Sermon Archive

Taize Song and Prayer

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.  

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve Service - 5 pm

Our Consulting Minister, Marcia Stanard will be leading this special family service with carols and candle-lighting.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Celebration of Light

Our children will once again be presenting the Winter pageant, which features them in adorable costumes acting out the stories behind the solstice holidays of eight different religious traditions. This Wy’east creation celebrates how we all find meaning in the darkness of winter, no matter which stories are told, and which holidays we observe.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Embracing the Darkness

Next week we welcome the return of the light with celebrations from many different traditions. But today, let’s allow ourselves to go deep into the space of rest and reflection we are called to in this season of darkness. What lessons can we learn about ourselves in the stillness? Our Consulting Minister, Marcia Stanard will lead the service.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A sufi speaks from the soul

Sufism is the mystical branch of Islam, and Paul Werder has been a practitioner of this religion for more than a decade. Hear how Paul inspirationally presences this path in his everyday living, and also in his work as an organizational consultant, about which he has written a great book called Building Unity.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

From Cambodia to Hillsboro

Chom Sou of Wy’east will talk about the Khmer Rouge genocide, his family living in a concentration camp in Cambodia, then a refugee camp in Thailand, and now in America, where he was born and raised bi-culturally, and has had to deal with acculturation issues. Chom is committed to serving individuals and families with histories like his own.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Breaking Bread

Each autumn, we pause to give thanks for the food we gather from the earth. In this intergenerational service, we’ll hear a story from four of our members about the bread each has baked, has in hand, how it connects to their personal history, and the meaning it holds for them. Then, during social hour, they’ll share these loaves with all of us.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Travis Wright, who has been counseling veterans at the Portland Vet Center for more than a decade, will talk
about his experiences working with vets, individually and in groups, from the Korean, Viet Nam, Iraq, and
Afghanistan Wars. Travis speaks from the heart about this subject.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Unitarians and the Universalists

Association Sunday 2010: Our modern UU faith is the result of a merger of two liberal religious traditions 50 years ago. Who were these denominations and which of the two groups ended up “winning” in this process of cultural and theological assimilation? Rev. Sarah Schurr, a founding member of Wy’east, will explore these questions and the impact on our church community. Rev. Schurr serves as PNWD Developmental Outreach Minister for Alaska and acts as consulting minister for the Juneau UU Fellowship.  

Sunday, October 3, 2010


  When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, life takes on new meaning, and the ultimate question of how to die becomes imminent. In 2007, Don Colburn, then a health reporter at The Oregonian, shared the intimate story of one woman's journey with terminal cancer, and whether or not to use Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law. Today Colburn reflects on his own journey with Lovelle Svart, a woman determined to live to the end. Don Colburn is a long-time health reporter and poet.

Don Colburn
Wy'east U-U Congregation
Portland, OR
June 20, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010