Join us for an exploration of the nature of power and how power plays out in our communities and world. Through a read and danced reflection of the poem “The Terrible Dance of Power” by Barry Oshry, we will look out how different communities engage in and with power. How can we be aware of the nature of power and how our love and awareness can create a new dance in our own lives? Our social action offering will be given to the American Indian Education Center. This will be the final service of Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe’s ministry.
Unitarians were a key group in creating middle class culture in the United States. We will discuss this inheritance, the pitfalls this has created, and the spiritual values we have developed over the centuries to help balance out a culture that, at times, has not as been as welcoming to as it would like to be. What makes us a religion and how can we continue spiritual practices the create connected community and wholeness?
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities continue to struggle for liberation. An important part of this has been legal efforts for equality in marriage, housing, and employment. Liberation includes rights of freedom from suffering. From teen suicide to proper medical treatment to elder care, LGBTQ people struggle with the simple right to exist. This is where liberal religion can act as a salve to those who need support and care within our local communities. What sacred love is this?
In the early 300’s C.E., there began a great religious debate that would rival many of today’s greatest soap operas for the amount of drama, violence, and dialogue between the religious, political, and common people of the day. Come enjoy the exciting tale of the beginnings of the foundations for the Unitarian inheritance. Learn how this great debate carries on and influences Unitarian Universalists today and how it may influence the story you tell about our religion.
Do you ever feel called to do or say something and you are not sure why? What or who calls us to act in our lives and for what purpose? Where do we find meaning in the everyday efforts of our lives and from whence does inspiration come? We will explore the ideas of “call,” serendipity, and fate as forces within our lives.
We will celebrate Earth Day by exploring how creatures find their own place in the world. How do we know what our role is in the web of life? What do we do once we figure it out? What can we learn from chickens, rabbits, mermaids, and ourselves about each being’s place on this planet? What is our responsibility for caring and protecting Mother Earth?
In the human experience, the body is the center of our existence. The body is the home of our births, lives, and deaths. The body is the home of our emotional and spiritual selves. Our bodies are the sacred vessels with which we engage our own souls, the people around us, and the blue marble on which we sail. What can our bodies tell us about the nature of our world and of divinity? What is your body telling you?
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Tomorrow’s Church: An Intergenerational Service with Rev. Rolenz, Kathy Strawser, and Sunshine Wolfe
West Shore has long been a place where we attempt to make real the values and principles we claim to believe. When we say we're committed to being an "Anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution," what does that really mean? This high energy/all ages 45-minute service will provide the framework for an all-church conversation, to be held immediately following the worship service about what a multicultural West Shore might look and feel like in the next chapter of our common church life. We'll be planning and dreaming "tomorrow's church" through story, song, and with some help from the Intergenerational Choir's anthem "There's a New Day Dawning."