West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
Life is Our Greatest Teacher

Life is Our Greatest Teacher

May 25, 2014

by Reverend

Katie Norris

We often forget that every moment teaches us something. The events and people in our life, both joyful and painful, propel us forward. If we see our life, as a whole, as our greatest teacher, we learn to appreciate the small simple moments, as well as the big challenges. We come to appreciate the people who have inspired us, and those who have hurt us. On this Memorial Day weekend, we will take special time to remember the people in our lives who have changed us.

Opening music is played in it's entirety at the end of the recording.

Letting Your Heart Break Open <br />by Reverend Katie Norris

Letting Your Heart Break Open
by Reverend Katie Norris

February 3, 2013

Dr. Brene Brown says "Connection is why we are here. It’s what brings purpose and meaning to our lives." And yet, the thing we need to have in order to obtain that connection is vulnerability. The ability to let our hearts break wide open and allow other people know who we truly are. Most of us fear vulnerability because we don't want to get hurt but if vulnerability is what brings connection and thus meaning and purpose into our lives, how do we let our heart break open anyway?

With Worship Associate Dave Clements

The pre-service music is available in it's entirety following the normal end of this service.

Roll Away Your Stone <br />Reverend Katie Norris

Roll Away Your Stone
Reverend Katie Norris

August 19, 2012

Even in the darkest times we learn and grow but if we spend too much time in that darkness, it can consume us. On the other hand, too much light, while fun, can allow us to loose concern for the world around us. How do we balance the light and dark in our lives in order to be healthy, whole, and balanced?

With Worship Associate Katrina Walker

Roll Away Your Stone

By Mumford and Sons

Roll away your stone, I'll roll away mine
Together we can see what we will find
Don't leave me alone at this time
For I am afraid of what I will discover inside

Cause you told me that I would find a hole
Within the fragile substance of my soul
And I have filled this void with things unreal
And all the while my character it steals

Darkness is a harsh term don't you think?
And yet it dominates the things I see

It seems that all my bridges have been burnt
But you say that's exactly how this grace thing works
It's not the long walk home that will change this heart
But the welcome I receive with the restart

Darkness is a harsh term don't you think?
And yet it dominates the things I see
Darkness is a harsh term don't you think?
And yet it dominates the things I've seen

Stars hide your fires
These here are my desires
And I won't give them up to you this time around
And so I'll be found
With my stake stuck in the ground
Marking the territory of this newly impassioned soul

But you, you've gone too far this time
You have neither reason nor rhyme
With which to take this soul that is so rightfully mine

When All Is Lost<br />by Reverend Katie Norris

When All Is Lost
by Reverend Katie Norris

July 29, 2012

This service deals with topics including dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

With Worship Associate Anne Obradavich

Remembering Service<br />by Reverend Katie Norris

Remembering Service
by Reverend Katie Norris

May 27, 2012

Each year our country pauses to remember those who have lost their lives in service. This Memorial Day we will pause to remember those lost and reflect on this service. The frame of our memory shapes the future of our own service.

Wisdom from Buddhism <br />by Rev. Katie Norris

Wisdom from Buddhism
by Rev. Katie Norris

March 27, 2011

Buddhism has many great teachings which can help us on our spiritual journey. The Buddhist teachings around suffering and attachment are some of the most meaningful teachings we can learn, but they are also the hardest to come to terms with. What "skillful means" can we use to incorporate the Buddhist teachings around suffering and attachment into our lives?

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Peace of Mind by Rev. Katie Norris and Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

Peace of Mind by Rev. Katie Norris and Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

November 7, 2010

"If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes." ~Luke 19:41-43.

This month's theme "Peace" begins with a sermon that reflects not on the large global issues of world peace, but the smaller, individual decisions that affect our peace of mind. Often, the things that make for peace are right there in front of us—how is that we can't see them? How we deal with those decisions can, and do, have an affect on the broader landscape of peace.

Read this sermon

Purpose

Purpose

August 29, 2010

Discovering our purpose is an essential part of having a healthy life and doing good in the world, but this is not always an easy task. Why is purpose so important? How do we live it out, particularly in the midst of change or tragedy? While on West Shore's work trip to New Orleans this April, I heard an inspiring story of purpose in one of the most unlikely situations.