Sermon Archive

Further Up and Further In!

“…They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  You may remember these lines from Chariots of Fire, that great movie about runners in the 1924 Olympic games.  They describe the kind of religious experience that renews our sense of physical (as well as spiritual) vigor. Do they describe your own religious experience as well?  I hope so! Service led by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Wisdom of the Elders Voice

Based in Portland, Kunu Dittmer Bearchum is a modern day storyteller who uses multiple mediums to communicate his message. Kunudraws from his roots for inspiration and guidance while navigating a society that too often ignores or silences an indigenous perspective.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Otters and Jackfruit and Stones—Oh My!

The Cilappatikaram is one of a very few religious epics from the ancient world that has a woman as its hero.  We are fortunate today to share a religious tradition in which no single religious scripture is placed on top of all others, so we can give this powerful story the attention it deserves!  (A word of caution: Just like the Easter story being shared in neighbor churches this morning, the Cilappatikaram features images of bodily violence.)  Service led by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Listening to the Earth

When we listen with the heart, and are spiritually alive, it is possible to hear more than words and sounds. A practice of listening to the earth reveals deep connections, challenges the common understanding of environmentalism, and ties us to our own histories still unfolding.  Service led by Mira Mickiewicz, Intern Minister at First UU Church of Portland.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Of Salmon, Gin, and Silly Little Grins

Recently our nation was caught up in confirmation hearings that included very different memories of the same incidents. We—and our representatives—were asked to trust one memory over another. The stakes were high, and the results of the choice will be long-lasting.  But how reliable is memory years, days, hours, or even seconds after something has occurred? Rev. Craig Moro will dig into a few memories today, and see what we think.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019