November 2019

This is our schedule of 11 a.m. services. Adult Religious Exploration ("RE") offerings are listed as well , and usually begin at approximately 12:15.

New Spiritual Practices: 10am – 10:30 am each Sunday before service 
Join Rev. Carol Bodeau or Wendy Weiss each Sunday at 10am to engage in a variety of centering, spiritual practices.  If you are interested in suggesting or leading one of these 30-minute sessions, please see Rev. Carol. 


November 3:  Sowing and Gathering: A Celebration of Harvest  Rev. Carol Bodeau 
We can only harvest what we plant, only reap what we sow.  The Celtic festival of Samhain—the original festival of autumn that has morphed into Halloween—is a celebration of enjoying what we have created, and planting seeds for the future. It is a time for giving thanks, and also for choosing wisely which seeds to save for future growth.   Let’s contemplate if we are saving ‘good seed’ or hanging onto things that we don’t really want to re-seed into the soil of our lives.  
Compassionate Conversations** meets after the service.  Our topic this month is financial stewardship—both for ourselves and for Westside. 


November 10:  Evolving an Abundant Life  David Howell
 {David’s Howell’s follow-up to his previous service} 

Starting Point Adult RE conversation follows the service.**


November 17:   We Remember: Trans Day of Remembrance   
Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year.  As we strive to renew our commitment to being a Welcoming Congregation, we honor the lives and legacies of those who have suffered for being courageously authentic.  And we reaffirm our intention as a community to be a place where we live our values, and all are welcomed. 

Potluck follows this day's service


November 24:  As Long As Grass Grows   Rev. Carol Bodeau 

As we approach Thanksgiving weekend, and the 400th anniversary of the landing at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, Unitarian Universalists are being asked to consider our part in the legacy of harm done by colonialism to indigenous peoples of North America, both in the past and in the present.  Despite promises that they and their lands would be protected “as long as grass grows and rivers run” First Nations peoples continue to experience oppression in their ‘native’ land.  We will consider the impact of the Unitarian tradition on native people, and also get a preview of the UUA’s common read for this year: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States  by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. 
Earth Spirituality Adult RE follows the service.**



** If you need childcare for one of the Adult RE offerings, please contact Wendy Weiss in advance.   Her email is

Westside Unitarian Universalist Church

616 Fretz Road

Knoxville, TN 37934

(865) 777-9882

Minister's Office Hours
Sunday 9a-3p
Tuesday 12:30-6:30p
Thursday 8:30-3:30p 
And by Appointment

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Tuesday & Wednesday 9a-3p

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