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.

Monday, March 16, 2015

"A Faith That Saves" March 15, 2015

Rev. Peg Morgan

Other faiths proclaim salvation through defined paths of belief or behavior. Our UU faith sees salvation in a totally different way, and is very 'this life' based. I will share some ways that members and friends have felt "saved" by our faith. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

"Importance of Truth-Telling in the Age of Journalistic Erosion" March 8, 2015

Marcus Green

As independent news sources struggle for survival, while the "mainstream" media finds itself concentrated in the hands of a smattering of corporations with the power to distort and mold societal narratives that vitally impact our nation, communities, democracies and lives- citizens have had an obligation like never before to not only challenge what we're force fed by our media, but to be vigilant advocates for truth.  Marcus Harrison Green is an author, journalist and Executive Director of the South Seattle Emerald. He was born and raised in Seattle, WA and currently resides in his beloved South Seattle. He hopes to be President (of the United States) in 2020!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"We've Come This Far by Faith" Rev. Morgan speaks about her retirement announcement. - February 22, 2015

Rev. Peg Morgan

The journey of our lives moves us through ages and stages .The Hindu faith builds that idea into their spiritual understanding, defining a major task for each stage. Is there guidance in that idea for Unitarian Universalists?

Friday, February 20, 2015

"Zipper Merging" Feb. 15th, 2015

Rev. James Kubel-Komoto

Unitarian Universalists seek inspiration and wisdom from many sources, even traffic engineering studies. In this morning's sermon, Reverend James explores how he learned to get along better with family, friends, and strangers as a result of reading such a study.

"Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto is in his 15th year of ministry at Saltwater Church in Des Moines, where he lives with his wife and son in Federal Way.   Always well received as a speaker, here is what one person said about Rev. James' sermons: "I love James' sermons! Witty, always grounded in deep understanding of Unitarian Universalism, reminds me of the connections between us as we struggle in our imperfection through the joys and trials of life;, he usually makes me laugh, but often touches my heart deeply by his lack of fear to be authentic."  When not preaching he is known as a strong advocate for adequate funding for human services at the local, county, and state level.  He lives with his wife and son in Federal Way. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

"From Small Acts Come Transformation" February 1, 2015

Rev. Peg Morgan

Our Westside community is abuzz every week with many small acts of service by many people. As the old Cinderella song ditty goes: "Put them together and what have we got?" We have transformation, for the community and the people offering their time and talents. Today let's consider the deeper meanings of our service.

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