West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
What Am I Afraid of? <br />by Worship Associate Barbara Howell

What Am I Afraid of?
by Worship Associate Barbara Howell

July 10, 2011

For some, it may be snakes, heights or small spaces. For most all of us, fear confines us in our “safe” space instead of taking the risks to live fully. 1 John of the New Testament admonishes us that life comes down to two emotions: love and fear. That text also promises that “perfect love casteth out fear.” How can acting from love instead of fear improve the lives of not only ourselves and our “loved” ones but also our society and our world? What difference does it make about the perspective we choose? Barbara Howell and her daughter, former West Shore member Emily Betz Close provide words and music.

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Immanence <br />by Worship Associate Anne Obradovich

Immanence
by Worship Associate Anne Obradovich

July 3, 2011

At West Shore, we often talk about a transcendent being—some higher power or spiritual being “out there” beyond us. But there is another way to look at this higher power or spiritual being. This way is called immanence or God in the world. Often thought of as pantheism, we will explore the different types of immanence, focusing on Daoism & the God of Spinoza.

PROUD OF OUR ENDURANCE <br />Worship Associate Tom Hughes

PROUD OF OUR ENDURANCE
Worship Associate Tom Hughes

June 26, 2011

Although we like to think of our church as friendly and welcoming to all, there was a time when we weren't. You've come a long way, baby! Join Tom on Pride Sunday as we recall the struggle and the achievement of West Shore becoming a congregation that openly welcomes the full participation of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members and friends. Be proud and celebrate that each of you has been a catalyst for change in the life of our congregation. Can we continue to strive for the achievement in what lies ahead? Perhaps? The quest for Marriage Equality?

Remember to wear all white or white and black, and join West Shore on the front lawn of the church (weather permitting) for a "wedding-reception" to celebrate the hope that one day all persons can be legally married. If you have a wedding dress or tuxedo and want to wear it--do so! The media has been invited to attend this event. It will be held immediately following this service (approximately 11:30) with cake and punch. See you there!

Ren Brumfield, Bill Hudson and David Prok, assisting

Death and Dying by Worship Associate Bill Hudson

Death and Dying by Worship Associate Bill Hudson

August 22, 2010

From fear to acceptance, looking at death through the eyes of a Unitarian Universalist.

Seeing, Compassion, and Van Gogh by Worship Associate Sharon Hoyanga

Seeing, Compassion, and Van Gogh by Worship Associate Sharon Hoyanga

August 16, 2010

What connects these two words and one name? What does it mean to see? Catch a glimpse of the answer at this service.

Joy, Joy, What’s It to Ya? by Worship Associates John Youel and Jerry Jackson

Joy, Joy, What’s It to Ya? by Worship Associates John Youel and Jerry Jackson

August 8, 2010

What is joy? Do we need it? What blocks joy or gets in the way of joy? How do we find it? Is it a component of UU spirituality?

It’s Now or Never by Worship Associate Kim Staunch

It’s Now or Never by Worship Associate Kim Staunch

July 4, 2010

All we really have is the present moment and each other. This service will explore how being “in the moment” can influence our sense of self, our relationships and our view of the world.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Queers and Allies

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Queers and Allies

June 27, 2010

In this service we will ask, “What is an Ally?” and “What moves that person to stand with another through hardship when being a bystander is an option?" We will explore the important role that straight allies play in how gay people are accepted and respected in our church and in our communities. Together, both gay and straight, using poetry and song and stories, we will share how being and having loving and supportive allies helps all of us to live our UU principles.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Queers and Allies

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Queers and Allies

June 27, 2010

In this service we will ask, “What is an Ally?” and “What moves that person to stand with another through hardship when being a bystander is an option?" We will explore the important role that straight allies play in how gay people are accepted and respected in our church and in our communities. Together, both gay and straight, using poetry and song and stories, we will share how being and having loving and supportive allies helps all of us to live our UU principles.

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