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West Hill is a people, a place, and an idea. We are a community living out a progressive faith, striving to make a positive difference in our own lives, the lives of others, and the world.

Our mission:

Moved by a reverence for life to pursue justice for all, we inspire one another to seek truth, live fully, care deeply and make a difference.

Over the past many months, we've been challenged to engage broadly about who we are and what we see the future of church can be. We'd be delighted to talk with you about it and have extended an invitation to congregations across the country to reach out if they are interested in having a conversation with us. It can be about what this "theologically non-exclusive" church is really like. It might be about the rise of the "Nones" and how we are engaging them. You might want to just talk about the review of our minister. Whatever your interest, we will find a way to engage. So be in touch and let's set a date. 

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Friday
Oct072011

Steve Jobs Once Said . .  .

In talking with Gretta over coffee yesterday our conversation turned to the loss of Steve Jobs. Gretta told me that she had read something that morning that Steve had said during a convocational address, and it had profoundly impacted her.

"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"

How often do we sit and take stock of what we really want to do? How much latitude to we have to change things if we find ourselves straying off course?
 
-- John DiPede
 

Saturday
Oct012011

Let's go out to dinner!

 

PROGRESSIVE DINNER

Time flies by quickly and one of our very special social events at West Hill is fast approaching. The PROGRESSIVE DINNER is being held this year on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29. Please take note of the date, it is changed from what was previously announced.

We gather in the lobby of the church for appetizers and conversation at 5:45 and to find out where we are going for the main course and more conversation, if we are not amongst the generous people that have offered to host. After we have enjoyed a sumptuous meal we return to the church for dessert, coffee and even more conversation.

This incredible evening only costs $15.00 and a donation to the food bank. Each person also contributes an appetizer, salad, vegetable dish or dessert.

Everyone is invited, please sign up as soon as possible. It takes an incredible amount of organization to pull this evening together and our gratitude goes to Barb and Norm Russell for their enthusiasm and superb organizational skills.

Sign up on the list in the lobby or contact the office for more information

 

Sunday
Sep042011

Amorphous, The Morning

Prayer for Sunday, September 4, 2011

 

 

Friday
Sep022011

Meditative Reflection for July 3, 2011

Friday
Sep022011

Meditative Reflection for June 26, 2011

Thursday
Sep012011

Meditative Reflection for June 19, 2011

Meditative Reflection.  Parts 1 and 2

 

 

Thursday
Aug182011

Song of the Beloved, poetry by Krista Moore

Congratulations to Krista Moore, a member of West Hill United, on publishing her first book of poetry, Song of the Beloved (A Mystical Journey).

From Amazon.com:  "Song of the Beloved" is an awakening into the heart of Love. A new language and way of being is born, bypassing the mind's logic, with a "spellbinding" cadence and imagery that only the soul can know. The result is a more universal experience of Love, at the heart of it Self-realization.


Beautiful. 

Tuesday
Aug092011

Optimism

Last December, Jacky Laurin offered this reading as part of the youth group's presentation to the congregation.  It is deeply insightful and I wanted to share it with you here. A portion of the documentary film Home and the music video, Waiting on the World to Change, were also shared during the service.

When is it the right time to be a pessimist? Shouldn’t it never exist? Shouldn’t we always be optimistic?
But I say all must be present. There is not one without the other.
Here is an analogy.
You may need to be pessimists sometimes, but just don’t live there.
The house of pessimism is a maze, and one can easily get lost in it, if they refuse to open there eyes as they go through it.
Pessimism allows us to see the potential dangers.
But we can’t live in that house, we need to just visit.

We will remain lost in this house as long as we refuse to look at what is.
And I think that that is where we are today. We are lost in the maze.

We need to open our eyes. We need to label the walls. And we need to accept what is. Only then does the house of pessimism transform into a house of realism. We need to look in and label the walls.
Only then can we walk through the maze with acceptance, and our eyes fully opened.
Only then can an arrow appear at the end of the hallway, an arrow that will lead us to the house of optimism. And the house will transform into something new. The maze will disappear and a path will open up to us. Only then can we create.
 
But life works in cycles and you may find yourself at another maze. And the cycle needs to start again. Be clear see the maze, label the walls, accept what is and find the arrows. 

This is not only true of our environment, but it is also true of our relationships, and our way of interacting in the world.

 

 

Saturday
Aug062011

Summer speaker series

We've got some great speakers lined up for Sunday services this August.

August 7: Gretta is back after being away last Sunday.
August 14: Janice Meighan and Ken Ramsay.
August 21: Debbie Sherwin
August 28: Alan Ely

Don't miss any of these fantastic and inspirational speakers.

Saturday
Jul092011

Let's talk about beautiful things a little bit