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.

Full of Surprises

Full of Surprises

March 10, 2019

by Intern Minister Michelle Ma and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

Life is full of surprises, and it’s not until later that we can look back with any perspective on whether or not those surprises were good or bad ones. We never really know how any of the decisions we make will shake out. How do we face the uncertain future, and how do we support each other as a community on our respective journeys?

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Full of Surprises - sermon

Full of Surprises - sermon

March 10, 2019

by Intern Minister Michelle Ma and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

Life is full of surprises, and it’s not until later that we can look back with any perspective on whether or not those surprises were good or bad ones. We never really know how any of the decisions we make will shake out. How do we face the uncertain future, and how do we support each other as a community on our respective journeys?

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?

Trust

Trust

February 24, 2019

by West Shore UU Church Youth and

Jack Smith

Youth Ministry Coordinator

It takes a lot to build and gain trust, especially as teenagers grow and see their friends change, become more aware of the current social and economic climate, and enter the working world. Find out what trust means to the youth in the congregation as they navigate through schools, church, spiritual lives, social justice activities, and their community. Our youth will discuss who and what they trust and how it will help shape their future worldview.

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?

Jazz

Jazz

February 3, 2019

by Reverend Chris Long and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

Any lovers of Jazz amongst us? Of course, there must be. Rather smooth jazz, ragtime or fans of New Orleans “Second Lining”, the origins and soul of jazz provide many images and metaphors of abundant possibilities. As we work towards even more racial and social justice engagement within this congregation and in the Greater Cleveland area, how might we imagine ourselves creating deeper relationships with ourselves and each other, to live the congregation's mission and vision of becoming an “anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural congregation”? The Free Spirit Band will play, and children will start in the service for a Jazzy Time for All Ages before going to their classes.

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Jazz: West Shore UU Church, Racial & Social Justice, and YOU! <br /> Sermon Only

Jazz: West Shore UU Church, Racial & Social Justice, and YOU!
Sermon Only

February 3, 2019

by Reverend Chris Long and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

Any lovers of Jazz amongst us? Of course, there must be. Rather smooth jazz, ragtime or fans of New Orleans “Second Lining”, the origins and soul of jazz provide many images and metaphors of abundant possibilities. As we work towards even more racial and social justice engagement within this congregation and in the Greater Cleveland area, how might we imagine ourselves creating deeper relationships with ourselves and each other, to live the congregation's mission and vision of becoming an “anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural congregation”? The Free Spirit Band will play, and children will start in the service for a Jazzy Time for All Ages before going to their classes.

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.

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

December 30, 2018

by Intern Minister Michelle Ma and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

It’s the season for letting things go and making new resolutions for the future. But how do we know what to let go and what to keep, and when?

 

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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Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks

Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks

December 9, 2018

by Reverend Nozomi Ikuta and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

“Until I got to Denison, most Christians I knew treated the Sermon on the Mount as a good idea but not something we were actually supposed to practice. At Denison, I've learned that it's actually a survival manual in a poor community so that people don't kill each other."

~Pastor Nozomi C.

 

Nozomi Ikuta is pastor of Denison Avenue UCC, and a co-founder of the Neighborhood Achievement Hub, which forges pathways from poverty to possibility. A Cleveland native, she returned to her hometown after attending Carleton College, Harvard Divinity School, and New York Theological Seminary. Her interest in healing from historical trauma is rooted in her family's experience of forcible removal from their home in California, and placement in a concentration camp in Poston, AZ. She enjoys taiko, tai chi, and hiking with her husband and dog.

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!

 

Finding a Seat at the Welcome Table

Finding a Seat at the Welcome Table

November 25, 2018

by Intern Minister Michelle Ma and

Michael Miller

Worship Associate

What does it mean to bring our full and authentic selves to a community, and what does it mean for that community to accept everyone the way they are? How do we make sure that there really is a seat at the table for everyone? Let’s talk about it over a potluck lunch after the service.

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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The Story of Us

The Story of Us

November 11, 2018

by Intern Minister Michelle Ma and

Gerry Meader

Worship Associate

Who are we? What are we doing? Where are we going? These are questions the Search Committee has been wrestling with, and though we may not have the answers, we know that we’re all in this together.

Also, a nice tribute to veterans by Gerry Meader

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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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Our Ministry of Justice

Our Ministry of Justice

October 28, 2018

by Reverend Chris Long and

Michelle Ma

Intern Minister

On this Sunday, the day following the first-ever Justice- pa-lUUza weekend, come, hear about the existing things happening within and outside of this congregation related to the justice mission and vision for the church. Find out what a deepening focus on Justice Work can mean for West Shore’s identity—now, and in the future!

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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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Actually, This IS Who We Are

Actually, This IS Who We Are

October 14, 2018

by Reverend Peter Newport and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Loss of identity, not knowing who you are, is part of white supremacy culture—for white people, anyway. A personal look, this morning, from where one white person came from; some of the confusions that arose along the way; and the story of John Wampus.

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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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Beyond Categorical Thinking:  The Van Gogh Café

Beyond Categorical Thinking: The Van Gogh Café

September 30, 2018

by ReverendKeith Kron

UUA Transitions Director

Living our Unitarian Universalist values isn't always as easy as we would like it to be. Often what we strive for is not what actually happens. How can we improve the odds that we will lead with our best values inside and outside our congregation? This sermon will explore these issues as they pertain to your next minister.

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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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The War on Poverty and Worker Justice 2018

The War on Poverty and Worker Justice 2018

September 2, 2018

by Reverend Chris Long and

Maura Garin

Worship Associate

 

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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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Keeping It Real

Keeping It Real

August 19, 2018

by Reverend Peter Newport and

Dana Morgan

Worship Associate

Kids don't struggle the same way adults do with fantasy and reality. The idea that things might be "all too real" is an adult one. We have learned to be afraid of our nightmares. What do we do with that knowledge is the everyday work of our everyday lives.

 

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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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Lammas—First Harvest

Lammas—First Harvest

August 5, 2018

by Dana Morgan and

 

Gerry Meader

Worship Associates

As the harvest season comes upon us, what seeds have you planted (started) in the spring? What projects have you tended through the summer? What fruits of love, joy, commitment do you harvest in this season? Best news of all, we still have time to plant for a second harvest, so think on what fruits of the spirit and community you would like to consider for your second planting.

 

 

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Small

Small

July 29, 2018

by Warren Campbell-Gaston with

Martha Boesel

Worship Associates

 

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How Can We Show Hospitality as UUs?

How Can We Show Hospitality as UUs?

July 22, 2018

by Worship Associates

Maura Garin and Marty Blachy-Cross

 

Being hospitable as a congregation might take on different forms from the traditional view of what hospitality is. In today's world, what does hospitality look like: from our own congregation to how we relate to others in the global sense?

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Meaning and Morality from an Agnostic Perspective

Meaning and Morality from an Agnostic Perspective

July 15, 2018

by Martha Boesel and Gerry Meader

Worship Associates

If life’s meaning isn’t dictated by God, then what is it? If our moral code isn’t carved in stone or engraved on our hearts by God, then where do we find it? Those questions are gently explored from an atheist/agnostic perspective.

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