Thursday, July 28, 2016

"Habitable Alien Worlds" July 24, 2016

Rev. Amanda Aikman

Why are habitable exoplanets bad news for humanity? What would it mean to discover that we are not alone in the universe?

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Monday, July 11, 2016

"Dance On a Brink" July 10, 2016

Rev Amanda Aikman

"You are closer to glory leaping an abyss/than upholstering a rut," said poet James Broughton. What are the perils and rewards of risk-taking, and what can spur us to taking more risks in our precious lives?

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Compassionate Presence" July 3, 2016

Rev. Barbara Cornell

People with a lived experience of mental illness and addiction, along with their families and friends, often struggle with bias, ignorance, misunderstanding, exclusion and a lack of support and funding for even the most basic of services. As one in five or six people struggle with mental illness or addiction issues, this situation impacts nearly every family in our communities. Rev. Barbara will reflect on her ministry with those who struggle and how our congregations could consider an alternative response to the mentally ill and the addicted with compassionate presence at the foundation.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

"Gifts You Have Given Me and How They Have Changed My Life" June 26, 2016

Dr. Betsy Lowry, Director of Religious Exploration for Children and Youth

When we open ourselves, when we dive in and find ourselves able to love fully, we can't help but to be transformed. As I've been preparing to leave this role as your Director of Religious Exploration (DRE), my reflections have brought up a fountain of gifts that have come from this experience, including some gifts of the spirit that don't always appear right away as gifts. I look forward to sharing three gems from the Westside Unitarian Universalist community that have transformed me while serving as your DRE.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

"Creating Hope: The Most Important Decision We Can Make" June 12, 2016

Micahel Lisagor

Looking at the world today, it's easy to feel despair. But, we're not powerless. Hope, based on an inner resolve, is a flame we can nurture. Michael Lisagor, a 45+ year practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism explores what Buddhism has to say about hope, the ten conditions of human life, and how to find the inner determination necessary to transform difficult circumstances.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

"My Call to Ministry" May 29, 2016

Charles Wilson and Matt Aspin, Seminarians

Two of Westside's seminarians will share their stories of being called to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. What led to their respective "calls"? What has been their discernment processes? How has this path altered their lives?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Praise Service: Breathe" May 15, 2016

Jason Douros

Several Westside members who have a desire to create a Unitarian Universalist worship service that reflects the traditions they grew up with have created an exciting Praise Service. The Westside Chorale and Celebration Singers will join forces with the Total Experience Gospel Choir to present a unique and beautiful worship experience unlike any other. Sermon message will be delivered by Jason Douros.

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