Examining Inequality Social Justice Focus Speaker Series:
Desiree Eden Ocampo is the Executive Director of Rahab's Sisters, a non-profit founded in 2003 that builds community through radical hospitality with women and gender diverse people marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use. She loves sharing communal meals with friends and strangers alike, whether inviting the young people of the neighborhood over for breakfast or having lunch with guests at the local community center. Her passion for using her talent and skills to make the world a better place, has led her to work with various nonprofits such as Fulfillment Fund, Rising TIDE and Team in Training. For over twenty years, Desiree Eden has helped organizations like South Coast Botanic Garden align their work with their mission, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County surpass fundraising goals, move through critical transitions, and strengthen their capacities. Most recently, she served as Deputy Director at Portland Children’s Museum.
She has a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BS in Business Administration from University of Southern California. When she is not spending time with her husband and three children or catching up on the latest sci-fi show, she is either cooking, singing, reading, or writing about the intersection of faithful living and injustices. She hopes to continue to dance through life as though no one is watching and is excited for Rahab’s Sisters becoming the catalyst for radical hospitality throughout the city.
Do Unitarian Universalists pray? If so, how and where and when do they do it? Our program today starts with a famous children’s story—The Little Engine That Could. Then we’ll contemplate the power of aspirational thinking as this year’s stewardship train arrives back at the station, laden with the resources that you have so generously shared!
MULTI-PLATFORM WORSHIP SUNDAY AT 10:30: This service will be offered as both a virtual and an in-person service.
Meeting ID: 275 194 110
Phone In: (669) 900-6833
Click here to RSVP for the in-person service at the Community for Positive Aging (1820 NE 40th Ave). You must RSVP to attend in person
Dr. John Scott will speak about his narrative research dissertation that explored our human relationship with water from an indigenous and people of color framework/lens. He will also facilitate a dialogue that invites participants to think about their own relational ecology, and their past and current relationship with the natural world, including water. Part of this collective ‘thinking’ will involve creativity and physical movement. Some of the questions that will be explored include but are not limited to; What is your current relationship with water and the natural world? What are your concerns about water? And where would you like your relationship to be in the future? Please come ready to participate with curiosity and courage.
John Scott, PhD, is an adjunct faculty member in the Transformative Studies doctoral program. He is an academic, writer, researcher, and change maker who has been providing anti-racism, equity, and inclusion leadership and support to organizations and individuals for over 20 years. John’s academic inquiry includes but is not limited to: indigenous wisdom related to our human relationship with water and environment, narrative research, theater of the oppressed (Boal), racial equity, and cultural humility. Dr. Scott is currently the DEI Director with Washington State Parks, and before that, served for one year as the Senior VP of Equity and Inclusion with WA State Charters Schools Association. He served three years as the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Washington State with Seneca Family of Agencies.. John holds a PhD in Transformative Studies that was focused on Relational Ecology and Indigenous Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. John is passionate about water, long distance swimming, transformative healing, equity, and peach cobbler.
If the words Horror Story appear in a sermon title, a “trigger warning” hardly seems necessary, but here it is: This morning you will hear brief references to institutional violence and abuse bordering on torture. But you will also hear about how people enduring such treatment can use humorous resistance to help each other, and how loving acceptance can make all the difference in the world.
Welcome back! This will be offered as a virtual and in-person service!
Sunday at 10:30am online and at the Community for Positive Aging (1820 NE 40th Ave)
RSVP's are required to attend the in-person service.
Examining Economic Inequality is our Social Justice Focus for this church year and Alejandro Queral, Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) will join us as our third outside speaker on this topic and will share with us about the work of the OCPP.
The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) is a nonprofit, independent think tank based in Portland, Oregon. For over 20 years, OCPP has been a leader in fighting to ensure all Oregonians have an opportunity to thrive. This requires significant investments in public structures such as education, health, and housing, paid for with an adequate, fair, and progressive tax system, which asks for more from those who have the most. We achieve these policy outcomes by developing research and analysis, building coalitions, and encouraging policymakers to make decisions that are in the best interest of their constituents.
Alejandro leads the Center, providing strategic direction and ensuring the Center’s sustainability and adherence to its mission. He brings more than 20 years of policy advocacy and nonprofit leadership experience in public health, human rights and environmental policy, as well as a seven-year stint in the philanthropic sector. Alejandro holds advanced degrees in ecology and law.
Our monthly special collection will happen on this Sunday for the Oregon Center for Public Policy.
Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30
You won’t win a trip to that beautiful Caribbean island today but you will get to enjoy a honeymoon adventure on nearby Trinidad. I hope you’ll also find some inspiration for this year’s season of stewardship!
Building the Rainbow of Steel: The Secret History of Black History—A Multiracial Unitarian Universalist Perspective – Rev. Dr. Finley Campbell
The Rev. Dr. Finley Campbell will share his vision of multiracial Unitarian Universalism as way to make sure that the divisive issue of race doesn’t blind us to the other important yet related issues facing us in the 2022 election: the dangers of violent civil insurgency, the threatening, non-violent movement shifting the US American political economy from the bourgeois democratic republic to the bourgeois oligarchic republic; the emergence of Cold War II with its menace of World War III. We can draw important lessons from our UU legacy where we have dealt with racism, old and new. The main lesson for committed Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century is to look at the multiracial nature of black history as an historical theist inspiration which will empower us to deal courageously with the coming rage of storm.
The Rev. Dr. Finley Campbell is an ordained Baptist minister and a long-time Unitarian Universalist. He is the program coordinator of the Chicago Nucleus of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship; co-chairs the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (Chicago), and is a founder and now Vice-chair, the Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Unity Action Council.
His educational background focused on socio-political literature as the Fifth Gospel and includes a BA from Morehouse College (1956), and MA from Atlanta University (1958) and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1969). He has worked as an Assistant Professor of Humanities at many institutions from 1960-2009 including but not limited to Morehouse College, Wabash College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and DeVry University-Chicago.
In addition, he has led an active political life serving as acting minister of education for the Indiana Chapter of the Black Panther Party and founder of its Rainbow Coalition partner, the Indiana Peace and Freedom Party (1969-1972); the InterNational Committee Against Racism (1973-1993); and the Chicago Democratic Party, 2001 to the present.
Really? No, of course not! I’ll be dressed as usual in my sport coat and T-shirt with a button on the lapel. But there are huge industries devoted to exposing our personal details to public view, right there in the grocery store checkout line. Let’s hear Bette Midler, Leonard Pitts, and the Prophet Muhammad weigh in on this common—but toxic— phenomenon.
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Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30
Meeting ID: 275 194 110
Phone In: (669) 900-6833
Wy'east Member and writer Lynette Yetter will share excerpts from her 2010 novel Lucy Plays Panpipes for Peace, a fictionalized version of how her spiritual quest to find the ideal society of which the panpipes sing led her to play panpipes in Peru and Bolivia with indigenous people in ceremonies and rituals, chew the sacred coca leaf, and encounter U.S.-supported human rights abuses that led to a life or death decision.
Link to Multnomah County Library: https://multcolib.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S152C1059378
Lynette Yetter is a permanent resident of Bolivia, and a lesbian panpipe-playing practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism. She found her soulmate in Portland while doing a book tour for Lucy Plays Panpipes for Peace. In Portland, Lynette became a certified Spiritual Director (Urban Spirituality Center). She also recently completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree at Reed College. Her life-after-Reed contains a new journey taking comedy classes; she currently zooms with Second City. Creative projects Lynette intends to complete in 2022 include: a DIY movie based on her book Lucy Plays Panpipes for Peace, and a bilingual book of her translations of (mostly) previously-untranslated selected poetry and prose by Bolivia's most celebrated writer, educator and social critic, Adela Zamudio (1854-1928), (forthcoming from Fuente Fountain Books). Lynette savors spiritual community and is thrilled to be a member of Wy'east UU. You can learn more about Lynette's music, movies, books and art to touch your soul and make you think at www.LynetteYetter.com.
Back in 629 A.D., the Prophet Muhammad had a chance to avenge the brutal killing of one of his uncles—a killing that had been arranged by another of his relatives, a woman named Hind. How did he choose to respond? Come this morning to hear a strange and compelling story of forgiveness.