June 25, 2012
Pride Sunday celebrates how West Shore saves "Gay Lives." The Welcoming Congregation Program, first launched in 1990, was a completely volunteer program for UU congregations that wanted to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of peple of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This year West Shore celebrates the 19th anniversary of our commitment as a Welcoming Congregation. Join us and witness a team of testimonials celebrating the web of life of which LGBT persons are included as an integral part. Hooray for West Shore!
With Worship Associate Dave Clements
June 17, 2012
What happens when Unitarian Universalists practice their faith in the real world, in this case the largely Christian world of northeastern Ohio? How can we be in relationship with those whose understanding of words - like sin, salvation, heaven, hell, and God - may be so different from our own? Perhaps our liberal faith helps us to do just that! Kathy Straswer will offer reflections from her recent four-month internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
With Worship Associate Katherine Gaston-Campbell
June 10, 2012
Are you ready for Christmas or the Holiday Season yet? What, you say, it's only June? Many of us grumble when we see retail stores preparing for Christmas in September, but don't really know how to create a different kind of holiday for ourselves or our families. If we want to envision a values-based holiday season, we must start NOW and not the day after Thanksgiving. This service unveils an initiative undertaken by some members of West Shore, called "WSUUC Holiday Rescue Project," who believe that we can create a different kind of response to the consumer clamor which involves the paradox of living less, but getting more.
With Worship Associate David Clements
June 3, 2012
The merger of a Pentecostal Universalist congregation with a Unitarian Universalist congregation in 2010 raised some eyebrows in both traditions! Did these two congregations really have anything in common? It’s worth noting, in that regard, that the Christian holiday of Pentecost is one of the most important Sundays of the year in the Unitarian Churches in Transylvania! Pentecost was the last Sunday in May, but we’ll look at the story of Pentecost as a way to understand how the Pentecostal movement can be an inspiration for us.
With Worship Associate Andy Kosiorek