Services with audio transcripts

May 6, 2018

Embodied Be-ing

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Samantha Magnus, Worship Associate — 

In this service, we kick off our theme for May, “Embodiment:  the practice of physical be-ing.”  Especially good for anyone who feels ‘stuck in their head’ more often than not, we will take some time to notice the gifts and insights that can come from intentionally being in our bodies.

 

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April 29, 2018

A Meandering Path

Rev. Shana Lynngood  with Worship Associate Dan Klimke

Sometimes change and transformation in our lives takes a circuitous route.

It is seldom a direct path between one way of being and another. How can we honour that process that change sometimes takes and notice and appreciate the shifts we have made over time?

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April 15, 2018

Space for Change

Rev. Shana Lynngood — with Worship Associate Dan Klimke —

We will have special music from our Chalice Choir this morning under the guest conductor, DeReau Farrar, Music Director of the First Unitarian Church of Portland.

In the service we’ll explore the ways in which we have to make room (in our lives and our very beings) in order for transformation to take place.

Change that is this deep won’t just fit in around the edges —we will have to clear the way and open a path for the changes we seek.

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April 8, 2018

The Hero’s Journey

Oliver Belisle with Coming of Age Group with Worship Associate Samantha Magnus —

Throughout history, people from all walks of life have been mesmerized by tales of heroic deeds and adventure.

From the first epic Gilgamesh, to modern-day classics like Star Wars and Frozen, we find a familiar pattern of story-telling: what Joseph Campbell called the Monomyth or Hero’s Journey.

What is about this pattern that resonates so deeply and transcends era and culture? More importantly, what can we learn from these stories and how can we apply it to our lives? Join us for this Sunday as we embark on the hero’s journey together.

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April 1, 2018

The Transformative Power in Easter

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis — Special music by Erika Richards, trumpet —

We begin a month of exploring transformation with the Christian holiday which uplifts new life and change in a profound way.

How can we hear the story of Jesus’s resurrection with special attention to the change at its core? What transformations are you considering?  

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March 25, 2018

‘Ban the Bomb’ Treaty

Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford with Worship Associate Oliver Belisle –

The Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons is so important that the Nobel Peace Prize went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Learn what we can do as ICAN members. View website.

 

 

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March 18, 2018

Childhaven Sunday

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelley Motz –

Back in 1985, Rev. Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino took a huge risk in founding ChildHaven International. This is our annual service to raise awareness about and funds to support the mission of this organization, which serves women and children in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Tibet.

We will hear from member Mariko Matsumoto about her recent experience at one of ChildHaven’s homes.


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March 11, 2018

The Risk of Reaching Out

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis –

When we think of ‘risk,’ we often think of physical risk – rock-climbing, sky-diving, and the like.
But what about emotional risk? What about relational risk? When does reaching out to someone feel like a risk? What does it mean to take risks as s community?  What if we, as a community, risked being more relational?

A colleague spoke of a ‘circle of 5’ theory – that every kid, every person, needs 5 support people in their lives playing distinctly different roles (eg., someone who would be there for you in a crisis, someone who encourages you to branch out). Who are your 5 people?  How might we become a place in which people of all ages could find their circle of 5?

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March 4, 2018

Out on a Limb (Deep into Life)

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke –

Sometimes it’s the times and places when we take a risk that we feel most in touch in our lives with what it means to be alive.

When does taking a chance serve us well? When is risk needless, or even foolish?

We will also pause for a moment during this service to honour International Women’s Day.

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February 25, 2018

Misery Poker and Other Comforting Connections to be Found in Common Suffering

Rev Melora Lynngood and Worship Associate Larry Boldt —

As a result of our interdependence, we are often touched by the suffering of others – especially when we see, in that suffering, a reflection of our own experience.

These connections can be felt across time, with people we have never met.

Artists, for example, be they writers or painters, can convey something of a shared human experience, which, even when difficult or painful, can somehow bring comfort.

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