What IS The Reason?

November 30, 2014

by Katherine Campbell-Gaston and
Barbara G. Howell

If we dangerously believe everything happens for a reason, what IS that reason? The way we answer this question largely determines how we live our lives. Can the Christian or atheist or Buddhist reason be the same? Katherine Campbell-Gaston and Barbara G. Howell will explore how we can take personal responsibility for what life " throws at us" and transform it into a life lived with meaning, purpose and compassion.

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Thanksgiving’s Sunday Service

November 23, 2014

by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and

Reverend Reverend Wayne Arnason

with Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development



Everyone will be together for a full multi-generational service in the Sanctuary celebrating the Thanksgiving season. We’ll share our bread communion, a story for all ages, and reflections from the ministers. The Choir will offer choral music, and the Junior Choir will be performing in the Rotunda between the two services this week. The Outreach offering will be taken this Sunday for Urban Hope, a Unitarian Universalist Community on the near West Side of Cleveland.

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Everything Is Waiting for You

November 16, 2014

by Reverend Wayne Arnason

The title of this poem by David Whyte makes a much better title for this service than the one sent out in Shorelines! This service is based in the premise that often the important reasons for the joy, wonder, and insight in our lives are best expressed in poetry, and not in theology. Every so often, we like to build a service on the work of a single poet, so this week, you'll meet David Whyte, the contemporary British/American poet, naturalist, and writer. You've heard Whyte's poems in worship before. Some of you will know him quite well. For others he will be a new discovery. 


 The Choir will sing Walt Whitman as a companion to Whyte's poetry and prose.
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The Faith of a Theist

November 9, 2014

by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and
Reverend Wayne Arnason

Part II

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The Faith of an Athiest

November 2, 2014

by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and
Reverend Wayne Arnason

The co-ministers will begin the conversation with “The Faith of an Atheist.” The Free Spirit Band will offer Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate.” New members of West Shore will be welcomed into the church.

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