Informal Half-Year Report from Rev. Alex

Dear Seattle Westsiders, You’ll be getting a half year ‘state of the congregation’ meeting this coming Sunday after service. I won’t be able to be with you. I will be on the Oregon coast with Debra and family while we celebrate her birthday. I’ll be on vacation next week but will lead Wednesday meditation group and some prior scheduled meetings. We know how difficult transitions in life can be. It’s very challenging to change ministers and have a long look at how the congregation looks and feels. Anxiety is always present during transition times. There’s always worry about finances, whether

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Liquid Spirit -Tracy Burrows, President Board of Trustees

When you sit on the WSUU Board, you tackle a lot of issues. The issues that really get the blood stirring are stuff like flood, fire, and theft. Then there are making plans for the future, troubleshooting problems that arise, keeping track of finances, and making suggestions for improvements to the day-to-day operations of the church. You quickly develop an awesome appreciation for everyone who contributes to making this congregation run smoothly. None more so that those who are responsible for giving us the experience of a meaningful gathering on Sunday morning. Our service may be joyful, it may be

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Minister’s Musings Among the Mountains Dec. 16, 2016

Several people asked me for copies of the prayer I used last Sunday to end my sermon on the Sixth Source as a living prayer. It’s below in its entirety. I had used a slightly shorter version than what Valarie Kaur created a few weeks ago. A special thanks to Anne Miller for sending it to me. As you read this prayer, see if you can imagine it being like a mission statement for Westside or your own personal life. How would you express this prayer through your thoughts, words and deeds? How would Westside UU Congregation express it? “Prayer

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Minister’s Musing Among the Mountains – Dec. 2, 2016

Lightening Up Rev. Alex Holt   We know about the powerful symbolism of lights during the holiday season. Advent, Christmas, The Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day and other celebrations remind us that light will shine through the darkness lighting our way to the future. This last month has been especially challenging to people at Westside as well as many others around America. I am going to adopt a practice during the month of December and hope you might do so as well. The practice will be to turn away from the ongoing 24 hours/7 days a week news cycles. Less

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Welcome to Westside’s New Director of Religious Exploration Cynthia Westby

Cynthia Westby comes to us with a rich and diverse background that includes curriculum development, program administration, mindfulness coaching, and teaching children and adults in a variety of settings. Cynthia is an active member of the Seattle Storyteller’s Guild has been involved with Shoreline UU where she shared her storytelling gifts with the congregation. She also has studied and taught animal tracking and wildlife stewardship and she has a Master’s degree in Theology and the Arts. She brings a focus on healthy communication and the importance of listening to people of all ages, as well as strong administrative and program

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