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Recent sermons preached at The Unitarian Church in Westport

Last Build Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

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"Transformation of the Heart"

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

August 27, 2017 Morning Service. Dr. Kemp will speak to us about transformation and her book, Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community. With degrees from Stanford and Northwestern Universities, her mission is to nurture and expand the Tribe of the Heart: individuals who stand for oneness and take action to heal the world, our families, and ourselves. Arnela Ten Meer, an experienced actor, performer, facilitator of Beloved Conversations, and active in Eliminating Racism and the Rainbow Coalition, will weave in readings and stories that move the heart. Part of the Summer Services - 2017 series.

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Connecting our UU roots to Indigenous Spirituality

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

August 20, 2017 Morning Service. Lakota Long before formal religions humans held a common understanding of how we fit into the world! We believed we were part of the whole circle of life The Lakota greeting "Mitakuye Oyasin" i.e. "We are all related!" captures this deep sense of connection. UUs share the principle of interconnection and consider "NATURE" as our greatest teacher. The service will offer reflections and teachings that nurture the spiritual journey of the two facilitators: Raleigh Padgett (of Cherokee & African American origins, a drum & flute maker) and Jim Francek (of Celtic and Slavic origins, a poet & follower of Lakota spirituality). Smudging, drumming, flute music will enhance this experience. Part of the Summer Services - 2017 series.

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"Dialog with the Divine"

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

August 13, 2017 Morning Service. A member of UU Westport for 31 years, Janet was raised Unitarian. Her parents had rejected Catholicism, and anything "superstitious," including prayers to a bearded sky-God. She tells the story of how, after troubles, grief, estrangement and illness, she found solace in personal dialog with the divine of her understanding. She learned to weave a spiral staircase of spiritual practices around her UU foundation. Janet serves TUCW as a chaplain, worship associate, yoga meditation teacher, and grief support facilitator. She is a writer and a devotee of Shanti Mission. Part of the Summer Services - 2017 series.

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"Expectant Waiting:" Quaker-style worship

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

August 6, 2017 Morning Service. Experience sitting in silence, reflection and prayer, and in "expectant waiting on the Spirit to hear more clearly God's still small voice." If a message comes to a worshipper, they may share from the heart. Then, in the Light of that message, all return to silent self-examination. Laura Higgins is an elder from the Wilton Monthly Meeting, which follows the unprogrammed tradition of no music, no sermon. Unitarians share many values with Friends and are sometimes called "noisy Quakers." Less talking, more listening to spirit, is surpisingly refreshing. Part of the Summer Services - 2017 series.

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Unitarian Universalism and Islam

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000

July 30, 2017 Morning Service. Islam and Unitarian Universalism are similar in their core principles and beliefs. This sermon will compare and contrast these similarities. Shanonda Nelson is a practicing Muslim who is also a member of the Unitarian Church of Westport, serving on the worship committee. She will offer a discussion following the service. Part of the Summer Services - 2017 series.

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