Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Obedience to Oppression = Climate Injustice - How we can Serve Humanity with Our Conscience" April 24, 2016

Zarna Joshi

The climate crisis is a spiritual crisis. This sermon will go deep into the roots of climate injustice and how we can evolve our spirituality as a community to serve both Humanity and Nature. We are bound together by love so let us utilize our love to break the bonds of oppression around the world.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

"Hell No I Won't Go" April 3, 2016

Lisa Reitzes

Passover is a ritual commemoration that is fundamentally about the Spring Equinox, about renewal and liberation from what binds us and holds us back from experiencing freedom and transcendence.  It is an inspiring story of collective faith that predates the written record of the Hebrews, and which has shaped the path of the oppressed and justice-seekers for centuries. The power of Passover is in its invitation to contemplate where each us finds the courage to seek transformation - out there or right here.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

"How Sweet It Is To Be In Love With Me" March 13, 2016

Crystal Zerfoss, Seminarian and others

There lives in each of us a beautiful, loving light. How do we foster this glorious inner brightness? How do we let this light shine? Why is it important to do so? Share in the journey of deepening your own sense of self-love through the stories and experiences of our own Westside children, youth, adults, and elders. Join in this multi-generational service dedicated to the beautiful light within.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

"With Hearts and Hands and Voices" March 6, 2016

Rev. Jason Shelton
March 6, 10:30 a.m.: "With Hearts and Hands and Voices"   Rev. Jason Shelton
This Sunday we will have an opportunity to hear from one of Unitarian Universalist's best known and most prolific composers, Rev. Jason Shelton. Rev. Shelton will speak about value and purpose of the language of reverence and spirituality in Unitarian Universalist worship music and how it enhances and enlivens our worship experience and our lives. Rev. Shelton is in Seattle serving as the clinician for the Puget Sound Unitarian Universalist Music Festival.


Unitarian Universalist composer Rev. Jason Shelton is one of our faith's most prolific composers and he is best known to our congregation for his hymns "Standing on the Side of Love", "The Fire of Commitment", and "Morning Has Come" among others. Our teal hymnal has many of his arrangements as well and our vocal ensembles have sung his choral arrangements with some frequency. Rev. Shelton, who is from Nashville, is in the area to serve as the clinician for the Puget Sound Unitarian Universalist Music Festival and will be leading a worship service on Sunday afternoon along with the 160 voice Festival Choir, and our pianist and drummer John Hansen and Larry Jones, 4:00pm at the Kirkland Performance Center.  A freewill offering will be taken.


Monday, February 29, 2016

"Generosity, Service, and Gratitude: A Recipe for Happiness" February 28, 2016

Chaplain Mark Newton

The gift of service to others is an expression of generosity deserving of affirmation and gratitude by its beneficiaries. This morning we will explore the relationships between generosity, service, and gratitude with particular attention on those who serve our Congregation--a cause greater than themselves. Contributions to the service will be offered by Westside's President, Viveca Monahan, and member Joan Whitley.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

"Salvation? For Unitarian Universalists?" February 21, 2016

Rev. Linda Kaufman

Sometimes in our Unitarian Universalist arrogance we dismiss the words of our Christian heritage without ever exploring what they mean literally and figuratively, what they might mean for our modern UU lives. Words like "salvation, atonement, redemption, sin." We will explore the idea of salvation, which for Unitarian Universalism could be understood as finding both one's calling and one's community.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

"When Love is Unrealistic" February 14, 2016

Rev. Peter Luton

When my love life was in shambles, I asked the therapist "What's wrong with me?" She said, "Nothing you can't change."

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