Rememberance

October 30, 2016

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Kathy Strawser

In this darkening time of the year, it is fitting to remember beloved friends, family, and even pets that have passed away. For our ritual of remembrance, all are invited to bring a picture or memento of a deceased loved one or pet. What is the power of remembrance?

 

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Unitarian Universalism: Saving Lives!

October 23, 2016

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Reverend Christopher Long

Worship Leaders As Unitarian Universalists and friends of the great, living tradition, we put great trust in the ability of science and medicine to heal our physical bodies in some instances, and rightly so. Let’s explore together what, if any, role our UU Principles and Sources, and UU theologies, play in healing in our lives. Rev. Christopher Long returns to the Cleveland area after eleven years of being away. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry (May 2009), was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister by the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (June 2009), and spent the last seven years in Madison, WI, where he worked at the University of Wisconsin as an Assistant Associate Program Specialist.

 

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Collaborative Ministry? Really?

October 16, 2016

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by Reverend Patricia Hart

Times are changing, and so is the church. The roles of Minister, Board, staff and volunteers look quite different than they did even a few decades ago—not to mention the fact that social media has brought what happens at West Shore to many who may never come to church. How shall we, together, create something that fits our time?

 

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“Metaphoraging” in the Hoh Rainforest

October 9, 2016

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by Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

One of the most healing activities I know is communing with nature and specifically trees. On the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, one such healing place exists—a rainforest of the temperate type called the Hoh Rainforest. During a solo visit there, I experienced deep peace and gathered a wonderful series of metaphors. Are you a part of an old growth forest or maybe a nurse log, a sapling or perhaps a variety of symbiotic moss dripping from the branches of a grand tree? The rainforest is a system much like a church system in many ways. Let's go “metaphoraging” together in reflection and image, meditation and song.

 

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Going With Empty Hands

October 2, 2016

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by Reverend Patricia Hart

The Jewish traditions of Rosh Hashanah teach the importance of restoring balance to life by asking for and granting forgiveness. Is it always right to ask forgiveness from those we have harmed, or to offer it to those who have harmed us? What does it mean to forgive?


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