Sermon Archive

Flower Communion

Come join our intergenerational service celebrating this historic Unitarian ritual of spring. Bring a flower from
your garden, a nearby field, or the local market, and see what a beautiful bouquet we can make. Service led by
Rev. Sarah Schurr

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Date: 
Sunday, May 14, 2017

THE LAST SAMARITAN

We’ve all heard of the Good Samaritan, but few of us know what “Samaritan” really means. Is it something like a Martian
or another kind of alien? Why would someone like that do a good turn for someone like you or me? And why might
some folks resent it when it happens? Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro

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Date: 
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Justice Beyond Punishment and Toward Healing

This country is made up of 5% of the world’s population but consistently accounts for 25% of the world’s prison population. Discussions around criminal justice reform and resolving the incarceration epidemic have begun. What can be learned from our past? Is it time to look back for more effective methods and ideas to address crime? In this talk, Dr. Vivian Djokotoe, Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Western Oregon University, will speak on some responses worth considering.

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Date: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Housing Instability, Advocating for Change

Alison McIntosh, the Deputy Director for Policy & Communications at Neighborhood Partnerships, leads the work of the Oregon Housing Alliance, a statewide coalition focused on making a difference with the state legislature. She’ll share updates about what’s happening in Salem this session, as well as how citizens can create change through advocacy and how, together, we can solve these housing problems.

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Date: 
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Loaves, Fishes, and Barrabas

The Gospel of Matthew carries us from one crowd scene to the next. First, Jesus and his disciples feed 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. In the final scene, a crowd is asked to choose only one of three prisoners to save from public execution. Were some folks from the first crowd also in the last? Why should it matter to us? Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Celebrating What Wy'east Has Become

Our annual recognition of Wy’east Charter Sunday takes on special meaning this year, looking back at twenty years as a congregation. Where do we come from, what are we, where are we going? Rev. Sarah Schurr, one of our charter members and an original congregation organizer, will guide our exploration of these questions.

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Date: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cartoon Wars

From the Danish newspaper cartoons to the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo offices in France, publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad has led to some tragic consequences. Have we invested in learning from these events or squandered the opportunity? Join me this morning to hear how listening to a story can be a real step towards peace. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hearing the Reed UU's Hearts

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.

Date: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cookie, Matzoh, Golem, Bench

A meditation on the life in seemingly “lifeless” things and the secret ingredient in any stewardship campaign. Hint: it’s not just money. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Got Privilege? Now What?

What do you do when you discover that you have privilege? Explore your options and guidance from the Unitarian Universalist principles with Chuck Smith, the Program Director at the Black Parent Initiative and member of the UU Congregation at Willamette Falls, as he reflects on his experience of recently discovering a moment of privilege as a Black male in America.

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Date: 
Sunday, March 12, 2017

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