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Upcoming Worship Services

We meet for worship Sundays at 10:30 online in Zoom. Links to streaming worship are in each worship description. When there's not a global pandemic, worship takes place at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland, OR.

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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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

 

Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

Phone In: (669) 900-6833

 

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.

 

Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

Phone In: (669) 900-6833

 

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

 

Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30

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Meeting ID: 275 194 110

Phone In: (669) 900-6833

 

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.

 

Join our Virtual Service Sunday at 10:30

Click Here to link to the Zoom Service

Meeting ID: 275 194 110

Phone In: (669) 900-6833