Monday, May 18, 2015

"Restorative Justice" May 17, 2015

Kevin Lawson

What is it to work towards wholeness and recovery, opposed to punitive and additional detriment? Is there inherent worth and dignity enough to go around? As UU's how do we work for justice, holding the tension of seeking recovery from injury, along with accountability for wrong doers? What is our role with respect to some of the social justice issues present in our communities and society currently?

Monday, May 11, 2015

"Only One Rule According to Hafiz" May 10, 2015

Rev. Peg Morgan

On this Mother's Day, it seems a good day to speak of wisdom, wisdom that we would want to pass on to children; and no better source than the poetry and spiritual wisdom of Sufi poet Hafiz. Let's listen to the wisdom of this mystic as he weaves his way through ideas about children, life, religion and purpose. Come be prepared to be delighted!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"To Be Called" May 3, 2015

Rev. Peg Morgan

Today we will consider what it means to be called to something that is bigger than ourselves alone. And what does it take to hear the call?

Monday, April 27, 2015

"What Do I Mean When I Say I'm _______? A Discoursive Exploration of Race, Racism, and Racial Identity" April 26, 2015

Westside UU Youth

 This fall, the youth group started out to do a year-long exploration of how to be a powerful force for social justice in the world. Then Ferguson happened and our conversation turned to matters of race and racism and all the social dynamics we saw unfolding in our country and community. Our conversation deepened into a powerful journey into our own racial identities (self-identified and projected) during which we continually asked, "And what does this ask of us to do and be in the world?" This service grew out of our ongoing work to unpack, understand, and respond compassionately to the reality of systemic racism in our country.   

Monday, April 20, 2015

"The In-Between Time" April 19, 2015

Rev. Peg Morgan

What does it mean to be in a time when you are waiting and wondering, a kind of liminal time? After 40 years in the wilderness leading the Israelites, Moses gave his last speech to his people...knowing he could not go on with them to the promised land, but hoping they would remember the covenant. What covenant does Westside have to be loyal to? Are there some lessons for Westside as our congregation enters a distinct in-between time? 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

"Rejoicing in Life" - April 5, 2015

Rev. Peg Morgan

Today  (a confluence of Spring Equinox, Passover and Easter) we will re "joy" ce in the gift of life and remember to create a weekly joy filled Sabbath.  

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Generosity and our Spiritual Life" March 22, 2015

Jill Fleming

Generosity within the individual and the community is aligned with an inner sense of abundance - the feeling that we have enough to share and to share well. As a "Breakthrough Congregation" do we at Westside still possess an inner sense of abundance, a sense of the possible? Is our current culture reflective of the financial generosity of the recent past? Or are we showing signs common to other UUs and many of the mainline Protestant denominations who give much less of their income to their religious communities than many more conservative denominations? If so, why is that? Jill Fleming, chair of the Stewardship Committee, will explore the sensitive topic of money and how it impacts our beloved community.