Sermon Archive

The Possible Dance

Hot weather, cold weather, economic crises, and unfamiliar viruses can sometimes drive
us indoors and into very close quarters with each other for an uncertain amount of time.
Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit depicts Hell as a studio apartment where people must live
together forever. Long before forever is over, one of them shouts out that “Hell is other
people!” There must be an alternative ending! Let’s explore some alternatives today.

By Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

A Vibrant Community

Fostering a vibrant community requires opening the circle and welcoming everyone to dream of a better world in health, beauty and fairness. This can become our reality when we listen and learn, then share the values of community. Service by Leslie Pohl-Kosbau, a horticulturalist, printmaker, longtime community garden leader, and member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland. Leslie is active with Friends of Portland Community Gardens, which was founded in 1985 and works to support and expand community gardening opportunities for all Portland-area residents to grow healthy food and build community.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Democracy is our Common Cause

50 years ago, Americans joined forces to take back democracy, opening up government meetings and records to the public, limiting money in politics, lowering the voting age to 18, and protecting access to the ballot. Democracy is again under threat and on the ballot. How will we respond now?

By Kate Titus, Oregon Executive Director of Common Cause.

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10:30 am
Sunday, March 22nd

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sister Act

Once there were two travelers who came away richer from every place they visited. Their movement—the journey itself—was sacred for them, yes. But a time came for them to settle in and invest themselves in a sacred space to share with future generations. Our annual stewardship season is a time for us all to do the same!

By Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, March 15th

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

International Women's Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
In this unique service, Wy'east members and friends will share the stories of a variety women from a personal point of view.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sea of Reeds

Many of us remember Charlton Heston playing the prophet Moses as he led his people across the Red Sea, pursued by Pharaoh’s chariots.  Some of us take this story literally. But there’s another option: a literary, literate reading that touches on the special power of the written word and prepares us to celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2!

By Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

A Tale of Two Women

In view of International Women’s Day in March, we’ll hear the stories of two women, Rosie, a mythic American icon and Betty, a still-living legend. Will their courage, strength and sheer grit inspire us all to overcome the serious challenges our world faces now? Can we change our ways — of living, relating, and governing — before it’s too late?  Service led by Rev. Sue Ayer, a member of the Wy’east choir.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Constructive Treason

Theodore Parker was a Unitarian minister and one of this country’s best-known public speakers in the middle years of the 19th century.  He was a theologian of freedom and an activist in the cause of abolishing slavery, though a number of colleagues turned against him for his powerfully rational approach to Bible teachings.  What would he have to say about current trends in our national life, when racist assertions swirl together with a storm of attacks on reason and logical thought? Service led by Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

I Don’t Think It Was The Groundhog!

Happy Groundhog Day, when we celebrate an emergence from darkness into light. Join me on the number two day of the number two month of this new year for a sermon on something we rarely discuss in a religious service. (Hint: it has to do with the number two!)  Service led by Rev. Craig Moro

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Sunday, February 2, 2020