February 26, 2012
When you sit at the dinner table, you might ask to pass the salt or pass the peas but it's doubtful that anyone says "hey, can you pass me some passion?" Where do you find your passion? What if you find it and then, like pesky peas, it rolls on the floor and you can't find it anymore? Through music, story and song, we'll explore how to find your passion - and when you've lost it - how to get it back! The Junior choir will sing "The Gospel Beat of West Shore" at both services.
With Intern Minister Ellen Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Tom Hughes
February 19, 2012
When Cil Knutsen bought the Service Auction sermon last spring, she knew immediately that in some form, she wanted the ministers to preach a sermon on the Nicene Creed. Does that sound boring? The early centuries of Christian belief and the process by which the Trinitarian creed about who Jesus was became formalized is actually an amazing soap opera of passions, personalities and intrigues. It's a story that also reminds us of why the Unitarians still cling to the Jesus we knew before he became God.
With Worship Associate Dave Clements
February 12, 2012
The politics of immigration remain for many of us a tangled mess. The way through to a solution which is just and fair for everyone is not at all clear. How can we stay true to our Unitarian Universalist values and theology of love while remaining realistic and effective?
The Social Action Offering will be received for the Ohio Meadville District's Phoenix Initiative, supporting participation by OMD congregation members at the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona.
with Worship Associate Anne Osborne
February 5, 2012
The distortion of the Islamic teaching of "jihad" into a word that means "terrorism" in the minds of Americans is tragic. The spiritual meaning of the word is by far the most important meaning for Islam, and it refers to the spiritual struggle with needs, wants, passions, commandments and aspirations - a familiar struggle to us all - as we try to be the best people we can be. This Sunday, we will celebrate a Welcoming Ceremony for West Shore's new members.
Readings by Worship Associate Anne Obradovich