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See No Stranger
A sermon based on the book by Valarie Kaur: "When you choose to see people as your cousin, as your other self, as the friend you have not met yet, you are being courageous and compassionate. When we are curious about the people in our lives, their thoughts, their pain and joys, their wants and needs, we get a glimpse into their humanity, into their hearts, as vast and complex as our own. That wonder, is the wellspring for love."
Great Expectations & New Beginnings
How can we create a brave and safe space to bring our best selves, share stories, and build a relationship of mutual respect and trust? How do we build a strong foundation to continue growing and building the Beloved Community? As we begin our shared ministry journey together, we give thanks for this amazing opportunity and reflect on our mutual aspirations, hopes, and expectations.
On September 11 we'll gather as a community to welcome our new Minister, Rev. María Cristina, and to express our gratitude for our spiritual home, East Shore. We'll also give thanks for having access to clean drinking water and for those bodies of water that refresh our bodies and souls. Join us in person or via zoom, as we bring together the waters we have collected (from the ocean, rivers, or our garden hose) to pour into a communal vessel, symbol of our Beloved Community.
Elders of East Shore
What does it mean to age gracefully? What choices do we make along the path of life to help us flourish as we reach our elder years? Members and guests of East Shore share their individual stories and perspectives on how their lives have shaped who and where they are today.
Protecting the Sacred Salmon and Rivers: A Nimiipuu Perspective
Our guest speaker, indigenous activist Julian Matthews, will share what it means for the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce Tribe) to be protectors of sacred lands and waters. The focus of his talk will be the current issue of how Nez Perce Treaty rights are impacted by the Lower Four Snake River dams. Salmon have been a critical part of Nimiipuu culture and identity and are one of the main First Foods for their people. Asserting Treaty rights to safeguard these relationships propels their current activism to restore the wild salmon runs on the Snake River by removing the Lower Snake River dams. In so doing, the tribe aims to ensure that their Treaty rights are secured for future generations.
What Does Our Faith Tell Us About Roe v. Wade
How does our faith lead our discussion of reproductive rights? We will hear from UUA President Susan Frederick Gray and other UU leaders, plus music and more.