The Shared Pulpit Series

You have a story. Each of our stories is part of a larger narrative of being human in this world, in this time. One of the most powerful spiritual practices we have is in the sharing of our stories and reflecting on the ways those stories awaken us to love, illuminate our humanity, connect us to the holy and ineffable—and common—experience of life.

We invite you to join Rev. Christopher for a Shared Pulpit Workshop Series, which will guide you in developing your story into a sermon and worship experience that you can share with the congregation.

Using a series of small group meetings, this program aims to deepen connection and trust among you—the seeking minds and caring hearts of Westside UU. The workshop contains advice, tools, and a process designed to equip you to be even more skilled, confident leaders (because anyone brave and curious enough to share their journey publicly with a congregation is, in fact, a leader). Along the way, you’ll discover your authentic voice by writing a sermon to deliver to the congregation.

This program is pulpit-and-pew tested across the denomination with many participants reporting that it transformed their relationship to their congregation and to Unitarian Universalism. As a participant, you don’t need to think of yourself as a writer. You don’t have to know what you want to say already. As a small group, we’ll navigate our way through the eight sessions—under the guidance of Rev. Christopher—where we are invited to do three things:

  1. Commit our time and energy to the program — including doing the required writing between sessions.
  2. Create and uphold a group covenant so that those in our group can risk being vulnerable.
  3. Trust that the first two steps will reveal your voice and truth.

The workshop will meet on Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm, beginning March 20th, and continuing March 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and May 8.

Contact Rev. Christopher ( to sign up.

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