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.
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
My question is what boundaries have you and I placed around our own commitment to love our neighbors? And which of God's children live on the other side of those boundaries that we've put up?
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Rev. Rick Skidmore
Those who study the science of time suggest that our grasp of long spans of time can help us to ration our energies and pace ourselves. At the other end of this time spectrum is Kairos, a time we all live in where no clock or calendar is required, where what matters most is what we do with the time at hand. Kairos time is NOW. It’s Time to put your Kairos on people!
In this our last year together let’s celebrate and draw deeply from all the experiences we have shared. Let’s be bold enough to imagine a bright future and claim for ourselves those opportune moments to say Yes!
People want to belong to a community where their faith can deepen and their spirits can be renewed in the company of those who share their values as well as their uncertainties and questions. A Community where people can appreciate the many perspectives and varying experiences each person brings to the table; where people can treasure the companionship, connection, caring, and challenge of being together.
Turning to one another is a part of it, but let’s widen our embrace. Welcome the stranger. Make room for the newcomer. Show hospitality to the stranger.
David Johnson, Moderator
This congregation is blessed with a diversity of ideas. As a result, we see many different paths toward peace and justice. This church has embraced many wonderful and worthwhile causes – and will continue to do so. The passion that exists within members of this church is a very special strength that we can all be proud of and encourage.
But each one of us has our own different passions. I admit I don’t have an equal passion for all of the church’s endeavors – some resonate more with me, some touch me more deeply, some seem more urgent. So I have to decide which ones to become more personally involved with – perhaps with the donation of time and goods, perhaps helping monetarily. But remember, just because everyone in the church doesn’t share your passion, doesn’t mean we don’t support you.
My Name is Rachel Corrie is a play being performed in honor of Rachel Corrie, who was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington. Her belief in Palestinian human rights brought her to Gaza. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer on March 16, 2003 while undertaking nonviolent direct action to defend the home of a Palestinian doctor from demolition.
Come hear Rachel's experience in her own words. Her life's work has given courage to many.
Discussion to follow the play with the actress, the producer and the parents of Rachel Corrie.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Church
SW 12th Ave. at Salmon St
Suggested Donation: $10
- First Unitarian Church Peace Action Group
- Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland
- Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
- Friends of Sabeel Portland Action Group
- Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights
- Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land
- Church of the Checkpoint
- Tree of Life Educational Fund
Thursdays, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
you are invited to worship in silence
inside the church sanctuary.
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