West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
Growing Through Darkness <br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

Growing Through Darkness
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

April 22, 2012

We are living in a time of tremendous ecological change. We know that, to survive, human society must change. And yet, we have no clear shared vision of that possible future. It is not an easy time to be alive! Our confusion, fear, and grief can lead us to denial, anger, selfishness, even isolation. But these emotions are also a potent source of power from which to grow hope, courage, and commitment. Through ritual, myth, and song we will mark Earth Day and the power we have to be part of a new future.

With Worship Associate Dave Clements
Planet Called Home sung by Julie Fogel, percussion: Mary Palmeri

Pass the Passion<br />by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

Pass the Passion
by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

February 26, 2012

When you sit at the dinner table, you might ask to pass the salt or pass the peas but it's doubtful that anyone says "hey, can you pass me some passion?" Where do you find your passion? What if you find it and then, like pesky peas, it rolls on the floor and you can't find it anymore? Through music, story and song, we'll explore how to find your passion - and when you've lost it - how to get it back! The Junior choir will sing "The Gospel Beat of West Shore" at both services.

With Intern Minister Ellen Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Tom Hughes

Standing on the Side of Love: Immigration <br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

Standing on the Side of Love: Immigration
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

February 12, 2012

The politics of immigration remain for many of us a tangled mess. The way through to a solution which is just and fair for everyone is not at all clear. How can we stay true to our Unitarian Universalist values and theology of love while remaining realistic and effective? The Social Action Offering will be received for the Ohio Meadville District's Phoenix Initiative, supporting participation by OMD congregation members at the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona.

with Worship Associate Anne Osborne

Waiting with Trust <br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

Waiting with Trust
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

December 4, 2011

These are the days of Advent, the days of waiting before the coming of Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Advent is a contemplative, quiet liturgical season. This second Sunday of Advent, we will consider what this season can teach us about waiting with trust, trusting through the dark times of our lives and this dark season of the year.

Thankful for Human Rights<br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

Thankful for Human Rights
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

November 20, 2011

This Sunday we remember the convictions of religious freedom in the American Thanksgiving story and make a commitment to help the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in its work to advance human rights and social justice around the world. The Inter-generational Choir will join us to sing New Day Coming.

The Social Action Offering today will be given to the Cleveland Foodbank. The mission of the food-bank is to alleviate hunger by providing food and support to community organizations that feed the hungry. They supply a majority of the food used in local hot meal sites, shelters, and food pantries. In addition, they provide food to child care centers, group homes, and programs for the elderly. Please bring a can of food as non-perishable food donations will also be collected.

With Kathy Strawser, Director Lifespan Faith Development

Guilty As Charged <br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

Guilty As Charged
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

November 6, 2011

If you were to be convicted, what would you be convicted for doing? Thinking? Saying? The moment of being convicted is one of the great moments in Christian spiritual formation, but not one we Unitarian Universalists talk of much. We talk about the fruits - the personal convictions that follow. How do we live into these moments of being convicted and live out our convictions?

The Social Action Offering this morning will be given to the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a new coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice. GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.

Ties That Bind <br />Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister and <br />and Kathy Strawser

Ties That Bind
Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister and
and Kathy Strawser

October 30, 2011

In the spirit of the Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead, let us engage and reflect on the connections and memories that tie us to family and friends who have gone before us. What wisdom, courage and joy did they live that continues to visit and impact our lives today? How do we acknowledge their gifts? What gifts will we leave for the next generation?

Equipping the Called<br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

Equipping the Called
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

October 16, 2011

One of the things that binds us together as an Association of congregations is our commitment to the work of ministry -- of tending lives and congregations, repairing the world, and seeking justice. This morning we will honor those ties and recommit ourselves to our place in this shared ministry to which we are all called. A special collection will be taken to support continuing education for all religious professionals including musicians, religious educators, and ministers.

Days of Awe<br />by Intern Minister Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

Days of Awe
by Intern Minister Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

October 2, 2011

From the sound of the shofar calling us to wake up to the last prayers, the High Holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur hold special spiritual significance for Jews who enter into a time of setting their relationships right and seeking forgiveness for all they may have done wrong in the last year. This service will walk us through some of these rituals and ask the question "how can Unitarian Universalists learn from this source of our heritage?" Jewish members of our congregation will share their insight and wisdom. If you have a cell phone with texting capacity, please bring it.

Memory and Hope - A Service for Memorial Day<br />by Intern Minister Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

Memory and Hope - A Service for Memorial Day
by Intern Minister Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

May 29, 2011

Founded as a day of mourning and reconciliation so many years ago, Memorial Day still comes each year to remind us of those many promising lives we've lost to war. This year we will gather in memory, in honor and in hope of a changed future.

Saved By Our Children <br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

Saved By Our Children
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

April 10, 2011

Practicing being the people we want to be can be hardest with those closest to us. As parents (as in other close relationships and caretaking roles) we're often far from our best selves, as our children are so, so good at poking all our buttons. Yet, in these same moments there are great possibilities for healing and actually becoming our best selves

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It’s Not My Fault: <br />by Rev. Wayne Arnason and <br />Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

It’s Not My Fault:
by Rev. Wayne Arnason and
Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

March 20, 2011

Almost all of us, young and old, remember the times when we got accused of something bad we didn't do! We also remember when we got away with something bad we did do! For children, avoiding blame can be the first major moral temptation and challenge they encounter. But it's a challenge that continues throughout our adult lives.

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Everybody Makes Mistakes<br />by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz and <br />Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

Everybody Makes Mistakes
by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz and
Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

February 27, 2011

People break up and things break down. We all mess up and nobody's perfect! Can we learn to accept our own and each other's errors? A worship service you won't want to miss with story, music, and movement plus a special appearance by a Junior Church Free Spirit Band!

Intergenerational Service

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Resistance, Prophecy & Liberation <br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

Resistance, Prophecy & Liberation
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

January 16, 2011

The quest of prophets for communal liberation has always found resistance. Yet their lives also reveal that in resisting the right thing we can also find personal liberation.

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God In Between <br />by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

God In Between
by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer, Intern Minister

December 26, 2010

If God has been born in the flesh of a baby, just yesterday, how does the human community respond? Since Jesus' time, his life has meant something, often something quite radical, about how we are to live together and find God in between each other. Our Unitarian and Universalist ancestors have had much to say about this meaning of Christmas. This morning will be a bit of a romp from the carnival of medieval Christmases through the Victorian era to today - how have we and how do we incarnate God in between each other in this holiday season?

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Facing Fear by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

Facing Fear by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

November 28, 2010

Though few of us live frequent physical danger, fear—from creepy crawlies to possible major disaster—is still part of being human. From creepy crawlies to disasters, through story and metaphor, this morning we’ll consider what we gain when we look closely at what frightens us.

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I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

October 17, 2010

How odd that a country that has had such a hard time telling the truth about its own history would have as a legend our first President uttering this line after cutting down a tree. How might it make us more whole if we were able to tell the uncomfortable truths of our personal, family, and national stories?

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A Circle That Takes Them In by Rev. Wayne Arnason, Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, and Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

A Circle That Takes Them In by Rev. Wayne Arnason, Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, and Ellen Carvill-Ziemer

September 19, 2010

As our Jewish friends engage with the spiritual discipline of Yom Kippur, we are witnesses to a national debate about the impact of decades of ill-advised immigration policy on our economy and this country’s soul. The UUA General Assembly voted in June to make immigration the focus of our next three years of study and action for Unitarian Universalist congregations. The ministers will ask us whether an attitude of atonement rather than political name-calling is the place where we should begin.

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