West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
Joy

Joy

April 14, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

What is the work of joy in our lives? Erin Gyomber, who won this service in the 2018 Auction, wonders if joy shows up to remind us to look up from the tedium and disappointment that surround us, and find beauty again--and hope.

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Joy - sermon only

Joy - sermon only

April 14, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

What is the work of joy in our lives? Erin Gyomber, who won this service in the 2018 Auction, wonders if joy shows up to remind us to look up from the tedium and disappointment that surround us, and find beauty again--and hope.

Fear

Fear

April 7, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

Being afraid (cautious, terrified, wary, uncomfortable) is a common condition in life. We human beings spend remarkable amounts of time, energy and money trying to avoid fear, with limited success. Perhaps our fears have something to teach us. The Free Spirit Band will play, and Caprice Wright, West Shore Child Care Center Director, will talk about the Center and the “Week of the Young Child.”

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Fear - sermon only

Fear - sermon only

April 7, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

Being afraid (cautious, terrified, wary, uncomfortable) is a common condition in life. We human beings spend remarkable amounts of time, energy and money trying to avoid fear, with limited success. Perhaps our fears have something to teach us. The Free Spirit Band will play, and Caprice Wright, West Shore Child Care Center Director, will talk about the Center and the “Week of the Young Child.”

The End of a Chapter

The End of a Chapter

March 31, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Reflections on the lessons and gifts of interim ministry.

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The End of a Chapter - sermon only

The End of a Chapter - sermon only

March 31, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Reflections on the lessons and gifts of interim ministry.

Our Long Strange Trip

Our Long Strange Trip

March 24, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Christine Salontay

Worship Associate

Thoughts about where we are—as a nation, culture, religious tradition, congregation—not to mention as citizens of the world. What part are you playing in this journey we’re all on, together?

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Our Long Strange Trip - sermon only

Our Long Strange Trip - sermon only

March 24, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Christine Salontay

Worship Associate

Thoughts about where we are—as a nation, culture, religious tradition, congregation—not to mention as citizens of the world. What part are you playing in this journey we’re all on, together?

Age of Reason Service

Age of Reason Service

March 17, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

We will mark the “graduation” of eight of our 2nd and 3rd-grade children who are completing the Age of Reason program, who will share their credos from the pulpit. Parents will be witnesses for their children, offering words of appreciation and hopes for the future.

Cultivation

Cultivation

March 3, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

Spring is (almost) here—hearts and imaginations dare, again, to believe in growth and new life. How can we plant seeds of possibility, in our own lives and those around us? What do you need to un-become in order to begin your journey?

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Cultivation    -   sermon

Cultivation   -   sermon

March 3, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

Spring is (almost) here—hearts and imaginations dare, again, to believe in growth and new life. How can we plant seeds of possibility, in our own lives and those around us? What do you need to un-become in order to begin your journey?

Telling True Stories

Telling True Stories

February 17, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

West Shore has made a commitment to be a force for racial justice in the life and communities of its people. But before anyone can change the world (or themselves), they must understand how things came to be the way they are. Some thoughts on being a white person, and telling the whole truth.

Growing Up with Money

Growing Up with Money

February 10, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

What lessons did you learn about money as a child? Was it the key to security, or happiness – or was money’s power a temptation to guard against, a pathway to immorality? We tend to carry such early lessons into adulthood, where they can exert more influence than we know. What money lessons do you hope to demonstrate in your life? What money stories do you hope your church will teach?

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Growing Up With Money <br /> Sermon Only

Growing Up With Money
Sermon Only

February 10, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

What lessons did you learn about money as a child? Was it the key to security, or happiness – or was money’s power a temptation to guard against, a pathway to immorality? We tend to carry such early lessons into adulthood, where they can exert more influence than we know. What money lessons do you hope to demonstrate in your life? What money stories do you hope your church will teach?

Remember Those Who Forget

Remember Those Who Forget

January 13, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

"Remember Those Who Forget," an article written by a Presbyterian elder, asks us to imagine how congregations might become more dementia-friendly. Why is this important to Unitarian Universalists? How might our own experiences with those who suffer from cognitive memory loss—those in our congregation, families and larger communities—transform us and move us to act on our values?

Where is This Holy Church?

Where is This Holy Church?

January 6, 2019

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

The third and final year of this interim period has reached the halfway point, and it’s time to pause and take stock. How many of the goals set for this transitional time have been met, and which ones are still out of reach? What opportunities and challenges have shown up along the way, and how have they changed the West Shore story? Reflections on what has happened so far, and what comes next. The Free Spirit Band will play.

A Story for Christmas

A Story for Christmas

December 23, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Martha Boesel

Worship Associate

All are welcome as we retell Truman Capote’s timeless story “A Christmas Memory.” The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving—and gently yet poignantly touches on themes of loneliness and loss. Is it fruitcake weather yet?

 

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In the Stillness of These Moments - SERVICE

In the Stillness of These Moments - SERVICE

December 2, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

Advent as a spiritual practice: pondering the mystery of waiting expectantly, when we don’t quite know what we’re waiting for. The Free Spirit Band will play; come early to hear the Junior Choir sing in the sanctuary!

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In the Stillness of These Moments - SERMON

In the Stillness of These Moments - SERMON

December 2, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

Advent as a spiritual practice: pondering the mystery of waiting expectantly, when we don’t quite know what we’re waiting for. The Free Spirit Band will play; come early to hear the Junior Choir sing in the sanctuary!

 

Memories of Family Gatherings

Memories of Family Gatherings

November 18, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

Memories of all kinds tend to grow from the rich soil of family gatherings for the holidays. Come explore together the nature of memories, and some wise magic for transforming the “grungy” ones into joyful, appreciative ones. We'll worship together as a congregation: PreK-K class and older children will stay in the Sanctuary for the whole service and sit with their families.

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Called to Beloved Community

Called to Beloved Community

November 4, 2018

by Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President and

Reverend Tricia Hart

Unitarian Universalists are being called at this moment to live more powerfully and boldly into a vision of a Beloved Community. What does this look like and how do we answer “Yes” to this calling in our lives and in our congregations? Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was elected President of the Unitarian Universalist Association on June 24, 2017. Prior to her election, she served as Lead Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, Arizona. Susan played a critical role in the long-term campaign to end the constitutional violations of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Susan received a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a lifelong UU who grew up at in the St. Louis area. She lives now in Cam-bridge, MA with her husband, Brian and their son.

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Welcoming Every Generation

Welcoming Every Generation

October 21, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Dana Morgan

Worship Associate

West Shore has made a commitment to be a “multi-generational” community: a place where persons of all ages are not only welcome but where opportunities abound for those of different generations to interact and learn from one another. Some reflection and history about child dedications, and a celebration of legacy gifts from several elders who have gone before us.

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Maybe. Maybe Not

Maybe. Maybe Not

October 7, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

Churches often highlight growth as part of their vision— when things are going well, and when they're not. How does growth actually happen in a congregation, and why does it stall? What is the connection between money and growth? Observations about opportunities and obstacles before West Shore UU Church in this pivotal chapter of its history. The Free Spirit Band will play!

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A Covenantal Faith

A Covenantal Faith

September 23, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

In Unitarian Universalism, everything important is rooted in the covenant that members make with one another. Everyone is free to believe and practice their own faith—but even in that freedom, there is the mutual commitment to a vision and way of being together. (How does that work?)

 

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Look Carefully

Look Carefully

September 16, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

In this creedless faith, we need to know what lessons we can teach our children that might serve as their moral or spiritual grounding in life. How does teaching others help us learn about ourselves? Everyone is invited to help launch a new year of Religious Education for children, youth, and teachers.

 

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Ingathering

Ingathering

September 9, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

A new church year begins with a multigenerational celebration of all that is West Shore now, and everything it may be in years to come. The service will include a story told by the members of the Board of Trustees, with a glimpse of the challenges and opportunities of this important time. Remember to bring a small amount of water from a special place in your life for Water Communion. Children (1st grade and older) and youth are invited to stay for the entire service. The Free Spirit Band will play, and the Choir will sing!

 

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What Does It Mean To Call a Minister?

What Does It Mean To Call a Minister?

August 26, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart with

The Ministerial Search Committee and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

West Shore has begun the search for the next Senior Minister who will be “called” to serve this church. How does that search happen, and what (who) is it for? What's the tradition and theology behind this long involved process? How is it changing in our time? How will West Shore approach this process? And, how can you get involved? Bring your questions and thoughts as Rev. Tricia and the Search Committee reflect together.

 

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History and Mystery

History and Mystery

August 17, 2018

by Barbara Walker and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

 

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On Being a Foreigner

On Being a Foreigner

August 12, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Martha Boesel

Worship Associate

Nations create borders to separate “our people” from everybody else. Wars and political alliances move borders, people uproot their lives to move to a different part of the world… and suddenly who “we” are isn’t so clear. Moral and spiritual reflections on the power of crossing borders, and growing minds and hearts.

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Lessons From Different Homes

Lessons From Different Homes

July 8, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Every one of us starts out in a particular home and family that teaches us what life is and how people behave; who is powerful, and who is not. When we move—because of school, work, necessity or opportunity—our lessons about life change, too. Rev. Tricia will reflect on what the churches and places she has served have taught her about being a Unitarian Universalist.

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Crossing the Threshold

Crossing the Threshold

June 10, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

In this season of graduation and commencement, we will reflect on the significance of moving from one chapter of life to the next—known, and unknown. When have you crossed a threshold in your life? What transitions are you facing now? We will celebrate the “bridging” of West Shore’s graduates from high school into young adulthood.

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The Blessing of Knowing Who You Are

The Blessing of Knowing Who You Are

June 3, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Worship Associate

PRIDE SUNDAY Unitarian Universalism’s third principle calls us to accept one another (as we are) and encourage one another to grow (into what we might become). Sounds simple—and of course, it’s not easy. Come celebrate with West Shore today: as we welcome new members, share Flower Communion, and learn what Pride can teach us all.

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Of Grief and Imagination

Of Grief and Imagination

May 27, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Dana Morgan

Worship Associate

On this Memorial Day Sunday, some reflections on the power of ritually remembering those who died in war— remembering individually, remembering as families, and especially remembering as a community. What does Memorial Day ask of us? Is it possible to imagine a world without war?

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Habits of Love

Habits of Love

May 13, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

What actually happens when one person cares for another? “Mothering” changes lives—of growing children, of caregivers and those around them. Not to mention how it changes the world! Honoring Mother’s Day beyond greeting cards and brunch.

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Choices

Choices

May 6, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Christine Salontay

Worship Associate

Today—as the 2018 Stewardship Campaign ends and the Ministerial Search begins—the focus will be on the choices before West Shore in this extraordinary moment. How will this church bring more beauty, kindness, joy and affirmation into the world? After the service, please stay for the brief Special Congregational Meeting to elect the Ministerial Search Committee, followed at noon by an important program on West Shore’s finances: “Our Money and Our Values.” All members and friends are welcome to attend both programs.

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Creator’s Workshop

Creator’s Workshop

April 22, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Martha Blanchly-Cross

Worship Associate

We will celebrate Earth Day with a charming and thought-provoking story service about this beautiful and fragile planet, and the role that human beings play in the great drama of life.

Home. Community. Justice

Home. Community. Justice

April 15, 2018

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Martha Boesel

Worship Associate

What do you love about West Shore? What are your wishes for its future, as the congregation gets ready to move into a new chapter, with a new minister? What are the two or three most important aspects of this church you believe must guide West Shore’s vision of its future? As STEWARDSHIP 2018 moves into full swing, come to church for an interactive service that celebrates all things West Shore. Watch Enews for more details about this fun day!

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Called Into Life

Called Into Life

April 1, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Barbara Walker

Worship Associate

Easter is many things: a celebration of new life in Spring, a time for family gatherings, a timeless festival of the earth and fertility, and the holiest day in the Christian year. Join our Easter festivities at West Shore, as we celebrate the return of life in song and story! 

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Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!

March 25, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

Do Unitarian Universalists pray? The answer, of course, is: “Yes, some of us pray. In lots of different ways…” On this Christian Holy Day of Palm Sunday, we will look at the role of prayer, centering, meditation and practice in this creed-less religion of ours. Who or what are we praying to?

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Looking for the Truth

Looking for the Truth

March 18, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Martha Boesel

Worship Associate

It’s never been easy to know the Truth. In these days of “fake news,” disinformation and deep cultural and class divisions, it can be especially difficult to separate fundamental truth from instinct and intuition… much less be open to those who hold very different opinions. What does it mean to promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning?

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Freedom of Mind and Soul

Freedom of Mind and Soul

February 25, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

On January 13, 2018, we marked the 450th anniversary of The Edict of Torda—one of the world’s first statements of religious freedom, issued by a religious gathering in eastern Europe presided over by the first Unitarian King. In recent decades, dozens of American Unitarian Universalist congregations have formed partnerships with the congregations that grew out of that tradition—including West Shore. What do we have to learn from this brave history, and the perseverance of our Transylvanian Unitarian cousins?

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Your Money and Your Life

Your Money and Your Life

February 18, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Martha Boesel

Worship Associate

As Stewardship season begins here at West Shore, it is time to consider the biggest questions about money. How do the choices we make about spending and saving and debt and investment reflect our values? Are we managing our money, or is it managing us?

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Learning to Hang In

Learning to Hang In

February 11, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart  and Rev. Chris Long with

Christine Salontay

Worship Associate

From an early age, each of us learns what matters most in this challenging and unpredictable adventure we call life. What did your family and community teach you about surviving, and even thriving as you grew? When did you learn to be wary, and how did you learn to dive into new experiences? Reflections on being members of a community that holds different ideas of perseverance.

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Intent vs. Impact

Intent vs. Impact

January 21, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

Intentions matter. Living out a commitment to be kind, thoughtful, or open-minded can make an enormous differ-ence in our relationships, and in what we teach our chil-dren. But what someone means to do or say is only part of the story—we have to learn the essential skill of paying attention to the impact our words or actions make. Essen-tial… and really difficult.

We Are All Called

We Are All Called

January 14, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Martha Boeselk

Worship Associate

On this anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are called to consider the legacy each one of us is creating in the struggle for justice. Young Rev. King did not predict the role he would play when he accepted the call to his first church in Montgomery, Alabama. How have you been called? And how have you answered?

On Being an Imposter

On Being an Imposter

January 7, 2018

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Christine Salontay

Worship Associate

Have you had the sense that you are an imposter: pretending to be successful, or competent, or even happy, when it doesn’t seem quite true? “Imposter Syndrome” is to be a widespread condition (though it’s hard to know for sure, since people are pretty good at hiding it). What might happen if you worried less about your deficits and embraced your willingness to try?

Elijah’s Angel

Elijah’s Angel

December 24, 2017

by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Dana Morgan

Barbara Walker

Worship Associates

Traditions and teachings about Hanukkah and Christmas come to life in this story about a Jewish boy and an African- American barber, who find ways to connect in this beautiful and difficult season of the year. All ages are welcome at this informal story-service.

 

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