At this winter time of the New Year, there is nothing so warm and cozy as a service where we sing hymns together, particularly those that bring us joy and hope for the days ahead. We will have some hymns picked out ourselves for sure, but you might also come with some favorites and requests. This is led by our member pianist, Debra Tomsen.
This service has been canceled due to icy weather.
Some years back, a nationally syndicated columnist recoiled in disgust at a computer-generated reconstruction of what Jesus’ face might have looked like. Her comments reveal an ugly mindset about the “Other” that we’ll interrogate this morning. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Our children will once again be presenting the Winter Pageant, which features them in adorable costumes acting out the solstice stories 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. This pageant coordinated by Anders Liljeholm and other religious educators.
Is there a way to honor both science and religion without getting into an argument about their divergent truth-claims? Let’s look at some of the basics that both approaches share. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Each autumn, we pause to give thanks for the food we gather from the earth. In this service, we’ll hear stories from four of our members about a loaf of bread, how the bread 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. This service coordinated by long-time Wy’east member, Anders Liljeholm.
Today we’ll explore two famous passages from the Qur’an—Islam’s sacred text—and try to unpack their meaning. Can grammar be exciting? Come find out today! Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
From Julia Yoshimoto, the Project Director of the Women’s Justice Project at the Oregon Justice Resource Center: “As a social worker and now as an attorney, I have the very humbling privilege of assisting women who live on the margins of our society – incarcerated women, pregnant women struggling with drug addiction, and houseless women. They inspire me to work to bring them and their issues into the light. I look forward to this opportunity to meet all of you and to share their stories, my experience assisting them, and to recognize them.”
Last week we heard from several Wy’east members who shared their “elevator” or “front porch” speeches—short statements about what we mean when we speak of the “Unitarian Universalist” way. This morning I’ll share my own, along with some thoughts about how constructing such a speech is like building a real front porch. (I’ve never built an elevator!) Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
If you were to go up to someone’s front porch, knock on their door, and try to describe in just a few words what your “religion” is all about, what would you say? Would it be tricky and complex or a real treat to hear? Trick, or treat? Wy’east participants in our “How to Build a Good Front Porch” workshop will share their thoughts this morning.