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.
The Greater Good
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, October 19, 2014.
To be a Christian is to be in over your head. That’s my experience. To take seriously what Jesus took seriously is to find yourself becoming a part of something bigger and hotter and holier than any kind of goodness-gracious-niceness-golden-rule Christianity than anyone would imagine.
Proverbs 22:1-2; 89
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Thoughts on the Lectionary Passages for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (October 19, 2014)
By Jim Ogden
Oh, how the memory of an old man (me) mixes things together. As I was reading this week’s lectionary selections, my mind tugged me back to times when science fiction was a steady part of my reading menu. The phrase, “To infinity and beyond,” arose out of the mist, and I immediately associated it with Star Trek. Wrong! It is the signature phrase of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story. Each episode of Star Trek did begin with the haunting narration of these words: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
In both cases our minds are stretched to look beyond familiar and easily explained horizons. Any God worth worshipping, any religion worth practicing, has that kind of “beyond” element at its heart. It’s not a “beyond” that allows us to escape the world, but a “beyond” that illuminates, help us to acknowledge that the meaning is life is much more than surface observations and impressions.
By Rev. Rick Skidmore
This summer while attending a retreat at La Casa de Maria in the foothills of the Santa Barbara mountains I made the acquaintance of a small screech owl – no more than 10 inches tall – almost invisible as it perched silently on the edge of a large knothole up in a gnarled oak tree. Being the same color as the tree, it was only when you stared long enough that you could see its eyes and the tips of its ears. Word spread quickly that an owl was in the tree right outside our dining area. All day long people could be seen standing a few feet away, motionless and silent, watching the owl, who watched back, motionless and silent.
In many traditions the owl signifies intelligence and wisdom and is also a symbol for healing and new life. It seemed clear to me that this presence was special and I wondered why this creature was so close, right in the midst of my reflecting on current plans for a transition into the next phase of my life. Maybe it was a sign. Maybe the owl was in that oak tree to be a guide.
Kendalin in Concert:
4:00 pm, Sunday, October 26, 2014
Kendalin is an eclectic folk-fusion ensemble with lush vocal harmonies and energetic instrumentals. The ensemble’s unique sound draws on a wide variety of folk traditions, including Celtic, Nordic, Middle Eastern and more. They blend vocals, octave-mandolin, fiddles, viola, flutes, guitar, bass and percussion to create a pan-cultural experience. The band invites the audience to connect to a sound simultaneously new and familiar.
Kendalin is the inspiration of composer and musician Shawn Orpinela (who happens to be church member Johnette Orpinela’s son). Shawn’s passion for exploring different folk traditions and playing with rhythm and texture creates this complex and inspiring music.
The suggested donation is $15 for adults, $5 for children, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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
Resolution Of Witness Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Adopted at CPC Annual Meeting
The Central Pacific Conference of the UCC adopted the resolution passed at Kairos-Milwaukie UCC called the Resolution of Witness Regarding the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. It was adopted overwhelmingly by delegates at the annual meeting of the Conference in Pendleton. Two amendments were added that enriched the meaning of the resolution. One encouraged dialog with Palestinians and Israelis--Jewish, Muslim and Christian who are working for peace. The second urged careful consideration regarding companies from which to divest beyond those in the resolution.
The Central Pacific Conference joins the New York Conference, Central Atlantic Conference, and the Northern California Conference which have all passed resolutions for boycott and divestment of companies profiting from the Israel occupation of the Palestinian territories. Our Conference represents 49 churches located throughout Oregon, northern Idaho, and southern Washington.
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