Sermon Archive

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

Wy'east - What's Next?

This Sunday service was presented by Tandi Koerger, the Program Specialist of the Pacific Northwest District of the UUA. She inspired us to consider where we could be headed as a congregation and what a new minister will mean for Wy'east -- the opportunities and the challenges. Tandi works extensively with small congregations, which she calls the Small and Mighties.

30 May 2010

Opening Words:

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Give Your Heart Away to a Myth

Living a religious life is a like playing a sport. You can't just read a manual and memorize the rules and consider yourself a player. You have to play the game. Religion is all about myths. For a religious person, it is not about which myth you believe in, but how you get off the sidelines and allow that myth to transform who you are and how you act. Service led by Rev. Susan Maginn.

"Give Your Heart Away to A Myth"

Rev. Susan Maginn

Wy'east Unitarian Universalist Congregation

November 15, 2009


Like fresh water, we seek it out.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Is There a God Worthy of Your Worship?

Classical theology, with its heaven, hell, sin and salvation, can be pretty troubling for most UUs. Yet some of us still yearn for a nuanced understanding of God that fits with who we are as people who care for the environment, equal rights for women, the GLBT community and modern science. Process theology is an interpretation of God that has emerged in recent years, capturing the imagination and faith of many liberal religious people. Service led by Rev. Susan Maginn.

"Is There A God Worthy of Your Worship?"

Rev. Susan Maginn

Wy'east UU Congregation

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Living the Questions

Most of us measure progress as moving from one resolution to the next. We find an answer and have a sense of moving forward. But what about all those questions that will never have an answer? What about the injustice that lingers with no righteousness in sight? Today we will consider what it means to live with radical acceptance. Service led by Rev. Susan Maginn.


"Living The Questions"

Rev. Susan Maginn

Wy'east UU Congregation

August 23.2009



Island where all becomes clear.

Solid ground beneath your feet.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What Wy'east Means to Me

Being a part of Wy'east means different things to each of us - and many things to all of us. How has this community made a difference in your life? What does Wy'east mean to you? Tim Mohler began coming to Wy'east a little over a year ago and became a member last fall. He helps to plan services as a member of the Worship Committee, and frequently serves as Lay Leader.

"What Wy'east Means to Me"

Tim Mohler

Wy'east Unitarian Universalist Congregation

July 12, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009