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Wells We Did Not Dig - Rev. Rick Davis

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If you ask a UU what they believe you will get many answers. If you ask us why we believe what we do you will get one answer. Yet that one answer leads us in many fruitful directions as we explore our sources. Please come join us - it'll be great to see YOU and it'll be meaningful to have this opportunity to reflect upon the deeper meanings and purposes of our lives.

Sermon by Rev. Rick Davis from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem and is part of a pulpit exchange.  Our minister, Rev. Craig Moro will be delivering the sermon in Salem today.

 

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Sit at the Welcome Table: A Shared Gratitude Service

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Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for us to take a step back and look at our world and personal experience through a lens of gratitude.  This Sunday, we come together with two of our sister congregations, the Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Hood River and the Community UU Church in Pasco, WA in a shared collaborative worship focused on gratitude.  Come and sit at the welcome table with us!  Service led by members of all three UU congregations.

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Champ!

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This Sunday before Thanksgiving, I’ll share some early memories of life in an impoverished Deep South community.  It was hard enough for people to feed themselves.  So what did they do about their pets when things got extra tight? Come hear the story of a big, friendly dog named Champ!

By Rev. Moro

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The Mechanics Driving Economic Inequality

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Last spring, when the Social Justice Committee was working to identify a focus for the 2021-22 Church Year, Wy’east Member Robin Henderson advocated strongly for the idea of looking at economic inequality.  This Sunday, Robin will share his passion for why it is important for everyone to understand and embrace economics to bolster all of us against the sway of political coercion and scare tactics.


Economic Inequality as an issue has become prominent everywhere (not just at our church), both in politics, national and local, and numerous religious and nonprofit organizations.  In essence, our country has become more “WOKE!” to this issue.  However,  increasing public understanding of how an economic system actually works is important to make voters less susceptible to conservative politicians’ use of poisoned words and manipulative phrases when battling for policies necessary to reverse inequality.  Robin hopes to both enlighten and interest listeners to an otherwise seemingly stuffy and tedious subject.  With the broader voting public, this is especially important to resist intense right wing political manipulation.

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You’re Not What You Once Were

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November already! It’s late in the year now as daylight grows less and darkness grows more.  Fall is a good time to think about similar changes in our own lives.  Are we “less” now than we were in our younger days, or “more”? Neither? Or both?  Let’s spend some time with king Solomon in both his youth and his old age as we ponder these questions.

By Rev. Moro

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Wisdom of the Ancestors

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Learning about our ancestors and embracing their cultures enriches our lives. This Sunday, please join us for a story-filled service as five of our members and friends share the wisdom of their ancestors.

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Social Justice Focus Speaker

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Kaia Sand, the Executive Director of Street Roots, will be our second speaker on our social justice focus for this church year of Economic Inequality and Justice.

 

 

 

It's Too Early for Halloween!

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Yes, there are still two weeks to go, but it's not too early to contemplate the meanings we find hidden in what is many people's favorite holiday. Let’s see how it's costumes and customs invite us to embrace diversity, decay—and even death—as we take a walk in the dark together! Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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Water Communion & Ingathering

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We normally hold this annual traditional service on the 2nd Sunday in September.  We delayed it to October this year in the hopes that we might be able to offer an in person component in our traditional meeting space. We may have to remain flexible on those possibilities, but we can joyfully celebrate gathering again for fall and finding the sacred in this beloved traditional ritual. Service led by Wy'east Members and Friends.

 

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Reading Signs

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There is almost nothing in the world that people have not tried to read for hidden meanings, “signs” and “omens. ”  Alomancy uses salt—interpreting patterns that form when it is dropped or thrown. Tasseomancy involves reading the patterns left by the dregs of tea in the bottom of a cup. Do chance arrangements of objects really speak to us about our lives. What is it that they say? We’ll take a peek into China’s I Ching while exploring this question today.  Sermon by Rev. Craig Moro.

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