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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More: About Our Community
If you've been visiting Kairos-Milwaukie UCC and feel like you want to make this your spiritual home, simply sign the membership book on the altar table to the right as you enter the sanctuary. Periodically during Sunday worship we like to recognize and welcome those who have signed on. Our next such ‘celebration of belonging’ has been scheduled for Sunday, September 27th. If you have signed the membership book during the last six months or plan to we hope you can be with us for this special (though informal) recognition.
Joining Kairos-Milwaukie UCC means a commitment toward building a community of compassionate intent; working to build bridges across the chasms of race, creed and culture that divide our planet and taking a public stand against homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism and every other attitude that would seek to demean or devalue the human spirit.
Joining also evokes the realization that life's tough and tender moments are better shared than savored or endured in solitude. Signing our membership book is not a statement of belief so much as an act of solidarity with people who are trying to take seriously what Jesus took seriously and to live life a little more consciously and compassionately.
Practically speaking becoming a member means pledging a percentage of your time, talent and treasure to the ministry of Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ. This implies investing in your own spiritual growth, which may take the form of singing with the choir, joining a study group, sitting with a church friend who is struggling with illness or loss; teaching Sunday school, joining the Green Team, or showing up for a church clean-up day. Membership also affords a person the opportunity to put our faith into action and to bring healing and hope to the world through the wider United Church of Christ family.
Some folks prefer to have a more detailed conversation before they make the leap into membership. If so, please feel free to speak with our moderator, David Johnson, or me if you feel it’s time to ‘wade in the water’. The United Church of Christ is not a religion that will provide you with a life preserver so much as help you learn to swim. Here you will find different strokes for different folks, but our specialty is freestyle.
Lectionary Scriptures: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 AND Psalm 125:1-5 OR Isaiah 35:4-7a AND Psalm 146:1-10, James 2:1-17, Mark 7:24-37
The movement riding under the banner “Black Lives Matter” was intended to be a corrective to the injustice of black young men being gunned down on the streets. Beyond issues of police behavior is the reality that Black Americans are four times more likely to be murdered than the national average.
Unfortunately the banner reminding Americans of this injustice has triggered another round of division. Some heard it as saying that black lives matter more than other lives. Thus was born the chant that “All lives matter,” or simply “”Lives matter.”
Now that headlines remind us of the risk of death taken by police officers in the line of duty, there are those who rise up and shout, “Police lives matter.” All this without getting into abortion debate or issues related to gun control.
Tree of Life Conference
Gaza, a tiny strip of land on the Mediterranean coast, was for centuries a prosperous trading center and seaport at a strategic crossroads of empires. Today, Gaza is virtually cut off from the world by a crippling air, land and sea blockade. Within its tightly enforced confines lives one of the most densely crowded populations on earth, a population mostly comprised of refugees—driven from their homes in present-day Israel, deprived of basic human rights such as security, freedom of movement, safe drinking water and shelter—and subject to periodic large-scale military assaults.
How did this human catastrophe come to pass? How are we as Americans contributing to it? What can we do to address the root causes of the suffering of the people of Gaza? And what about Hamas? These questions and more will be addressed at EYES ON GAZA.
October 16, 17 and 18, 2015
First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon
- Regular conference admission $30/person
- Student conference admission $10/person (with student ID presented at door)
Over the month of August, the Search Committee worked with Council to finalize and approve a compensation package that falls both within the UCC conference guidelines and the Kairos-Milwaukie budget. We have also reviewed, updated, and approved the pastor job description for inclusion in the local church profile. The church profile has been completed and sent to the conference minister Walter John Boris to be shared with all interested local candidates. He will be attending our September 14 meeting and we will begin reviewing ministerial profiles at that time.
We are now turning our attention toward planning the next phase of the search process: reviewing ministerial profiles and following up with persons in whom we have particular interest. This includes telephone reference checks, telephone interviews, and requests for sermon recordings.
A brief reminder about confidentiality: Search committee members cannot share names of individuals under consideration, nor can we even speak in generalities about anyone’s location, level of experience, or gender. We will continue to keep the congregation informed at every step of the process through PACE updates and Council reports. However, until a final candidate is presented, all conversation about any candidates will be kept within the Search Committee.
I am so grateful for the strengths and dedication of the Search Committee members. We are a dynamic and collaborative group, and we have accomplished so much in these past three months. I look forward to the next exciting phase of our work together.
- Robyn Crummer-Olson, Search Committee Chair
- Pete Rux, Vice Chair
- Adair Law, Recording Secretary
- Nancy Koroloff, Corresponding Secretary
- Janice Roggenkamp and Mary Crocker, Chaplains
- Kathy West
- Drew Calhoun
- Kristin Calhoun
Keep on Knockin'
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
It’s not that God has to be pestered, you know, into compassion by our persistence, but that it’s only through persistence, through our hoping against hope, in our believing despite all of our doubts, that a person can really open themselves up to receive what’s out there, to receive who’s out there.
Liberating Words: Luke 11:1-10
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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