Adult Religious Exploration Opportunities

We are pleased to announce new Adult R.E. Opportunities for this Fall, offered over Zoom.


Spiritual Practices

Spiritual Practices, 2nd Sundays (Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8), 9-9:50 a.m., Zoom

A contemplative time before the service each Sunday to center and find balance in ourselves. Rev. Carol Bodeau, Wendy Weiss, and others from the congregation will share practices they engage in. Through experiencing these spiritual practices together, we can find greater peace, meaning, and equanimity in our lives and in our world.

Compassionate Conversations

4th Sundays (Sept. 27, Oct. 25 & Nov. 22), 9 a.m.- 9:50 a.m. on Zoom. 

Come discuss topics of interest and importance, using the Compassionate Communication model. We aim to share ideas and perspectives without judgment of differing views and to practice a model of discussion that makes room for connection despite differences.


Building Your Own Theology

Building Your Own Theology, Thursday evenings, 6:30-8 p.m., Zoom. 8 sessions running from Sept.10-Oct. 29. 

This is a chance to reflect upon, share, and discuss our unique spiritual journeys. In this on-going class, we will use writing exercises, conversation, and other ‘games’ and activities to explore how we each have created a unique theology for ourselves.


We'll be talking about what we believe, what our journeys have been like, and the questions that drive us to continue seeking. Led mostly by Rev. Carol, and sometimes by Wendy Weiss or others from the congregation, this is a great way to explore yourself and your fellow UU's as we think about how we define our own "theologies."

Book Discussion:

Indigenous peoples' history of the U.S. 

Indigenous Peoples' History of the U.S., Thursday evenings, 6:30-8 pm, Nov. 5, 12, & 19. Zoom.

A discussion about this important work. From "In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”

Earth Magic is on hiatus until further notice.

Earth Magic

Earth Magic
A survey of earth-based spirituality
with  Rev. Carol Bodeau 

Third Sundays, 12:30-1:45 (during and after potluck)


Conversations and practices that engage various earth-based modes of understanding the world and mystical perspectives on life.

Please contact Wendy to arrange for childcare if needed.

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Sabbats are on hiatus until further notice.



A sabbat is a seasonal festival, observed by many modern Pagans. Although they share similarities, contemporary Pagan religious movements are diverse, and do not share a single set of beliefs, practices, or texts.

This event is neither sponsored nor affiliated with Westside UU Church. The contents, discussions and activities in this event are not necessarily endorsed by Westside UU Church. 

Ostara celebration with Enodia's Grove
Open to the Public · Hosted by Elaanie S.

March 21st, 6:30-9:30


Ostara, or the Vernal Equinox, is a time of equal light and dark - a moment of balance as the days grow warmer and life returns to the land. Though Ostara is based on a Germanic fertility celebration which honors the Goddess Eostre, pagans all over the world have been celebrating this season as far back as we know. The flowers bloom, babies are born, the earth warms and we plant and prepare for a season of growth and plenty. Yet if we are to reap the desired harvest, we must first tend to the soil. We must rid the fields of pests and obstacles which would hinder growth! We must consider what crops are best suited to the environment - and what is needed. And so it is with humanity as well.

Come join Enodia's Grove as we turn the Wheel towards the Sun and celebrate this great season of fertility!

Potluck to follow! Please contact Jessica Jones of Enodia's Grove on FB for details about the potluck.


For more information feel free to contact Elaanie Stormbender by private message on Facebook or by email:

For more information and a rundown of the evening's event, visit the Facebook event page:

Elaanie Stormbender

2020 Saturday Sabbat Dates: evenings on these dates, from 6:30-9:30p.m.

February 1 - Imbolc

March 21 - Vernal Eqinox

May 2 - Beltane

June 20 - Summer Solstice

August 1 - Lughnasadh 

September 19 - Fall Equinox

November 7 - Samhain

December 19 - Yule

All events are from 6:30-9:30p.m.


For more information, contact Rev. Carol Bodeau at

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