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How Light Comes In

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Our story today is set in the city of Teotihuacán.  It was established around 100 years before the Common Era and by the year 250 of our calendar it was one of the largest cities in the world—roughly 125,000 people.  Eleven hundred years later, the Aztecs, who had built their own metropolis further south, knew it as an already ancient ruin. They wondered who had made it.  This morning let’s hear more about the Pre-Columbian cities of Central, South, and—yes—North America.

By Rev. Moro

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Songs for the Earth: A Virtual Field Trip for Earth Day

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Service led by the Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasco, WA

In the spirit of sustainability and sharing resources, Wy’east will travel virtually to Pasco, Washington for this service and join an Earth Day Celebration and worship planned by the Community Unitarian Universalist Church. This service will share songs of interconnections with Nature and love of Earth led by musicians Mike & Shannon and will include spoken reflections from Mike Truex and Shannon Hays-Truex

Service is at our usual time of 10:30 and will include a post-service social hour to meet the members of the Pasco congregation.  

In addition, there will be a post service presentation by Jon Biemer about his forthcoming book:  Our Environmental Handprints:  Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future

Please note the special Zoom link for this service.

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https://zoom.us/j/96285644812?pwd=OVplZjBVZnBZWjZFT0VESUNMQ1ozZz09

Meeting ID: 962 8564 4812

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How to Wipe A Thousand Noses

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Tenali Ramakrishna was the court poet of the 16th century Vijayanagar empire in South India. He was also known for his comic wit. This morning I’ll share some of his earthiest stories, along with a tale about how a joke may have saved my life!

By Rev. Moro

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Wy'east Ministry: What's Next?

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Our minister is retiring at the end of the next church year (June of 2022) and that gives our "little church" the amazing opportunity to look hard and deep at the future of ministry at Wy'east.  Linda Macpherson and Daniale Lynch, your current Worship Committee Chair and Board Moderator, aim to get the conversation started about what comes next with their initial thoughts about the opportunities this year-long transition brings.

Service led by Linda Macpherson & Daniale Lynch

 

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Below the Valley

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A haunting folk song tells an Easter story with a Universalist message of resistance to power and the power of resistance. Matt Lynch will perform the song and I’ll try to unpack some of its meaning.

By Rev. Moro

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Decolonization: Until All Of Us Are Free, None Of Us Are Free

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Decolonization has become quite an academic and social buzzword in the last few years, even within religious settings. Originally applied to the work stressed by Indigenous people to come out from under the hundreds of years of subjugation and cultural genocide, this term is now being applied to mainstream society and American culture. Join me as we explore the nuances and applications of this self-reflective method for freeing ourselves from the yolks that oppress us all. Decolonization has the potential to truly help save our world. 

Rev. Gary McAlpin was raised mostly with his maternal grandparents in rural Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, with his grandmother being a strict Baptist and his grandfather a traditional ceremonial Cherokee.   Gary has an undergraduate degree in Cross-Cultural Services, an MDiv with emphasis on Native American Pastoral Care and a Masters in Clinical-Counseling Psychology with concentration in Indigenous Psychology and Inter-Generational Trauma. Gary found the UUA around 13 years ago after serving in different denominations as church planter and a minister, both adult and youth. Rev. McAlpin has also served as a therapist for over 12 years in mental health settings, mostly with adolescents and families. 

Currently, Rev. McAlpin is a UUA Community Minister serving the people of Cherokee County, the heart of Cherokee Nation with outreach, aid and support for the community and families affected by pediatric cancer and environmental climate justice. His organization is called Sweetwater Foundation, a 501.c.3.

 

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Nice Little Church

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How big is our religious community? Physical dimensions and numbers of members can be deceptive.  When we come together on Sundays—virtually or in person—we gather on something like the tip of an iceberg.  There’s so much more beneath the surface!  Let’s explore such thoughts together as we move forward with our annual stewardship campaign.

By Rev. Craig Moro and the Stewardship Team

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Recognizing & Creating Rhythms for Wellness

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Today marks the first day of Daylight Savings Time, a stark reminder to all of us how tied we are to the rhythms of our world.  We have heard of circadian rhythms and the influence they have over our sleep.  Dr. Han Liang brings his work and experience in mental health to highlight the science and the importance of attention to rhythm for our overall well being.

Dr. Han Liang is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist serving families here in Portland.

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Renouncing the Fruit

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India’s Mahabharata is the longest epic poem in the world, more than ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined.  It’s a cluster of many stories framed in the overarching narrative of a great civil war between two branches of the same clan; a war that goes on for years but achieves very little; a war that is set in motion by a game of dice.  What a crazy reason to fight!  You would hope that “religion” would provide a way out of such conflict.  What good does it do if it only pulls us further in?

This is the first of a four-part series of sermons inspired by sources from the Hindu and Indian Buddhist traditions (one each in March and April and two in June).

By Rev. Craig Moro

 

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Police Accountability & Community Safety

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Speaker: Derek Bradley, Policy Director for Commissioner Hardesty

We'll learn about recent efforts to promote police accountability in the City of Portland, and explore the question, "What does community safety mean to us?" We'll also hear Derek's story of coming into this work and what it means to him.

Derek moved to Portland in 2002 to attend Reed College.  After that he worked in state politics including working for State Representative Greg Matthews in the Oregon Legislature. He eventually went to law school at Lewis and Clark and has worked for Commissioner Hardesty since January 2019.

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