Sermon Archive

What Happened at GA?

The Power of We 2019 UUA General Assembly -- What Was it all About?

The UUA General Assembly -- “The Power of We” -- happened in June in Spokane, WA and Wy'east sent four members -- Alana H., Jocelyn F., Lana A., and Mathias Q. -- to the proceedings.  Join us this Sunday as they share their experience and more about the outcomes from this annual gathering of UU's from all over.

Our August Special Collection will happen this day.  The non-pledge contents of the offering basket will go to the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation to support recovery from Pine Ridge Reservation flooding earlier this year.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Applying the Lessons of Revolutionary Love

What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In her inspiring, poetic TED talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the choice to love can be a force for justice. Whether you have been moved to tears by this talk many times and shared it with everyone you know, or will be experiencing it for the first time, come to engage with the Wy'east UU community around how we can apply these lessons in our lives and our faith. 


Valarie Kaur is a civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. Her social justice campaigns have helped win policy change on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality and internet freedom. She founded Groundswell Movement, the Yale Visual Law Project and Faithful Internet, initiatives that equip new generations with tools for social change. During her work inside supermax prisons, on the military base at Guantanamo and at sites of mass shootings, she identified a surprising key element for social change: the ethic of love. She now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a public ethic and wellspring for social change.

Kaur earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School and Yale Law School. She lives with her film partner and husband Sharat Raju and son Kavi in California, where her family settled as farmers a century ago. She is a member of the California Bar.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

How to live a BIG Compassionate Life when Trauma is our Teacher

Pema Chodron, Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, states in her book When Things Fall Apart that the way to enlightenment is down not up. Yet, Brene Brown, Social Worker, researcher and author states:  of all the things trauma takes away from us, the worst is our willingness, or even our ability, to be vulnerable. Jesse Remer, doula, empath and trauma informed care trainer will share some of the ingredients to living in compassion when trauma comes knocking at our door.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Creating a Green New Deal

In the Green New Deal, the climate movement has a vision of the world we want to build, not just the world we’re against. This vision for planet and people asks us to create the basis for the well-being of living things born today.  Service led by Melanie Plaut the team lead for the Fossil Fuel Resistance Team and a member of the Green New Deal Team.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Everyday Transcendence

“Transcendence” may evoke the image of other-worldliness and deep religiosity – moving closer in relationship to the divine – but it is accessible to any of us, at virtually any time. This morning we explore how the human desire to escape the day-to-day, sometimes mundane, nature of our lives can be reconciled with the freedom to ascend beyond ourselves. Service led by retired UU Minister Rev, Millie Rochester

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Wy’east Annual Interdependence Day Picnic

On the first Sunday of July, Wy’east holds an annual Interdependence Day Potluck/Picnic.  Rather than meeting at the Hollywood Senior Center, join us for games, singing, food and fellowship at the Picnic Area at Creston Park (SE 43rd & Rhone -- just south of Powell Blvd).  Festivities will begin at our usual 10:30 gathering time with games and songs with a potluck picnic lunch to follow at 11:30.

Bring a potluck dish to share plus your own plates and utensils.  Coffee and Lemonade will be provided. Guests are welcome.

Creston Park is located just south of Powell and the parking lot can be accessed from SE 42rd Avenue (at Rhone Street).  There is ample parking and the picnic area is in close proximity to the parking area.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Roads Taken: Honoring the Faith Journeys of Others & Self

Our Unitarian Universalist principles support the seeking of religious truth based on personal experiences, and on respecting others’ searches, wherever they may take them. But do we really live up to our principles? Or do we tend to characterize certain fundamentalist or orthodox searches as misguided and naïve? And can we truly embrace religious tolerance without sacrificing a commitment to justice in the world? We’ll look at these questions with the aim of finding a bridge between personal faith and social interdependence.

Service led by Jeanette Leardi, a Portland-based writer, editor, and community educator and a Unitarian Universalist for 25 years. Jeanette has led many well-received services at U.U. churches in Portland (including two at Wy'east at its former location) and Vancouver as well as in North and South Carolina.  You can learn more about her on her website,

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

In the Shadow of Each Other, We Live

Tired of being directed by others’ perceptions of the “homeless” in our community, Mark Danley, mediator and Certified Introvert, spent over a year meeting and befriending our houseless neighbors. Join with Mark to share perspectives — not to judge or to solve the houseless crisis— but to build community through dialogue and understanding. (Disclaimer: Mark Danley’s primary qualifications are his curiosity and his disdain for fake news.)


Special Collection Sunday:  Potluck in the Park

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Wy'east Pride Sunday Potluck Discussion

Father’s Day Sunday is the traditional day for Portland’s Pride Parade.  2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that helped to launch the modern Gay Rights movement. Join us for for a potluck brunch and facilitated table conversations where we reflect together on the past 50 years of LGBTQIA+ activism. Where we are now, personally, as a congregation, and as a UU faith, with actively affirming our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people?  

For those wishing to participate in the Portland Pride March, note that space is limited this year to pre-registered marchers. We are encouraged to look on and cheer the marchers. Another wonderful option is the Portland Trans Pride March on Saturday 6/15.

Service facilitated by Wy'east Members.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Further Up and Further In!

“…They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  You may remember these lines from Chariots of Fire, that great movie about runners in the 1924 Olympic games.  They describe the kind of religious experience that renews our sense of physical (as well as spiritual) vigor. Do they describe your own religious experience as well?  I hope so! Service led by Rev. Craig Moro.

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(Note this will be Rev. Moro's last service before his summer break.  He will return the first Sunday in September.)

Sunday, June 9, 2019