September 29, 2019
by Reverend Chris Long, and
A special thank you to Jodith Janes and Tom Williams who purchased a sermon topic of their choice at this year’s Service Auction. As we all know, death is a part of life and living, and there comes a time when it happens to us all. What is less clear is what we as Unitarian Universalists or friends of this vibrant faith community do or discuss regarding what happens to us after we die? What theological, scientific, spiritual, and/or religious beliefs help us to navigate such times? What aspects of our faith sustain us individually and collectively during such transitions? We will share our experiences with the subject through some theological touchpoints, reflections, curiosity and song.
September 22, 2019
by Reverend Anthony Makar and
In the historical Buddha’s very first sermon, he presented the fundamental principles of his teaching, which have since become known as “The Four Noble Truths.” Come hear Rev. Makar’s contemporary Unitarian Universalist take on these profound insights that the Buddha gave to the world.
September 15, 2019
by Reverend Anthony Makar with
Reverend Chris Long,
Director of Lifespan Faith Development and
Today, we begin a new year of religious education classes, and that means we begin again the powerful work of supporting the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth of our children and youth. But what does it mean to grow? Rev. Makar shares a story about his Baba (that’s Ukranian for “grandmother”) and, through it, explores three dimensions of the growing journey as it impacts all ages.
September 8, 2019
by Reverend Anthony Makar and
Reverend Chris Long
Now that school has started again, and we have returned from summer travels away or “staycations” in Cleveland, we come home to West Shore and begin a new program year. Our multigenerational service draws from the classic story “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney. Here’s a short excerpt: In the evening Alice sat on her grandfather’s knee and listened to his stories of faraway places. When he had finished, Alice would say, “When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places, and when I am old, I too will live beside the sea.” “That is all very well, little Alice,” said her grandfather, “but there is a third thing you must do.” “What is that?” asked Alice. “You must do something to make the world more beautiful,” said her grandfather. “All right,” said Alice. But she didn’t know what that could be. What might you do to make the world more beautiful? Let’s explore this together as we usher in a new program year at West Shore
September 1, 2019
by Christine Salontay and
“I can’t stop thinking.” “Am I doing this right?” “There is no way I can sit still that long” “This is boring.” We spend most of our lives lost in thoughts. And although there is a growing body of scientific evidence that strongly suggests meditation is another important pillar of wellness, why is it so hard to get ourselves to spend a few minutes each day meditating? This Sunday, explore why meditation can be so difficult but how sticking with a meditation practice can have life long benefits.