Sermon Archive

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

Inside a Summer "Outing"

Outing, doxxing, “cancellation culture”: It’s one thing to read news stories about these practices, set at a comfortable distance from home. It’s another thing entirely when it happens closer by. This morning I’ll share how I tried to deal with such an incident over this past summer.

By Rev. Moro

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

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Date: 
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Water Communion & Ingathering Service

The second Sunday in September marks our annual Ingathering Service and Water Communion. As we begin our church year, we expect to be meeting virtually for at least the next 6 months. Our annual water communion presents an opportunity for us to examine and reimagine how we create sacred space together virtually and in our homes. Be on the lookout for an invitation to participate in a water communion ritual in advance of this service.

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Listen to Portland Rain, a song by Robin Henderson.

 

Date: 
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Up and Down

One of the most comical scenes in all of religious literature is found in the book of Exodus, just as people are moving from one phase of life to a new one. Cecil B. DeMille never filmed it, but let’s not miss it ourselves! The goofy things that happen in trying times can also bring insight, and also a new division of religious “labor”.

By Rev. Moro

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Date: 
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Recording: 

Gay Liberation -- 50 years and change

Fifty years ago, homosexuality was classified as a mental illness, and same-sex relations were considered a felony-level crime. People who are in their 70s today grew up in that closeted environment, came of age with the beginnings of the Gay Liberation Front, nurtured the movement from its infancy, and have watched it grow ever since. Robin Will, a local LGBTQ historian, teaches a little bit of history and shares some reminiscences about how times changed, how he changed, and what work remains to be done in the LGBTQ community.

Robin Will attended Rigler School in Portland's Cully neighborhood, and graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1966. HIs education involves mostly journalism and the social sciences, and his work experience is mostly in the publishing industry. A class at Portland State University introduced him to local LGBTQ history, and he joined Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest in 2006, and has been president of the organization since 2014.

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Date: 
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Recording: 

Collective and Personal Grief: Imperative Self-care and Supporting One Another

Suddenly grief is everywhere, every day and it is both personal and collective. What are some of the impacts of all this grief? How do we carry on through it?  How can we continue to show up for ourselves and others?

Nani Waddoups is a licensed professional therapist specializing in grief and transitions. She has worked with The Dougy Center for Children and Families who are grieving, and has a private practice in Portland, Oregon.

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Date: 
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Soul Circle: The Whirlwind Moment of 2020

Service led by Wy'east Members & Friends

In this time of physical distancing, we continue seeking new ways to foster community and learn with one another. For our second 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 in small groups. We'll explore our experience of being in this "whirlwind moment." 

There are a lot of changes happening right now in our lives: all around us, and inside us. What have you been thinking and feeling about these changes? What actions are you taking or do you want to take in your life as a result? What practices are helping or could help keep you grounded in the midst of the whirlwind?

We will begin with an introduction to the topic and some guidelines, followed by a time of meditation. We'll then break into circles of 4 to 5 people, each with a volunteer leader who will facilitate our sharing on the topic.  We'll come back together again for Joys and Sorrows to conclude the service.

This is a participatory service so a recording will not be available.

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

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Date: 
Sunday, August 2, 2020

Heartmind Training - The Four Immeasurables

Your most precious resource is your attention. How you direct your attention determines the quality of your life and how you contribute to others. In these times, we have an opportunity to contribute to a global shift in the way we do things and the consciousness we bring to it. The helpfulness of contribution you make depends on the heart and mind with which you engage.

LaShelle Lowe-Charde (wiseheartpdx.org) invites us to talk about how learning to direct your attention helps you to bring a particular quality of heartmind. Specifically let’s touch on the teaching of the four immeasurables: Sympathetic Joy (mudita), Loving-kindness (metta), Compassion (karuna), and Equanimity (upekkha).

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Date: 
Sunday, July 26, 2020

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