Sermon Archive

Soul Circle

In this participatory service, we will explore some of the ways we can connect deeply with one another in this virtual worship space.

In this time of physical distancing, we are seeking new ways to build and maintain deep connection with one another.  This service is based on the small group ministry concept of Chalice Circles.  We will begin with an introduction to a topic, this circle will be about grief, followed by a time of meditation.  We will then break into smaller circles of 8-10 people each with a volunteer leader who will facilitate sharing on the topic.  We will come back together again for a combined joys and sorrows to conclude the service.

Because this is a participatory service, we will not be posting a recording in order to preserve the confidentiality of those who shared deeply.

Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Fighting for our democracy

Two misguided US Supreme Court legal principles threaten our democracy. How do we fight back? Guest speaker, David Delk, is founder of Move to Amend PDX, which seeks to amend the US Constitution to end the twin legal concepts of money is speech and corporations are people. This is part of our annual Social Justice Speaker Series on the theme of Voting: A Year of Democracy.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Almost Tame

On May 3 we met a sage and a big red dog. Today we’ll meet a couple of squirrels and foxes. We’ll also continue our conversation with an old Chinese gentleman, and hear his thoughts about the power of li, or ritual. This is the second installment in our four-part Confucius series.

By Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Flower Communion

The beloved Unitarian Universalist ritual of Flower Communion welcomes Spring. You are invited to bring a flower (physical, photographs, or art) or a memory of spring. What kind of beautiful virtual bouquet can we make?

Service led by Wy’east members.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Sage and the Big Red Dog

Confucius, the Public Broadcasting System, Unitarian Universalist principles, and a big
red dog: what do all of these have to do with each other? Come join us this morning to
find out! (First of a four-part series)

By Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Our Earth Walk

This service honors the 50th anniversary of Earth Day during the time of COVID-19. We will hear about the first Earth Day and its legacy. But what about now? We collectively find ourselves in an altered state – physically and emotionally. Can we also treat this unique moment in history as an opportunity to bring spirit to sustainability?

Wy’east member and career environmentalist Jon Biemer will lead the service.  

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Spoon, Chain, and Sweet Spot

Have you heard that famous story about the people in Heaven and the people in Hell both
trying to eat their food using some very long spoons? Every minister in the
world—except me—has told that story at some point. Today I’ll finally take my turn
while also exploring some amazing imagery from the Qur’an that adds a new dimension
to our notion of future joy or future misery.

By Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Finding Meaning in the Holy Days of Spring

This time of year brings Easter and Passover. What do these holy days have to offer us
as Unitarian Universalists? This Easter Sunday service will be a series of reflections and
meditations on this theme from members of Wy’east and the larger UU community.
Service led by Wy’east members and friends.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Possible Dance

Hot weather, cold weather, economic crises, and unfamiliar viruses can sometimes drive
us indoors and into very close quarters with each other for an uncertain amount of time.
Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit depicts Hell as a studio apartment where people must live
together forever. Long before forever is over, one of them shouts out that “Hell is other
people!” There must be an alternative ending! Let’s explore some alternatives today.

By Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

A Vibrant Community

Fostering a vibrant community requires opening the circle and welcoming everyone to dream of a better world in health, beauty and fairness. This can become our reality when we listen and learn, then share the values of community. Service by Leslie Pohl-Kosbau, a horticulturalist, printmaker, longtime community garden leader, and member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland. Leslie is active with Friends of Portland Community Gardens, which was founded in 1985 and works to support and expand community gardening opportunities for all Portland-area residents to grow healthy food and build community.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020