According to the Hebrew Bible, Adam and Eve discovered sex and work. Abel combined the two, creating animal husbandry. Cain did the same with plants, inventing agriculture. Enoch built on both to invent cities. And Lamech invented vengeance—plus a strange form of math based on sevens and elevens that has been expanded on by countless others. But must we live our lives according to Lamech's numbers? This morning, let's consider the practice and the power of forgiveness—in a world where it's so sorely needed.
By Rev. Moro
Dr. Sa'ed Atshan is an anthropologist, Christian, Quaker, gay activist, and professor at Emory University. He grew up in Palestine and will share parts of his personal life journey and approach to overcoming challenges and embracing spiritual grounding.
Sa'ed Atshan, Ph.D.
Peace and Conflict Studies
Swarthmore College (on leave, 2021-2022)
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An early Bible census shows the population of the world to be just four: Adam, Eve, and their sons Cain and Abel. After Cain kills Abel there should only be three people left, but then we're suddenly told that Cain has a wife. She seems to have appeared out of nowhere! Who was she? Where did she come from? And why should it matter to us? This is the first of a two-part series on forgiveness as we prepare to honor the Jewish High Holidays and the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001.
By Rev. Moro
“My UU Tribe”
Rev. Judy Zimmerman, with Adam Pope, celebrant.
Unitarian Universalists who were not raised as UU often proclaim that they have found their tribe when they formally join a UU congregation. The notion of communion suggests enduring friendship, closeness, and a ‘union with’. How is this expressed in a denomination with a gene for individualism and self-reliance ? This morning we’ll conclude explorations on our monthly theme of Communion as several sibling UU congregations join us for our final shared worship service of the summer.
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Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest living religious traditions. Rebecca DesPrez will join us this morning to introduce Zoroaster (Zarathushtra) and give a brief history of Zoroastrianism. She will also share her thoughts on the relationship between humanism and Zoroaster's thoughts as it is prescribed in the Gathas, Zoroaster's sacred hymns.
Rebecca DesPrez is a Zoroastrian from Iran. She has a degree in Political Science from SJSU in San Jose, CA. She is the founder of Oregon Zoroastrian Organization (OZO) and has served on the Board of Trustees of Persian Zoroastrian Organization in San Jose, CA and she is the owner of Zoroastrian Kids Korner, an educational site for Zoroastrian kids. Rebecca has published a book entitled "My Little Book of Zoroastrian Prayers." She currently sits on the board of Oregon Interfaith Hub based in Eugene, OR. She lives with her husband in the Eugene area.
The Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River) will be joining us for this service.
Britt Urban from PDX Street Response
Portland Street Response (PSR), modeled after the CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets) program in Eugene, is a new program helping to reimagine our first responder system. Traditionally our system has sent police or the fire department to 911 calls related to mental health, substance use or other behavioral crises. PSR is in its pilot year and is aiming to be an alternative responder in these types of situations. Britt Urban, the mental health clinician with PSR, will be here to talk about PSR’s current services, the need for this type of crisis response, and the future of the program.
The Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be joining us for this service.
Kristin Urquiza of Marked by COVID
After losing her healthy 65-year old father to COVID, Kristin Urquiza, co-founded the grassroots group Marked By COVID which has since turned into a force in the fight to battle COVID. Powered by people who have personally been impacted by COVID, Marked By COVID is working to slow the spread, promote truth and science, and build the case for COVID justice. Kristin's work is fueled by the power of love for her father and fellow mankind and is a believer in the infinite power of turning pain into purpose. More can be read on her work at www.MarkedByCOVID.com
PS: Marked By COVID is a national, grassroots-powered nonprofit that promotes accountability, recognition, justice, and a pandemic-free future by elevating truth and science. Sign up now for updates and opportunities to take action.
"Sankofa: Looking Back/Looking Forward! (A Journey of power and love!)"
Reggie Harris, songwriter, storyteller, lecturer
Using the music and lessons of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Reggie Harris will address our current landscape of challenge and social change with songs and stories from the Living Legacy Project. The Living Legacy Project (LLP) recognizes the importance of not only capturing the Civil Rights Movement story, and our Unitarian Universalist role in it, but of understanding what this story teaches us about the continued work that still needs to be done. Reggie Harris is current Co-President and Music Education Director for the LLP.
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Reggie Harris has been a vital part of international folk and acoustic music circles for over 40 years. He is a songwriter, a storyteller, songleader, educator and a Kennedy Center teaching artist who travels the world presenting over 300 performances a year spreading hope and light through song to audiences of all ages.
A Co- President and the Music Education Director for the Living Legacy Project, Reggie helps to lead pilgrimages to sites of the Modern Civil Rights movement in the southern US. Reggie’s groundbreaking solo CDs “Ready To Go”(2018) and On Solid Ground 2021) along with his musical collaboration “Deeper Than the Skin (2020) with friend and fellow artist Greg Greenway has led to a growing movement of “courageous conversations” on race, faith and history across the nation. He is as an artist who entertains, educates and builds community throughout the world. http://www.reggieharrismusic.com
The roots, philosophy, and values of the Indigenous Model of Restorative Practices within the family, community, and organizations. This Sunday we’ll hear from Stephanie Autumn, who has been doing this work for 30 years, and is the Director of the Tribal Youth Resource Center of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. Learn more about Stephanie and the Institute at www.home.tlpi.org/staff.
This summer, Wy'east is sharing resources with other small area congregations. This Sunday, join us as we travel virtually to the Eastrose Congregation in Gresham. Note the special zoom link for this service.
In his talk, It Takes a Community, Gresham City Council President Eddy Morales will speak about the issues impacting Gresham communities and how individual citizens and groups can get involved to bring about needed improvements.
Eddy Morales is a community and elected leader whose lived experience gives him great empathy for the struggles of underrepresented people. That’s not enough to make a great elected official, though. It’s his track record as an effective business owner, community organizer, and elected official that proves his ability to make change. Eddy’s inclusive approach brings diverse voices to the table and achieves the results people truly want. Learn more about him at www.eddymorales.com.
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