Sermon Archive

Wy'east Virtual Potluck

In the pre-pandemic world, our community gathered and shared a meal together one Sunday every month.   We often referred to these Potlucks as minor miracles, no matter who forgot, or how many guests showed up, we always had enough for a shared meal with like three or four courses!  Familiar dishes, experimental dishes, vegan, gluten-free, and store bought, it always felt like a feast.  In this Virtual Potluck Service members and friends will share some of their favorite memories and meals of feasting together as a community.

Join our virtual service Sunday at 10:30am.

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

Phone in: (669) 900-6833

Date: 
Sunday, November 29, 2020

Wy'east Trans Day of Remembrance: Loving better

November 20th marks the 21st annual Trans Day of Remembrance. Over 30 trans people were killed this year, and countless more continue to be endangered by white supremacy, sexism, and the criminal justice system. As humans, and especially as UUs, we must ask how we can love better, and show up for the living in ways we haven't before.

In this service, we'll be hearing from a few people in Portland's trans community whose voices I respect so darn much. They'll be sharing what it means to celebrate and fight for trans folks; what community care looks like to them; and what's been nourishing, joyful, or exhausting. I'll be sharing some local organizations we can support and, if there's time, what I've learned this year about loving better too.

Led by Wy'East Member Jack Kostylo

 

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Date: 
Sunday, November 22, 2020
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Get Set... Bake!

When is bread more than bread?  Just remember a time when you couldn’t get it. When is a baking show much more than a baking show?  When it does such amazing, humanizing work, and it spreads around the world, like the Great British Baking show does.  Zoom in today for this pre-Thanksgiving service!

By Rev. Moro

 

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Date: 
Sunday, November 15, 2020

Soul Circle

Local and national elections will be over and, hopefully, the results are in. At this tense, important time in our history, we wanted to make space for how everyone is feeling. For our third participatory "Soul Circle" service, based on the small group ministry concept of Chalice Circles, we will all have the opportunity to reflect and share deeply.

How are you? How are the people in your community feeling? What would you like to see happen? What are you worried about?

We will begin with an introduction to the topic and some quick guidelines. We'll then break into circles of 4 or 5 people, each with a volunteer facilitator to track the time. After about 20 minutes, we'll all come back together for Joys and Sorrows to conclude the service.

This service will be led and facilitated by Wy'east members & friends.

*This  service will not be recorded for our sermon archive.

 

Join our virtual service Sunday at 10:30am.

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

Phone in: (669) 900-6833

 

Date: 
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Hansel, Gretel, You, and Me

This classic folktale allows us to explore trust between human generations, and to challenge those who would drive a wedge of fear between us. Something to think about on the day after Halloween. Something to think about when Election Day comes on Tuesday!

By Rev. Moro

 

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Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Improv For Life

Bring on the joy!  Wy’east member Ruth Jenkins invites all to this fun service to learn how to use games and skills from the world of improvisational theatre to connect, communicate and work together with resilience.  This is NOT about performance. It is focused on listening, accepting, and supporting one another. We will be playing games from applied improv that have been adapted for Zoom.

Join our virtual service Sunday at 10:30am.

Click here to link to the Zoom service.

Meeting ID: 275 194 110

Phone in: (669) 900-6833

 

Date: 
Sunday, October 25, 2020

A Mile in Their Moccasins

“Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins.” You’ve probably heard that expression before, and may have assumed that these are words of Native American wisdom. They’re not, but they have something to teach us about how and why our current season of protest on behalf of racial justice has continued for so long.

By Rev. Moro

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Date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Indigenous People's Day

The second Monday in October is recognized at the federal level in this country as Columbus Day in honor of the “Discovery of America” by Christopher Columbus. However many municipalities (including Portland) and a number of states have replaced this holiday with an observance of Indigenous People’s Day. In honor of that and inspired by our Social Justice Focus for this church year, in today’s service a group of Wy’east Members and Friends will share their reflections on the first chapter of a proposed “Everybody Reads” book titled An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (For Young People) which “shatters our understanding of the United States as a land ‘discovered’ in the ‘New World.’” 

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Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Everywhere, Home, Everyone, Kin

Home deliveries of goods, meals, and services are booming again during the current pandemic.  Many of us remember door-to-door vendors from the years of our childhood, or have experienced them on trips abroad.  This morning I’ll share some of what I learned from watching such vendors at work in Chennai, India, home to generations of vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s family.

By Rev. Moro

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Date: 
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Restoring Balance Through a Re-turn to Native Values

It isn't hard to look around and note that the world feels off kilter -- climate change, roaring fires, and social uprisings demanding change.  Dr. Deana Dartt brings her work in decolonization and life experience to Wy'east to invite us to consider returning to native values as a means for restoring balance in the world.

 

Dr. Deana Dartt is a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation and the founding director of Live Oak Native Consulting.  She has held curatorial positions at the Burke Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Portland Art Museum as well as teaching appointments at the University of Oregon, University of Washington and the Northwest Indian College. Her scholarly and professional work strives to address the incongruities between public understanding, representation and true acknowledgement of Native peoples, their cultures, histories and contemporary lives. This is first in our series of Social Justice Speakers for this church year focused on Indigenous Peoples.  

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Date: 
Sunday, September 27, 2020

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