Bread and Roses – Rev. Carter Smith with Lisa Reitzes

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:This time we live in has presented us with a myriad of challenges to how we understand work. From a rise in unions making big strides to conversations about what work requires an office to movements to reclaim rest, our culture is in a period of reorientation to labor. How are we called in these times to rethink the role of work in our lives, and what do we do with these insights? January’s worship theme is Purpose. Click here to join the livestream of this worship service at 10:30am, Sunday, January 28.

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January 7 Community Circle – Right Relations: Nurturing and Sustaining Community

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:Westside Social Hall – access from north parking lot Doors open at 10:00am for coffee and conversation.  Circle begins at 10:30am. In 2007, our Congregation voted to adopt a Covenant of Right Relations that established a list of actions that members will “strive to do as they participate in the life of the congregation.” Over the years since, our community has evolved and is developing a broader understanding of what it means to nurture and sustain a thriving community. At the January 7th community circle, we’ll begin a process to define our collective aspirations. We aim to be a

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Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday – Cydney Moore, Burien City Council with Rick Taylor and RJCT Members

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:Join outgoing Burien City Councilmember Cydney Moore as she shares her experience from the frontlines of the fight for human dignity in our own communities. We’ll reflect on the connection between Martin Luther King’s call for economic justice and our role in facing the ongoing housing crisis in Seattle, Burien, and beyond. Click here at 10:30am on Sunday, January 14th to join the livestream of this service.

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Christmas Eve Service -We Have an Old Story to Tell – Rev. Carter Smith

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:Note – there will be no 10:30 am service on Sunday, Dec. 24th. Instead we will have an evening Christmas Eve Service at 5:00. In the Christmas story, we learn that the sacred chooses to enter the world in surprising, messy, and humble places. Gather together to celebrate the miracles that persist within our ordinary, imperfect lives. This multigenerational service will be full of storytelling, community singing, and celebration of new life. Come into this community as we offer each other a light in the dark. Click here to join the livestream of this service

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December Community Circle

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:All are invited into WSUU’s community circle on Sunday, December 3rd! This circle will explore our barriers to love and whole-hearted connection. This circle is part of the right relations work we are engaging in to help us build trust, foster authentic communication, and support systemic change that creates connection. Community-wide circles will be offered on the first Sunday of each month from Doors open at 10:00 am for coffee, tea and community connection. Circle is 10:30 am – 12:00 noon in the Social Hall, with an option to participate remotely. RE will be offered for children and youth. Registration

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Winter Solstice Celebration

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:December 21st, 6:30-7:30pm In the WSUU Social Hall Hosted by Rev. Carter Smith, Jade Wilde and the WSUU worship team. Come together to celebrate the darkest night of the year. This informal worship gathering will be a time of ritual and  chanting and honoring the lessons of the natural world this winter. Bring your grief and your hope as the wheel of the year turns yet again. Gather in sacred community to settle into the fertile darkness for a brief time as we get ready to welcome back the light. This service will be participatory

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A Seed Underground – Rev. Carter Smith with Lisa Reitzes

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:As we enter a season known for the cold and the dark, we turn to the wisdom of the more than human world to navigate this time. Maybe, we can look to the seed taking a time of rest before a period of rapid outward growth. What can we learn from turning inward, resting, dreaming? December’s worship theme is Hope.

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Wings Set Me Free – Rev. Carter Smith with Jill Fleming

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that we are a continuation of our ancestors, and we should expect to live on in our descendants. With this in mind, it is pressing to work to free ourselves from cycles of suffering so that we don’t pass them on to future generations. How can we work to become “good ancestors” and make the best of our short time in this ever-flowing stream of life? November’s worship theme is Ancestors.

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What It Is to be Known – Rev. Carter Smith with Rick Taylor

Event Start Date:05/24/2024Event End Date:05/24/2024Event Venue:Something special happens when we are with people who really attune to us, and help us to feel understood. This service will investigate why it can be difficult to show ourselves to others, and explore ways we can strengthen our relationships through letting ourselves be known, and working to deeply know others. October’s worship theme is Relationship.

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