The River Flows in Both Directions

August 30, 2015

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and

Reverend Wayne Arnason with

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

& Intern Holly Mueller

 This ceremony, now a tradition at West Shore, needs congregational participation to make it work! Bring some water from a special place you’ve been this summer—could be on your summer travels, a place of pilgrimage, our beloved Lake Erie or other body of water, and we’ll mingle the waters together in a common bowl as a symbol for our community coming together as one strong church body. If technology doesn’t fail us, we hope to Live Stream the folks from Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Apple-ton, WI, as we begin our year-long partnership with them. 

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The Truth of Make-Believe

August 23, 2015

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by Reverend Warren Campbell-Gaston

We humans have a capacity for both discovering facts and creating fantasies. In religion, these two capacities are often blurred and sometimes reversed—fact accepted as fantasy and fantasy accepted as fact. We will explore how the ra-tional language of fact and science and the poetic language of myth and metaphor are employed by people of a liberal faith to bring understanding and expression to their relig-ion?

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Conversations with Myself

August 16, 2015

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by Dave Clements,

Worship Associate

We will explore together those conversations that many of us have had in the quiet hours of the night or in the early hours of the morning—those times when we ponder, meditate and sometimes pray. What can we learn about ourselves, our family, friends and the world in general? What lessons are waiting to be realized and what ad-ventures and paths await us as we explore that inner part of ourselves, that spirit or consciousness, which many writers over the years have talked about.

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It’s Not a Judgment Call

August 9, 2015

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by Jacquie Davis,

Worship Associate

We’ve heard the phrase, “Judge not lest ye be judged,” many times, but how does a person really live that admonition out in their daily lives? The seven principles of Unitarian Universalism can serve as a guide to help us practice the art of non-judgment..

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Forever or For Good

August 2, 2015

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by Barbara Allbritain-Walker,

Worship Associate

In an Emily Dickinson poem she states, "Forever is com-posed of Nows." Whether we talk of forever as a promise or a firmly held belief in what "always" means, we can see the inherent risks of this being our absolute. Yet, why then do we dig in our heels and insist that we will love or live indefi-nitely when we are assured the opposite? This Sunday's service will challenge that belief, assist us in taking stock of the "NOW" and perhaps open us up to exploring "beyond forever.”

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