West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
On Compassion Fatigue

On Compassion Fatigue

October 10, 2021
Rev. Anthony Makar, Senior Minister
Judy Maruszan, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Music Director
 
Compassion fatigue is a state of exhaustion as a result of prolonged exposure to unending bad news and the needs of a hurting world. It is an important framework in professions such as nursing, where over-exposure to trauma can lead to health problems for the nurses and worsened outcomes for patients. But it can and has been applied to the general population, too, especially when we are saturated with pleas for attention. As Unitarian Universalists, who are called to empathy and service, we need to acknowledge compassion fatigue and address it wisely.

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All Are Called to Serve

All Are Called to Serve

September 26, 2021
Rev. Anthony Makar, Senior Minister
Judy Maruszan, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Music Director
 
Our lives are only as big as the dreams we dream.  If they are large, we expand; small, and we shrink to fit.  So what shall our ministry dream be, as individuals and as a congregation?
 

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West Shore Diamond Jubilee:  A Multi-Faceted

West Shore Diamond Jubilee:  A Multi-Faceted

September 19, 2021
Celebration Kick-Off Service
Rev. Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Vicky Warden, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Music Director
The Free Spirit Band
 
West Shore's very first service was held 75 years ago, on September 15, 1946.  Today's service kicks off our Diamond Jubilee year, in which we celebrate our 75 years of existence, from the beginning to where we are right now.

Special thanks to Abby Rosu for designing the logo for the 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Celebration and to Karen Auer for making the felt banner that will hang on the pulpit for the entire year. 

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The Turning Seasons of the Spirit

The Turning Seasons of the Spirit

September 12, 2021
Rev. Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Elizabeth Gerencser & Judy Montgomery, Worship Associates
David Blazer, Music Director
Jen and Laird Wynn, Margaret and Brian Gardner, Guest Musicians
 
As spiritual heirs of the Transcendentalists, we know that we can discover spiritual meanings first-hand by going to nature and reading it as if it were a kind of bible.  Today as we celebrate Ingathering, and gather face-to-face for the first time since March 2020, we look to the seasonal cycles of nature for wisdom and inspiration.

 

Ingathering is also the time when we celebrate our annual Water Communion ritual, a beautiful ceremony of the celebration of life!  Be sure to bring a small container of water with you to church, so you can participate.  This water is supposed to represent something personally memorable and valuable to you.

 
 

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Understanding War

Understanding War

August 29, 2021
Rev. Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Brian Gardner, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Music Director
 
The recent resurgence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the even more recent American withdrawal from Afghanistan brings to mind the terrors and tragedy of war.  Today, we explore war from a practical and spiritual perspective.

 

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Spirituality of Imperfection

Spirituality of Imperfection

August 22, 2021
Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Music Director
 
"Perfectionism is internalized oppression." ~Gloria Steinem
"Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order." ~Anne Wilson Schaef
In short, perfectionism is a real problem.  So what might the solution look like?

 


 

This Sunday, we will have a few visitors in our Sanctuary! 
They are members of the Hospitality Staff, Board and others who are helping us determine how best we can re-open, even in a small way, during worship time on Sundays.  
 
Beginning next Sunday, August 29, we are offering seats on a “first-come, first-serve basis” to the first twenty people who want to attend our Sunday worship service.  Depending on the Board's decision on reopening, we may open up the service to more people for subsequent services after that.
 
We will continue to live stream our service over Facebook, as usual, to our broader congregation. If you have reserved a seat in the Sanctuary for the service, please be in your seat by 10:05 a.m.  The worship service will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. Masks must be worn during the service. Directions on how to reserve your seat will be available in next week’s Enews.
 
Speaking on behalf of our regular crew, we are all looking forward to seeing members of the congregation back in the Sanctuary again!

 

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Spiritual Alchemy

Spiritual Alchemy

August 15, 2021
Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Brian Gardner, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Music Director
 
What if we could trust our lives more?  What if we could find a better balance to our living?  Join Rev. Makar in an exploration of the art of living more spiritually.
 

 

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Annual Flower Celebration

Annual Flower Celebration

June 20, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
and the Worship Associate Team
David Blazer, Director of Music

One of our distinctive annual rituals as Unitarian Universalists is the Flower Celebration. It very beautifully embodies some of the most important values that animate us as a religious people, including "the inherent worth and dignity of every person." It's also about freedom, which resonates with Juneteenth or Emancipation Day, the holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States observed on June 19. Weather permitting, this service will be held at West Shore on the lawn outdoors. Bring a flower to exchange with another, in a socially-distanced, safe way!

 

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The World’s Religions:  Unitarian Universalism

The World’s Religions: Unitarian Universalism

June 13, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Melinda McGucken, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way concludes with Unitarian Universalism.

 

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Pride Sunday:  Love Your Life

Pride Sunday: Love Your Life

June 6, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Grace Durfee, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our "However mean your life is," says Henry David Thoreau, author of the famous book Walden, "meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is." On West Shore's Pride Sunday, Join Rev. Makar for an exploration of the vision of one of our pre-eminent Unitarian Universalist ancestors.

 

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The World’s Religions:  Primal Religions

The World’s Religions: Primal Religions

May 23, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Vicky Warden, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Primal Religions (specifically, the Yoruba religion of West Africa). Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Primal Religions (pp. 365-383) before the service.

 

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The Art of Motherhood

The Art of Motherhood

May 9, 2021
 by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Vicky Warden, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Join Rev. Makar for an art-filled exploration of the "art" of motherhood. From paintings, music, poetry and other forms of artistic endeavor. We will come to learn and affirm what good mothering is all about.

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On Forgiveness

On Forgiveness

May 2, 2021
 by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Judy Montgomery, 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

Forgiveness is something that can cause people difficulties. How do I forgive myself? How do I forgive others? Why is it so hard to forgive, even when we know it is the right thing to do and would be beneficial to us? Rev. Makar addresses this key spiritual topic today, thanks to Anne Osborne, who purchased this sermon.

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Annual Blessing of the Animals

Annual Blessing of the Animals

April 25, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Melinda McGucken, Worship Associate

Today is our second annual Blessing of the Animals service! In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we are celebrating the animal companions we love. If you have an animal companion, please share a picture of yourself with them and send it to Christine Salontay at csalontay@gmail.com. Christine will create a video montage, which we will enjoy during the service.

 

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Liberation from White Supremacy Culture

Liberation from White Supremacy Culture

April 11, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Grace Durfee, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Without a doubt, there are structures and systems in our world that alienate people from themselves and from others and thereby cause great suffering. White supremacy culture is one of these. But how, specifically, does white supremacy culture manifest itself? What are some ways we might seek liberation from it?

 

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The World’s Religions:  Christianity

The World’s Religions: Christianity

April 4, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Elizabeth Gerencser, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Christianity. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Christianity (pp. 317-364) before the service.

 

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Letter to Ruth Ginsberg

Letter to Ruth Ginsberg

March 28, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently died this past September after serving the highest court in the land for 27 years, changed American life for the better. Everyone has a lot to thank her for, but many don’t know how much she’s done. She’s also a fascinating personality, to boot. Rev. Makar explores this and more in his personal letter to Judge Ginsburg. Join us!

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Forward Into Light!

Forward Into Light!

March 21, 2021
 by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Vicki Warden, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

“Forward into Light” was a popular rallying cry for the women’s suffrage movement, which culminated in the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in 1920, that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Today, Rev. Makar explores the drama and complexity of this story, together with the continuing struggle for women’s voting rights.

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The World’s Religions:  Judaism

The World’s Religions: Judaism

March 7, 2021
 by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world's religions of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Judaism. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Judaism (pp. 271-316) before the service.

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The World Religions: Islam

The World Religions: Islam

February 14, 2021
 by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Melinda McGucken, Worship Associates
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Islam. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Islam (pp. 221-270) before the service.

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The Endless Conversation

The Endless Conversation

January 31, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

The endless conversation is about God. God exists. No, God does not exist. God exists and God is like this. No, God is like that. And on and on and on. Today, we will get a glimpse of the endless conversation and Unitarian Universalism’s role in it.

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The World’s Religions: Taoism

The World’s Religions: Taoism

January 17, 2021

by Rev. Anthony Makar, Worship Leader

Grace Durfee, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Taoism. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Taoism (pp. 196-220).

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When Dreams Die

When Dreams Die

January 10, 2021

by Rev. Anthony Makar, Worship Leader

Elizabeth Gerencser, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Today our focus is on failure. Everyone has experienced failure in trying to pursue a personal dream. What happens next? What role might one's failures play in the spiritual life?

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Let Your Life Speak

Let Your Life Speak

January 3, 2021

by Rev. Anthony Makar, Worship Leader

Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

We begin a new year at West Shore with an exploration of the question of authenticity. A new year represents a new beginning and another chance at becoming more fully ourselves. So, what’s involved with this? How might we do this?

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Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

December 20, 2020

by Reverand Anthony Makar, Worship Leader

Grace Durfee, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Rev. Anthony Makar is asking you to watch a video clip from the Christmas comedy movie Elf starring Will Ferrell, before this Sunday's Service. In his sermon, he will be referring to this movie, and given copyright restrictions, we are not able to screen this clip in the service. Receive extra credit if you choose to watch the full movie before Sunday. To watch the video clip, click here.

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The World’s Religions:  Confucianism

The World’s Religions: Confucianism

December 13, 2020

by Reverand Anthony Makar, Worship Leader

Melinda McGucken, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Confucianism. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Confucianism (pp. 154-195) before the service

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The Journey Towards a Healthy White Identity

The Journey Towards a Healthy White Identity

December 6, 2020

by Reverand Anthony Makar, Worship Leader

Vicky Warden, 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.

In her book Good White People: The Problem With Middle-Class White Anti-Racism, philosopher Shannon Sullivan writes, “Whiteness is not a club in which a white person can just decide to drop her membership. Whether a white person likes it or not, at this moment in history she is white and she is implicated in the effects of whiteness. How she takes up and lives her complicity in white domination will help determine the quality of her contributions to racial justice movements.” In other words, how might white people learn to develop psychologically and spiritually healthy white identities, in service to the liberation of all? What does that look like?

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Thanksgiving 2020: A Thanksgiving Wish

Thanksgiving 2020: A Thanksgiving Wish

November 22, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Melinda McGucken, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Today is our intergenerational Thanksgiving service, so all ages will be together to enjoy our focus story entitled “A Thanksgiving Wish” written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by John Thompson. As you listen to the story, here are some questions to keep in mind: Does your family have any special Thanksgiving rituals? Is there anybody you’ll be especially missing over the holidays? When you are sad, what helps you feel better?

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The World’s Religions:  Buddhism

The World’s Religions: Buddhism

November 15, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Grace Durfee, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world's religions sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Buddhism. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Buddhism (pp. 82-153) before the service.

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What Does “Middle Class” Really Mean?

What Does “Middle Class” Really Mean?

November 8, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Each of us as people are made up out of a multitude of identities based on our skin color, our gender, our sexual orientation, and on and on. Today, we explore one of these identities - class identity - and its powerful influence on our quality of life, how we see ourselves and others, and our spirituality.

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Turnings: The Amazing Story of John Murray

Turnings: The Amazing Story of John Murray

November 1, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Happy 250th birthday, Universalism! 250 years ago, in 1770, John Murray preached in Thomas Potter's chapel in Good Luck, New Jersey. Ever since people have been telling the amazing story surrounding the whole event. Today, I will share that amazing story with you.

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The Riddle of Infinity

The Riddle of Infinity

October 25, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Vicky Warden, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Somewhere downstairs a door slammed, and my father entered the house laughing. Instantly, the whole universe joined in. Great roars of hilarity sounded from sun to sun. Field mice tittered, and so did angels and rainbows. Laughter leavened every atom and every star until I saw a universe inspirited and spiraled by joy, not unlike the one I read of years later when Dante describes his great vision in paradise, ‘D'el riso d'el universo’ (the joy that spins the universe). This was a knowledge of the way everything worked. It worked through love and joy and the utter interpenetration and union of everything with the All That Is." This story comes from psychologist and spiritual teacher Jean Houston, and it adds to an untold number of similar stories about people encountering the infinite. Let’s take a closer look.

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The World’s Religions: Hinduism

The World’s Religions: Hinduism

October 18, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Melinda McGucken, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world religion sources of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way begins with Hinduism. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition. The book is available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets. Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Hinduism (pp. 12-81) before the service.

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Sweet Silliness

Sweet Silliness

October 11, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Christine Salontay, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

We are needing some sweet silliness in these difficult, emotionally-heavy days. So, join us for a worship service full of sweet silliness. Even the very serious and intense philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, "If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done." Writer Richelle Goodrich adds, "It's okay to be absurd, ridiculous, and downright irrational at times; silliness is sweet syrup that helps us swallow the bitter pills of life."

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What Traffic Lights Can Teach Us

What Traffic Lights Can Teach Us

September 27, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

David Blazer, Director of Music

You can be the best and most careful driver in the world, but if there’s no system of traffic lights, signs, and laws already in play (or one that’s confusing and/or insufficient), you’re guaranteed to crash into someone else. We have amazing individual leaders at West Shore, but how are we doing in terms of shared understandings about how to work together? What does our system of “traffic lights” look like? Today, I want to explore with you a plan for how we can all share in the work of ministry, in a way that expands the range of people’s involvement in deciding and doing and improves communication, coordination, and morale across the board. This plan was developed in the 2019-2020 program year by the Organizational Development Committee of the Board, and the Board of Trustees has formally approved it.

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The Story of Our Faith

The Story of Our Faith

September 20, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Melinda McGucken, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Did you know that the history of our faith - its journey across time - can be told using the Six Sources? Come hear Rev. Makar tell our story in a way you may never have heard it told before!

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Ingathering 2020: The Story of Mr. O

Ingathering 2020: The Story of Mr. O

September 13, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Regular life is in upheaval, as the pandemic reigns. Around this time of year, we would be returning from summer travels away or "staycations" closer to home. We would see kids going off to school or to college. Fall favorites like college football would be gearing up. And so on. But none of that is in the cards for us, in this strange year of 2020. For this reason, it becomes even more important to practice spiritual disciplines that help structure our lives and give them meaning. One of these practices is observing time cycles, which includes endings and new beginnings.

This is what our annual Ingathering service is all about. It signifies a new beginning for our collective life together. The service, appropriate for all ages, draws from the classic story, The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Cutler and illustrated by Greg Couch. Some things our children might listen for, and to think about as this service unfolds, includes: (1) Have you ever felt afraid of being hurt, if not by war than by COVID-19 or a bully at school, or something else? (2) Why do you think people fight? (3) Life is scary and hard these days, so it is especially important to remember that we are not alone, and there is hope. What gives you hope and courage when you are afraid?

Ingathering is also the time when we celebrate our annual Water Communion ritual, a beautiful ceremony of the celebration of life! Be sure to have a small container of water near you, and a bowl to pour it into, as you, with hundreds of your West Shore friends, simultaneously engage this ritual. It will be different this year, but that doesn't have to mean it will be less meaningful.

 

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On the Seventh Day

On the Seventh Day

September 6, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Grace Durfee, Worship Associate

Joe Schafer and Abby Rosu, Guest Musicians

When COVID-19 pandemic struck, it was as though we all crossed a line in time. There had been "before the pandemic," or BP, and now it is "after the pandemic," or AP. But whether it's BP or AP we're talking about, there has always been a need for downtime, time off, time away--sabbath time. This is the spiritual dimension of the Labor Day holiday, which is side-by-side with its more social-political dimension of support for the working class and labor unions. Today, we take a closer look at that more spiritual dimension.

 

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Making Sense of Reincarnation

Making Sense of Reincarnation

August 30, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Judy Montgomery, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Do you believe in reincarnation? Unitarian Louisa May Alcott did. She once wrote, "I think immortality is the passing of a soul through many lives... such as are truly lived, used, and learned, help on to the next, each growing richer, happier, and higher, carrying with it only the real memories that have gone before." Echoing this is Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, "The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew. It passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal." Today, we take a closer look at this ancient spiritual perspective.

 

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Because Somebody Loved Me

Because Somebody Loved Me

August 24, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Elizabeth Gerencser, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Early on in his amazing Ware Lecture, given before a whole host of Unitarian Universalists at the 2015 General Assembly, Cornel West says "unequivocally" that "I am who I am because somebody loved me, somebody cared for me... Any serious talk about struggle for freedom and struggle for justice has to radically call into question any conception of ourselves being self-made." Today, we talk about the role of love and being loved in our activism.

 

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The Eclectic Church of the Future

The Eclectic Church of the Future

August 16, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate

Back in 1878, the Unitarian Lydia Marie Child once imagined "an eclectic church of the future which shall gather forms of holy aspirations from all ages and nations." She imagined this at a time when our congregations were still very much Christian-centered. But now, all these years later, we embody Lydia Marie Child's dream and are fully pluralistic. How did we get from there to here? What do we need to know, going forward?

 

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Happiest Facts of All Time

Happiest Facts of All Time

June 28, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Worship Associate Ryan Rosu and

David Blazer, Director of Music 

Join Rev. Makar in his exploration of some of the happiest facts of all time.
In these “happy facts” we will hear hope’s tune.

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
“Hope” is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops - at all.
 
-Emily Dickinson

 

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Gospel of RuPaul

Gospel of RuPaul

June 21, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

David Blazer, Director of Music 

June is Pride month! Join us for a celebratory and thought-provoking service where we lift up the GLBTQ+ community. Our focus will be RuPaul, who is arguably America’s most famous drag queen. Since 2009, he has hosted and produced the drag queen reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he won an Emmy 2016. He is whip-smart, sharp, wise, and worth getting to know better!.

 

 

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The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time

June 14, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

David Blazer, Director of Music 

By now, it may feel cliche to say that the times we’re living in are unprecedented. It’s been said already so often. And, it’s just true. Our times have seen an unprecedented pileup of crises, one after the other, in a mere five-month period: Trump’s impeachment and governmental disarray, the coronavirus pandemic, the economic crash, and most recently, intense protests against racism and police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s murder on March 25. Some say it’s like 1968 all over again. Is it? What is the meaning of the fire this time? What do we do? Today, we will also honor our high school graduates with a Bridging Service.

 

 

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The Bigger the Break, the Bigger the Opening

The Bigger the Break, the Bigger the Opening

May 31, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

David Blazer, Director of Music

 

In light of recent events, Rev. Makar has written a different sermon for tomorrow: The Bigger the Break, the Bigger the Opening
 
We are seeing things break in the horrific death of George Floyd from police violence and the sick way this same sort of thing keeps on happening over and over again in America. 
 
We are seeing the break in the protest fires of Minneapolis and smashed windows of Atlanta and the thrown bottles and the pepper spray which all represent, as Dr. King once said, “the language of the unheard.” 
 
We are seeing the break in our President’s despicable tweet where he urges the violence on, saying, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” 
 
We are seeing the break. 
 
But you know what? The bigger the break, the bigger the opening, and the bigger the possibility for transformation.  

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Letter to Kurt Vonnegut

Letter to Kurt Vonnegut

May 24, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

David Blazer, Director of Music

He has been called “our most distinguished and indispensable grouch” and “a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion, a cynic who wants to believe.” He is 20th century author, humanist, and Unitarian Universalist Kurt Vonnegut. Come and experience his presence among us, as I share my personal letter to him.

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Ethics of the New Normal

Ethics of the New Normal

May 17, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

David Blazer, Director of Music

Pre-corona vs. post-corona. Old normal vs. new normal. The world changed on us with shocking swiftness, and now that we are several months in, perhaps it is time to take stock. What are our new responsibilities to each other? What is the new normal we are entering into?
 
Motherlove

Motherlove

May 10, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

David Blazer, Director of Music

Growing up, maybe you had two dads. Maybe you had a mom, but she adopted you at some point, or she’s a stepmom. Fact is, “motherlove” is not tied to any specific biology or family structure. No one owns sunlight. Sunlight shines free. We all need the light of motherlove. And we can all give it. Let’s take a closer look.

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