The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and the League of Women Voters which emerged from the suffrage movement both celebrate their centennial in 2020. Debbie will describe the remarkable history of the passage of the Amendment, current challenges to everyone’s right to vote, and how the League of Women Voters’ continues to work toward a more perfect democracy. Service led by Debbie Kaye, the President of the League of Women Voters of Portland.
Anna Fritz is a Quaker and a cello-wielding activist folksinger. She brings us a program that incorporates silent worship in the manner of Friends (Quakers) and her Spirit-led songs for cello and voice. Through singing together, she invites us to listen for how we are led as forces of love and justice in the world.
A few summers back, our son introduced his mom and me to some important cultural phenomena that we’d been missing out on—Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. We had guided his awareness of literature through years of bedtime reading. Now he was ready to return the favor with another form of cultural expression. “Guidance”: what a great gift it can be, and what a great difference it can make when it’s time to face new things! Service led by Rev. Craig Moro.
Join us for this annual service that celebrates the blessings of clean and safe water! The Water Communion 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. Service led by Wy’east members.
Harvard professor Charles Darby Knock once said that “Religion is what people in community do, say, and think with respect to those things over which they have no control.” What are some of those things, the ones that challenge us most deeply? The story of Adam and Eve gives us a timely “Heads up!” on this important question! Service led by Rev. Craig Moro.
A poem may be as brief as haiku, as silly as nursery rhymes, as majestic as Homer’s Odyssey, as comforting as the 23d Psalm. There is magic and power that flows from the simple act of stringing words together in particular ways, affecting our minds and emotions. For the healing of our hearts and the saving of our world, we might well invoke the power of poetry to comfort our souls and inspire our best efforts. Service led by Reverend Sue Ayer, Community Minister Emerita.
Once a month, for about the last 10 years, Ellen Godula has graced our worship with her beautiful music. This week she will share with us a little about her story and life-long relationship with music, as well as playing some of her own compositions for us. Join us to unravel at least a little of the mystery surrounding this gifted musician.
The Power of We 2019 UUA General Assembly -- What Was it all About?
The UUA General Assembly -- “The Power of We” -- happened in June in Spokane, WA and Wy'east sent four members -- Alana H., Jocelyn F., Lana A., and Mathias Q. -- to the proceedings. Join us this Sunday as they share their experience and more about the outcomes from this annual gathering of UU's from all over.
What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In her inspiring, poetic TED talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the choice to love can be a force for justice. Whether you have been moved to tears by this talk many times and shared it with everyone you know, or will be experiencing it for the first time, come to engage with the Wy'east UU community around how we can apply these lessons in our lives and our faith.
Pema Chodron, Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, states in her book When Things Fall Apart that the way to enlightenment is down not up. Yet, Brene Brown, Social Worker, researcher and author states: of all the things trauma takes away from us, the worst is our willingness, or even our ability, to be vulnerable. Jesse Remer, doula, empath and trauma informed care trainer will share some of the ingredients to living in compassion when trauma comes knocking at our door.