Each autumn, we pause to give thanks for the food we gather from the earth. In this service, we’ll hear stories from four of our members about a loaf of bread, how the bread 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. This service coordinated by long-time Wy’east member, Anders Liljeholm.
Today we’ll explore two famous passages from the Qur’an—Islam’s sacred text—and try to unpack their meaning. Can grammar be exciting? Come find out today! Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
From Julia Yoshimoto, the Project Director of the Women’s Justice Project at the Oregon Justice Resource Center: “As a social worker and now as an attorney, I have the very humbling privilege of assisting women who live on the margins of our society – incarcerated women, pregnant women struggling with drug addiction, and houseless women. They inspire me to work to bring them and their issues into the light. I look forward to this opportunity to meet all of you and to share their stories, my experience assisting them, and to recognize them.”
Last week we heard from several Wy’east members who shared their “elevator” or “front porch” speeches—short statements about what we mean when we speak of the “Unitarian Universalist” way. This morning I’ll share my own, along with some thoughts about how constructing such a speech is like building a real front porch. (I’ve never built an elevator!) Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
If you were to go up to someone’s front porch, knock on their door, and try to describe in just a few words what your “religion” is all about, what would you say? Would it be tricky and complex or a real treat to hear? Trick, or treat? Wy’east participants in our “How to Build a Good Front Porch” workshop will share their thoughts this morning.
Want to do your part to make the world a better place? You can volunteer for a cause, give money to an organization, or join in a march. Shari Sirkin chose to grab a hoe, spread some compost and grow some vegetables. Shari is a small farmer and the Executive Director of Friends of Family Farmers.
Confucian scholar Wang Gen (1483-1541) said: “The human mind is fundamentally spontaneously joyous. [Trouble comes] when it becomes tied up with selfish desires. As soon as selfish desires sprout, it wipes them away, and the human mind is joyous as before. Joy is joy in this learning. Learning is learning this joy.” I hope you will enjoy hearing today what this has to do with how a young wizard has helped me to enjoy learning Spanish. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Join us for this next phase in our collective process, as Wy’easters and as UUs, of working to better enact our principles of interconnectedness and social justice. Guided by resources generated by the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism collective, we’ll examine, in a searching and unapologetic manner, our complicity in white supremacy culture. We’ll plan out how to hold ourselves accountable for action at the both the individual and congregational level. And we’ll build collective motivation for the hands-on work ahead.
A sermon to start the month that ends with Halloween! Whatever you think you hear this morning, I promise that it has nothing to do with our current national situation or last year’s elections. Cross my heart and hope to die—then rise again… Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Emily Evans, the first Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon, will speak on the current realities for women and girls in Oregon. based on the Foundation’s recent comprehensive report. Emily will share data, stories, and a set of simple things every Oregonian can do to make the state a better place for women and girls.