Sermon Archive

Standing Up for Mother Earth in Song & Verse

Stand up and sing as we celebrate the planet in this Earth Day service filled with both song and verse.  Our Wy’east Choir, our Children and members of our Poetry Circle have some wonderful things to share. Come celebrate with us.  

Date: 
Sunday, April 22, 2018

We’ll Show You!

Taxes are due two days from now, when we’ll have to show some complete strangers some very detailed numbers—strangers who care nothing for the blood, sweat, tears, or stories that lie behind them.  No wonder some folks feel frustrated!  This morning I’ll share the story of one very frustrated person as we reflect on the taxation process that we use to keep things running.  Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happy Easter, April Fools!

This year Easter falls on April Fool’s Day.  What a coincidence to have one of the most serious of holidays occur right along with one of the silliest!  But is there a humorous side to Easter that we haven’t noticed before? Bugs Bunny will join Jesus today for a song and dance that I hope we’ll all enjoy!  Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Few Words from Reed

Every year at spring time, the Reed College UU group creates a service for us at Wy’east, and it is always just that – a creation. Whether personal, political, written, or performed, what’s striking is the depth. This year promises nothing less. Come listen to the authenticity.  Presented by members of the Reed College UU Student Group.

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Date: 
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Altar, Pulpit, Pew, and You

Nowadays, sermons are usually the longest part of a worship service.  But deep in our religious past, the longest and most elaborate part would have been what we now call the “offering.”  Sacrifices of grain, animals, or even human beings might have played a part. Imagine that!  And imagine how this might to connect with our annual stewardship campaign…  Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro

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Date: 
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Family Preservation Project: Mothering from the Inside

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, houses roughly 1,300 incarcerated women. 85% of incarcerated women are mothers. Of all of the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, children often suffer the greatest consequences. In 2003, Jessica Katz founded the first iteration of the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek. This project, which has multiple programs, works to interrupt intergenerational cycles of poverty, addiction and criminal justice involvement.

Date: 
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Giggle and Beep

Our religious approach does not usually include missionary work that involves going door-to door.  But what if it did?  How would you share the good news?  What would you wear?  Would you be serious or light-hearted in your approach?  Most important:  why would you ever do such a thing in the first place?  Let’s give some thought this morning to what—if anything—our religious “mission” might be!  Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Where Is The Joy, and What Does It Mean Anyway?

“As a chaplain working in healthcare, I’m charged with supporting my team members in approaching their work in a sustainable way. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement advises us that finding meaning and joy in work can aid in that effort. But I wonder if they’re right, and if they are, can the ideas they suggest work for people in other fields? We’ll explore these and other questions together.” Service by UU minister Rev. Kate McGraw

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Date: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Chi(cago) Touch

Come visit a martial arts club in Barack Obama’s old South Side neighborhood, which is my old neighborhood, too. How can the diverse peoples of our country start to bridge the gaps between us? (Hint: take a look at your fingers and what you find between them.) Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018

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