True Colors

June 29, 2014

by Worship Associate

Dave Willett and

The Queer & Allies Group of West Shore

The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride. The colors of the flag reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. We will explore the colors and their meaning. Please join us to celebrate Gay Pride.


Embracing Change

June 22, 2014

by Reverend
Matthew McHale

Part Two of the Series: We often think of our daily lives as being fairly routine and unchanging, and take a certain com-fort in knowing what to expect from day to day. Yet our individual lives are filled with countless changes and transi-tions—births, deaths, jobs, health, graduations, relation-ships, moves—not to mention the global shifts currently underway. If “change alone is unchanging,” can we em-brace change and uncertainty for the possibilities they open up? Or, at least, learn to go with the flow? This Service will include our annual flower communion, so bring your fresh cut flowers. The youth will be in part of the service and will leave to participate in an RE program.


The More Things Change

June 15, 2014

by Reverend
Wayne Arnason

Service offered by Rev. This is the first of a Two-Part Sermon Series by Wayne and Matthew. Most of us would complete the title of this ser-mon with a familiar concluding phrase “the more they stay the same.” There is some truth to that proverb, but we have actually learned a lot about why and how changes happen in cultures and countries and political systems than we ever knew before. In the past decade, the media we use daily and our understanding of marriage have all changed dramatically in unpredicted ways. The more things change, the more we are amazed at how they can change. This service will include a “a Ceremony of Release” for Kathy Strawser, even though she continues working with us through June 30. At this service, we will also mark the con-clusion of Matthew McHale’s internship and the beginning of his time as our Summer Minister.


In Our Own Tongues

June 8, 2014

by Guest Minister
Reverend Tamara Lebak

Service offered by In the Hebrew scriptures, the story of the power of Babel warns against the arrogance that can arise in assuming that we are all speaking the same language and having the same experience. In the Christian Scriptures in the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit descends upon a group of people all speaking different languages and allows those present to under-stand foreigners as though they were speaking in their own language. What is the underlying unity in our diversity? What are the differences that make a difference? What do these passages teach us about how to engage in our increasingly diverse church and world? Rev. Tamara Lebak currently serves as Associate Minister at All Souls in Tulsa, OK, the largest Unitarian Universalist congregation in the country. She is also an accomplished musician currently in the recording studio with her first full-length album. She’ll share some of those songs this Sunday. We are pleased to welcome the All Souls’ Children’s Choir with Director David Smith. This 30+ strong voices of children and youth will offer special music during the service. Also, this is New Member Sunday where we’ll welcome new members into our church community.


Helping or Hurting

June 1, 2014

by Reverend
Kathleen Rolenz

When members of West Shore travelled to Haiti this past February, they learned much about the history, politics and economics of Haiti. They also heard Haiti described as the “Republic of NGO’s” (non-governmental organizations). One of the questions that arose was how do we offer help in a way that can both empower and can be sustainable? What about in our personal lives? When does our helping others actually make things worse?

Featuring The Free Spirit Band.