A Personal Reflection from Your Out-going VP

Dear Westside Congregation, Serving as the vice president of the board of trustees at Westside UUfor the past two years has been a very fulfilling experience. I don’thave to tell you that there were ups and downs, but there was neverany doubt that what the board was working towards together wasmeaningful. Working with the dedicated staff members and the manyvolunteers from Worship to RE, from Music to Facilities, was veryinspiring. One of the greatest benefits of serving on the board of trustees isthe opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals towards acommon goal. We came from different backgrounds

Continue reading

News from the Village – Partner Church Easter Service

Easter in our partner church village of Torockószentgyörgy in Transylvania lasts for three days. Fortunately, Reverend Emese gets help from a theology student who comes early to help her get organized. On the first day, members of the congregation attend a Sunday Easter communion service. Communion for the village’s Unitarian congregants signifies reaffirming the link to their covenant with God. Then they return home for a festive Easter dinner, which usually includes lamb. After dinner, the boys engage in the tradition called “watering the girls.” They call on the homes of girls, aunts or grandmothers and first recite a poem.

Continue reading

[UUA] Board Announcement about the Article II Idea Submission Form

(Sent 3/31/2023 from UUA Article II Study Commission to their email list) At General Assembly (GA) 2023, Unitarian Universalists will take an initial vote on proposed changes to Article II of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws, which includes the current UUA purposes, principles, sources, and clauses on inclusion and freedom of belief. The UUA Board of Trustees encourages you to read the full proposal from the Article II Study Commission (Webpage) and get more information about the process. The UUA’s goal is to maximize discussion and engagement with this proposal, which addresses the foundational values and purposes of our

Continue reading

Investing in our Spiritual Home

The Westside UU Congregation has been through some hard times over the past few years. The pandemic, being without a fully-present minister, and the difficult conversations associated with the 8th principle have tested us. Inability to gather together frequently as a community has led to isolation for many, serious misunderstandings, and limited capacity to address all of the needs of our members. Our children and youth, along with many adults, have filled their Sunday mornings with other pursuits. We are not alone in needing to rebuild our congregation. Churches in the US have lost an average of 36% of in-person worship

Continue reading

Considering Being a GA Delegate for WSUU? All Your Questions Answered!

Why (Become a Delegate)? The primary reason is to ensure WSUU’s collective voice is included in decisions made nationally about our faith, and to keep our congregation informed of new developments and decisions at the national level. Ideally, we would fill all four of our delegate slots and those delegates would represent a variety of identities within the congregation. The (Serious) What: Delegates give our congregation a voice and a vote on national denomination matters at General Assembly (GA, the annual conference of UUs held by the Unitarian Universalist Association. These business matters can be surprisingly interesting (also occasionally dull),

Continue reading

How Our UU Faith Evolves Over Time—and How the Heck That Relates to “Article II”!

Did you realize you are part of a Living FaithDid you realize UUs are courageous enough tokeep their minds open about their beliefs, and to update them periodically (ideally every 15years) in light of the evolving world around us and our understanding of it? The last full review was done in the 1980s, so the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) waslong overdue in initiating the current review in 2021. Each update is intended to help UUs liveinto the future with a UU faith that is appropriate for the times and can continue to hold itsmembers in the face of great need

Continue reading

8 week Thursday Evening Online Nonviolent Communication Foundations course

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.” Marcel Proust.  When we experience our and other peoples needs not being met, and we also hear that some of what we do has impact for others, it can become confusing and disconnecting.  In this course, we will explore the stories we tell ourselves, or those that have been told to us, and the limiting beliefs and fears that cloud our thinking. The course will create the possibility for us to have more power and capacity to be the change we want in the community

Continue reading

Westside Welcomes Carter Smith, Our New Contract Minister

The Board and the Search Committee are extremely pleased to introduce Carter Smith (she, her pronouns) as our half time contract minister beginning March 1. Carter has been granted Preliminary Fellowship by the UUA and will be ordained by her home congregation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in May. At that time, she will formally take on the title of Reverend. We were impressed with Carter’s integrity, her curiosity about all things WSUU, her ability to problem solve, to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, her love of Unitarian Universalism,  her actions that demonstrate a real commitment to

Continue reading

Fall 2022 Worship Schedule

Fall Sunday Services Twice a Month September – December 2022 Watch for Additional Special Event Sunday Mornings This fall we will continue regular Sunday Services twice a month as we begin our part time minister contract search process. Services for September and October will continue to be on the second and fourth Sundays. Starting in November, we will switch to the first and third Sundays. This schedule may be expanded to additional Sundays with special events and/or activities sponsored by specific Westside committees. For example, on Sunday, September 18th, the Racial Justice Change Team will be sponsoring a Beloved Community

Continue reading

Board Update August 2022

Dear Westside Community, As the fall approaches, your Board of Trustees is hopeful and excited about what is coming for Westside. We had the opportunity to come together for a retreat on Saturday, July 30, and set priorities for the coming year.  We will soon have an action plan available, but here is a preview: This year, our overarching principles guiding our work are equity, joy, and service.  Our priority areas of focus are community building (including right relations and racial justice work), selection of a part-time contract minister, and sustainable operations. We will also continue our ongoing commitments to

Continue reading