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.
What If I Don't Want To Be Saved?
By Joanna Hart
The sermon presented on Sunday, August 10, 2014.
I did not want to be told I needed to be saved. I have never liked being told I was a sinner.
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Kairos-Milwaukie UCC Blog, August 7, 2014
by Joanna Hart, M. Div.
I was told by God today to blog about vulnerability. I wanted to tell him to get lost, that I felt too vulnerable, but you know, it is GOD. Vulnerability gets a bad rap because, let’s face it, it can make us feel uncomfortable! Have you ever looked up the dictionary definition of the word vulnerable? Of course I did, because I love words…and you can find a ton of them in the dictionary. One of the definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary online is “capable of being physically or emotionally wounded.” Another definition is “open to attack or damage.” With these general understandings of this condition plaguing our psyche, who would ever choose vulnerability? Who would ever choose to be open to attack or damage?
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By Jack Courtney
This is the third year I've attended the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) Conference, with Joanie McClellan. For the past 56 years, it has been held on the Fourth of July weekend at the Seabeck Conference Center on beautiful Hood Canal, a few miles from Bremerton, Washington. The program agenda isn't repetitious, as each year there is a new theme. This year it was Taking Back the Fourth: Speaking Truth to Power. The speakers were powerful and the workshops were most informative. You can link to these speeches as indicated:
This year the conference invited members of the Friends of William Stafford to attend and lead four workshops. One featured poet Tim Barnes who discussed Stafford's book, Down in My Heart, which was written during his WWII peace witness in wartime from 1942-1946, interned in camps for conscientious objectors. Later he served as Oregon Poet Laureate as well as National Poet Laureate, and taught at Lewis and Clark College for 30 years. One of the workshops featured the film Every War Has Two Losers, based on his life, which was presented at Kairos last year.
Joanie completes her two-year term as CEO of the State of Oregon's Fellowship of Reconciliation in August and has accomplished much during her leadership. I am always amazed at her vigilance in bringing important issues into the forefront of this organization. You can link to her Annual Report at www.ofor.org and you are invited to attend the potluck event on August 17th. Thank you.
By Joanna Hart, M.Div.
First of all, I want to say thank you from deep in my soul for this gift that is this internship. It has been a wild wonderful ride. You have been so gracious in allowing me to move around, sometimes blindly, in the space of this steep learning curve that is pastoral ministry. I will always wish I could have done more, more with the youth, with visitations, but there are many things I have had the opportunity to do.
I preached. I love to preach (fortunately, I preach the remainder of August). I have heard you can’t love to preach and feel the responsibility of the spiritual welfare of the congregants at the same time. However, I seem to be able to have both. I love the research, the reading, the embarking upon the spiritual quest and allowing others to come along with me. I also make sure I give all of you some spiritual nugget to go home with, even if it is a nugget I didn’t intend.
I have truly enjoyed the Breakfast Club and coordinating the Bible study. This is an engaging, smart group of people whose obvious love for one another is inspiring. The Thursday morning Bible Study group allowed me the chance to give them some information about five major religions, and they seemed eager to know and learn about other religions. In fact, we didn’t even get to Christianity!
I had two home visits, Elaine Hubble and Becky Daniels. Thanks to Kathy Jones and Margie Ogden, for accompanying me on these visits, respectively. They both gave me a new understanding for who loves this church.
And I wrote! Blogs and Pace newsletter articles enriched my interest to convey the human and spiritual experience in words.
I would thank every member I have met, and friends, that I have connected with this summer if I could. At the very least I want to thank Rick Skidmore, Jim and Margie Ogden, Suzanne Younge, Ethelyn Pankratz, and all the council members I have worked closely with. You have all enriched my life with your guidance.
This congregation will be in my heart long after this internship is over. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again. It has pleased me to know end to share my gifts and interests, and have you share them right back! Peace and God be with you all!
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