Modern life involves a rapidly expanding menu of choices, which is in many ways good. Yet it is common to feel plagued by stress and disappointment in relation to all this choice. Can we learn to choose in ways that lead to happiness? Sermon by Rev. Mark Gallagher.
Listen to the talk. (Technical problems, re-recorded on 3/4/15 from same text)
Wy’east member and (mostly) retired educator Larry Burt reflects on his experience as an elementary teacher in the Portland Public Schools. How do our beliefs about children and learning affect the education we provide? How does our own education affect our beliefs?
Please join us for refreshments after the service.
Our congregation is a patchwork and this service celebrates it! We’ll come together for a service of sharing and creating, making group collages that celebrate our Wy'east life and illustrate our hope for the future. We hope you’ll join us for this intergenerational service, because you are part of our picture!
This intergenerational service is a storybook show and tell. Adults are bringing their favorite story books that tell a story about our seven principles:
Once a year, students from the Unitarian Universalist group at Reed College visit us to share their own spiritual journeys. Wy’east sponsors this group, and it’s a wonderful way for all of us to see how connected and vital we each are in supporting spiritual journeys through the community at large.
As part of our exchange program with the Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Hood River, our speaker on March 6th will be Elaine Castles, who spoke to us last summer as well. Her talk is a thoughtful look into the experience of grace.
The lyrics of a popular song from a few years back say, “It’s the end of the world as we know it...and I feel fine.”
Some say the end of the world is coming in 2012. Likely not...but there are difficulties facing us in our personal lives and in the world. How can we embrace hope and love and squarely address those challenges? We’ll discuss some paradoxical ways to find the strength to get through.
Freedom Riders. Righteous Gentiles. Activist churches. Banning land mines.
Jon Biemer will share stories of small groups that have made a big difference. As Wy'east is becoming grounded in its own social action, Jon will provide perspective and encouragement. He is a founding member of the congregation.
One Congregation in a Crowd
by Jon Biemer
Presented to Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation, February 20, 2011
The UUA’s Standing On the Side of Love campaign champions same-sex marriage and immigration issues. Today we’ll examine several places where love and justice intersect. Today’s service will also include a ceremony recognizing new members who have joined in the last 6 months or so. If you are interested in making a commitment of membership to Wy’east, please contact our minister, Marcia Stanard.
More than a hundred brothers from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds from 30 countries live in a community in Taizé, France, dedicating themselves to love and service. Thousands of visitors flock to Taizé each year to join the brothers in a beautiful worship style of meditative song and prayer three times a day. Wy’east members who have visited Taizé bring the experience to us.