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.
Kairos-Milwaukie UCC seeks to create a community where participants can experience intellectual and spiritual excitement; a spirit of openness and acceptance, as well as love and laughter. We are a community where evangelism is in partnership with social justice; where personal spiritual growth and concern for the poor and disenfranchised go hand in hand; where nurture and action are two sides of the same coin; where love for tradition and a sense of urgency about the future are integrally linked. We are a community of faithful people who have known the joy of having been loved, accepted and affirmed by God. We are a community that celebrates our diversity as a way to understand and respond to the inclusiveness of God's love and the wideness of God's mercy.
A Whale of a Tale
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
It turns out that it’s never easy to say “yes” to God. It’s extremely challenging. It requires so much of us.
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Thoughts on the Lectionary Passages for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(September 21, 2014)
By Jim Ogden
I thought about making “complaining” the theme of this week’s blog. When God does something unexpected, like extending compassion to someone we think should be punished, we complain. When life is difficult, we complain. When others flourish, especially those we think of as enemies, we complain. Well, not everyone. I actually experience Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ as a place with a broad and inclusive vision where there is little complaining. Still, I wonder if there aren’t those among us who would be happier if we thought God would make everything go according to our bias.
A New Social Norm
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Change has to happen internally before it can take shape in any way in the world. And I think that, ultimately, hatred will not win out, because hatred always in the end turns on itself. I think it’s going to be a new generation of interfaith leaders who make this kind of cooperation, this kind of interfaith cooperation, the new social norm. That’s what’s going to save the world from itself.
Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at snatching time for reading and reflection when I can grab it, but to have two months without interruption or distraction has been both soothing and invigorating. Thank you for the gift of my sabbatical. I haven’t hit this level of relaxation in a long time. You stay still long enough and holiness will show with showers of grace.
Spending time this summer reconnecting with family and friends I have had to love from afar for 30 years will help ease my sorrow when the time comes to take leave of all of you. Enjoying my 95 year old dad, a wise and gentle soul who abides each day in laughter and light, and who still believes God’s dreams are habitable, has been a blessing beyond words.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading: Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars; James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time; Marcus Borg’s Speaking Christian (again); Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor; the Psalms (which I have been trying to incorporate as breath chants to a regimen of beginners Yoga); two books on baseball, The Devil’s Snake Curve by Josh Ostergaard, a fun read about baseball and American culture (thanks, Jon Decherd), and The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, a testament to the heroics of being human, written by one of our greatest sportswriters, Jane Leavy. Also read… Losing My Religion by Bill Lobdell, the long time editor of the Religion section for the LA Times. Most useful in terms of priming the preacher’s pump has been Eboo Patel’s book, Acts of Faith. This is the story of an American Muslim and his efforts to create interfaith dialogue as a way to counter religious and ideological extremism in the world.
September 26 to 28, 2014, Pendleton, Oregon
A personal invitation to attend the Annual Meeting from Conference Minister Walter John Boris.
Find everything you need about this year’s CPC Annual Meeting in Pendleton, Oregon, September 26-28 on the CPC Annual Meeting Blog page.
A Dramatization of World War II Experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldón in Their Own Words
Part of Milagro Theatre's La Luna Nueva Festival and the William Stafford Centennial
September 25 to 28, 2014
525 SE Stark Street, Portland OR 97214
Tickets: 503.236.7253 or www.milagro.org
$20 in advance, $23 at the door
$17 students/vets/seniors 70+
Ticket price is for the show. Fees apply.
Pre- and post-performance events are free.
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