It Takes A Village

June 4, 2017

On Being a Village

Rev. Patricia Hart, Worship Leader

Barbara Walker, Worship Associate

 We sometimes talk about congregations as “family;” but actually a church is more like a neighborhood.  Various kinds of people show up at different times, and end up “living” next to one another.  Each has an impact, often in ways no one could predict.  Come join in as we spend time reflecting on how this church is the product of many people’s love and attention. 
The Junior Choir will sing and the Free Spirit

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Of Acorns and Oak Trees

May 7, 2017

Of Acorns & Oak Trees

Rev. Patricia Hart, Worship Leader

Christine Salontay , Worship Associate

 Each of us is born into a particular family, community,
culture and time of history.  Each person is shaped by their context, as well as their biology. That’s when the story gets interesting. Life happens, and people change—sometimes a little, sometimes profoundly, and almost never without pain, and joy. Recognition of new West Shore UU Church members.  The Free Spirit Band will play. 

 

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Spending Time With the Truth

April 30, 2017
Rev. Patricia Hart, Worship Leader
Rev. Chris Long, Worship Leader
 
This is an unusual Sunday service, at an unusual and urgent time in our faith.  The Unitarian Universalist Association Board, the UU Ministers Association, and the Liberal Religious Educators Association among others are urging all UUA congregations to heed a call from Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) - to hold a "Teach-In" on the painful reality of racial inequity in our country, and in Unitarian Universalism. Many of us now understand American culture to be steeped in assumptions of "white supremacy."  Just what is the truth?  And how shall we respond?
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Kaleidoscope

April 23, 2017

Kevin Lowry, Worship Leader

Martha Boesel, Worship Associate

Imagine peering through a kaleidoscope and seeing a trans- formation of color, patterns, and shapes. Each piece in a constant motion to create a dance of color against a source of light. How can the kaleidoscope be our metaphor for a Unitarian Universalist theology that is always in a state of transformation, and discovery as people and elements flow in and out, revealing a new beauty to our every evolving search for truth and meaning. Let's explore this together!

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Practicing Resurrection

April 16, 2017

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Barbara Walker

Worship Associate

Easter and Passover show up as springtime celebrations, full of good food and family get-togethers. But the religious stories behind both of these holidays deal with profound change and dislocation, when all that is familiar gets over- turned and something truly new begins

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They’re Not There

April 9, 2017

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by Reverend Peter Newport

The story of Palm Sunday and Holy Week provides the capstone to the Christian narrative. Palm Sunday in particular shows up in both the Christian Gospels and has its roots in Hebrew scripture. But the story is not quite the same in both places. Why does that matter?

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Changing Lives

April 2, 2017

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by Reverend Patricia Hart

This year’s stewardship campaign is posing two questions: How has West Shore UU Church changed lives? and How could West Shore change even more lives, even more effectively, in the future? Answers offered so far have been fascinating, and broadly focused. Stewardship is all about connecting people’s dreams of a vital future with the resources needed to make it all happen. The Free Spirit Band will play!

 

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According to Our Better Angels

March 26, 2017

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by Reverend Patricia Hart

Wisdom counsels us to be our “authentic selves.” But what kind and level of authenticity should we strive for—to be who and what we already are, or to reach for the better self we’ve always meant to achieve? Reflections on what it could mean to actually live out your highest values. This Service Auction sermon was won by Chris Baumhauer.

 

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Finding Balance

March 19, 2017

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by Reverend Patricia Hart

The Equinox is approaching—winter is waning, spring is upon us, as day and night move back into equilibrium. This is a good season to seek balance: in one’s personal life, and even in our communities. What would it look like, to be a community in balance? What might it take to get there?

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Overcoming Fear

March 12, 2017

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West Shore Junior Church, Worship Leaders If there is one thing that holds people back each day from achieving high levels of success, it is fear. When did you recently take a risk to overcome your fears and accomplish a goal? Join the Youth as they share their stories of overcoming fear. The Free Spirit Band will play; 6th Grade and older will attend the entire service.

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Parallel Histories

February 19, 2017

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by Reverend Patricia Hart

Americans have spent time celebrating “Black History” in February for almost a century, since Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated Negro History Week in 1926. Those celebrations have focused on some of the ways that African Americans and White Americans have lived separate histories in our country. Can we find a way to see the whole story, more fully?

 

Photo is of  Louis Latimer.  He  received a patent in January 1881 for the "Process of Manufacturing Carbons", an improved method for the production of carbon filaments used in lightbulbs

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Love and Money

February 12, 2017

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by Reverend Patricia Hart

As Stewardship season begins at West Shore, we will look at how two very powerful forces in life—love and money—can pull us in opposite directions. How can we allow ourselves (and teach our children) to bring our love and our money back in line?

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