The Veil Between the Worlds: An Intergenerational Service with Rev. Wayne Arnason and Kathy Strawser

October 31, 2010

Samhain (pronounced sow-en, from a Gaelic word meaning the "end of summer") is the ancient Celtic New Year and an important holiday in the contemporary pagan practice that has attracted some of West Shore's membership. Rather than conforming to the co-option by popular culture of this holiday and offering an intergenerational Halloween service, we have invited the advice and support of West Shore's pagan practitioners in fashioning an intergenerational service that honors the ancient and contemporary Samhain traditions.

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Leap of Faith: A Service for Association Sunday by Rev. Wayne Arnason

October 24, 2010

Fifty years ago the Unitarian and Universalist denominations were completing their consolidation and preparing to announce a new religious faith to the world, Unitarian Universalism. What can we learn about our personal lives, and our life together as a church, from the risk that this generation of our spiritual ancestors took a half century ago? On Association Sunday we are asked to bring a generous financial gift to a special offering in support of the growth programs of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This year the team of West Shore leaders who were invited to the "Leap of Faith" training in New Orleans the previous week will introduce this opportunity by telling us about what they learned.

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I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

October 17, 2010

How odd that a country that has had such a hard time telling the truth about its own history would have as a legend our first President uttering this line after cutting down a tree. How might it make us more whole if we were able to tell the uncomfortable truths of our personal, family, and national stories?

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Truth and Consequences by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

October 10, 2010

"There is no right or left, only right and wrong" goes a popular saying. Is there ever a right time not to tell the truth? Or is it better to tell the truth and accept the consequences?

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Truth or Dare by Rev. Wayne Arnason

October 3, 2010

Why do Catholics have confession as a sacrament while Unitarian Universalists do not? Is confession being downplayed in Catholic practice? What can we learn about a personal practice of confession from Catholic experience? What does it mean in our lives when we dare to confess our selves?

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