Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, houses roughly 1,300 incarcerated women. 85% of incarcerated women are mothers. Of all of the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, children often suffer the greatest consequences. In 2003, Jessica Katz founded the first iteration of the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek. This project, which has multiple programs, works to interrupt intergenerational cycles of poverty, addiction and criminal justice involvement.
Our religious approach does not usually include missionary work that involves going door-to door. But what if it did? How would you share the good news? What would you wear? Would you be serious or light-hearted in your approach? Most important: why would you ever do such a thing in the first place? Let’s give some thought this morning to what—if anything—our religious “mission” might be! Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
“As a chaplain working in healthcare, I’m charged with supporting my team members in approaching their work in a sustainable way. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement advises us that finding meaning and joy in work can aid in that effort. But I wonder if they’re right, and if they are, can the ideas they suggest work for people in other fields? We’ll explore these and other questions together.” Service by UU minister Rev. Kate McGraw
Come visit a martial arts club in Barack Obama’s old South Side neighborhood, which is my old neighborhood, too. How can the diverse peoples of our country start to bridge the gaps between us? (Hint: take a look at your fingers and what you find between them.) Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Please join us for our 2nd Black Lives of UU Teach-In Service, organized in response to a call last April from the BLUU organizing collective. Many Wy’easters have worked together to understand the materials recommended by them and to create a service that answers their mandate to lift up black voices. Together, we’ll listen to those voices as we contemplate what it might mean to show up for black lives, both within our congregation and in the wider world.
India’s Mahabharata is the longest epic poem in the world, more than ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined. Eklavya may be only a “minor” character in this long account of a great civil war, but those who hear his story can never forget it or the message that it teaches. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
From Morgan Evans, the Volunteer Program Coordinator at the Sexual Assault Resource Center: “For the past five years, it has been my honor to be a part of survivors’ journeys through healing. I am continually moved by the stories I hear, the resiliency I see, and the spirit of those who come together in an effort to eradicate sexual violence and social injustice in our community. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing my experiences learning from these incredible individuals.”
The second source of the living Unitarian Universalist tradition that we share is: “Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Prophets of every time and place share this task, but the means they use to get our attention must be updated constantly. From Muhammad to Martin Luther King to a Buddhist nun named Jun, let’s explore some of their strategies today. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro
“Improvisation and Unitarian Universalism have more than a little bit in common. Both require an open mind and the willingness to explore past a predetermined path, for example. What wondrous possibilities might there be when faith and improvisation intersect?”
Idolatry is the only classic “sin” that’s mentioned by name in our statement of UU Principles, Purposes and Sources. That should get our attention, but what exactly does it mean? Can any form of worship that uses images instead of sticking to words alone be called idolatry? Can written texts—scriptures—be used in idolatrous ways? Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.