West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
Christmas by the Book: A Selection of Holiday Readings

Christmas by the Book: A Selection of Holiday Readings

December 29, 2019

by Martha Blachly-Cross and Ryan Rosu, Worship Leaders

Vicki Warden, Worship Associate

For the shortest, darkest weeks of the year, human beings have, from the beginnings of time, created festivals of light to brighten their days. Christmas, Hanukkah, Epiphany—each anticipates the longed-for return to spring, each has its rites, symbols and above all stories. For the holidays, then, a reading list. Chaucer urged, “To read and drive the night away.”

Dear Mary: Letter to the Mother of Jesus

Dear Mary: Letter to the Mother of Jesus

December 22, 2019

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Gerry Meader, Worship Associate

The Christmas Story involves any number of fascinating figures: Joseph and Mary, the wise men, the animals in the stable, the angels, King Herod, and so on. There’s more to each than meets the eye. This year, I will share my personal letter to Mary.

The Spirituality of Money

The Spirituality of Money

December 8, 2019

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Vicki Warden, Worship Associate

What do spirituality and money have to do with each other? Everything! Come and find out about how we might relate to money (and talk about it!) in healthier ways.

Live to the Point of Tears

Live to the Point of Tears

December 1, 2019

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Michael Miller, Worship Associates

Religions around the world honor the gift of tears and have found ways to ritualize it. During the Passover Seder, when Jews remember their escape from Egypt, they bring salt water to their lips to symbolize the tears of bondage. In ancient times, when a person died, mourners put their tears in bottles and sometimes even wore them around their necks. Over the ages, the weeping of tears has been a sign of the mystical experiences of saints and repentant sinners. These transcendent moments go beyond what the mind can comprehend; tears are a response of the heart. Today, we explore the role that tears might play in our Unitarian Universalist faith life.

All songs are played in their entirety at the end of the service