A hundred fifty years ago, a young teacher named Lewis Carroll was taking care of his headmaster's three daughters for a day and told them stories about the adventures of a girl named Alice. Alice knew who she was when she got up that morning but by the end of the day, after many adventures, she had "grown" bigger and smaller, timid and brave, foolish and wise. Using "Alice in Wonderland" as our looking glass, let's see what it means to grow up and what grownups look like to kids. The Junior Choir will join us for this service, singing "Like a Bird."
We are living in a time of tremendous ecological change. We know that, to survive, human society must change. And yet, we have no clear shared vision of that possible future. It is not an easy time to be alive! Our confusion, fear, and grief can lead us to denial, anger, selfishness, even isolation. But these emotions are also a potent source of power from which to grow hope, courage, and commitment. Through ritual, myth, and song we will mark Earth Day and the power we have to be part of a new future.
With Worship Associate Dave Clements
Planet Called Home sung by Julie Fogel, percussion: Mary Palmeri
In most other churches, the worst thing that could be whispered behind your back is "I think she is really a closet atheist!" In our church, the worst thing is "I think he's a closet Republican!" Is that really true, or a stereotype? What is the political mix at West Shore, really? And does that matter? If we believe in "deeds not creeds," doesn't your political affiliations say a lot about your faith? Join us for a sermon that's intentionally six months ahead of the election!
With Worship Associate Katrina Walker
"They have taken away my Lord!" said Mary Magdalene when she found the empty tomb. So might we all, as a congregation of people in the liberal religious tradition contemplating the empty tomb on Easter Morning. The Jesus we know has been stolen from that place and from the place in history that he deserves. Who stole Jesus and why?
Tenebrae means "darkness" and "shadows," and explores the betrayal and death of Jesus of Nazareth through both ancient and modern testimony.
With: Reverend Kathleen Rolenz, Reverend Wayne Arnason, Music Director David Blazier, Worship Associate Anne Obradovich, Worship Associate Tom Hughes, Worship Associate Anne Osborne, Jim Felder, Sarah Belles, and Clint Anderson.
Many of us have come from a variety of other religious traditions before we discovered the liberal force of Unitarian Universalism. What events turned you away from your past? How did people and places change your way of thinking? As we begin this monthly theme of "Growth," David will share with you his spiritual journey which led him to West Shore. Since it's April Fool's Day, expect the unexpected.
with Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and Intern Minister Ellen Carvill-Ziemer