What if our public safety system prioritized accountability over punishment? Is it possible to transform our current system from one that ostracizes to one that repairs? Join Partnership for Safety and Justice for a conversation about how our county’s and state’s responses to crime are beginning to change, the significant work that lies ahead, and how you can advocate for policies that build strong families, safe communities, and a just society.
"Nine-eleven”—as we have come to call the events of September 11, 2001—had its 17th anniversary last week. What did those events teach us about violence and “religion”? What have we done to try and learn more? Service led by Rev. Craig Moro
This service is our annual ingathering as we start the beginning of the new church year. Please bring a small amount of water that represents water that was important to you this summer: water from somewhere you traveled or from your own backyard, Join us for this annual service that celebrates the blessings of clean and safe water! This will be an All Ages Service led by Wy’east members
Four out of five U.S. adults have at some time faced a substantial period of joblessness, and/or reliance on government assistance. Can this be tough on your sense of “inherent worth and dignity”? You bet! I’ll speak from personal experience on this Labor Day weekend. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Josef Haber is building community here in NE Portland through his Flying Tortoise Martial Arts Academy, where Rev. Moro takes regular classes. Josef’s teaching emphasizes student empowerment and utilizing the deeply transformative qualities of the martial arts. He will share with us is work to build community with the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoiera.
Music helps to get us out of our heads and connected to our bodies, each other, and our common humanity. In this participatory service, we will learn and sing a variety of short, simple, and soul-stirring songs that will inspire and feed us for our labors of love and justice. Bring your curiosity, courage, and vulnerability as we lift our voices together while looking up and out and into each other's eyes! Service led by Wy’east Member Jocelyn Furbush.
Sulima Malzin of the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will share her own fierce love of poetry in this service celebrating the social and environmental justice work of William Stafford and Wendell Berry.
Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on sacred texts from the world’s religions, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. Allan Viges is an ordained Sufi Ruhaniat Minister and has been leading Dances of Universal Peace in the Portland area since 2008. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready to move your feet and your spirit.
Inspired by spending a week steeped in Unitarian Universalism at the 2018 GoldMine UU Youth Leadership Conference with 30 other UU youth, young adults and staff, Alana Henerlau will be sharing insights on the Five Jagged Rocks of Liberal Religions, a name which expands upon and challenges the five smooth stones David carried with him when he fought Goliath.
Amy Botula, the Program Manager for the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, will join us this Sunday to share about the experience of girls and their mothers in this program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Visit the program’s website to learn more in advance of the service.