Poet, teacher, and farmer Wendell Berry writes that, “If change is to come...it will have to come from the margins.” Let’s explore the power and possibility that can emerge from marginal persons, places, and situations—and ponder how the edge might fold itself right into the center.
Maia Williams, a Program Officer at Mercy Corps will share with us her thoughts on the importance of inclusive and resilient communities – at home and abroad, and will highlight our shared role and power to develop and support community-building at the local and global levels.
Maia is a Program Officer for Strategy and Learning at Mercy Corps – a Portland-based humanitarian and development organization whose mission is to support the creation of secure, productive and just communities across the world. Her work focuses on developing strategy at the country, regional and agency levels in order to support a global team of humanitarians working alongside communities in more than 40 countries. In addition to a deep passion for strategic response and leadership, Maia is most passionate about economic development, gender and racial equity, and inclusion work.
Thai Buddhist teacher Buddhadasa Bhikku asks us:
“If you were to get everything that you could possibly desire, to the point that you owned the whole world, would your hunger cease? Or would you hunger for a second universe? Would you want a third?”
Join Rev. Moro this morning as we contemplate the human phenomenon of craving, and how we might manage it more skillfully as we enter a brand new year.
As the year winds down, four Mt. Hood Cluster UU congregations (Eastrose in Gresham, Mid-Columbia in Hood River, Community UU in Pasco and Wy’east in Portland) gather in a collaborative service to reflect upon the gifts of darkness and turn our gaze towards the coming light in the year ahead. Join us.
Please note that the Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship in Hood River will be hosting this service, so the Zoom link is different from the one we use for Wy’east-hosted worship. That link will be available here when it is published.
Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30
Here is the special link to join this service: https://zoom.us/j/767376780
On Christmas Eve, we will “gather for renewal and fellowship” as called for by our mission. We’ll do so virtually again, alongside our covenant to be cared for and to care for others. We will share stories, light candles, and close with the traditional Silent Night. In community together, though separated by screens, we will grieve what we are missing and lift up our hopes shining through the darkness. You're invited to bring a candle to light from your home worship space. This gathering will be facilitated by Wy’east members and friends.
Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30
Meeting ID: 275 194 110
Phone In: (669) 900-6833
Now there’s the sort of sermon title you’d expect to see on a church’s highway sign! But the power of belief works in many ways, not all of them positive or life-giving. Our Universalist ancestors had many observations on this complex power that we would be wise to remember.
In the spirit of innovation demanded by COVID-19, we have reimagined our annual Celebration of Light service. In more usual times, our children would regale us with adorable costumes and antics in their annual Winter Pageant, acting out the solstice stories of eight different religious traditions. This year, show writer & producer Anders Liljehom, will tell the story of the creation of this production celebrating how we all find meaning in the darkness of winter, no matter which stories are told and which holidays we observe.
If you ask a UU what they believe you will get many answers. If you ask us why we believe what we do you will get one answer. Yet that one answer leads us in many fruitful directions as we explore our sources. Please come join us - it'll be great to see YOU and it'll be meaningful to have this opportunity to reflect upon the deeper meanings and purposes of our lives.
Sermon by Rev. Rick Davis from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem and is part of a pulpit exchange. Our minister, Rev. Craig Moro will be delivering the sermon in Salem today.
Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for us to take a step back and look at our world and personal experience through a lens of gratitude. This Sunday, we come together with two of our sister congregations, the Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Hood River and the Community UU Church in Pasco, WA in a shared collaborative worship focused on gratitude. Come and sit at the welcome table with us! Service led by members of all three UU congregations.
This Sunday before Thanksgiving, I’ll share some early memories of life in an impoverished Deep South community. It was hard enough for people to feed themselves. So what did they do about their pets when things got extra tight? Come hear the story of a big, friendly dog named Champ!
By Rev. Moro