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“Power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Come join us and discover how to find and maintain your personal power as you act a…
 
How are we as congregations and individuals living into our seven principles? Rather than a quiet creed, as Unitarian Universalists, we have committed to uphold our values and act in these specific ways with one another. An 8th principle could guide us to be accountable within all our principles as well as spotlight the dismantling of racism. Speak…
 
Edie Jessup, new to UUFM, will help us consider homelessness, and what we might learn as we face this era of pandemic, and how our UU Principles might guide a response from us as a community. Edie has worked with the homeless in Maine at York County Shelter Programs; in Fresno, CA through Fresno Metro Ministry and as an advocate; and in Humboldt, C…
 
Reverend Rick (or “Rick”) of the nearby UU Congregation of Salem, a longtime friend of our fellowship will join us. Every year in his own pulpit, he has a Sunday when he answers people’s written questions from the pulpit. Questions may pertain to Unitarian Universalism, religion, spirituality, politics, Beethoven, the ministry, congregational life,…
 
The things we own tell us a lot about ourselves. What does our stuff say about us? What can we learn from what we keep or discard? What spiritual and moral issues are connected to the boxes in our closets? Our UU principles can guide us as we collect, downsize, move, and manage our possessions. Speaker Bio Kathleen LaFlamme has been a Unitarian Uni…
 
Ever wondered if there was a recipe somewhere for being the most effective social justice activist possible? Amazingly enough, the 3000 year old Hebrew Scriptures offers a profound and yet totally implementable path to becoming a master world healer. Together we will journey through the story of Yaacov/Jacob, seeing his life and choices as a bluepr…
 
Unity is most commonly defined as the state of being united or joined as a whole. However, this simple definition is challenged by the inherent diversity of human beings. Even the seven (7) principles of UU can be challenged by deeply held beliefs that run counter to amalgamated beliefs and interactions. I look forward to exploring these challenges…
 
Perhaps best known as “the pregnant man” of 2017, Trystan Reese will be sharing his unique parenting journey to the UU community on October 6th. You’ll hear about how he and his partner became the “accidental gay parents” by adopting their niece and nephew, then how they went on to have their own biological child a few years later. He’ll share the …
 
Come and hear how the tenets of Sikhism relate to why so many Sikhs helped with the release of asylum seekers at the Sheridan Federal Correction Center last summer. Navneet Kaur, one of the interpreters who helped with the men from India and Nepal, was given access to the prison on a daily basis. She will talk about her experience and how her faith…
 
Being the most kind, honorable, compassionate and ethical person we can be within our families, communities, business interactions, work and more is paramount to the observant Jew. Today we will explore the ancient and modern practice of Musar/ethical development, diving into inspiring teachings from Rabbi Kalman Kalonymous Shapira of the Warsaw Gh…
 
Time moves everything including ourselves, whether we like it or not. But change brings us hope, new energy, and opens new doors in our lives. Our spiritual journeys fly above our lives like birds. Some birds fly high, and some fly low. My spiritual journey is similar to that of a Falcon because he insists on fly high in the sky above many other va…
 
Wicca is a life-affirming, earth- and nature-oriented religion which sees all of life as sacred and interconnected, honors the natural world as the embodiment of divinity, immanent as well as transcendent, and experiences the divine as feminine and often as masculine, as well. Speaker Bio Andrea Joy Kendall is a Wiccan clergy member and National In…
 
The Flower Ceremony, sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. It was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia. It brings together the uniqueness and acceptance of all to create the bouquet of c…
 
Why do many people and organizations crumble in the face of difficulty, while others use adversity to bounce back even stronger? The experience of bounce can range from an uncanny feeling of levitation to a supreme tranquil relaxation. It is precisely when all seems lost that the opportunity exists to rewire your brain. It’s often during life’s mos…
 
Is using war as a means of resolving conflict an outdated premise? Is it time for us to move on from the battlefield? And if so, are there alternatives that actually work? Kathy Beckwith, local mediator, peer mediation trainer, and one of our UUFM community, will share with us her TEDx Talk titled: “It’s time to abandon war. There are alternatives.…
 
Now more than ever, this Fellowship’s Vision, Mission, and Covenant along with the seven Principles of UU and the Proclamation of the Living Traditions we draw upon, need to be lived, celebrated and broadcast to the world. We live in challenging times where many are lead astray by what is on social media, the news and other programs on TV. Rock sol…
 
On this Easter Sunday let us reasonably speculate as to what sort of person Jesus was and how Christianity and he have morphed from then to now. We’ll remember some early Unitarian and Universalist forms of Christianity and consider what this all might mean in us in our lives. Easter is an “inner archetype.” As his talk contained a lot of reference…
 
This is the second installment of a two part talk, the first part having been delivered on February 3, 2019 (Listen to Part One: Exploring the 23rd Psalm) . Although written over 1000 years ago, this popular psalm offers wisdom and guidance for the challenges of life we face today. Reverend Hartman will share further thoughts and present insights i…
 
Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But actually, a lot of times we are harsher to ourselves than to others. Perhaps we can turn it around and learn to apply the the love and mercy we feel for others (sometimes) to ourselves. Speaker Bio The Reverend Mark Gallagher served for twenty-one years as pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church…
 
Our culture teaches us from an early age that crying is an unacceptable behavior. It's a sign of immaturity in general and for men in particular, it's a sign of weakness. “Grow up and be a man,” is what young boys hear. But crying is also cathartic, it can bring about recovery for the soul. Sorrow and sadness are part of the rhythm of life, both jo…
 
Looking at this familiar psalm from a UU perspective, it offers insights and reassurance we all need when facing challenging situations. It is often thought of as an end of life reading, but it has more than that to offer. Reverend Hartman will share her thoughts and present this familiar passage from a different and hopefully, interesting perspect…
 
On Sunday, January 20, Kaki Marshall an enlightening, informative, and somewhat disheartening presentation on white privilege and the legal invention of whiteness from colonial times to the present day. For most of us in attendance, the information she was presenting was entirely new and therefore she included an extensive packet of reference mater…
 
The new year is a time to take stock of the past year that just passed and look forward to what is coming in the future. This service will include a burning bowl for the old year, and some ritual and reflection around bringing in the new. Speaker Bio Rev. Katie Larsell is a community minister at the Eastrose UU Fellowship in Gresham. She specialize…
 
Our lives often feel distressingly small. Religious experience is largely about feeling part of something larger, indeed, infinite. Speaker Bio The Reverend Mark Gallagher grew up in Chicago. He attended the Starr King School for Ministry in Berkeley, California. As minister, he has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in California, Nevada,…
 
Last March my wife Jane and I heard the Oregon Symphony perform Verdi’s Requiem for Manzoni. Several years ago while sharing some of my life story with ministerial colleagues I realized that each period of time had pieces of music important to me. This will be a sermon on listening to and respecting the music in our lives. Speaker Bio David Maynard…
 
Inspired my Michele Obama’s advice – “When they go low, we go high” – we will together explore our reactions and responses to the behavior of what Hillary Clinton called “the deplorables.” How do we remain spiritual when we are at extreme odds with another person? Their thoughts, words and behaviors? If it’s true that “we are all one,” how can we r…
 
Using Sally’s local work in immigration and Latinx [Latinx is a gender-neutral term sometimes used in lieu of Latino or Latina–Ed] advocacy, let’s reflect on the role of justice-making in rural communities and faith organizations. We’ll consider the foundations of building community and gathering courage to step outside one’s comfort zone to make a…
 
It’s October, and I can’t resist a harvest metaphor! — Today we’ll take a walk through the fields and gardens of UU history, looking for the sweet fruits and sustaining vegetables of our tradition. Can the answers, or the even process by which they were derived, be of help in our own challenging times? Rev. Kate McGraw is a native Oregonian who fel…
 
Author A.W. Streane once said, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” Every morning I wonder what new grief we will be presented with and how will we respond. These words which echo the Prophet Micah…
 
When a person or an organization goes through a major change, they have to be willing to let go of the old, live for a while in uncertainty while they create something new (“some assembly required”), then move into that new creation. Although our culture does not recognize it, this process is as old as humanity, and understanding it can substantial…
 
Obstacles have a way of weighing us down but there are always opportunities for growth, and succeeding in the midst of them. LaNicia will help us identify some tools to help us see success in failure, the opportunity to see the good in a bad situation and how to overcome fear to live in freedom. To learn more, visit UUFM at macuuf.org.…
 
Your Spirit Matters. Our days can be difficult and it’s hard to find hope sometimes. How do we UUs claim our prophetic tradition to bring justice into our world? Our spirits matter—it is in community where we find the sustenance to go back out into the world. Come and be reminded why our spirits matter and perhaps find a bit of hope and courage. To…
 
Thank you for your Service. That frequently uttered phrase has always made me a little uncomfortable, for a number of reasons. We’ll explore a bit together, looking at what it calls up in us to hear and say “thank you for your service” in response to the enormous sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. To learn more, visit UUFM at macuu…
 
Times of uncertainty, change, transition, anxiety, chaos, struggle, opportunity, loss, beginning, ending…. we might name these times in many ways. What are some strategies for living beautifully through transitions (which are really happening all the time)? What does it mean to “live beautifully” anyway? To learn more, visit UUFM at macuuf.org.…
 
Even though we make plans (and it does make a difference to plan), life is ultimately unpredictable. Dealing creatively with the unanticipated is the art of improvisation. Unlike other art forms, improvisation is mandatory for human beings. The only choice is whether we will do it well or poorly. To learn more, visit UUFM at macuuf.org.…
 
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