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)
More: About Our Community
Thoughts on the Lectionary Passages for Pentecost Sunday of (May 24, 2015)
Lectionary Scriptures: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:22-27, Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
Pentecost Sunday is an exclamation point marking the end of the Easter season. In many churches it is a great celebration of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it is called “the birthday of the church,” but it is clearly not the first time the Spirit shows up in the history of God’s people, as is evident in some of this week’s passages from the Hebrew Scriptures.
Pentecost, in fact, was a Jewish festival. It is a Greek name given to the Feast of Weeks, still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. It was for this festival that the crowds of faithful Jews had gathered in Jerusalem.
It is true that something extraordinary happened---something that significantly energized the believers whom Jesus had left behind. It was part of their experience of his continued presence. They interpreted it as confirmation of the gift of the Spirit Jesus had promised them. It is my interpretation that the stories of resurrection and ascension and Pentecost are all attempts by the young church to make sense of their experience of Jesus in their lives. Over the years they have come to be told in a historical, sequential, way. The underlying reality was the conviction that Jesus was still with them---in some new, but real, way.
Post Easter Pop Quiz
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Christ is risen. As I said on Easter Sunday, in our church you can reject that statement completely or you can believe it completely. But, I think it’s important to at least give it some contemplative thought, to turn our belief and our disbelief, our imaginations loose on this wild proclamation: Christ is risen. And one way to figure out where you are on any given subject, to see where you stand and how things look from where you stand, is to test your knowledge on the subject, so I prepared for us this morning a Post Easter Pop Quiz.
Liberating Words: John 10:31-38
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By Rev. Rick Skidmore
People want to be happy and healthy; they want to know where they fit in the scheme of things; and they want their lives to have meaning and purpose. These are the big issues that Religion tries to address. People need some room to explore – a chance to live their own lives; make their own mistakes, and learn their own life lessons.
Building a life around the values of honesty, humility, reverence, gratitude, openness, self-possession and solidarity, is one way to experience the health and happiness we seek.
Honesty and Humility
A person needs to know the truth about themselves and their limitations. Lao-Tze, put it this way, “those who would take over the world and bend it to their will never succeed.”
We don't have to understand everything; but we should take some time to love life -- the sun and moon and stars; people laughing and loving. It doesn’t matter what name you attach to it -- love the Source, with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
You don't have to like everything; and to be sure there are injustices we should not accept. There are things in life that should be mourned, and resisted, or fought, but generally speaking, be thankful for this life we breathe.
David Johnson, Moderator
We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Walter John Boris, UCC Conference Minister, on Sunday, April 19th. He provided specific answers regarding the several ways to conduct a Pastoral Search. He outlined the procedures one needs to go through on the path to selecting a new Pastor. He emphasized that the final choice resides totally and completely with this congregation. He then held a question-and-answer session that was well-attended and very informative.
The Church Council is in the process of forming a Pastoral Search Committee. The Council, drawing from the names submitted by the congregation, has approved a slate of potential committee members. We will be approaching those individuals in early May – asking if they are willing to serve on the Committee. One of the first tasks will be putting together a Church Profile. The entire congregation will be involved in putting together this Church Profile, with the Pastoral Search Committee deciding the precise ways to gather everyone's thoughts. As Dr. Boris said, while there is certainly sadness, this is also a very exciting time for the church.
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