Every moment, we are all writing our own sacred texts. We describe and reflect on our spiritual journeys and glean from them wisdom and courage. Taking up this task, West Shore's Spiritual Autobiography class joins together for this week's service to share the wisdom of their journeys as well as the books, moments and people who have served as their guides and inspirations. Enjoy a special song from the ensemble and join on the journey with us as you begin your own book of voyage and of enlightenment.
As we head for this season of Thanksgiving, families and friends try hard to be together to celebrate and enjoy each other. When that's not possible, the "sacred texts" we send are simple and poignant. "I miss you." "I love you." These words mean a lot. In this service we will consider the words that say the most about the lives we share. We will celebrate a Thanksgiving Bread Communion, hear our Junior Choir sing "A Wish, A Hope, A Dream," and collect the Outreach Offering for Habitat for Humanity.
with Worship Associate Katherine Campbell-Gaston
If you were raised with the Bible, you most likely had the experience of coming across parts that made you say "OMG! (Oh my God!) I can't believe I'm reading this stuff!" You encounter stories of violence, homophobia, sexism, and religious intolerance. So why would a religious liberal still love and appreciate this "sacred text?" Come and find out. Caution: This will be an adult-oriented sermon, with themes and topics which may not be suitable for children.
With Worship Associate Katrina Walker
The ultimate expression of your opinion in a democracy, your right to vote, can be exercised through November 6! In the United States, this is a hard-won right that is represented by three "sacred texts" of our democracy: the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. Do these 200 plus year old documents still have meaning in our elections? Or does the avalanche of advertising this fall reducing complex social issues to slogans suggest that "texting" is more crucial to our politics today than any sacred political texts?
with Worship Associate Andy Kosiorek