West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
We Need to Talk - sermon only

We Need to Talk - sermon only

July 21, 2019

by Marty Blachly-Cross, Worship Leader

As civil discourse becomes more uncivil, what are the guidelines for respectful interactions, and does our Covenant with each other support this?

Let It Be a Dance

Let It Be a Dance

June 9, 2019

by Reverend Chris Long,

Guest Speaker Jessica York

Director of Congregational Life at the Unitarian Universalist Association and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Jessica York will share a sermon grounded in themes and ideas related to dance, specifically dancing in partnerships, in our work toward racial and social justice. She will also share how our efforts here at West Shore are connected to the racial and social justice mission of Unitarian Universalism. We will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Rev Chris’ Ordination as a UU Minister, as well as the “bridging” of West Shore high school graduates into young adulthood.

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Let It Be a Dance - sermon only

Let It Be a Dance - sermon only

June 9, 2019

by Reverend Chris Long,

Guest Speaker Jessica York

Director of Congregational Life at the Unitarian Universalist Association and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Jessica York will share a sermon grounded in themes and ideas related to dance, specifically dancing in partnerships, in our work toward racial and social justice. She will also share how our efforts here at West Shore are connected to the racial and social justice mission of Unitarian Universalism. We will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Rev Chris’ Ordination as a UU Minister, as well as the “bridging” of West Shore high school graduates into young adulthood.

Why I am PROUD to be a Unitarian Universalist

Why I am PROUD to be a Unitarian Universalist

May 12, 2019

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Each of us has a story about how we discovered Unitarian Universalism and why we have chosen it as our religious path. It reflects a unique combination of people, circumstances, and personal needs and hopes. Timing is also important. West Shore's Candidate for Senior Minister, Rev. Makar, shares some of the stories of why he’s a Unitarian Universalist, what it means to him, why he's so grateful for it. Come see how his story might speak to your own!

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Why I am PROUD to be a Unitarian Universalist  - sermon only

Why I am PROUD to be a Unitarian Universalist - sermon only

May 12, 2019

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

Each of us has a story about how we discovered Unitarian Universalism and why we have chosen it as our religious path. It reflects a unique combination of people, circumstances, and personal needs and hopes. Timing is also important. West Shore's Candidate for Senior Minister, Rev. Makar, shares some of the stories of why he’s a Unitarian Universalist, what it means to him, why he's so grateful for it. Come see how his story might speak to your own!

What We Owe to Each Other

What We Owe to Each Other

April 28, 2019

by Intern Minister Michelle Ma and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

We are whole beings, each and every one of us, with inherent worth and dignity. It's easy to say those words out loud and agree; another thing to put it into practice. How do we hold each other accountable for our actions in this world while still treating one another with compassion and kindness?

 

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Seven Principles (from Wikipedia)

Adopted in 1960, the Principles, Purposes and Sources can be found in the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association.[50] The Principles are expressed,

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;[51]
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;[52]
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;[53]
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;[54]
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;[55]
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;[56]
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.[57]
What We Owe to Each Other - sermon only

What We Owe to Each Other - sermon only

April 28, 2019

by Intern Minister Michelle Ma and

Marty Blachly-Cross

Worship Associate

We are whole beings, each and every one of us, with inherent worth and dignity. It's easy to say those words out loud and agree; another thing to put it into practice. How do we hold each other accountable for our actions in this world while still treating one another with compassion and kindness?

 

Seven Principles (from Wikipedia)

Adopted in 1960, the Principles, Purposes and Sources can be found in the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association.[50] The Principles are expressed,

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;[51]
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;[52]
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;[53]
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;[54]
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;[55]
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;[56]
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.[57]
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.

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.

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?

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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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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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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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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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.