Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"Getting to Know You..." August 23, 2015

Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock

Come and learn about interim ministry and Rev. Beatrice's journey to Westside.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

"The Language of the Heart" August 16, 2015

Viveca Monahan

The literature around spiritual psychology and the human heart consistently discusses two kinds of knowing. There is scientific knowing, which is linear, analytical, rational, verbal and mechanical. And there is poetic knowing or poesis, which is holistic, intuitive and has depth. The heart "perceives" while the brain "knows." Language creates images. What we name a thing, becomes that which we named. The heart has its own language that rises to the surface just when we need it most. This access requires only that we silently ask. And then patiently wait.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

"OK, Now What?" - July 26, 2015

Rev. Grace Simons

Westside UU is moving toward a new church year, but things have changed! Can we approach a new situation in ways that increase the chance of success? What factors can help us navigate a transition most productively? Why can't this just be easy?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

"God and the 'What' of Unitarian Universalism" July 19, 2015

Rev. Barry Andrews

So much rides on what we understand God to be - not only our own spiritual well being, but the future of Unitarian Universalism as well. The stakes are high. We aspire to live a spiritual life in keeping with our Unitarian Universalist principles. We would like to see Unitarian Universalism thrive. But what kind of faith is it that has no object? We can answer the who, how, why, when and where of spirituality, but, seemingly, not the what. Without a sense of a "what," worthy of reverence, I fear that Unitarian Universalism will become a dead end in the evolution of religion.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

"Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration Stories" July 12, 2015

Rev. Amy Moses Lagos

Reverend Amy Moses-Lagos will share from her experiences working with immigrants in diverse settings from Texas to California.  She will discuss ways in which immigrants' stories can inform our approach to this complex issue.  

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

"Lust-Phobia, Dogmas Grounded in the Fear of Lust from the Virgin Birth to Same Sex Marriage" June 28, 2015

Keo Capestany

The absurd cult of virginity, rooted in the history of the church is still very much present in so-called purity programs that promote fear and shame of sex.  

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Monday, July 6, 2015

"Reflections on Islam" July 5, 2015

 Imam Jamal Rahman

In this holy month of Ramadan, let us reflect on spiritual insights and practices to open heart and expand mind.

Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. He is a Muslim Sufi minister at Seattle's Interfaith Community Sanctuary, adjunct faculty at Seattle University, and since 9/11 has been collaborating with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie --known as the Interfaith Amigos---touring the country sharing the message of spiritual inclusivity. This will be Jamal's third visit to Westside. 

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