Sermon Archive

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE—THE SIMPLEST OF GIFTS

CHRISTMA S PRESENCE—THE SIMPLEST OF GIFTS
No regular service today, but Wy’east will not be “closed for the holiday.” We’ll have the building open and ready to
receive those who want to be someplace bigger than home but smaller than the world out there on Christmas morning.
Bring some food, some stories, or just bring yourself. You can even wear your pajamas as we open our presence together.

Date: 
Sunday, December 25, 2016

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

Our children will once again be presenting the Winter Pageant, which features them in adorable costumes acting out the solstice stories of eight different religious traditions. This Wy’east creation celebrates how we all find meaning in the darkness of winter, no matter which stories are told and which holidays we observe

Social Hour: Join us for refreshments after the service.

Date: 
Sunday, December 18, 2016

HOME FOR EVERYONE

Marc Jolin has been a legal services attorney; the director of JOIN, a local street outreach organization; and is now the Director of A Home for Everyone and the newly created City County Joint Office of Homeless Services. He’ll speak on why so many people are un-housed in the Portland area; what is being done by local government, non-profits, and faith
communities to address the crisis; and ways that we can help at both the direct service and policy levels.

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Date: 
Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Grinch Returns

A meditation on the classic tale by Dr. Seuss. “The Grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season!” Why is such a happy time so difficult for the Grinch? Let’s squeeze into a heart that is two sizes too small and hear what makes it tick. Then let’s watch and see how it grows! Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, December 4, 2016

BREAKING BREAD

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.

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Date: 
Sunday, November 27, 2016

THE SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK

In this Thanksgiving sermon, a young man wearing a worn, thin shirt meets a group of worn, thin men on a beach during a food shortage—and learns a few things about gratitude. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Date: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016

LIVING AND LEADING MINDFULLY

Fariborz Pakseresht, the Director of the Oregon Youth Authority, will speak on five leadership elements he uses in his work: the power of impression, understanding the difference between power and force, the illusion of control, the power of love, and the necessity of purpose. He’ll be available during the social hour after the service to discuss these further if you so choose.
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Date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Butterflies and Radios

We pledge in our fourth UU principle to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. A “free” search sounds inviting, but what about that “responsible” part? Let’s search for it together in the sands by the Bay of Bengal. Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro. (This sermon is the second part of a series that concludes on Nov. 20.)

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Date: 
Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Border Crossed Over Me

Alberto Moreno, the Executive Director of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition and the Chair of the Commission on Hispanic Affairs for the State of Oregon, will speak on his experience of being a person of Mexican-American heritage here. Alberto is also a poet and photographer, so this talk will not be textbook or dry.

Social Hour: Join us for refreshments after the service.

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Date: 
Sunday, October 30, 2016

How Do We Live in Community in a Constantly Changing Global Landscape?

“As we move in an ever expanding world wide communications system, we’re losing our capacity to connect with one another person to person and the intimacy that comes from relying on community for our needs. Connection and community lead us to more happiness and joy in our lives. Why don’t we just design a world where that is how it is?” Service by Sally Custer, communications consultant.

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Date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016

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