Here’s how Ambrose Bierce defined Universalist in his famous Devil’s Dictionary: “Universalist, noun. One who forgoes the advantage of a hell for persons of another faith.” But aren’t there some advantages in having a hell to hold the worst people, if not for punishment then maybe just for storage? Let’s examine this question in the light of our second principle, which affirms and promotes “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Margot Black, a dynamic college math teacher and co-founder of Portland Tenants United, will talk on her work organizing local renters against unjust property management practices and for policies to ensure access to affordable housing for all. She’ll share her personal challenges as a mother experiencing housing insecurity, humanizing the issue to motivate others into action. Wy’east supported the work of Portland Tenants United last fall through one of our monthly special collections.
Religious people often use words about God “opening doors” as a way to speak about divine grace or favor coming their way. But what happens when doors open too wide or too quickly? A passage from the Qur’an will guide this morning’s meditation. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
In 1438 years of history, Muslims developed different forms of entertainment in the various parts of the world in which they have lived. This talk by Dr. Shatha Almutawa, an assistant professor of religious studies at Willamette University, looks at contemporary popular culture in Muslim majority countries and the United States, from poetry and fiction to music, television, theater and art.
The first Holy Truth of Buddhism is the recognition of the universality of suffering, the realization that all is ill. The Buddha said: “It is difficult to shoot arrows through a narrow key hole. It is still more difficult to understand that ‘all this is ill.’ ” Our own first principle—To affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person—is also the most difficult one to put into practice. How can we understand it better? Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Join us for a Social Justice Panel featuring four members of the Wy’east community sharing how they have been taking action to uphold our 2nd and 5th UU principles. Betty H. will discuss her work helping people navigate the oftchallenging Medicare system, Jon B. will speak about protecting water, Judy C. will share about her work to defend the human rights of refugees and immigrants, and Mathias Q. will tell the story behind his grassroots organizing with Democracy Spring to promote voting rights and anti-corruption reforms.
Before the followers of Jesus believed anything about Jesus, they believed something about themselves: they were children of God. Among them, ethnicity, class, and gender would no longer divide and rank. Their creed, long forgotten, was pretty interesting. Talk by Dr. Stephen Patterson, a professor of religious and ethical studies at Willamette University.
Martin Luther King spoke with a deep authority that made him America’s minister. He touched everyone, whether they agreed or disagreed with him, loved or hated him. No one could ignore his mighty words, used like a shepherd’s crook to pull us forward. Let’s reflect on those words today as we consider some of the limits and constraints that make real freedom possible. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.
Epiphany, or 12th Night as it is sometimes called, is the traditional day to celebrate the Magi visiting the baby Jesus. It falls in early January. Wy’east member, Rev. Sarah Schurr, will do an analysis of this ancient nativity story that, believe it or not, sheds some important light on how we are called to speak out in our new post election reality
At this winter time of the New Year, there is nothing so warm and cozy as a service where we sing hymns together, particularly those that bring us joy and hope for the days ahead. We will have some hymns picked out ourselves for sure, but you might also come with some favorites and requests.