Oregon Power and Light’s October meeting moved to THURSDAY the 25th.

Oregon Power and Light (OPAL), the Eastrose pagan group, meets THURSDAY October 25 at the regular time. Just this month we’ve moved to Thursday. Gather at 6, program at 6:30, there will be Dessert! Our guest speaker will be Jack Mandeville on the topic of his choice. Warren James House.

Free plants from Plant Swap!


We had a great swap and have a lot of plants left over! Neighbors and friends, please come pick up some or all!

Many thanks!
Karen Pyle



Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, and 21 — 4 sessions: White Identity

Week 1 – Defining the Problem

Universalist Recovery Church will host a four-session seminar to help participants begin to explore their identity as a white person. We will define racism, gain insight into what it’s like to live as a person of color, and explore the advantages of having white skin.

The sessions will start at 12:15 and end just before the Recovery Church service on 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, and 10/21. It will meet in the Eastrose sanctuary.

Recommended reading/viewing:

“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo. 3 page PDF

“Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race,” Rene Eddo-Lodge. Multiple formats, including Audible.com. Review of the book at NPR.

“Get Out” (2017), (Amazon Prime Streaming) garden party scene in particular. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing you can search “get out microaggressions” on YouTube and watch some clips. I recommend the whole movie, but be advised, it’s scary.

Bright, Netflix Original.

Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh.  The basics, Simple to read. 7 page PDF.

White People.” A documentary produced by MTV — 41 minutes

This workshop is led by Stephanie Garneaux a counselor with personal and professional experience examining her own white identity and that of clients. After the four sessions, an ongoing group will be offered for those interested in deeper exploration.

Week 2: Seeing the problem. – We’ll take a deeper look at the things people of color experience on a daily basis vs what white people experience on a daily basis. No new participants will be accepted after this session.

October 13, 2018, 10 am to Noon — Neighborhood Plant Swap

Plant Swap Art

In an effort to connect with our wider community and encourage camaraderie amongst us gardeners, Eastrose Fellowship is hosting a plant swap on Saturday, October 13th, 10 am – noon.

Here’s how it works: pot up the extra plants in your yard and bring them over. Be sure to label plants with their name and best growing conditions. Pick up some cool new treasures for your garden. This is a fun way to introduce more diversity into your garden. 

Feel free to bring these to swap: plants, seeds, houseplants, tools, decor, mason bee houses, etc. No invasive plants please.

Join us for this fun, community affirming event!

For more info, contact Karen Pyle  kpyle23@gmail.com

September 9, 2018 — Register children and adult volunteers for Religious Exploration.

maple leaf on the sidewalk

A “Paperwork Renewal” is being offered on Homecoming Sunday, Sept 9th, and people may choose to attend before the service from 9:30-10:15 or after the service from 12:15 to 1:00

Light Fare and Childcare will be provided. 

Paperwork will include registration for children as well as paperwork and a laying out of expectations for parents and guardians who have children participating in our cooperatively run program. 

This ‘Renewal’ is taking the place of the “RE Orientation” previously scheduled for August 25. There isn’t a typical RE orientation happening – just some light snacks, paperwork and some time to catch up.

Here is the link to our updated calendar:

RE Google Doc Worksheet 2018-19

September 15, 2018 — Oregon UU Voices for Justice Annual Meeting

Thanks to Willamette Falls in Oregon City for hosting us this year. This should well worth attending! Our theme is Our Children Our Future and instead of a keynote speaker we will feature three young people who will talk about why they are involved in immigration, gun safety and climate change issues. If you want to register, you can do so from our website. Registration – 3rd Annual Meeting. Here is the Flyer (PDF) and Agenda (PDF)


September 25, 2018 — Oregon Power and Light starts the new church year!

OPAL — Oregon Power and Light, will meet at 6 pm Tuesday September 25th at the Warren James House. All of good will with curiosity or experience with earth-honoring beliefs and practices are welcome. Dessert will be available. You are welcome to bring your own meal. Join us for discussion, further education, social time and making this group something you want in your life!

See a larger listing in our calendar.  We meet in September to June on the 4th Tuesday. and skip July and August. See our postings on the Eastrose Facebook page too: Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist. 

March 17, 2018 — the Eastrose Annual Auction

A Pot of Gold – A Bit of the Irish

celtic clover pictureGet ready for the Annual Fun Raiser Auction. This year will be our 25th Anniversary!
There will be food, drink, lots of items and events to bid on, plus lots of fun and laughter.
When: Saturday March 17th
Time: 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Theme: A Pot of Gold – A Bit of the Irish

We want you to join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary!!!!!


November 12, 2017 — Workshop on Inequality and Poverty

From the Gresham Outlook, Oct. 30, 2017:
Workshop on poverty held at Eastrose

Concerned about poverty and inequality? Gresham’s Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist congregation is hosting a workshop on the topic Sunday, Nov. 12.

“Workshop on Inequality and Poverty” will run from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. at Eastrose, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave.

“Because of the problem of homelessness in our area, we think this workshop is an appropriate and current topic,” said Karen Pyle, organizer of the event.

The facilitator for the workshop will be the Rev. Connie Yost, a minister with the First Unitarian Church in Portland. Yost is the founder of the nonprofit Friends Stay Warm, which provides utility assistance and advocacy to farm and other low-wage workers.

She is the co-president of Farm Ministry Northwest and is on the planning committee of the Interfaith Alliance on Poverty.

Pyle said economic inequality and poverty exist at every level of human community — education, income, housing, taxation, public health, and many others — and are escalating. Attendees will learn the history and realities of economic inequality in the Portland area and the U.S., and will discuss what can be done.