Sunday Services start at 10:30 am

Universalist Recovery Church
with Rev. Barbara Stevens meets at 2 pm.
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November 11, 2018
Veterans Day in Story and Song
Cynthia Hopkins

Veterans’ Day, when we honor all who fought and served our country, has its origins in the armistice which ended the fighting in World War I, also known as the Great War and The War to End All Wars. The armistice occurred on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 – 100 years ago. Armistice Day observances were dedicated to the cause of world peace. We will observe the centennial of Armistice Day through stories and songs. We will also consider what happens to soldiers and civilians alike when peace is declared and troops come home. Worship Leader: Kathie Loveall

Creating Home – Our Ancestral Home

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. — Chinese proverb

In addition to the particular places where we live, many of us also call home the places from which our ancestors came. Memories and stories associated with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents can make us feel as if the places they lived are also, in a way, our homes. Telling stories about our ancestors, those who preceded us, is a way to keep their memory alive. It is a way to acknowledge and be thankful for the love and legacies they left behind.

Listening and Forgiveness

A few months ago we explored the connection between listening and grace. This week we look at how being listened to allows us to feel forgiven. Additionally, when we listen to others, we discover a compassion that allows us to forgive them.

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November 18, 2018
How Thank?
Reverend Patti Pomerantz

We all have connections to the American Thanksgiving – some good, some not so good. Our celebration rests on the shoulders of many generations before us. How do we identify them? How do we honor them? How do we thank them? Worship Leader: Reverend Sue Matranga-Watson

Creating Home – Bless This Meal

Once the guest has eaten and drunk at your table, the guest becomes kin… beggar or enemy, friend or chief, if they knock on your door, it will open; if they seek your shelter, it will be given, and if they ask for hospitality, give them your bread and wine… for who knows when you may need the help of a fellow human? — Keri Hulme

Many cultures consider the sharing of a meal to be an important step that transforms strangers into friends and sometimes into family. After all, sharing food-gathering resources is almost certainly one of the reasons animals gather in families.


Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude — for life, for family and friends, and for the bounty of the earth. Simplicity is a way of living in gratitude, of accepting and appreciating the small things that make up our life.

November 25, 2018
To Be or Not To Be:
Engaged Buddhism
and the Balance Between Doing and Being
Reverend Barbara Stevens

In our society, we tend to emphasize “doing” – producing, making a difference, changing the world. Some cultures focus more on being present to and experiencing life. Engaged Buddhism holds is one way to balance these two qualities of human nature. How can this Buddhist tradition inform our own approach to life? Worship Leader: Rev. Scott Jansen

Giving Thanks

Give thanks for the homes that with kindness are blessed… — Hymn 69, “Give Thanks,” Singing the Living Tradition

What are we thankful for and what do we hope to be thankful for in the future? We will spend a portion of our day considering these questions as well as what we have learned from the Creating Home curriculum.

Magic, Privilege, and Entitlement

In the world of Kat Howard’s An Unkindness of Magicians, having magic is a privilege. Not that being privileged in this way bad. There are always exceptions, but generally, we all have privileges of one sort or another. Entitlement, on the other hand, is the assumption that we deserve our privilege and that we don’t owe anyone consideration because of it. By questioning our entitlement, we learn to be humble, to develop honest relationships, and share our privilege, all of which helps us be the best person we can be, and that’s ultimately what recovery is about.

December 2, 2018
Darkness and Light
Reverend Patti Pomerantz

This year, I am exploring with you the six sources of Unitarian Universalism. In November we learned about the Hindu festival of light – Diwali. Today we’ll celebrate the Jewish festival of light – Chanukah, which begins this week. I will look at both the Jewish celebration and the importance of darkness and light in religious practice. Worship Leader: Patty Walsh

Creating Home – Tango

Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; The good, the true, the tender — these form the wealth of home. — Sarah J. Hale

Today more than ever we recognize that families come in many shapes, sizes and colors. People call “family” those with whom they share certain bonds and actions: caring for each other, accepting each other, and love are basic amongst these bonds. The central story, Tango, illustrates how these bonds can form a family as tight as one with related bloodlines.

Martha and Mary and The Better Part

During this busy time of year, as we prepare for one holiday after another, we consider what the Bible story about two sisters has to tell us about what is important in our own life.

Our Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m., and end at 11:45.

Coffee, tea, and conversation follow. On the first Sunday of each
month there is a potluck lunch for all.

Children attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service, then leave for their own program.
The Nursery is open for infants and preschoolers 10:15 – 12:15.

Led by Rev. Barbara Stevens, the Universalist Recovery Church invites you to share
readings and reflections that explore how the topic affects our lives. 

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Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist

1133 NE 181st Ave

Portland OR 97230