Church Doesn’t Have TO Be a Drag

June 28, 2015

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by The Queer & Allies Group

Church: a faith community, a spiritual home. West Shore is where many people of differing beliefs have come together from various paths to form one church, enabling people to Grow. For many LGBTQ people and allies, the growing part is more than just spiritually. It is often about growing into our true selves. These are our stories.


Weeds In Heaven?

June 21, 2015

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and

Reverend Wayne Arnason

A writer once observed that “when weeds go to heaven, they become flowers.” This is the theme for our Flower Communion Sunday this year, a Sunday when we invite you to bring some flowers to church from your home, from a store, or from the roadside to combine into beautiful bou-quets that will grace our service. Flower Communion has a 75 year history of celebration in our church and we will tell the story. This is also Father’s Day—so bring your Dad or your memories of Dad to church and he will be honored!


May I Change Your Mind?

June 14, 2015

by Reverend Wayne Arnason

Some years ago a Buddhist magazine, Tricycle, sponsored "Change Your Mind" Days across the country, involving meditation events in public places. The title was a pun on the usual way we think about "Changing Your Mind," which is changing your opinions. It turns out changing your opinions may be even harder than changing your mind through spiritual discipline. In fact, it turns out that changing your mind by changing your opinions takes a special kind of spiritual discipline. This Sunday, we explore what it takes to change someone's mind about anything—a hot button issue like the death penalty or abortion—or maybe just your impression of another person.


When An Atheist Goes To Church

June 7, 2015

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

In some countries, to declare oneself an atheist is a death sentence. In the United States, declaring oneself an atheist is usually met with either pointed questions about your morals, or outright hostility. However, there are hopeful signs that being a “non-believer” is gaining acceptance, but there’s much more to be done.This is the Sunday we will welcome new members to the church, as well as, take up the Outreach Offering for Next Step, a community organization that helps provide care for young adults who have “aged out” of the foster care system. The Free Spirit Band will offer their last performance before the summer break.