looking and deep listening. She demonstrates the sturdy value of an open and receptive heart—especially in the face of the unfamiliar and the unexpected. This is a very welcome addition to the pilgrimage genre.”–Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Media Editors, Spirituality and Health

The Holy Intimacy of Strangers

“Fear of the stranger is far too common among us; and since September 11th, our fear has only deepened. But in a world rich in human diversity, much depends on understanding how our encounters with ‘otherness’ can enlarge and renew our lives. Sarah York’s superb book opens door after door to that understanding. The Holy Intimacy of Strangers is not only timely but deeply soul-searching and wonderfully well-written. If we are willing to live into its insights, we will feel more at home on earth and help make earth home for others.”

- Parker J. Palmer, author, Healing the Heart of Democracy

In The Holy Intimacy of Strangers Sarah York explores our common yearning for deeper and more meaningful connection with one another. The book presents the paradox we often observe: how our seemingly casual interactions with strangers can unlock the door to our hearts and help us discover how we need (and yet often resist) true intimacy in our relationships. This provocative book gives us a new way to look at the qualities of our exchanges with strangers. Once we begin this journey we can trace the outlines of our lives together in community—our expressions of caring and hospitality, the costs of prejudice and judgment, our fears and defensiveness, the tension between being inclusive vs. exclusive, our expectations and assumptions about one another.

Sharon Daloz Parks, co-author of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World, describes The Holy Intimacy of Strangers as “a gift to the soul.” She goes on, “In an often distracted, coarse, and fear-full culture, Sarah York awakens us to everyday moments of trust, connection, and care—and our capacity to choose what kind of ‘strangers’ we want to be. This book will unlock your imagination and open your heart.” Publishers Weekly commended both the author and this book in their review:“Unitarian Universalist minister York made a splash with her slender inspirational books Remembering Well and Pilgrim Heart; fans won’t be disappointed with this third volume, in which she turns her attention to hospitality. … Above all, York stresses, hospitality means presence. Readers will find here what they have come to expect from York: wisdom, humor and a glimpse of God’s love.”

Publishers Weekly


Into the Wilderness

“Here Sarah York, one of our most thoughtful and capable ministers, strikes a nice balance- between her own life’s story and that of the ancient text. Every piece invites further meditation and two, one personal (‘What are you saving it for?’) and one traditional (‘Good Friday’), are well worth the price of admission.”

- Forrest Church, author

First published in 1990 as a Unitarian Universalist book of meditations (under the name Sara Moores Campbell), Into the Wilderness continues to be widely quoted. Three selections are used as readings in the Unitarian Universalist hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, and others have been set to music or anthologized. Several selections are included in Listening to Our Song (Skinner House Books 2002), edited by Margaret Beard.