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Adult Religious Exploration Opportunities

Westside offers a variety of Religious Exploration programming for Adults, both in-person and on Zoom. Below are descriptions of our regularly scheduled offerings. For one-time or special events, see our events page.

Note: Visitors and non-members are welcome to attend our Zoom offerings. For the safety and privacy of our members, if you are a visitor and would like to access our Zoom offerings, you must provide your email and phone number in our Connection Card. Indicate that you would like to be contacted by either our Minister or our Programs & Membership Coordinator.

Visitors with unknown or unreachable contact information will not be granted access to our Zoom content.

Zoom Offerings

Links to our Zoom content are found in our weekly email newsletter. You can subscribe here.

If the Spirit Moves You...

Wednesdays

at 6:30p on Zoom

Sharing stories and conversations is a way to break barriers, a way to find common ground in a divided world. This group uses conversations and stories to find peace, explore spirituality, and share joy in what is around us. Our topics range from backyard gardens to the Garden of Eden. We explore books, poetry, religious beliefs, social justice issues, and so much more. 

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Thursday Evening Conversations

Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. on Zoom

This is an ongoing Adult RE series which meets for discussion on various topics. Each session is stand alone and can be joined at any time. Our topics include those specific to UU values (LGBTQ, racial justice, religious exploration, etc.) and more general topics of interest. 

We have a new topic each week! Please check the newsletter for what we are currently discussing.

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Book Club

Typically meets on the

Fourth Sunday

of each Month, 10 a.m.

on Zoom

 

Calling all readers! Join our Book Club for a lively discussion about books. We read fiction, non-fiction, and the occasional biography. The Book Club currently meets once a month on Zoom. And we have our own page on the site! Click here to go to the Book Club page.

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Spiritual Discussions

Spiritual Discussions

Meets first Sunday of the month,
12:30 - 2p

Join Rev. Carol Bodeau on the first Sunday of each month (Beginning in March) from 12:30-2pm to discuss spiritual topics, learn about how other traditions address the 'big questions,' and share your own journey with faith and whatever is sacred to you.  We will explore writings by authors from a wide range of traditions and genres, and talk about topics like:  What happens when we die?  Is there a divine presence?  Are humans inherently good or bad?  What is prayer, and why do people practice it?   

We meet monthly, and you can join in any time  for as many sessions as you like.  Bag lunches are welcome if you want to eat while we chat.  

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Get Creative with Us!

Get creative with us!

Arts & Crafts Club

First Saturday of each Month,

12-2 p.m.

in the Adult RE Room

 

Westside would like to welcome its artists (including budding, closet and wishful artists) whether your thing is drawing, painting, knitting, crocheting, quilting, wood carving, jewelry making or any art or craft (maybe not chainsaw sculpture) to join our new arts and crafts group.    

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The goal is to have a place where we can work on our various projects, share our experience and learn from each other in a cordial and supportive environment.  

As Rev. Carol has recently said, “Art is a powerful tool for self-expression and reaching others deeply.  Art is for fun, for communication, for exploration and for transformation of ourselves and the world.” 

Poetry Writing Group

Meets First Wednesday

of the Month,

1 p.m. in our Sanctuary.

A group of friendly and supporting writers working on and sharing their poetry. If you would like to write some poetry in a non-threatening, low-expectations, high-encouragement environment, come join us.  You can bring completely original works, or a poem that you'd like to emulate in some way, be it word choice, format, or message.

The poetry group now has a Zoom option as well. See the newsletter for the Zoom link.

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Social Connections

Social Connections

The First Sunday of each month, 

after the service.

 

Our potlucks are a way for us to come together as a community and enjoy a meal. If you can, please bring a delicious main dish, side dish, or dessert to share. But even if you don't bring something, stay anyway. There's plenty of food for everyone.

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Second Monday Lunch

Our 2nd Monday Lunch is an opportunity for Westsiders to get together and converse about their lives and the news of the day. Held on the second Monday of each month (hence the title!) at a restaurant in the East Tennessee area. See the newsletter for the next date and location.

Second Monday of each month,

11:30 a.m.

Location varies

 

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Earth Church

Earth Church
East Tennessee

Earth Church is a part of the Wild Church network, and a ministry of Westside UU Church . We meet the third Sunday of each month, from 3-5pm in the afternoon, to share sacred time outdoors, fellowship and some light snacks.

Meetings outdoors (weather permitting) 
at Westside at 2pm
On the fourth Sunday of the month.

 

Fourth Sunday of each Month, 2 -4 p.m.

Outdoors at Westside

(Weather permitting)

 

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Events for 2024
•    Sunday, March 17th: Spring Equinox gathering  --celebrating Ostara, the earth-based holiday honoring the balance of light and darkness with the arrival of Spring 
•    Sunday, April 21st : regular gathering 
•    Sunday, May 19th regular gathering
•    Sunday, June 16th: Summer Solstice Gathering 
•    Sunday, July 21st regular gathering
•    Sunday, August No August Gathering
•    Sunday, September 22: no gathering due to Spirit Quest retreat 
•    Sunday, October 27th regular gathering
•    Sunday, November 24th regular gathering 
•    Sunday, December 22: Yule Celebration A longer ritual, including our end-of-year feast.  

 

If you are interested in Earth Church, please join us for: 
•    Spiritual Practices, Sunday mornings at 9:30am (indoors) 
•    Spiritual Discussion Group: First Sundays at 12:30 
•    Retreats and Field trips: throughout the year, including our annual Spirit Quest fall camping trip at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains 

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Westside is part of the Wild Church network. 

Learn more here.

Calendar

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