Sermon Archive

The Saving Grace of Poetry

A poem may be as brief as haiku, as silly as nursery rhymes, as majestic as Homer’s Odyssey, as comforting as the 23d Psalm. There is magic and power that flows from the simple act of stringing words together in particular ways, affecting our minds and emotions. For the healing of our hearts and the saving of our world, we might well invoke the power of poetry to comfort our souls and inspire our best efforts.  Service led by Reverend Sue Ayer, Community Minister Emerita.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Who is Ellen?

Once a month, for about the last 10 years, Ellen Godula has graced our worship with her beautiful music.  This week she will share with us a little about her story and life-long relationship with music, as well as playing some of her own compositions for us.  Join us to unravel at least a little of the mystery surrounding this gifted musician.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

What Happened at GA?

The Power of We 2019 UUA General Assembly -- What Was it all About?

The UUA General Assembly -- “The Power of We” -- happened in June in Spokane, WA and Wy'east sent four members -- Alana H., Jocelyn F., Lana A., and Mathias Q. -- to the proceedings.  Join us this Sunday as they share their experience and more about the outcomes from this annual gathering of UU's from all over.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Applying the Lessons of Revolutionary Love

What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In her inspiring, poetic TED talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the choice to love can be a force for justice. Whether you have been moved to tears by this talk many times and shared it with everyone you know, or will be experiencing it for the first time, come to engage with the Wy'east UU community around how we can apply these lessons in our lives and our faith. 


Sunday, August 4, 2019

How to live a BIG Compassionate Life when Trauma is our Teacher

Pema Chodron, Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, states in her book When Things Fall Apart that the way to enlightenment is down not up. Yet, Brene Brown, Social Worker, researcher and author states:  of all the things trauma takes away from us, the worst is our willingness, or even our ability, to be vulnerable. Jesse Remer, doula, empath and trauma informed care trainer will share some of the ingredients to living in compassion when trauma comes knocking at our door.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Creating a Green New Deal

In the Green New Deal, the climate movement has a vision of the world we want to build, not just the world we’re against. This vision for planet and people asks us to create the basis for the well-being of living things born today.  Service led by Melanie Plaut the team lead for the Fossil Fuel Resistance Team and a member of the Green New Deal Team.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Everyday Transcendence

“Transcendence” may evoke the image of other-worldliness and deep religiosity – moving closer in relationship to the divine – but it is accessible to any of us, at virtually any time. This morning we explore how the human desire to escape the day-to-day, sometimes mundane, nature of our lives can be reconciled with the freedom to ascend beyond ourselves. Service led by retired UU Minister Rev, Millie Rochester

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Wy’east Annual Interdependence Day Picnic

On the first Sunday of July, Wy’east holds an annual Interdependence Day Potluck/Picnic.  Rather than meeting at the Hollywood Senior Center, join us for games, singing, food and fellowship at the Picnic Area at Creston Park (SE 43rd & Rhone -- just south of Powell Blvd).  Festivities will begin at our usual 10:30 gathering time with games and songs with a potluck picnic lunch to follow at 11:30.

Bring a potluck dish to share plus your own plates and utensils.  Coffee and Lemonade will be provided. Guests are welcome.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Roads Taken: Honoring the Faith Journeys of Others & Self

Our Unitarian Universalist principles support the seeking of religious truth based on personal experiences, and on respecting others’ searches, wherever they may take them. But do we really live up to our principles? Or do we tend to characterize certain fundamentalist or orthodox searches as misguided and naïve? And can we truly embrace religious tolerance without sacrificing a commitment to justice in the world? We’ll look at these questions with the aim of finding a bridge between personal faith and social interdependence.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

In the Shadow of Each Other, We Live

Tired of being directed by others’ perceptions of the “homeless” in our community, Mark Danley, mediator and Certified Introvert, spent over a year meeting and befriending our houseless neighbors. Join with Mark to share perspectives — not to judge or to solve the houseless crisis— but to build community through dialogue and understanding. (Disclaimer: Mark Danley’s primary qualifications are his curiosity and his disdain for fake news.)


Special Collection Sunday:  Potluck in the Park

Sunday, June 23, 2019