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!
On Sunday, January 24th, the congregation voted approval of hiring Jeanne Randall-Bodman as our designated pastor. This is an exciting time for all of us and for Jeanne.
Jeanne will resign from her present position at Cedar Hills UCC church and give the required 60-day notice. That means she will start at Kairos-Milwaukie UCC for work here on March 28th, and preach her first sermon as our pastor on Sunday, April 3rd. As a part of this 60-day transition, Jeanne is planning to take some of her accrued vacation time so she will get a break before starting with us.
The weekend of January 23-24 included Saturday with Jeanne meeting with the council and then an open-house “tea” where a good turnout of the congregation had the opportunity to meet informally with Jeanne, her husband David, and son Jacob. On Sunday, Jeanne led the worship service and preached the sermon. The service was followed immediately with a congregational meeting led by the Robyn Crummer-Olson, the search committee chair. Following a description of the terms of our agreement with Jeanne, and a period of discussion, a written ballot was taken.
We welcome Jeanne and look forward to her leadership, her openness, her positive spirit, and her energetic talent.
Thanks to all the congregation for your patience with the process, and for your gift of doing what needs to be done as we've operated without a pastor.
We are excited to have chosen our designated Pastor. Jeanne Randall-Bodman was recommended by the Pastoral Search Committee and received near unanimous approval in a congregational vote. We offer our sincere appreciation to the entire Pastoral Search team. We will have up to two years to decide if Jeanne is a good fit for our congregation, and likewise, she will have that time to decide if we are a good fit for her. A warm welcome to Jeanne.
While Jeanne won’t officially start her work here until Mar. 28th, we certainly want to get to know her more in the interim. I have asked our Community Life team (Linda Brindle and Kathy Jones) to begin planning a meal to which everyone is invited (Now scheduled for Thursday, February 25). We have invited Jeanne (and her family) to join us. More information will be forthcoming when everything is finalized.
When Jesus walked this earth, he was always walking among and eating with new and different people. Often they were the outcasts in society, but they were welcome at his Welcome Table. How might we offer a Welcome Table to those who are fleeing oppression and war?
There are 19.5 million refugees worldwide. Oregon has settled 62,777 refugees since 1996 and 1,200 per year now. Our own church has a wonderful history of resettling about 150 refugees from Vietnam in the past. Many refugees are coming from Iraq, Burma, the former Soviet Union, Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Haiti, Pakistan, and Syria.
Michelle Welton, a refugee resettlement worker of Catholic Charities, will be meeting with us on February 7 after worship regarding the possibility of doing refugee resettlement. They offer three tracks for helpers that we will explore to see if there is real interest in taking one of these tracks.
Let's come together to hear about these tracks, and to begin to pray about our own response to the world's refugee crisis. Who might we want to invite to take a place at our own Welcome Table?
Tuesday February 23 at 7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall
1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland Oregon
Jeff Halper is an Israeli peace and human rights activist, co-founder of Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, Nobel Peace Prize nominee (2006), author and lecturer.
Event is free - donations accepted. Jeff Halper's new book will be for sale.
Jeff Halper's book, like his life's work, is an inspiration. Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel's treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the occupation I've read. His voice cries out to be heard. -- Johnathan Cook --
Co-sponsored by: Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America, Jewish Voice for Peace-PDX, Karios USA, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, Occupation-Free Portland, Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference Holy Land Task Force, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights-PSU.
In the past decade, nearly 8,000 Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank have been arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic abuse and ill-treatment of Palestinian children.
This event is free and open to the public.
Thomas Beilman, Area Coordinator for the No Way to Treat a Child campaign, will share basic facts about this system of Israeli military detention. We'll discuss how we can address the situation to make a powerful impact for peace and justice. Included in Tom's presentation is the newly released short documentary video, "Detaining Dreams" (watch the movie trailer below).
About the presenter:
Thomas Beilman is a retired program manager for Hewlett-Packard Company. In recent years he has traveled twice to Palestine/Israel. He is presently serving as an area coordinator for the No Way to Treat a Child campaign, with a focus on educating faith-based communities to make a powerful impact for peace and justice.
Probably nothing reveals the gaps between the generations more than the songs we remember, the lyrics that rattle around in our brains, sometimes unbidden. Sorry about that! While sometimes I try to dig into and understand some new aspect of life in the present age, other times I just go with what I know. This is one of those times. For those of another generation, the song was sung by the Four Lads. The words reflect the experience of people growing up together who will probably soon go their separate ways. “Though summer turns to winter and the present disappears, the laughter we were glad to share will echo through the years. When other nights and other days may find us gone our separate ways we will have these moments to remember.” The things they will remember are fairly mundane, almost trivial. “The New Year's Eve we did the town the day we tore the goal post down . . . The quiet walks, the noisy fun, the ballroom prize we almost won . . . The drive in movie where we'd go and somehow never watched the show.”
On another occasion, with different texts, I would remind us that we need to pay attention to the mundane and seemingly trivial because it is precisely in such moments that we may be surprised to discover the presence of God. Today’s scriptures, though, are about the big moments; some would call them mountaintop experiences, experiences that some might describe as full of fire. I thought about titling this blog entry, “Playing With Fire!” I was drawn back to the words of Annie Dillard in Holy the Firm, in which she sees each day as a god. At one point she writes, “I often think of the set pieces of liturgy as certain words which people have successfully addressed to God without their getting killed. In the high churches they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a strand of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it any minute.”
The Transfiguration reading from Exodus is full of such awareness that hanging around with God is a little like playing with fire.
Presented Sunday, January 31, 2016.
Rev. Diane Dulin is a retired UCC minister who most recently served as pastor of Hillsboro First Congregational UCC in Hillsboro, Oregon for 21 years. Her current work is focused on issues of Palestinian justice. Diane and her husband Tom Beilman joined Kairos-Milwaukie UCC as associate members a year ago.
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