All of us will face significant transitions in our lives; whether a new school, a new job, a first crush, a first heartbreak, going away from home for the first time, saying goodbye to a loved one for the last time. We may find ourselves in a strange place, where everything is the same, and nothing is the same. What resources does our faith provide for us during these times of transition - during the in-between times? Join us for this inter-generational service featuring the West Shore's Junior Choir performing "UU Kids."
Most of us don't carry around lucky rabbit's feet or search to find four leafed clovers, but we might say "bless you" when someone sneezes or avoid booking a room on the 13th floor. We may not realize it but these old superstitions are based on real fears; many of them useless but some serve a purpose. Do the things we fear the most serve any purpose in our daily life or like superstitions are they something to be discarded? We'll ask William Shatner, in the Twilight Zone episode Nick of Time, for some help and guidance.
With Worship Associate Anne Osborne
In the Twilight Zone episode, The Obsolete Man, Burgess Meredith played a character brought to trial be a fascistic atheistic state, accused of having beliefs about humanity and religion that were obsolete. The story evokes some of the questions this sermon takes up: Is the secular humanist point of view a shrinking minority in UUism and in America, or is it the wave of the future? Thanks to George Bliss for suggesting this as the Service Auction Sermon for this year.
With Worship Associate Anne Obradovich
This service introduces October's monthly theme "Twilight Zone." Rod Serling's teleplays of the late 1950's to mid 1960's were morality tales that reflected his Unitarian values and his sense that all of us, either willingly or unwillingly, will find ourselves in unfamiliar places of mind, body, heart or spirit. This sermon will use the episode Nothing in the Dark, featuring a very young Robert Redford, to explore what happens when we invite the "stranger" into our lives. The Free Spirit Band will play.
With Worship Associate Katherine Gaston-Campbell
Join Reverend Wayne Arnason in welcoming our pulpit guest Ari Lippman, lead organizer of the Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice.
In two short years, the power inherent in congregations who want to join forces for justice, and the sound principles and practices of community organizing, have produced a faith based organizing network that Northeast Ohio's political leaders respect and pay attention to. Come hear how it was done, and why West Shore is a proud dues-paying member of GCC. The Outreach Offering will support the work of GCC in the year ahead.