Expanded 2nd Edition Now on Sale!

Tony’s short book on building community is now available
with an extra chapter and a guide to additional resources.

The Courage to Be in Community Expanded 2nd Edition

The new chapter is a simple, practical guide to building better relationships at work and at home. The focus of the book is the importance of compassion and authenticity, while this new section is all about implementation, with specific advice on how to be compassionate and authentic in your day-to-day life.

This expanded edition also includes links to recommended books and articles for further study and practice.

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➤ Paperback , hardcover, and Kindle available on Amazon!

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iTunes Spoken word version available on Audible

Audio version read by Tony Mayo also available.

 To hear a sample click here for Audible or iTunes.



Details on 1st Edition.

Download Tony’s short book on building community.

Click here to see a sample on Amazon.


➤ Paperback & hardcover available on Amazon & Barnes and Noble!


iTunesSpoken word version available on Audible

Audio version read by Tony Mayo also available.
To hear a sample click here for Audible or iTunes.




Tony Mayo Courage Sermon front coverScientific evidence and personal experience tell us that sincere, engaging personal relationships are essential for health and happiness. Yet, little is said about how we might actively nurture such relationships for ourselves and for people near us at home and work.

I recently delivered a non-sectarian, non-doctrinal “sermon” to one of my most treasured communities, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston. My intention was to encourage everyone to take action that deepens and broadens our relationships, to foster community as a sanctuary and solace. It was very well received.


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“More of an invitation than a sermon, the message is not religious in nature and the message is universal. Tony leaves us with an opportunity to live richer, more expressive lives.”


“Thank you, Tony, for such a wonderful message this morning.  It was so uplifting and, based on feedback, provided many with a transformational experience.”


“Tony, one of the things I valued most about your sermon is that so few words were wasted. You did not speak just to fill the time; each sentence added to the whole.”


“Tony, I have it on good authority that your sermon this last Sunday was about the best ever.”


“We were inspired by what you shared and how you shared it. Thank you.”




A revised and expanded version of the talk is now available as a $2.99 eBook on Amazon Kindle and an inexpensive audio book on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. You can hear a sample on any of those sites. Hard bound and paperback versions also available from any major bookseller.


The Courage to be in Community:

A Unitarian Universalist Sermon

by Tony Mayo

The word courage originally meant “to speak and act from the heart,” or cour in Latin. Courage is required to express our deepest and most authentic selves because we so often fear judgment, rejection and exclusion. How do we balance the universal human needs of authenticity and acceptance in our personal lives? How might we foster communities where others have the courage to be truly themselves with us?



Executive Coach Tony Mayo drew on the research of Brené Brown, Joseph Campbell, and others to compose this enthusiastically received non-sectarian sermon.  Originally delivered to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston at their Sunday services on January 26, 2014, it has now has been revised and expanded for publication.