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
(map and directions)
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By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
I think in subtle ways, and maybe not so subtle ways, we all of us get seduced by this notion that certain virtues will make our lives easier. If you follow the rules, if you strive for excellence, the system is geared to deliver rewards and recognition and applause. But at some point in life things get a little more complicated.
Liberating Words: Luke 15:25-32
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By Rick Skidmore
You never know quite how to react when a loved one dies. More and more I find myself reacting with silence. I try to remember to breathe. You feel certain disorientation mixed in with the tears – a kind of wonderment about the universe and all of its mysteries. An appreciation for our smallness, in light of the vastness of things, and the never-ending cycle of life that includes death.
Living in a time when we marvel so at vastness it is remarkable to see how Jesus upheld for our wonder the small things. Rockets to Mars, computer technology, splitting matter and making a flash of sun-like intensity -- these provide for us our sense of awe. But for Jesus the examples of the shining glory of God were at the small end; a field of flowers which surpass in beauty anything worn to the Academy Awards; a seed, barely visible, which grows down into the darkness of the earth and upward into the light with strength to withstand the wind and to support the birds of the air; a sparrow, hollow of bone and only a finger's pinch of feathers, but weighty enough to tip the scales of existence when it falls.
Questions of life and death are not only about extent but also about intent. On my best days I believe in a relentless, unrestrainable, creative force at work in the Universe with a capacity for love, concern and affection for all living things.
Make no mistake, I admire and marvel at the human capacity to explore the vast mysteries of the universe, but, I think that a tender heart sheds a light more intense for all of its smallness, than the distant stars. I think Jesus was right about the small things, so I watch the birds, read the seed catalogues and try to be properly thankful for whatever comes my way through small and humble mercies.
Thoughts on the Lectionary Passages for the Second Sunday in Lent (March 1, 2015)
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-8
I grew up surrounded by a close-knit group of cousins. Most lived a few miles from one another and we spent a lot of play and recreation time together, not to mention the many shared meals at larger family gatherings. Most of us are still living, scattered about the nation. Some of us see one another occasionally, or stay in touch in one way or another.
Whatever the influences on our lives, each has taken a different journey and we have become quite different in various ways. Although the common ancestors were quite religious, our expression of faith is quite diverse. We even recite some of the same family stories, but interpret them differently.
And through it all, we are still “family.” We are, so to speak, chips off the old block. Chips off the old block. It’s an expression that comes from working with wood and stone. As chips fall away in the process of shaping the wood or stone, each chip partakes of the substance of the original “block,” the original “parent.” As they fall away in different directions, that common source can be identified in each chip. They are all chips off the old block.
Several prime-time television dramas have, in recent years, featured extended family relationships in all their complexity---Brothers and Sisters and Parenthood most prominently. My current family is complex, melding families from more than one marriage. It has made living out any ideal dream of family reunions nearly impossible. After getting into Brothers and Sisters, however, my oldest daughter said, “I think I get it, this family thing.” Well, we’re not quite there yet, but we work on it, and we all recognize that there is some kind of connection called “family,” even when we’re not literally all chips of the same block.
It may not be terribly different when we look at the lectionary readings for this Sunday and consider three of the major religions of the world which are often in conflict. Most of the readings are about Abraham as the father of “a multitude of nations.” (Genesis 17:4-5)
The Jesus Fatwah
Much of what passes for information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotypes and watered by fear. In the DVD series, The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself, seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.
During each Sunday in Lent, we will view and discuss a different topic from this DVD series. DVD showings will be in the Preschool Classroom at 9:00 am and again at 11:30 am.
- March 1 - Misconceptions about Islam: How to adjust your Malarkey Filter
- March 8 - Islam in American: an Introduction to people who love America and pray towards Mecca
- March 15 - Non-Muslims have their say
- March 22 - Muslims have their say.
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