Service offered by Rev. Dr. Wayne Arnason & Sarah Arnason This is a week when young adults who have college studies or jobs in distant cities are back in town to enjoy the holi-days with their families. We see some of these young adults who had a strong relationship with West Shore growing up in our church school once a year at the Christmas Eve ser-vice or perhaps at this one. Do you ever wonder what differ-ence that experience has made in their lives? Rev. Wayne and his daughter Sarah will offer a sermon conversation about what growing up in our Unitarian Universalist church schools has meant in their lives, what they remember, and how it has mattered to each of them.
by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and
Director of Lifespan Faith Development
This Sunday is Winter Solstice, longest night of the year and a time for reflection and celebration rooted in the calendar of pre-Christian religious traditions often known as the "Wheel of the Year." Many in our West Shore community who embrace earth-based spiritualities, observe this calendar and the turning of the seasons. We'll explore the Yule holiday through dramatic presentation and song, story and symbols, and hear some reflections on the turning of the year back towards the light.
Last month, the National Cathedral in Washington DC held a Muslim prayer service for the first time in its history. While some celebrated this as a step towards becoming a truly multicultural country, many other voices decried it as a symbolic slap, believing that the United States is first and foremost a “Christian Nation.” It begs the question: in which country do we live? The Free Spirit Band will play