Sunday services begin at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. Taize in the Sanctuary is a monthly music meditation service offered on the fourth Monday evening at 7:00pm.
Worship Topics for February 2017
February 5 Being a Welcoming Congregation: Why It Matters More Than Ever
Reverend Christine Riley; Ray Elliott, Music Director; the UUCCWC Choir and Welcoming Congregation Re-Certification Task Force Representatives
This period of national and global transition brings heightened concerns and very real fears around LGBT rights. Our faith community is in the midst of a year-long process to renew our UUA Welcoming Congregation Certification. This morning we hear from representatives of the Re-Certification Task Force and explore how our shared Unitarian Universalist faith and values call us to firmly support this ministry. In these times, when so much is uncertain regarding equality of rights for all people, how do we best stand on the side of love and mutual respect? After Worship, speakers from PFLAG will be at the Welcoming Congregation Re-Certification class. Please join us!
February 12 Standing On Their Shoulders: the legacy of Universalist women
A look at the Universalist women lay leaders who helped shape our faith and our nation, and what their legacy means for us today. Slim Moon is a candidate for UU ministry. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theologi-cal School in 2016. He has served as intern minister at The Church Of The Larger Fellowship and at First Unitarian Church in Portland. He spent most of his adult life in the music business. Slim helped launch the careers of many notable Portland artists including Elliott Smith, the Decemberists, and Sleater-Kinney. He is a recovering addict, clean since 1998, and through his recovery has come to believe that spiritual and religious matters are what it’s all about. He left the music business in 2011 to follow the call to professional ministry.
February 19 Dare We Still Hope?
Reverend Christine Riley; Ray Elliott, Music Director; and the UUCCWC Choir
Given our present national and world circumstances, it would be so easy to allow our dismay, anger, or frustration to overwhelm us. Daily we are confronted with elected officials and media spewing negativity and sowing seeds of distrust. Our Unitarian Universalist faith offers us guidance in choosing an active optimism, one that must be rooted in reality and that affirms our liberal religion’s beliefs regarding the true nature of humankind. Now is not the time to permit ourselves to be sidelined. Rather, it is a time for UUs to deeply understand why our religion and values are tremendously relevant.
February 26 Forgiveness: “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ? Alexander Pope
Reverend Sue Matranga-Watson
Are You Divine? “Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense; lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.” Would you be able to do that? Is the relationship with the other worth forgiveness? Will forgiveness help/heal you? What if you are the one you need to forgive? Reverend Sue Matranga-Watson will look at the complex issue of forgiveness. How might it change your and others’ lives, and should we even forgive? Rev. Sue Matranga-Watson is one of Eastrose’s four Community Ministers. She has been a chaplain for the Oregon Department of Corrections for the last six years. Previously she worked as a chaplain in health care. She is working very hard to have a peaceful heart, much laughter and positive activism in 2017.
TAIZÉ IN THE SANCTUARY Monday evening, February 27, 7:00-8:00pm
Join us for a beautiful singing meditation service. Our Taizé service has no order of service or sermon. We enter a candle-lit space where musical instruments are playing softly. Voices may be singing or chanting, inviting others to join. We follow the model established by the Taizé Community (in Taizé, France), an international, ecumenical, contemplative community advocating for peace and justice since 1940. They have created a simple style of worship comprised of music, silence, and readings to encourage thoughtfulness and a peaceful mind. For more information, contact Kristen at email@example.com.