Welcome to Kairos-Milwaukie
United Church of Christ
If you know that God's love embraces all persons equally, no matter their gender, race, or sexual identity...
If you understand that faith is a matter of mind as well as heart, and that taking the Bible seriously means it cannot always be taken literally...
If, for you, diversity, tolerance, and inclusion are strengths to be taught...
If you believe that Christ calls us to be nothing less than global citizens, that the social expression of love is justice and that spiritual concerns are inseparable from a commitment to the natural world...
If you have wished for a more open and embracing community of faith to nurture your spirit and raise your children, and haven't yet found a place of belonging...
... then please know that Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ is the place for you.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey
You're welcome here!
Sunday Worship 10:00 am
4790 SE Logus Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
email: office [at] kairosucc.org
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Thoughts on the Lectionary Passages for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (February 1, 2015)
Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111:1-10, I Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28
I’m not sure the title, What Motivates You?, quite expresses what’s running around in my mind. I lay awake the other night trying to identify the nature of the lens that focuses life for me. It’s been years since I left biblical literalism behind, so what is at the core of my being now that allows me to make some sense of the good and bad in my life? I know, some people’s night thoughts are about basketball scores or sexual fantasies or the events of the day or childhood memories. I go to those places too, so last night was an odd night.
I never did figure it out. Life is never quite as clear cut without the false security of an confident and assured literalism. For me, the biblical stories are still a powerful influence. I’ve probably heard them more times than any others. Then, I went to seminary, not to mention Bible study after Bible study, to parse and deconstruct and interpret each of the stories in historical context. But there are other stories in my life. I thought about those, too. The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, and, a little later, Alice in Wonderland and all the science fiction I read (like Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein). There were stories told by parents about earlier ancestors (wagon-train pioneers to the West) and family events. I was surrounded by cultural stories, told by the television by the time I was a teenager. Think of the thousands of commercials and newscasts, not to mention dramas and comedies, and variety shows. Ed Sullivan and the Beatles, Father Knows Best, the Marlboro Man. Why did I ever start down this road? The images just keep playing over and over again.
It’s more than the stories, of course. There’s all that behavior going on around you, partly in response to you, partly trying to get you to respond---smiles and laughter and hugs, sounds, consistency and inconsistency, maybe a bit of anger here and there, even a slap on the bottom. We have a new granddaughter, on her way to the eight-month mark. Smart phones and Skype allow us watch he sitting beside her Dad playing instruments together as she delicately taps on her plastic piano. We were on Skype the other day when her father sent, via iPhone, a video of her playing. I was listening to it when she, Jane, heard it coming from the computer screen via Skype. What a puzzle! I even put the phone up to the camera so she could see it. Well, maybe!
The point is that all those stories and experiences---literally in the millions, probably billions---merge into that place from which I respond to life, where my values and emotions and thoughts continue to take shape. Believe it or not, I haven’t arrived yet. Who knows when something else may come along and impact me and change my way of looking at life---at least a little bit this way or that way. You want more than that, I’m not sure I can give it to you. One of the better bits or advice I can give you is to stay awake on the occasional night and review those stories and experiences.
Blessed Are the Troublemakers
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, January 18, 2015.
So why is it that those who talk about peace and living peaceably always seem to cause so much trouble and commotion in the world?
Excerpt from the keynote address by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the 5th General Synod of the United Church of Christ, 1965 (click here to listen).
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By Rev. Rick Skidmore
Several folks asked for a copy of the meditation from our Christmas Eve candlelight service. Here it is...
In 1944, my dad was a twenty-three year old corporal with the 70th Infantry Division, 15th regiment, of the Allied Armed Forces. The day after Thanksgiving he left Boston harbor on USS America, a passenger ship that had been retrofitted to carry troops across the Atlantic. Ten days later they landed in Marseilles. His first night on European soil my dad posted guard over a week’s worth of war casualties, stacked like cordwood in the railroad yard.
The next day he and his platoon mates piled into boxcars to make their way through the French countryside toward the Nazi’s kingdom of Night; their destination, the densely forested Ardennes region in Belgium where Hitler had amassed troops to launch an offensive to recapture the harbor at Antwerp.
For over forty days my dad trudged through that dark forest, without a hot meal or a bath, hip deep in snow, spending most of his time hunkered down in shallow trenches while artillery shells split the trees above him.
United Church of Christ
No matter who you are,
or where you are on life's journey,
you're welcome here!
Email: office [at] kairosucc.org
Address: 4790 SE Logus Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222