Past services

June 17, 2018

Social Justice in Song and Story

Social Responsibility Coalition with worship associate Anna Isaacs –

The congregation will be invited to sing several of our hymns concerning social justice, prefaced by a brief personal or general story about each, with the Men’s Choir adding its own contribution to the social justice theme.

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June 10, 2018

Intergenerational Service of Transition

Arran Liddel, Director of Spiritual Exploration for Children and Youth, and Rev. Melora Lynngood with worship associate Larry Boldt — 

What has this past year been like for you? What changes have you been through?  What losses have you experienced?  What new life, new creations, new ventures have come into being?  This year’s annual transition service will honour the full range of life’s transitions. We will do so with an eye to this month’s theme of “Joy: the practice of embracing life,” and will honour, as well, those things that can make transitions challenging. 


 This is an intergenerational service. Children and youth are welcome in the sanctuary for the entire service. Child-minding will be available in the Sunflower Room for our youngest and/or most restless youngsters.

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June 3, 2018

I Believe

Rev. Shana Lynngood, Coming of Age Youth and Chris Wulff, Ministerial Intern, with worship associate Madelaine Clarke — 

Our youth share their statements of values and beliefs.

How well can the rest of us do? What do you believe about life, death, God, and the big questions of meaning?

As we begin our exploration of joy, we begin by looking at the ways in which knowing what we believe can bring us a sense of contentment and peace. And sometimes even joy.

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May 27, 2018

Radical Acceptance and the Stigma of Difference

Dar Gareau-Levy with Anna Isaacs, Worship Associate — 

Unitarian Universalism has always been a welcoming faith. We spread the word that diversity is more than welcome in our church. But now that those doors have opened and we are being taken up on our offer, how well are we doing at integrating those differences? Sometimes it’s easier to be accepting of those who are very different from ourselves than those we call our own people, simply because these other people’s lives don’t overlap much with ours. Join us as we explore how we can make that transition from ‘Radical Hospitality’, to ‘Radical Acceptance’ with the least amount of collateral damage.

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May 20, 2018

Seeking balance

Shelley Motz with Dan Klimke, Worship Associate — 

An encounter with vertigo, an encounter with myself. Disease can be a powerful force for transformation. At the age of 30, a virus suddenly threw Shelley’s life out of balance, prompting her to question everything, including her relationship with her body — and the relationships between her body, mind and spirit.

 

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May 13, 2018

Beyond Gender Limitations

  Rev. Shana and Chris Wulff with Oliver Belisle, Worship Associate — 

This Mother’s Day we explore the part that gender identity, expression and roles have played in shaping our lives. How have we been pushed to conform by gender expectations? How do we live with authenticity if we feel our identity is not represented in either/or binaries? What new models of how to live within and beyond gender will it take for all people to live as who they are? What has the #metoo movement shown us is broken in the ways our genders relate and create?

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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 22, 2018

Earth Day:  Hope and Action 

Rev. Melora Lynngood and Friends — with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs —

Our 7th Unitarian Universalist Principle calls us to care for “the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

In this service we consider the challenges in answering this call, and we will hear stories about how our members are caring for the earth, despite the challenges.

We will consider ways in which we can all be a part of this transformation – how we can all care for the earth in ways large and small. Consider, for example, whether you could give up using plastic straws! Every little bit helps.

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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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