Life is Our Greatest Teacher

May 25, 2014

by Reverend

Katie Norris

We often forget that every moment teaches us something. The events and people in our life, both joyful and painful, propel us forward. If we see our life, as a whole, as our greatest teacher, we learn to appreciate the small simple moments, as well as the big challenges. We come to appreciate the people who have inspired us, and those who have hurt us. On this Memorial Day weekend, we will take special time to remember the people in our lives who have changed us.

Opening music is played in it's entirety at the end of the recording.


Missa Brevis Pro Serveto

May 18, 2014

Featuring West Shore Choir; David Blazer, Director

In 2008, UU interim minister Rev. Frances Dearman was inspired to write the text of a Latin Mass for Unitarians. She titled her work “Missa Brevis pro Serveto,” honoring Michael Servetus, one of the founders of our Unitarian tradition. Servetus was a Spanish theologian, scientist, and critic of the doctrine of the trinity; he was executed for heresy in Geneva in 1553. The “Missa Brevis” received its world premiere in May 2010 at the annual meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council in Victoria BC. Our choir will present this work as the central element of this all music service.


Teachings of the Insentient

May 11, 2014

by Reverend
  Wayne Arnason

“The Earth is our Mother” is a teaching from Native American wisdom, which permeates both popular culture and our activism for environmental justice. This Sunday, we will go deeper into this metaphor to appreciate its freshness and understand its limits. The sermon title comes from a Buddhist text that offers us a different take on what it means to fully engage with what the earth has to teach us.


Teaching Stories

May 4, 2014

by Revered Kathleen Rolenz with
      Barbara Howell

This year, West Shore embarked upon a new venture “Story Year,” a full year built around telling stories of our both our faith tradition and our personal lives built around the monthly themes. This service is a celebration and a conclusion to “Story Year,” as well as a reflection on stories that teach us. We are proud to recognize our RE teachers this year at the beginning of the service. Also, you won’t want to miss the “Sing in the Spring” performance of the Junior Choir. They will sing in the Rotunda at 11:00 a.m.