Volume XIII, Number 9
Rev-It-Up: Facing Our Fears By Rev. Wayne Arnason, Parish Co-Minister
ith the first chill in the air and the first leaves dropping, that old familiar edge of anxiety about the coming winter surfaces inside me. Will it be a really cold one this year? Will it snow a lot? I notice that the leading edge of this fear of winter is very primal within me. It feel like it arises from the ancestral fear of winter’s danger that was a real fear of starvation for the hundreds of generations that came before me. The fear of winter in the life I live today is mostly resistance to inconveniences. How real are the routine fears we face within us? What scares us the most? Death? Divorce? Pain? Financial Ruin? Loneliness? These are important questions that aren’t answered only by psychology or psychiatry. They are spiritual questions about how we feel at home in the world and
what our lives mean to us. Because October is a month where the results of the harvest have always been tallied up and we take stock of how we will get through the winter, because October is a month when we project out and make fun of our deepest fears in the cultural and religious holidays that end the month, it seemed to the ministers like a good time to take up the worship theme of “Facing our Fears.” This month we begin one of our Story Year additions to our worship, an opportunity for lay member of our church to tell us a story about whatever the worship theme of the month might be during one of our services. In ways that will be both light-hearted and serious, in partnership with our worship associates and staff members, your coministers are looking forward with great anticipation to fac-
Announcing NEW Blog: West Shore Waves By Matthew McHale, Intern Minister
e are excited to announce West Shore Waves (http://westshorewaves.wordpress.com), a new blog for written reflections, stories and musings on a wide range of topics including theology, culture, history, church life, social justice, arts and current events. West Shore Waves is, as the tagline says, a place for “provocation and prose from West Shore UUs.” The primary contributors are West Shore’s ministry team and staff: Revs. Wayne Arnason and Kathleen Rolenz; Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Kathy Strawser; Intern Minister, Matthew McHale; and Director of Music, David Blazer. We’re excited about the blog for several reasons: It allows for writings that don’t really fit in Shorelines or a sermon; it also lets us write timely responses to current events; and, perhaps most importantly, West Shore Waves will allow for lively, thoughtful and respectful discussions, through the comments section, between the writers and the readers in a way we simply can’t do in Shorelines or with sermons. So be sure to give us a wave (comment). We are launching West Shore Waves with two articles—a reflection by Rev. Wayne about a memorial to the four girls who were killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist
Church bombing fifty years ago during the civil right movement, and a story by Kathy Strawser, about her recent experience working as a chaplain at the Veterans Administration. Here’s an excerpt from her article:
Twenty years ago, my father was in his final hours in hospice care, and I remember my mom sitting very close to his bed and talking to him. I thought it was strange. He hadn’t shown any awareness of us for a couple days. I knew he wouldn’t answer. He didn’t even move his head in the direction of her voice. Sometimes she’d retell a special time they had together. But mostly she gently told him, over and over, “Everything is alright…You’re doing such a good job…We’re going to be fine…We love you so much…You’re almost there…” It wasn’t until this past summer, when I served a chaplain internship on the hospice unit at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center, that my mother’s lesson about dying became real for me. (Read on at http://westshorewaves.wordpress.com.) There will be new posts on the blog at least once a week, so be sure to bookmark it and check back regularly.
Worship Theme for October 2013 “Facing Our Fears”
e seek to be a spiritual home for people of free faith regardless of race, color, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age or national origin. As a recognized Welcoming Congregation, we welcome and affirm the participation of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and queer persons. We have declared our intention to be an antiracist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural institution.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 9:30 & 11:15 AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 9:30 & 11:15 AM
Afraid of Church
Afraid of Faith
Service offered by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz
Service offered by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz
BRING A FRIEND SUNDAY This may seem like an odd title for a “bring-a-friend” Sunday, but Rev. Rolenz is betting on the fact that many of you may have friends or acquaintances who are interested in spiritual matters, but who are wary of the institutional “church.” What would it take for the institutional church to alleviate some of those fears? Does West Shore have what it takes? The Free Spirit Band will play this Sunday; and the Annual Safety Fire Drill will be held after both services.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 9:30 & 11:15 AM
And If We Fail
Faith, according to the Apostle Paul, is” the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.” What exactly does that mean? We’ll explore one of the most troubling stories in the Hebrew Scriptures, the nearsacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham because “God told him to.” Is that the kind of faith that makes sense to skeptical Unitarian Universalists? The answer will surprise you. This Sunday, Rev. Wayne Arnason will be leading worship for the UU congregation in Kent, Ohio.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 9:30 & 11:15 AM MULTIGENERATIONAL SERVICE
Service offered by Rev. Wayne Arnason
When I Am Frightened
My early school experience included being afraid I might fail. Failing meant you would be held back a grade and be judged as “bad” or “not normal” by others. While our attitudes towards student “failure” have evolved since I was in school, the fear of failure is still a part of many of our lives. And if we do fail—in our careers, in our personal lives, in our roles as parents—what does really mean? What does failure look like to you? Is fear of failure a valuable construct in our minds and hearts, or a major barrier gate that stops us from living life to the fullest?
There once was a boy who hid under his bed whenever he was afraid. We all have different ways of responding to scary situations. Join us for a multi-generational service of story and song, where we explore the different ways we face our fears. The multi-generational choir will be singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” This service also includes a child dedication ceremony; please see the announcement on the next page for more information.
Service Offered by Matthew McHale, Intern Minister and Kathy Strawser, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
COMING IN NOVEMBER…“Telling the Truth: What’s Your Story?” Now seeking a Sunday morning story-teller AND submissions for a Story Year Publication. Tell me a story about a time when you told the truth…what happened? Did you get in trouble? Did it make things better? How old were you? What happened? The ministers are looking for a writer to tell their story on Sunday, November 3, about a time when you “told the truth.” If you’ve got a story to tell and would be willing to share it with the congregation on Sunday morning, in five minutes or less, contact Rev. Wayne Arnason, firstname.lastname@example.org, by October 20. Wanted! Writers of both non-fiction and fiction, poets, artists, photographers, etc. to submit your work for a publication featuring the storytellers of West Shore, particularly on the theme of “Facing Your Fears.” Submissions accepted until October 13. Send to email@example.com or put in the Story Year church mailbox. 2
making connections Morning Forum Programs in October SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 10:30 AM
Morning Forum Presenters Needed
The Idea of Language Superiority
by Vicki Lewis, Coordinator
Presented by Gary Nemes, WSUUC Member Europeans were pretty sure God spoke Latin. In England, classism is kept healthy by language differences. Middle-class Americans look down on non-standard speech and simultaneously believe that British English is superior to their own. Where do these judgments come from, and how valid are they? Maybe we be wrong.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 10:30 A.M.
New Fundamentals Presented by Warren Campbell-Gaston, WSUUC Member Fundamentalism is a religious system based on a list of beliefs and an extreme, inflexible, and absolute attitude toward those beliefs. Our beliefs are true. All other beliefs are false. PROBLEM: the fundamentals of the world's fundamentalisms are not fundamental. They must be believed to be accepted as “truth.” They are faith based and not verifiable. The fundamentalist attitude divides rather than unites the human race. This Forum will consider a new list of fundamentals that offer a poetic and unifying vision for our world’s common future.
This is just a reminder that Morning Forum is a collaborative effort among all WSUUC members. The philosophy behind Morning Forum is:
We all are knowledgeable on at least one subject that we can share.
We all know people who are also knowledgeable on interesting subjects and topics.
Morning Forum exists when we each make the effort to bring this knowledge to West Shore’s Morning Forum for the benefit of us all.
So, please...extend yourself. Think of someone (including yourself) who could be approached about making a short presentation on a Sunday morning. The presentation goes from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. We have a great “cheat sheet” to send you to make it very easy. If you know someone who would be interested in being a presenter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reserve phone calls for last minute details only.
Child Dedication Ceremony Unitarian Universalists believe that every child brings new life and hope into the world. We set aside a special time, called simply the Ceremony of Dedication, for the community to bless the child and celebrate the blessing of this gift of life. When we dedicate a child we acknowledge the truth that each child's life is sacred and hold that truth in the light of our faith. Our next child dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 27, as part of the multi-generational service. Please contact Intern Minister, Matthew McHale at email@example.com or 440-333-2255 ext. 113, by October 22 if you would like to participate.
Learning & Service Opportunity in Haiti
Sunday, October 13 & October 20
February 22 - March 1, 2014
The Outreach Offering Team receives requests for the outreach offering, taken twice a month. The organizations that have been selected in October are October 13: Urban Hope and October 20: Hospice of the Western Reserve, Music Therapy Fund. An application form can be found on our website at http://www.wsuuc.org/Outreach_Offerings.php. Please come prepared to be as generous as you are able. We thank you in advance for your support.
If you are interested in participating in a life-changing, transformative experience, attend an informational planning meeting of the Haiti Pilgrims on Sunday, October 13, at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Rolenz is expecting to Skype a member from the Main Line UU Church of Devon, PA, who has been to Haiti numerous times plus get an update on our planning. Bring a snack and come to hear about this important opportunity to "serve needs greater than our own." 3
A WEST SHORE MEMBER YOU SHOULD KNOW This is “Story Year” at West Shore church! We’ll explore the stories of our lives, and stories that represent the life of this church. Starting in this issue of Shorelines, we will spotlight the story of a West Shore member we think you would enjoy knowing. This month, we feature Pam Vizdos who joined West Shore in 2001. Pam has served as a religious education volunteer for the past 11 years, and is newly appointed to serve on the Board of the West Shore Child Care Center. Pam was interviewed by Kathy Strawser, Director of Lifespan Faith Development.
What’s your “how I got to West Shore UU” story? PV I’m a spiritual person and had been looking for a church. I tried one close to home, another one downtown. Then my husband suggested I try West Shore. He and his first wife married there and from what he knew, he thought I might like the church. He was right! I was immediately impressed by the welcome I received, the sincerity of the worship leaders and a message that resonated with me. Who’s your family? PV My husband Ed and I have been married for sixteen years. We have two daughters, Nina (15) and Lia (9). And two yellow labs, Daisy and Goose. What are your passions/hobbies? PV I love to read and am a member of a book club. Recently I led our discussion on Philipp Meyer’s American Rust, a dark book but a very good one. I love Vermont, where we have a timeshare. Photography and making custom cards are interests; in fact, I’ve made and sold custom wedding invitations. And children—my daughters and my Sunday School class make my days fun, full and complete! What about work/employment? PV I’ve work as a paralegal for a fami4
ly firm. I have a masters degree in education and tutor three children. How have you served as a religious education volunteer? PV I think I’ve taught every age level from fourth grade on down. I served on the RE Committee for one year. You’ve been a Sunday School teacher for many years, close to a record! What’s the passion? PV I teach as a result of a positive relationship with my own children; engagement is very important. I see teaching as an opportunity, especially for parents, to see what their children are learning at church. I like the fun and challenge of working on a teaching team, experiences that have provided me with true friends, the art of compromise and the work and joy of including every child. I bet you have a lot of good stories from teaching Sunday School. What’s one you’ll never forget? PV Probably the time Rev. Kathleen came to visit our third/fourth grade class in the spring. Our fourth graders knew the Hebrew Bible stories from the previous year; we had explored the Christian Bible parables, but not yet the death of Jesus. Rev. Kathleen asked the children the name Christians give to this time of death and
resurrection. The first child answered, “Day of the Dead?” The second child offered, “Christmas?” A third tentatively offered, “Halloween?” It was embarrassing, it was funny, and if only the question had been about Adam and Eve, or Noah, or even The Good Samaritan! It’s not uncommon for me to hear an RE volunteer say, “ I really learned what it meant to be a Unitarian Universalist when I taught Sunday School.” Would you agree? PV Yes! We have lessons to prepare and teach, so we learn about UUism there. We learn and teach about the difference between a fact and a belief. Mostly though, the children and teachers learn a lesson they can take out into their world. We experience the story of Creation, Adam and Eve, the serpent and eating from the Tree of Knowledge. The children create a diorama of the Garden of Eden. But the real lesson is about how we experience loneliness and the consequences for the choices we make, real life experiences for children and adults.
A Day of Strategizing about West Shore’s Stewardship Campaigns 2014 & 2015 Saturday, October 12 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
onsider joining the ministers and many of West Shore’s leaders for a day of “stewardship strategizing.” With an optional-charge for lunch and free child care available during this five-hour commitment, and with participation by our friend and special guest Rev. Chris Neilson, the Central East Regional District’s Stewardship Consultant, we hope that this day will be easy to attend and will kick-start our planning for the challenging two stewardship years that lie ahead us. Will attending this day of planning and training commit you to any further participation in the next two Annual Stewardship Campaigns or the Fall 2014 Capital Campaign? No. As we get real about what lies ahead of us, however, those commitments will be necessary. We will need involvement from people who have never helped with stewardship or capital campaigns before, from people who have been generous volunteers and supporters of our campaigns for many years before, from people who make this their primary volunteer commitment at church in the years ahead, and from people who chip in to help who already have significant volunteer commitments. We need the help and ideas of LOTS of people to make the early decisions on the shape of these campaigns and to insure that we can conduct the kind of capital campaign we must have in 2014. The tentative schedule for the day includes presentations and exercises that will enable us to begin talking about the priorities for our capital campaign and the strategies we will need to take have the next two years to achieve our goals. A sign up sheet is now available at the church office each Sunday. If you can’t make it to church, make a reservation with Cathy Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-333-2255 ext. 105. Tell her if you are vegetarian so we can order lunch appropriately. Cathy also needs to take your reservation if you need child care. We will ask for an optional $8 donation for the catered lunch that will be provided, payable at the church on the day of the retreat.
The New ACA: Choosing Wisely By Martie TRAVIS, Parish Nurse
recently attended a week long program at the Chautauqua Institute focusing on Health Care in the USA. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will impact the Heath Care Industry was the focus of the lectures. Speakers included nationally known experts such as Harvey Fineberg (Institute of Medicine), Tim Johnson (ABC News), Michel Roizen (Cleveland Clinic), Christine Cassel (National Quality Forum), Susan Dentzer (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), and Thomas Zenty III (University Hospitals). The Consensus was that our health care system is broken. Thirty other countries have longer life expectancy, and lower infant mortality rates, and they spend less money achieving these results. Currently we spend 18% of our GDP or more than 2 trillion dollars per year. About 30% of this expenditure is due to waste. There are errors in health care delivery and coordination of testing and medication leading to over-treatment. There is also too much administrative complexity, lack of transparency in pricing, fraud an abuse. Malpractice accounts for only 2% of the cost. Another problem is the fee for service way of practice which is an incentive to increase the volume of testing and care.
Acknowledging that the ACA is not perfect, it is a beginning. If you would like to obtain health insurance under the ACA exchanges, either I or your ministers can help you navigate your choices. To meet the influx of new patients/ consumers, we need more primary care providers, who can focus on prevention and reduce the amount of chronic disease. For too long, health care was something that was done to you. Now it is will be something done in partnership with your provider. To help both providers and patients choose what is appropriate care, a group of 45 medical specialties have submitted lists of things which can be safely eliminated from care. These lists are available online at choosingwisely.org. This can help eliminate the non-therapeutic cascade, whereby false positives lead to further unnecessary testing, procedures and cost. Americans have been led to believe that "more is better," however we should be asking "do I need this test and how will it benefit me?" Patients deserve the best care, which is not the same as the most care. 5
Growing in UU Christian Fellowship Thursday, October 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The UUCF will begin to tackle one of the Bible’s most difficult and challenging books—the book of Job. Many plays, essays, poems and reflections have been written about this complex and haunting reflection on “why do bad things happen to good people?” We’ll explore the book of Job in the spirit of free inquiry, framed by worship and prayer.
Partner Church Program & Dinner Saturday, October 5, 6:00 p.m. Sign up now for “A Pilgrimage to Transylvania,” in pictures, video, and stories of West Shore’s trip to our Partner Church in Bagyon, Transylvania. Designed for members, prospective members, and friends, the program will be in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m., followed at 7:00 p.m. by an authentic Hungarian dinner in Baker Hall. There is no charge for the program and dinner, but because we are providing a meal, we must have all RSVP’s by Monday, September 30. You may sign up at the Partner Church table in the Rotunda or by calling the church office.
Humanists, Atheists, Free Thinkers, & Agnostics (HAFA) Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. "Why Does Christianity Need Hell?" Clint Anderson will lead a session on this provocative question, largely based on the Rev. Rob Bell's book Love Wins and a 2011 Time magazine cover story on Bell called "Is Hell Dead?" Bell was an evangelical mega-church minister in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who shocked his congregation by announcing that he could no longer believe that a loving God could condemn billions of people to eternal torment in a place known as "hell." After a few thousand of his members left the church in anger over his teaching, he resigned his pastorate, and is now a writer and speaker. We will examine what the Bible really says about "hell" and how the concept developed over the years.
Socrates Café Sunday, October 13 & 27, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 10 & 24, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Do you love to hear what others think about philosophy and life? If so, Socrates Cafe is for you! We have lively and exciting conversations about all different kinds of topics. Our two Socrates Cafe groups are part of a worldwide network of more than 600 active groups, based on Christo6
pher Phillips' book Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy. Our Sunday group has recently begun its third year and the Thursday group its second year of insightful conversations. Those who attend the Thursday group are welcome to bring lunch, a snack, or something to share, as we meet around a table in the Library during lunch time. You don't need to consider yourself a philosopher or an intellectual to enjoy our groups—just bring an inquiring mind and a willingness to ask lots of questions!
Queer & Allies “Storytelling” Potluck Friday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. We gather to share a meal at 6:30 p.m. and then tell our stories as queer folk and allies. “Telling our stories; preserving our past” is our theme for this gathering. We will assemble our written creations from past salons in a scrapbook in addition to telling stories from our daily lives. Bring a dish to share. Beverages provided. Everyone is welcome. RSVP by Thursday, October 16, to Kathy Little at email@example.com.
Spiritual Exploration Group Two Programs in October: Sharing Our Spiritual Stories Sunday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. Most of us were not born into Unitarian Universalism, and there are many amazing stories of the spiritual journeys that have led us to where we are today. If you would like to briefly share your spiritual story and hear the stories of others, come join us and celebrate “Story Year.”
Why Buddhism? A presentation by Rev. Wayne Arnason Sunday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. Wayne will reflect on how he came to be involved in Buddhist practices. He will talk about whether Buddhism is atheistic, what is most accessible and interesting about Buddhism to humanists, and what elements of Buddhism are the most difficult for humanists to engage with or understand. Join us for an insightful and open discussion!
The Grief Group Support for WSUUC Members & Friends Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Have you lost a loved one? Your job? Your health? Come to share your loss, support others and discover ways we can live and grow with loss. Our time together includes introductions, covenant review, large/small group sharing and reflection. Contact Kathy Strawser, firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-333-2255, ext. 103, if you would like more information.
Music Notes: B. Neil Davis Artist Series 2013-14 By David BLAZER, Director of Music Each year, the B. Neil Davis Artists Series presents a series of concerts dedicated to exceptional choral and instrumental music involving not only our own West Shore Choir but many other guest musicians from the Cleveland Metropolitan area. With the overwhelming success of last season with the 50th Anniversary of the Holtkamp pipe organ, we have decided to increase the number of concerts to continue the splendor of our organ. We kick off the season with an event that we hope will include the entire family. Back by popular demand, we show the original 1924 film, Peter Pan. Since our pipe organ is not a “theatre organ,” we need the help of Andrew Pongracz on percussion (our toy counter) along with myself on organ. This event will take place Sunday evening, November 3, with popcorn and peanuts in the Rotunda at 6:30 p.m. followed by the showing of the film at 7:00 p.m. Our annual Christmas Choral Sunday featuring the West Shore Choir will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 10:30 a.m. This year we will present the Gloria by French composer Francis Poulenc. Despite the increasing secularism of Western culture during the modern era, the 20th century produced some notable composers of sacred music. Among them was Francis Poulenc. Poulenc composed this work in 1959, and it proved to be his last major sacred composition. Our own Terry Selby will be the featured soloist. A very interesting organ event will take place on Sunday, February 9, a 4:00 p.m. as we explore aspects of the organ since 1940. This will include rarely heard pieces for organ and electronic music along with special effects of lighting and sound. The Free Spirit Band is alive and well and living right here at West Shore. We hear this great group provide music once a month in our Sunday services and the rousing
reception they constantly receive is certainly an indication that it’s time for the band to do a concert. We have tentatively scheduled this command performance on Sunday, March 9, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Job for Organ is an eight movement organ cycle by the Czechoslovakian composer Petr Eben (1929-2007). This work is based upon the story of Job in the Old Testament. Eben perceived the dramatic depth of the Book of Job and created a musical work that vividly portrays the consequences of wager between Satan and God on the fate of a human being – in this case, Job. The eight movements of this cycle tell the story of Job’s struggle, perseverance, and triumph in the midst of human suffering. Job remains faithful to God throughout his trials, and in the end God rewards him for his faithfulness. This dramatic organ event will be on Sunday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary on our Holtkamp pipe organ accompanied by narration of biblical passages. We conclude our series of events with our Spring Choral Sunday featuring the West Shore Choir. This year on Sunday morning, May 18 at 10:30 the choir will present Missa Brevis Pro Serveto (A Mass for Unitarian Universalists) with text by Rev. Frances Dearman and music by Tobin Stokes on Sunday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. In May of 2008 Dearman was asked to write a Latin Mass. The goal was to craft a written text to serve as the basis for a piece of commissioned music, unashamedly complex, modeled on the Missa Brevis, sing-able for Unitarian Choirs, engaging both a theistic and non-theistic hearer. It soon became clear that the text would be about faith. Mary Beth Ions brings her chamber orchestra to accompany this presentation. The B. Neil Davis Artists Series flyer will be ready for distribution soon but mark your calendars now. We would love to see you at all of these events.
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio Network Justice Assembly Saturday, November 2 On its first anniversary UUJO has organized a Justice Assembly (JA) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at First UU in Columbus followed by a Standing on the Side of Justice Statehouse Rally on the capitol steps at 4:00 p.m. Register now at http:// ohiomeadville.wufoo.com/forms/ indicating workshop preferences, meal selection, child care needs, and T shirt orders. Civil Rights attorney Al Gerhardstein will deliver the JA Keynote address at 10:00 a.m. A member of First UU Cincinnati, Al recently won a preliminary injunction requiring Ohio to recognize the marriage of a gay couple as well as a settlement obligating the Cleveland police department to undertake reforms and pay damages to a man beaten while handcuffed. JA will feature workshops on UUJO's priority issues: Immigration, Economic Justice, Environment, LGBTQ, and the new Jim Crow as well as lunch discussion tables on reproductive justice/voting rights/elections, peacemaking and a Minister's cluster meeting. In a final plenary session enriched by the World House Choir, members and Congregational representatives will consider issue priorities for the coming year, the annual budget, community based organizing, UUJO network affiliations, leadership and governance. Detailed program information can be found http://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/?page_id=581. 7
TEN Things You Just Might Not Know By Kathy SRRAWSER, Director of Lifespan Faith Development You probably know that our church has a history of outstanding programming for children and youth—great religious education classes, an outstanding cadre of volunteers and, of course, the best children and youth on the planet. But did you know…
1. In 1947, one year after our church was founded, six West Shore teens joined with their peers from three Cleveland area, largely African American faith communities to form the International Brotherhood of Youth. Together, under the leadership of Dorothy Teare, wife of WSUUC building architect Wallace Teare, they presented choral readings which aired on television in 1951.
2. West Shore’s Junior Choir began in the early 1980’s and has been under the successful leadership of director and song writer Joe Schafer for the past 26 years. Over the years our young singers have produced three songbooks, plus accompanying cassettes and a CD.
3. In 1989, our children initiated plans to install a peace pole, an international symbol, on the church grounds. Their chapel offerings have continued to support the pole by rebuilding, refinishing, and rededicating it (twice!), and by adding new languages that proclaim “May peace prevail on earth,” that have reflected their awareness of inclusivity, as well as a changing world.
4. Since its creation by a joint venture of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ in the early 1990’s, Our Whole Lives, (OWL) the age appropriate, human sexuality program has been a part of religious education at West Shore. Currently nine members are certified to teach the following levels of OWL: Steve and Shawn Gorbach Foster, Meghan Ross Boggess (Grades K – 6); Steve Meka, Kathy Strawser, Dave Willett (Grades 7 – 12); Dolores Bebble-Knaak (Young Adult/Adullt); Jen Wynn (Grades 7 – 12, Young Adult/Adult) and Kelly Pinkas (all levels—Grades K – 12, Young Adult/Adult).
5. In recent years our children have voted for their choice of recipient of their year’s chapel offerings. Recipients have included a children’s hospital in Chernobyl, an Ohio unit in Iraq, a therapy horse in Kirtland, owls at the Lake Erie Science and Nature Center, the Lakewood Animal Shelter, and Wags for Warriors/therapy dogs for military veterans with PTSD.
6. The Ross family, including Cathy and daughters Meghan and Jenni, can tell you a lot about our Sunday School. Together they have amassed nearly 40 years of service to our children and youth.
7. At West Shore, Chalice Lighters are third/fourth graders who participate in a training to learn about our faith’s symbol and our seven principles. Then, they serve to light the sanctuary chalice each Sunday. Since 2006, 24 children have served in this role.
8. Our Worship Associates serve for two years and provide strong lay leadership for Sunday worship services. Four of our “graduates,” Sarah Masterson, Chloe Pruitt, Katrina Walker and Jeremy Beech served as Worship Associates during their high school years.
9. High school youth have the option of completing volunteer service during the 11:15 service hour. Alex Sierputowski, a senior, has provided Sunday morning audio/ video technology help for the past three years. His latest gift of time and talent? With Barbara Howell, he cocreated Telling Our Stories, the video that kicked off the Year of Story on Sunday, September 8.
West Shore was one of the first congregations, UU or otherwise, to take the proactive, safety measure of implementing an all-church fire drill. We know we can clear the building in just over three minutes. Our seventh, annual fire drill will be Sunday, October 6, following both services/Sunday School sessions.
SHARON O’DONNELL Religious Education Development Fund Launched, Accepting Donations By Rev. Wayne ARNASON & Kathy STRAWSER, Director of Lifespan Faith Development Last June, our church lost one of its most vibrant members, Sharon O’Donnell. Sharon, her partner David Drickhamer, and their three children quickly found a true church home here. In a member testimonial given in February 2012, Sharon stated, “I love knowing my children will grow up going to West Shore and learning that religion isn’t dogma or my god is better than your god. This church will help them learn to think for themselves and see shades of grey where others see black and white.” Last week, the church was honored to receive a substantial bequest honoring Sharon’s memory and her commitment to our church’s RE program. Possible uses for this
fund will include teacher training, curriculum development, guest speakers, and opportunities that lie outside our own district, to name a few. The possibilities are many and exciting to consider. What benefits our children and youth and those who work with them benefits us all. Perhaps this gift has sparked your own enthusiasm for our religious education program and a desire for it to be the best it can be. Perhaps you have been touched by Sharon’s life or share her view of the power of a UU religious education. We are very open to the possibility of growing this fund and welcome your interest. Gifts to the O’Donnell Fund can be made out to West Shore, with “O’Donnell Fund” in the left corner of the check. Please contact Rev. Wayne Arnason or Kathy Strawser if you want more information .
Arriving By Matthew MCHALE, Intern Minister I arrived at West Shore following a whirlwind of a summer, serving as a Chaplain Intern at hospital in San Francisco, moving in with my girlfriend, and preaching at several churches. After a busy school year, it was not the break I felt I needed before starting my internship. The day after I finished my chaplaincy, I packed up my car and my life in Berkeley, CA and headed east. Whether moving, a death, a birth, a change in relationship or employment status, times of transition can be really stressful, as we leave behind one phase in our life and adjust to a new one that is unfamiliar. So I can’t tell you how helpful it has been to arrive in a welcoming community like West Shore. I experienced that welcome first from Intern Committee Chair Chris Baumhauer, who took me into her home while I searched for a place to live. Revs. Wayne and Kathleen have also helped me get
settled in addition to being supportive teachers. I also want to express my sincere gratitude for the numerous people who provided furniture and helped with moving in order to help make my house feel like a home. And I also want to thank everyone who offered something that I did not take; there was such a great outpouring of generosity, that I simply couldn’t take most people’s offers. And for everyone who has been curious, I found a place on Olive Ave in Lakewood, and I have a comfortable bed to sleep in. Although being in a new town, and starting a new job is somewhat disorienting, I feel that I have landed and that I am held here in this church community. And as I get to know the members and friends of the church, and learn its rhythms, I feel more and more at home here. As I begin to settle in to what will be my ministry for the next year or so, I am filled with a sense of excitement and possibility, and a little bit of nervousness. It is good to be taking this next step on my journey...I have arrived in the right place.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Staff Matters Religious Professionals on Retreat: September 30-October 3 Revs. Kathleen Rolenz and Wayne Arnason, Matthew McHale, Intern Minister, and Kathy Strawser, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, will be at a retreat to explore becoming an Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive and Multicultural district and region. Business Administrator On Vacation: Monday, September 30 - Monday, October 14 The staff will do their best to fill Debbie Lydon’s shoes while she’s on vacation; however, there will be some aspects of her job that will have to wait until her return. If you have a pressing need, contact Cathy Ross at email@example.com or call the church office, 440-333-2255 ext. 105 during regular business hours. 9
LEARN SOMETHING NEW AT WEST SHORE Films, Lectures, Guest Speakers and Events
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS CONNECTIONS WEST SHORE FILM SERIES & INTERFAITH PEACE BUILDERS CLEVELAND CHAPTER presents
WITNESS PALESTINE: A Film Series Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 2013 A film series promoting understanding of the challenges faced by Palestinians in the Middle East Shown simultaneously at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church & First Unitarian Church, Shaker Heights. Films shown the first day will be shown the second day at the other venue and vice versa.
Film: “Since You Left”
Film: “Welcome To Hebron”
Palestinian actor Mohammad Bakri has been a popular figure in both Israeli and Palestinian cinema of the past three decades. With his second directorial effort, Bakri visits the grave of his mentor, Emil Habibi, a prominent Palestinian author and politician. In this intimate setting, Bakri attempts to summarize for Habibi some of the personal and political transformations that have occurred in Israel and Palestine since the author's death. The greater part of the narrative is concerned with the two events that shattered Bakri's life in the years after his mentor's passing. The first is his nephew's involvement in an attack on a public bus in the city of Meiron that left 9 Israelis dead, and the subsequent backlash against the entire Bakri family. The second is the uproar caused by Bakri's 2002 documentary film, Jenin Jenin, which was banned in Israel for two years upon its release. Since You Left is a poignant, poetic and deeply personal letter to a departed friend and fellow artist.
Leila Sarsour is a student at the Al-Qurtuba School, a Palestinian high school for girls located in the ancient West Bank city of Hebron. Al-Qurtuba School is surrounded by Israeli military installations and settlements populated by rightwing Jewish religious fundamentalists, a large percentage of whom hail originally from Brooklyn, New York. Welcome to Hebron depicts everyday life for Palestinians attempting to lead normal lives in this volatile city surrounded by checkpoints and barbed wired. Importantly, 17-year-old Leila, an observant Muslim, breaks the widespread Western stereotype of the weak, victimized Arab woman. Leila is strong, intelligent and outspoken—she yearns for a life free from oppression and violence.
Saturday, November 9, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 6:45 p.m. Italian filmmaker Saverio Costanzo based his feature debut, Private, on a true story of a Palestinian family whose home was taken over by a platoon of Israeli soldiers. In the film, the family lives in between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement, making their home a strategic point for the Israelis. Private won the Golden Leopard at the 2004 Locarno Film Festival, and was selected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center for inclusion in the 2005 edition of New Directors/New Films.
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.
Film: “Salt of This Sea” Sunday, November 10, 3:45 p.m.
Salt of this Sea is the politically and emotionally explosive story of Soraya (Suheir Hammad), a Brooklyn-born woman of Palestinian lineage who comes to Israel to search for the land and ancestral home near Jaffa from where her grandparents were ejected 60 years ago. Once she arrives, reality strikes hard and her mission to claim what is hers and fulfill her lifelong dream to "return" to Palestine is obstructed at every turn. Having discovered that her grandfather's bank account was frozen and seized in 1948, she goes to the new Ramallah branch of the bank to claim the funds. Frustrated and deluded when her demands are rebuffed, she and her new Palestinian boyfriend Emad decide to take control of their own destinies even if it means breaking the law.
Our series of four films focuses on documentary and fictionalized interpretations of Palestinian life in the occupied territories of Israel. A film forum will follow each program. Admission is free but a suggested donation of $10 for each day is suggested ($6 for individual film showings). Donations of $20 or more get a tax-exempt receipt in the form of a “festival ticket.” Donations in check form should be made out to West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. In the memo line please write, Witness Palestine Film Series. A receipt/ticket will be held for you at the door. 10
LEARN SOMETHING NEW AT WEST SHORE Films, Lectures, Guest Speakers and Events
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS CONNECTIONS West Shore FACT Speaker & Film Series Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Can Off Shore Wind on Lake Erie Help Meet our Energy Needs? Speaker: Dr. Lorry Wagner LEEDCo (Lake Erie Energy Development Corp) Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. LEEDCo is a regional non-profit and economic development organization building an offshore wind energy industry in Ohio. Their mission is to help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry rooted in Cleveland and Lake Erie. LEEDCo initiatives and their support spans Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain Counties. Dr. Lorry Wagner, a seasoned wind energy engineer and a longstanding member of the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, is well suited to serve as president of this Cleveland-based corporation.
How Can Solar Power Keep Us Energized in Northeast Ohio? Speaker: Alan Frasz, Dovetail Solar & Wind Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. Alan Frasz, President and principal owner of Cleveland based Dovetail Solar and Wind, will talk about the opportunities for solar energy in Ohio. Dovetail is one of Ohio’s oldest and largest renewable energy system installers. Alan has been meeting with law makers to educate them on why renewables are a great investment for creating jobs, economic value and for reducing our environmental impact.
Ohio: Dumping Ground for Out of State Fracking Waste Speaker: Teresa Mills, Buckeye Forest Council Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. Teresa Mills will talk about Ohio’s current practice of disposing fracking waste in Class II injection wells. What are the long term implications of storing this waste fluid in Ohio? How is this process regulated? What are the alternatives?
FILM: Bidder 70 Saturday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. Bidder 70 highlights the remarkable story of UU Tim DeChristopher who, on December 19, 2008 protested the leasing of thousands of acres of pristine Utah land to oil and gas companies. Registered as bidder #70, and without corporate funding, Tim outbid industry giants on land parcels adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park. Unable to pay for these public lands, Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to serve 2 years in Federal Prison. He was released April 2013, and is now preparing to become a UU minister.
FILM: Gasland II With A Special Appearance by Oscar-Nominee Josh Fox Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level in 32 countries worldwide. GASLAND PART II, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition, the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy." 11
in Wisdom & Compassion…on one of the “Many Paths”
The Path of Multicultural Competency: Beloved Conversations With Professor Mark Hicks of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Rev. Wayne Arnason and West Shore Facilitators
LIMITED TO TWENTY PARTICIPANTS APPLICATION FORM AVAILABLE NOW AT THE CHURCH OFFICE Opening Retreat: Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Followed by six Thursday sessions, every two weeks, beginning November 21 Closing Retreat: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. As part of our Story Year, and in the spirit of small-group ministry, we offer Beloved Conversations, an experiential and evocative curriculum that provides a container for exploring the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of racism in our lives. Over twenty hours together, this group discovers the ways in which issues of race and ethnicity shape individual and group identity and assumptions. The course reflects on the spiritual dimensions of what is learned. Developed by one of the UUA’s most respected and created religious educators, author Mark Hicks will personally facilitate the opening retreat on November 15-16. His curriculum and teaching approach differs from other styles of anti-racism/multicultural work in that Mark believes that developing skills and the habits of an anti-racist mind helps everyone—those in dominant groups as well as those who are targets of oppression—heal from the wounds of racism. Mark particularly invites those who have taken anti-
racism workshops before, people of color who think this is white people’s work, and those who have never taken any of West Shore’s multicultural competency courses to consider this one. Please note that the Opening Retreat’s Friday session will be open to people who cannot attend the whole class but want a “taste” of what will be offered. We will also be joined by twenty participants from other congregations in our District who are actively working on Anti-Racism, AntiOppression, and Multicultural Programming. We will share Friday night with them, and then they will meet separately during Saturday, while our West Shore group continues to meet with Mark Hicks. Can you provide home hospitality for one night for a single or couple of ministers or lay leaders from another UU congregation on Friday evening? If so, contact Rev. Wayne Arnason (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
Adult Religious Education Opportunities To Engage
Mind, Heart, Spirit & Body Starting Point: Your UU Journey Wednesday, October 2, 9 & 16; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalism is a distinctive faith tradition. It invites people into a different way of being in the world rather than trying to convince people how they should think. But what is that "different way of being?" That's exactly what Starting Point is designed to answer. So if you are a new member or have just discovered West Shore, this class is for you! Not only will it help you decide if UUism is right for you, but it will also help you become more connected to other members and find your place here at West Shore. There will be a special UU History class on October 9, open to the entire congregation. Childcare provided upon request if you notify the church office by September 27. 12
A Day of Silence with Rev. Wayne Arnason & Reverend Karen Do’on Weik Saturday, October 5, 9 :00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The River Rocks Zen Sangha, with practice leader Rev. Wayne Arnason, will offer a “Day of Silence” retreat this fall. This day follows the pattern of a Zazenkai, a day of sitting and walking meditation, with work and art practice, and a shared meal in silence. Rev. Karen Do’oan Weik of the Toledo Zen Temple will join us again and offer formal Zen interviews during the day. Sign up in the church office or email email@example.com.
ADULT PROGRAMS/PUURL Practicing a Unitarian Universalist Religious Life Discussions in Process Theology
Path to Membership
Monday, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28; Nov. 4 & 11; 7:00 p.m. Led by Tamara Sims & David Frazier
Wednesday, October 23; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This fall, West Shore is offering a new series on Process Thought, a long-running group project from the last decade. Process Thought examines the nature of reality, ideas of God and human existence in relation to the Universe. We will introduce the foundational thinkers and texts.
This class introduces you to the benefits and expectations of membership at West Shore. You will be invited to sign the membership book at the end of the class, if you feel ready to do so. Childcare provided for four or more children; deadline to register for childcare is October 16.
The UU Story: Ours & Yours Wednesday, October 9; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The story of how Unitarian Universalism came to be is a romp through European and American history that has incredible stories of intellectual, spiritual and physical courage as well as folly! Join Rev. Wayne Arnason and the members of the Starting Point class for a single session about how our larger movementâ€™s story connects with your story.
West Shoreâ€™s Story Slam Next Round, Thursday, October 17, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Eleven story lovers kicked off the first story slam last month. Six story tellers shared five-minute personal tales, covering civil rights, a leaf fire, the military draft and the Irish jig, to name a few. Judges were sounded applauded and booed! Sound like fun? It was BIG fun! We welcome story tellers, listeners and judges to our October gathering. Topic: Facing Our Fears. We promise to come through with a prize for best told story this time! Please contact Kathy Strawser or Christa Champion for more information.
Friday Morning Book Group Four Fridays, beginning October 18, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. The next book for the Friday Book Group will be My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. Amazon.com describes the book as "The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself." This best-seller has received rave reviews.
A Story Year Evening of Conversation sponsored by Inclusivity Ministry & Greater Cleveland Congregations Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. Last month, a group of West Shore members were trained in a style of personal interview called One-On-One that informs the organizing efforts of Greater Cleveland Congregations. Participants explored the connections between telling our stories, and breaking down barriers of race, ethnicity, and class. In October, participants will be connecting with other members of GCC congregations to expand their conversations outside the West Shore community. It is possible for people who missed the first of these One-One-One sessions to attend the second one on Tuesday, October 29. We will compare notes on the experiences people have had with these interviews both inside and outside the church.
A People So Bold Saturday, November 2; 10:00 a.m. to Noon This brief introduction to the history, premises, definitions, and disciplines of our congregation's commitment to fighting linked oppressions is essential for everyone who serves on our committees, task forces or working groups. Even If you have taken diversity or anti-racism training outside West Shore, please attend this workshop to get oriented to West Shore's history, vocabulary and approach.
Family Traditions: Those We Celebrate, Those We Create Wednesday, November 6 & 13; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. We invite families and their elementary-aged children to a light dessert and to share and honor our family's traditions, as well as explore why and how we might refine them and/ or establish some new ones that support our Unitarian Universalist values. Led by Kathy Strawser.
PUURL Class Fees For members, the Fall semester fee is $10, paid on the honor system at the church office. For people who are not members, the fee is $20. The fee is payable whether you take one class or many. Advance registration appreciated. 13
Serving: the widMuslim Journeys Friday, October 4, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about our Muslim neighbors please consider taking advantage of a series of programs offered by the Lakewood Public Library. The series called “Muslim Journeys” includes opportunities to bridge cultures in a multitude of ways including two tours of the Turkish American Cultural Center at 13303 Madison Ave. The program on Friday, October 4, includes a short introduction to Muhammad, followed by the tour and refreshments. The second program on Saturday, October 12, features Dr. Scott Alexander speaking about “Hizmet: A Contemporary Muslim Spiritual Renewal Reform Movement” followed by a tour and refreshments. For the full listing of programs, visit Lakewood Public Library’s website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org which include films, a concert, art, a poetry reading by Wordstage and a series of programs for children and teens.
The Magazine Sale is back! Sunday, October 6, 10:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. The Social Action Committee will be selling gently read magazines for the low price of 3 for $1. The magazine sale will be held the first Sunday of each month from October to June. Please bring magazines you would like to donate to the tables in the hallway on the way to Baker Hall. Volunteers are always needed to set up, to sell, and to clean up. If you would be interested in volunteering, please contact Gloria Bemer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ria Bemer if you have any questions or need more information.
Inclusivity Ministry Potluck & Film Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. Curious about the “Beloved Conversations” classes or about just what the Inclusivity Ministry does? Come to the Inclusivity Ministry’s potluck and film showing. The film Grand Torino, a Clint Eastwood classic, is suggested by Mark Hicks, the creator of “Beloved Conversations,” as a starting place for the classes. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to share and your own place setting if possible. Beverages will be provided.
Cleveland Foodbank Thursday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 23 Please consider volunteering! If you are interested in carpooling, meet in the church at 9:25 a.m. For more information, call Betsy Hutcheson at 440-331-3027.
Greater Cleveland Congregations Decisions made by the GCC Strategy Team meeting held at West Shore were not available by the time this Shorelines was completed. However, we can tell you what to expect as far as GCC’s Priorities for the Fall and how you will experience them at West Shore.
Health Care - GCC will focus on supporting the petition campaign to insure that a vote is held in the Ohio legislature on Medicaid expansion. With the Speaker of the House unwilling to move the issue forward to a vote, this is the only option left to us to insure that Medicaid becomes available to people hovering just above the poverty line.
Education - We continue to seek volunteers who wish to become involved with our GCC partner school, Case Elementary, a school now well-known to several West Shore members. We continue to be concerned about recruiting tactics used by some charter operators, and are concerned that the Cleveland School’s Transformation Team has limited authority over who can run charter schools.
Criminal Justice - We anticipate a lobbying campaign with the County Councilors to urge funding for an annual criminal justice audit in the county.
Veg Group Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. At our next meeting, the West Shore Veg Group will explore the connection between health and diet. Dr. Michael Greger has scoured the world’s scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed a brand-new presentation on the latest in cutting-edge research on how a healthy diet can affect some of our most common medical conditions. We will watch Dr. Michael Greger's latest video, "More than an Apple a Day" and have time for a brief discussion afterward. Everyone is encourage to attend and invited to bring a healthy, plant based snack to share. A limited number of "More than an Apple a Day" DVDs will be available for sale. Please contact Glo-
Go to greaterclevelandcongregations.com for information on October meeting dates for all three of our action
Calendar for October 2013
Tuesday, October 1 10:30 Legacy Committee 12:00 Friendship Group 7:00 Craft Ministry
Wednesday, October 2 7:00 WAAHT 7:00 PUURL: Starting Point 7:30 Aesthetics Committee 7:30 Choir Rehearsal Thursday, October 3 10:00 Meditation—Grigolia 2:00 Addictions Ministry 7:00 FACT Speaker: Wagner 7:00 UU Christian Fellowship Friday, October 4 8:00 Zen Meditation 9:30 Friday AM Book Discussion Saturday, October 5 9:00 Day of Silence 6:00 Partner Church Dinner 6:30 Game Night Sunday, October 6 - Fire Drill Magazine Sale 8:45 Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Readings with Rumi 9:30/11:15 Worship/Church School 10:30/12:15 Legacy Conversation 10:30 Blood Pressure Testing 10:30 Getting To Know UU 10:30 Morning Forum 10: 30/12:15 Magazine Sale 10:40 Junior Choir Rehearsal 2:00 Memorial Society Meeting 6:00 Youth Group 7:00 Spiritual Exploration 7:30 Scrabble Monday, October 7 5:30 River Rocks Meditation 6:30 Journaling for Wellness 7:00 Social Action 7:00 PUURL: Making Poems 7:00 PUURL: Process Theology 7:00 Reiki Share Tuesday, October 8 12:00 Friendship Group 6:30 PUURL: Spiritual Autobiography 7:00 Veg Group 7:00 Denominational Concerns 7:00 RE Committee 7:00 BOT Exec Wednesday, October 9 7:00 PUURL: Starting Point/UU Story 7:30 Choir Rehearsal Thursday, October 10 10:00 Meditation - Grigolia 12:00 Meditation - Brown 12:00 Socrates Café 5:30 Chalice Lighters 7:00 Humanists, Atheists, Free-Thinkers, Agnostics (HAFA) 7:00 FACT Speaker: Frasz
Friday, October 11 8:00 Zen Meditation Saturday, October 12 10:00 Stewardship Training 7:00 Social Action Film - “Bidder 70” Sunday, October 13 8:45 Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Readings with Rumi 9:30/11:15 Worship/Church School 10:30/12:15 Getting To Know UU 10:30 Nominating Committee 10:40 Junior Choir Rehearsal 12:30 FACT Group 1:00 Haiti Update Meeting 3:00 OWL 3:30 Interfaith Peace Builders 6:00 Mah-jongg 7:30 Socrates Café 7:30 Scrabble Monday, October 14 5:30 River Rocks Meditation 7:00 PUURL: Process Theology 7:30 UU Bookworms Tuesday, October 15 12:00 Friendship Potluck 1:00 Building & Grounds 5:30 Internship Committee 6:00 Inclusivity Ministry Film: Grand Torino 6:30 PUURL: Spiritual Autobiography 7:00 Child Care Center Meeting Wednesday, October 16 7:00 PUURL: Starting Point 7:00 Connection Circle - Pinkas 7:30 Choir Rehearsal Thursday, October 17 9:25 Foodbank Carpool 10:00 Meditation - Grigolia 6:30 Peace Vigil/Imagine Peace 7:00 PUURL: Story Slam 7:00 PUURL: Path To Leadership 7:00 FACT Film: “Gasland II” Friday, October 18 8:00 Zen Meditation 9:30 Friday AM Book Discussion 6:30 Queer & Allies—Storytelling Potluck Sunday, October 20 8:45 Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Readings with Rumi 9:30/11:15 Worship/Church School 10:30 Morning Forum 10:40 Junior Choir Rehearsal 12:30 Connection Circle - Anderson 2:00 Energy Circle 7:00 Youth Group 7:00 “Why Buddhism” w/Rev. Arnason 7:30 Scrabble Monday, October 21 5:30 River Rocks Meditation 6:30 Journaling for Wellness 7:00 PUURL: Making Poems
7:00 PUURL: Process Theology 7:30 RRCMS Concert - Apollo Fire Tuesday, October 22 12:00 Friendship Group 6:30 PUURL: Spiritual Autobiography 7:00 BOT Meeting Wednesday, October 23 3:00 Shorelines Deadline 7:00 Path To Membership 7:30 Choir Rehearsal Thursday, October 24 10:00 Meditation - Grigolia 12:00 Meditation - Brown 12:00 Socrates Café 5:30 Chalice Lighters 7:00 Connection Circle - Smith 7:00 FACT Speaker: Mills Friday, October 25 8:00 Zen Meditation 9:30 Friday AM Book Discussion Saturday, October 26 10:00 PUURL: Scrapbooking Sunday, October 27 8:45 Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Readings with Rumi 9:30/11:15 Worship/Church School 10:40 Junior Choir 12:30 FACT Group 6:00 Mah-jongg 7:30 Socrates Café 7:30 Scrabble Monday, October 28 5:30 River Rocks Meditation 7:00 PUURL: Process Theology Tuesday, October 29 12:00 Friendship Group 7:00 PUURL: One-On-One conversations 7:00 PUURL: Write NOW! Wednesday, October 30 7:00 Grief Group 7:30 Choir Rehearsal Thursday, October 31 10:00 Meditation - Grigolia
Debtors Anonymous Mondays, 7:00 pm Woman’s Alcoholic Anonymous Wednesdays, 6:00 pm Alcoholic Anonymous Wednesdays, 8:15 pm National Alliance on Mental Illness Fridays, 7:00 pm (NAMI) Gay Men’s Alcoholic Anonymous Friday, 8:00 pm
West Shore Film Series & West Shore Social Action Committee to Host
BIDDER 70 Saturday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. Bidder 70 is a personal story surrounded by a wider context of citizen action, our history of peaceful civil disobedience, and grass roots movements demanding government and industry accountability. The film’s focus is Unitarian Universalist Tim DeChristopher. For more details, see page 11. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC STAY AFTER THE FILM FOR REFRESHMENTS & CONVERSATION!
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