Four out of five U.S. adults have at some time faced a substantial period of joblessness, and/or reliance on government assistance. Can this be tough on your sense of “inherent worth and dignity”? You bet! I’ll speak from personal experience on this Labor Day weekend. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Josef Haber is building community here in NE Portland through his Flying Tortoise Martial Arts Academy, where Rev. Moro takes regular classes. Josef’s teaching emphasizes student empowerment and utilizing the deeply transformative qualities of the martial arts. He will share with us is work to build community with the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoiera.
Music helps to get us out of our heads and connected to our bodies, each other, and our common humanity. In this participatory service, we will learn and sing a variety of short, simple, and soul-stirring songs that will inspire and feed us for our labors of love and justice. Bring your curiosity, courage, and vulnerability as we lift our voices together while looking up and out and into each other's eyes! Service led by Wy’east Member Jocelyn Furbush.
Sulima Malzin of the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will share her own fierce love of poetry in this service celebrating the social and environmental justice work of William Stafford and Wendell Berry.
Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on sacred texts from the world’s religions, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. Allan Viges is an ordained Sufi Ruhaniat Minister and has been leading Dances of Universal Peace in the Portland area since 2008. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready to move your feet and your spirit.
Inspired by spending a week steeped in Unitarian Universalism at the 2018 GoldMine UU Youth Leadership Conference with 30 other UU youth, young adults and staff, Alana Henerlau will be sharing insights on the Five Jagged Rocks of Liberal Religions, a name which expands upon and challenges the five smooth stones David carried with him when he fought Goliath.
Amy Botula, the Program Manager for the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, will join us this Sunday to share about the experience of girls and their mothers in this program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Visit the program’s website to learn more in advance of the service.
Improvisation and Unitarian Universalism have more than a little bit in common. Both require an open mind and the willingness to explore past a predetermined path, for example. What wondrous possibilities might there be when faith and improvisation intersect? Service led by Rev. Millie Rochester.
Rather than meeting at the Hollywood Senior Center this Sunday, join us for our annual Interdependence Day gathering that includes interdependent games, singing and a potluck picnic. Festivities begin at 11:00 am in the Picnic Area at Creston Park (SE 43rd & Rhone -- just south of Powell Blvd).
Communities of Color are fast changing our country, and in Oregon one in four identify as a Person of Color. Rev. Joseph has led two organizations - OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and APANO over the last decade. Join us for stories, challenges and lessons from the front lines of social change and building community with Asian and Pacific Islanders. Service led by Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons