West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
It Takes Practice

It Takes Practice

March 20, 2021
 by Matt Meyer, Guest Worship Leader
Grace Durfee, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our favorite songs, whoever the artist or whatever the style, were created in a strange alchemy of study and inspiration, of strict practice and of letting go. Spiritual Practice is a similar combination of dedication, muscle memory, and perhaps a little divine inspiration. Join us for a musical exploration of learning to risk, building the muscle memory of courage, and the spiritual practice of relationship when things around us are changing fast.

About Our Guest Worship

Leader Matt Meyer is musician, worship leader, and community organizer, as well as a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. He has been a keynote speaker at the JPD worship arts festival, Ohio Summer Institute, Allies for Racial Equity national conference, and the annual meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council. He has also led music for most of the last fifteen General Assemblies of the UUA. Matt is a founding worship leader and current Director of Operations for Sanctuary Boston, a contemporary worship community in Boston. He was a founding member of the Lucy Stone Cooperative and is a current organizer of the UU Song leaders Convergence. www.RhythmRevelations.com

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What Does It Mean to be a Dementia-Friendly Congregation?

What Does It Mean to be a Dementia-Friendly Congregation?

January 24, 2021
by Charlie Farrell, Kathy Strawser & Jerry Devis, Guest Speakers
Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

In society there are stigmas associated with brain health issues. West Shore embraces and welcomes all individuals. The service shares thoughts on ending the stigma related to people with dementia and looks for ways towards a dementia friendly culture.

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An Enlightened Presence In A World Falling Apart

An Enlightened Presence In A World Falling Apart

December 27, 2020

by Param Srikantia, Guest Worship Leader

Melinda McGucken, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

COVID-19, racial tensions, economic insecurity and political differences have generated tremendous stress. The acronym VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic and Ambiguous) has been invoked to describe periods of discontinuity and disruption. The talk will explore the theme of "Enlightened Presence" suggesting five pathways that will enable us to light the lamp of inner wisdom so that we can be a healing presence to ourselves and to others around us. Dr. Param Srikantia, Professor, School of Business at Baldwin Wallace University, is a former television host and a TEDX speaker who is well acquainted with the art of energizing a live audience. Dr. Srikantia has recently embarked on public seminars based on non-traditional ways of unleashing human potential that have now grown to a contagious level of popularity reaching over 100K attendees in Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Toronto and the New York metropolitan areas. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration, Human Resources and Organizational Psychology.

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Love is Our Best Coach

Love is Our Best Coach

November 29, 2020

by Shirley Nelson, Worship Leader

Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Passion for life does not necessarily come when we make huge achievements. But it comes when we know how to see beauty in the smallest things, grace in the darkest hour, and the courage to love when life is at its messiest. The gifts that keep us growing are often wrapped in the most unusual packages.

Today’s guest speaker is Shirley A. Nelson. Ms. Nelson is a Cleveland-area inter-spiritual counselor and life skills coach; founder of San's Sacred Circle, which offers retreats and workshops; former vice president of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ; and author of "The Many Faces of Prayer: A Healing Balm in the 21st Century." Shirley is currently a student at One Spirit Learning Alliance in NYC. She is in her last year of seminary and will be ordained in June 2021. She is also the part-time office administrator and newsletter editor for our sister Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland. Her website is www.sanssacredcircle.com

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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.

A Question of Balance: Mind, Body, Spirit

A Question of Balance: Mind, Body, Spirit

March 11, 2018

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by Ken Lowry

Guest Worship Leader and

Dana Morgan

Worship Associate

In early (First Century) Judaism and in many other cultures, there was no such thing as “Religion.” It was not until the invention of Christianity as a religion that cultures started to separate the spiritual/religious from the rest of the human experience. In this era of rebalancing religion, how can we allow ourselves to integrate our mind, body, and spirit into one harmonious way of being in the world? How does that inform our living tradition of Unitarian Universalism?

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Rememberance

Rememberance

October 30, 2016

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by Reverend Patricia Hart and

Kathy Strawser

In this darkening time of the year, it is fitting to remember beloved friends, family, and even pets that have passed away. For our ritual of remembrance, all are invited to bring a picture or memento of a deceased loved one or pet. What is the power of remembrance?

 

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Making Soup from a Stone

Making Soup from a Stone

January 31, 2016

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by West Shore’s In-Reach Committee and

the Ministry Team

Just before Thanksgiving, we introduced you to the 2016 theme that will shape the year ahead—Stone Soup. We not only told the story of how you could make delicious soup from a stone if everyone brought one contribution to the soup pot to add to the stone, but we made a real stone soup after church, and it was delicious! This service invokes our stone soup of hopes and desires for West Shore’s future, as we consider the ingredients we currently bring to the common table we share, and the new ingredients we will need to nourish the health of our community.


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One to One

One to One

January 10, 2016

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by Reverend Wayne Arnason with

James Pearlstein

Greater Cleveland Congregation Organizer

Relationships are easier for some people than others. Extroverts who find engaging with people to be energizing may find it easy to have many relationships, while introverts have to try harder. But when both extroverts and introverts get over that initial hump of sitting down with a new person “one on one” they each face the same challenge. Can you get below the surface to understand what it really important to that other person? Many people are surprised that this question is vital, not only to building intimate relationships and friendships, but also vital to changing the world through community organizing. On this Sunday when our Outreach Offering is received to support Greater Cleveland Congregations and we meet our new full-time organizer, James Pearlstein, we will explore the connections be-tween the personal and the political, and the courage it takes to do both well.

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A Sense of Wonder & Mystery

A Sense of Wonder & Mystery

July 5, 2015

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Service created by Katherine Campbell-Gaston

& Offered by Barbara Albritain-Walker

As UU’s, we live out our seven principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality drawn from six sources. The first of these sources affirms the “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and up-hold life.” Just what is this “transcending mystery and wonder” and how are we to experience it? Be prepared to find windows into deeper knowing, being and love .

Transforming Public Education

Transforming Public Education

March 15, 2015

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by Reverend Wayne Arnason with

Khalilah Worley,

  Great Cleveland Congregations Organizer

It was 175 years ago that Unitarians in New England were deeply involved in the beginnings of public education in the United States. The vision of publicly funded education was to give everyone a chance to live up to their full potential. Has that vision of the role of the public sector remained strong, or has public education become more like the social welfare system, the education of last resort? Khalilah Worley is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools and has been deeply involved with GCC leaders, including many West Shore members, in their efforts to transform the Cleveland Public Schools. 

What IS The Reason?

What IS The Reason?

November 30, 2014

by Katherine Campbell-Gaston and
Barbara G. Howell

If we dangerously believe everything happens for a reason, what IS that reason? The way we answer this question largely determines how we live our lives. Can the Christian or atheist or Buddhist reason be the same? Katherine Campbell-Gaston and Barbara G. Howell will explore how we can take personal responsibility for what life " throws at us" and transform it into a life lived with meaning, purpose and compassion.

Love Reaches Out

Love Reaches Out

September 14, 2014

by Unitarian Universalist Association President
Peter Morales

Our bright yellow t-shirts proclaim that love takes a stand. And love surely includes acts of compassion and mercy. But love that is profound does more. Love reaches out. What does it mean to reach out in today's world?
The Rev. Peter Morales began his second four-year term as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in June 2013. He administers staff and programs that serve its more than 1,000 member congregations. He also acts as principal spokesperson and minister-at-large for the UUA. Morales, the first Latino president of the UUA, was electedon a platform of growth and multiculturalism. Public witness is central to Morales’s presidency; he is especially passionate about immigration reform and environmental justice. Prior to his election, Morales served as the senior minister at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado and as UUA Director for District Services. Morales has also served on the UUA Board of Trustees, and on the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) Executive Committee, as the first person to carry its anti-racism, anti-oppression, multiculturalism portfolio. Before entering the ministry, Morales was a Fulbright lecturer in Spain, a news-paper editor and publisher in Oregon, a Knight International Press Fellow in Peru, and a regional manager in California state government. The Outreach Offering this Sunday will be given to Esperanza, an organization which supports scholarship for Latino/Latina youth.

The Dangers of Heaven <br />by Reverend Wayne Arnason and<br />Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

The Dangers of Heaven
by Reverend Wayne Arnason and
Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

June 2, 2013

Songwriter David Byrne once wrote "heaven is a place where nothing ever happens." Sounds pretty boring, doesn't it? With 84% of the population believing in heaven as opposed to 42% believing in hell, heaven sounds like a place most people are just dying to get into! Our Universalist ancestors believed that both heaven and hell posed grave dangers for the immortal soul. Come find out why.

special musical guest artist Peter Mayer

with Worship Associate Dave Willett

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The Power Button<br />Ari Lippman, Lead Organizer of Greater Cleveland Congregations

The Power Button
Ari Lippman, Lead Organizer of Greater Cleveland Congregations

October 1, 2012

Join Reverend Wayne Arnason in welcoming our pulpit guest Ari Lippman, lead organizer of the Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice.

In two short years, the power inherent in congregations who want to join forces for justice, and the sound principles and practices of community organizing, have produced a faith based organizing network that Northeast Ohio's political leaders respect and pay attention to. Come hear how it was done, and why West Shore is a proud dues-paying member of GCC. The Outreach Offering will support the work of GCC in the year ahead.

Civic Forum on Ballot Issue 2: Referendum on Senate Bill 5

Civic Forum on Ballot Issue 2: Referendum on Senate Bill 5

September 21, 2011

Local representatives discuss the pros and cons of Senate Bill 5, prior to its appearance on the November 8th ballot.


Re-visioning Church<br />by Pam Rumancik

Re-visioning Church
by Pam Rumancik

August 14, 2011

Former UUA moderator Denny has said, Unitarian Universalism is shrinking and may be going away entirely! According to the Pew Forum, the fasted growing segment of society is the "spiritual but not religious" group and even the Mega-churches are not unscathed by declining church attendance. What do these trends mean to the institution of church? How can we look with fresh eyes and find that which feeds those who understand themselves as spiritual beings but stay away in droves? Can "church" become relevant and meaningful in society again?0

Pam Rumancik is pursuing a career to become a Unitarian Universalist minister and is a graduate of Medville Lombard, class of 2011.

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