Nurture Your Spirit ~ Help Heal the World
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is a welcoming congregation that supports lifelong spiritual growth, fosters reverence for nature, promotes justice and serves the local and global community.
Childcare and Religious Education classes are available during our services, September through June. Childcare only during July & August.
Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30AM - 4:00PM; Thursday 9:30 - 4:30. Office Closed Monday & Tuesday
"Love is the spirit of this church and service its law.
To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love and to help one another."
September Sunday Services
This month's theme is Communion and Community
September 7th. Worship: 10:30 AM, Rev. Madeline "Lyn" Oglesby, Ph.D.
Welcome Home! Regathering Water Service For All Ages; It is good to be together again! Sharing memories of joy, sadness, and adventures as we create new meanings and ways of seeing, being and doing. That was good! This can be better! Bring a little water from or symbolizing your recent journeys. We’ll pour it all together, boil it up, and use this symbol of our reconstituted memories to inspire new beginnings and dedications and build community.Our Annual Fall Picnic begins after the service! Please bring something to share! Contact Tracy Ernst for details.
September 14th. Worship: 10:30 AM, Neil Schultes, Jere Armen and Steve ErnstCommunion and Establishing Paradise on Earth. Where was paradise located? How was it established in this world? This service will explore the early Christian conceptions of “paradise” and use the words of the 4th c. religious leader, Ephrem the Syrian, as representative of the view that paradise was established on earth through communal efforts, through sharing resources, and nurturing the members of the community and, by extension, the wider community of which the church was a part. It will also reveal the function of the Eucharist/Communion in establishing the link between this world and the parallel world of paradise. The service will conclude with a bread communion in which all who wish are invited to participate.
September 21st. Worship: 10:30 AM, Rev. Madeline "Lyn" Oglesby, Ph.D.Sustenance - giving and receiving are partners in fostering strong bonds within a community. It is said that it is easier to give than to receive. Opening our hearts and asking for assistance can be challenging! We will explore both sides of this equation and look for the power within the state of vulnerability.
September 28th. Worship: 10:30 AM, Rev. Madeline "Lyn" Oglesby, Ph.D.
Becoming, Belonging, and Becoming Even More. We are rugged individuals with tender hearts, yet need to feel loved. Becoming part of a group, community, or congregation satisfies part of the need for love hat even the sturdiest of us feels deep down. Once we belong, we may be transformed, becoming even more human, more loving, more lovable.Interim Minister Startup Workshop w/Meck Groot.
Religious Education begins this month. Please see the article from the Director of Religious Education, Nathan Pawelek below, to find out more.
Childcare is available in nursery during the services and are led by our caregiver Cara Moraitis our adult supervisor and our youth.
SUUS Office Open: Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:30am - 4:00pm, Thursday: 9:30am - 4:30pmSUUS Office Closed on Monday & Friday
Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Nathan Pawelek, Announces Fall Schedule
This year, we offer classes for four different age groups: Love Will Guide Us for Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Grade; Toolbox of Faith for 4-6th Grade; Popcorn Theology Too for 7-9th Grade: SUUS Youth Group for 10-12th grade. For details about the curriculum for each group, click here. Registration forms will soon be available online and hard copies are available by contacting me.
Beginning in January, our Middle School students will embark on Coming Of Age; a bridging program for 12-14 year olds, marking their transition from childhood to adolescence. The intensive work they do will culminate in a service and celebration at the end of the year
Programs for adults, called Small Group Ministries are offered: groups of ten to twelve people meet regularly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation and with the sacred. Depending on the interest, we will offer one to three separate groups this fall. Registration is mandatory. For more information, contact me, Rev. Lyn or Lily Rojas.
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New Interim Minister Believes “We are all ministers.”
This fall, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society welcomes Reverend Madeline Oglesby, PhD to its congregation as its interim minister for the next two years. Shoreline UU is a welcoming congregation that invites everyone to explore their beliefs and spiritual journeys, and has been a voice of liberal religion for over fifty years..
“We are all ministers,” Rev. Lyn believes. “Some of us preach, some teach, some feed the homeless, some care for the sick or elderly, some support good causes. Ministry can be cooking, cleaning or cutting the grass. Ministers make music. Ministers engage in personal transformation and growth for themselves and others. We are guided by love, compassion, laughter and respect for the inherent worth and dignity of all persons.”
Just ten days before Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Lyn began her professional ministry at All Souls Unitarian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and has served congregations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Dover, Delaware, where she was active in supporting the passage of the civil unions bill that preceded the Marriage Equality law. “Social Justice is a strong component of Unitarian Universalism,” she said.
Rev. Oglesby raised two children as a Foreign Service spouse in India, Nepal and Japan before earning advanced degrees and teaching at universities in Japan, Guam and the Washington, DC area. A student of Buddhism, she periodically visits India and has attended the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Rev. Lyn explains her ministry this way: “In these fast-moving, and stressful times, Unitarian Universalist congregations are unique religious communities that encourage moral, ethical and socially responsible living. We are not doctrinaire. We focus on deeds and behaviors in the here and now, rather than creeds or belief in a particular god. We meet on Sunday mornings to recharge our spiritual batteries with words, music, refreshments and discussion. We meet at other times to learn, sing, dance and advocate for justice.”
Shoreline UU offers Sunday worship and religious education for children, youth, and adults. Curricula include Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive program about human sexuality and Coming of Age, a bridge for 12-14 year olds, marking the transition from childhood to adolescence. Programs for adults, called “small group ministries” are offered: groups of ten to twelve people meet regularly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics.
Unitarian Universalism grew out of the Reformation and the liberal religious traditions that inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson, John and Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, John Dewey, Clara Barton, Adlai Stevenson, Pete Seeger, and astronaut Sally Ride, to name just a few. It is a spiritual base for believers, free thinkers, humanists and social justice advocates.
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