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Rep. Tawna Sanchez

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Representative Tawna Sanchez joins us as part of our Social Justice Focus for this church year on Indigenous Peoples.  She is currently serving in the Oregon Legislature (representing District 43 which covers North and Northeast Portland) and has spent her life working to strengthen our community. Born of Shoshone-Bannock, Ute, and Carrizo descent, Tawna grew up in Portland, and for many years has been a leader fighting for the rights of women, indigenous people, and the most vulnerable.  

 

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

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What Time Is It?

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What we call 2021 is also the Hebrew year 5780, the Chinese year 4656, and the Thai year 2563. But what time is it in the cycle of your life? Can you name the season—spring, summer, fall or winter?  Can you even name the month? Is it helpful to think about such things? Let’s ponder them together today.

By Rev. Moro

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

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Soul Circle: Toward a New Year

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The year is almost over, and we wanted to take a moment to reflect, asking our congregation, “What would you like for yourself in the new year?” For our fourth participatory "Soul Circle" service, based on the small group ministry concept of Chalice Circles, we will all have the opportunity to reflect and share deeply.

How would you like to move through the world in 2021? Do you have resolutions, plans, hopes? What would you like to take with you? What would you like to leave behind?

We will begin with an introduction to the topic and some quick guidelines. We'll then break into circles of 4 or 5 people, each with a volunteer facilitator to track the time. After about 20 minutes, we'll all come back together for Joys and Sorrows to conclude the service.

This service will be led and facilitated by Wy'east members & friends.

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

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Christmas Eve Gathering at 5pm

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On Christmas Eve, we will “gather for renewal and fellowship” as called for by our mission. We’ll do so virtually, as called for by current pandemic restrictions, 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, led by members of the choir. 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.

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

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Gifts and Offerings

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Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti reminds us that after all the storefront Santas and sappiness, the doctrinaire posturing and nonstop advertising, the real thing is still there, waiting to get through to us: Christmas.  When it does, it can almost seem like a miracle!

By Rev. Moro

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Celebration of Light

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In the spirit of innovation demanded by 2020, 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.  A few members will share their stories of celebrating holidays.

Service coordinated and led by Anders Liljeholm.

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In Praise of Eggs and Oysters

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There are important reasons why eggs and oysters have shells, why brains have skulls, and so on.  We could also say there are reasons why shells “have” eggs or oysters, why skulls “have” brains, why nails have fingers and teeth have tongues and lips!  The Dr. Seuss classic Scrambled Eggs Super sets up this morning’s meditation on hard and soft, and why we need both to support our lives.

By Rev. Moro

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Wy'east Trans Day of Remembrance: Loving better

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November 20th marks the 21st annual Trans Day of Remembrance. Over 30 trans people were killed this year, and countless more continue to be endangered by white supremacy, sexism, and the criminal justice system. As humans, and especially as UUs, we must ask how we can love better, and show up for the living in ways we haven't before.

In this service, we'll be hearing from a few people in Portland's trans community whose voices I respect so darn much. They'll be sharing what it means to celebrate and fight for trans folks; what community care looks like to them; and what's been nourishing, joyful, or exhausting. I'll be sharing some local organizations we can support and, if there's time, what I've learned this year about loving better too.

Led by Wy'East Member Jack Kostylo

 

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

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Get Set... Bake!

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When is bread more than bread?  Just remember a time when you couldn’t get it. When is a baking show much more than a baking show?  When it does such amazing, humanizing work, and it spreads around the world, like the Great British Baking show does.  Zoom in today for this pre-Thanksgiving service!

By Rev. Moro

 

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