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
Here are a few excerpts from remarks by Pastor Rick shared at the Annual Interfaith Dialog and Friendship Dinner hosted by Pacifica Institute.
It's staggering to consider how the cultural and religious landscape has changed in our lifetimes. The center of gravity has shifted dramatically. The majority of Christians in the world live outside Europe and North America. The United States is now the most religiously diverse country on the planet.
This great and growing diversity of the human world is challenging every religion, theory and ideology – calling us to dig deeper for the unity that lies beneath our surface differences
How can we reach across these differences, not only in language and culture, but also in religious upbringing, class, and educational background? How can the religions of the world co-exist as they continue to take root across the planet? How can we avoid intolerance, fanaticism, and all the bitter fruit that can occur when different cultures, races, and faith traditions brush up against each other?
These questions press in on us all, but they are particularly pressing for today’s young people. We live in a world where the populations of the most religiously and politically volatile areas of the world are strikingly young.
A letter to the congregation from the Pastoral Search Committee.
Dear Kairos-Milwaukie UCC,
As members of the Search Committee, we want to express our gratitude for the trust you have placed in us. This past two weeks, we have concluded our orientation meeting with Rev. Walter John Boris, our Conference/Association Minister who will work closely with us, and we have selected our committee officers.
The purpose of this letter is to share with you a brief summary of the upcoming milestones and expectations in the Search and Call process. These steps have been approved by the Church Council.
We will seek your perspectives on our church and its ministry through a questionnaire, to be filled out either in hardcopy or online (click here or use the button at the top of the page; church members only please), and a series of small group meetings during the month of July; as a result of this listening process, we will incorporate your ideas about new pastoral leadership into the “Local Church Profile” that we will develop. Coffee hour discussion tables will be held July 19th and 26th. Congregational written or electronic survey opportunities will be available from July 5th to July 19th. Hard copies of the survey are to be handed out this Sunday, July 5th. Be sure and get one.
Reading the suggested lessons for Sunday, July 5, I get the picture that the life of faith is not always a 4th of July picnic. While Psalm 48 rejoices in Jerusalem, its temple and its place among the nations of the world - its very existence being evidence that God’s steadfast in love can be counted on to support Jerusalem and her people from generation to generation - Psalm 123 strikes quite a different note. “Have mercy upon us, O Lord, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Too long our soul has been sated with the scorn of those who are at ease, the contempt of the proud.” v.3-4. Enough already! We’re waiting, God, we’re waiting for even a little respect!
The Gospel lesson tells of Jesus returning to his home town after his exhausting, but exciting, tour of cities of eastern Palestine, where the crowds came out to hear him, where they followed him from place to place, where they sought him out to heal their bodies and to refresh their souls in hope. One might expect that there would be a homecoming parade in Jesus’ honor - the home town boy has made good, made very good indeed! What a success story!
But instead the folks in the home congregation say, Who does he think he is? When did he get so smart? We know his family. He’s nobody special! And rather than being excited by his coming home, “they took offense at him.” v.3 And Jesus, for his part, “marveled because of their unbelief,” and went out to the villages around to continue teaching.
This is the immediate context for Jesus instructing his disciples, sending them out two by two, giving them “authority over the unclean spirits,” telling them not to expect success at every turn or that every door would be opened in welcome to them. Don’t expect to be treated like respected rabbis. Don’t expect to set up in one place and have people come flooding in to see you. Stay where you are welcome but don’t overstay. And if folks do not welcome you, don’t fight it! Just leave. Show them your heels. They will learn that it is their loss.
And, the text says, the disciples went out, preached repentance, cast out many demons, and anointed and healed “many that were sick.”
I am a retired professor of psychology and religion and am interested in how “repentance” leads to emotional and physical healing/wholeness. but that is another whole course of study. What I take from this week’s readings is that the life of faith is lived in a complex world of competing traditions, beliefs, and powers. We may not be pleased but we should not be surprised when some folks scorn what we believe and what we espouse. We should not “demonize” them for that but, rather, love them as we are able and move on. As my dad used to say, “We are not called to be successful. We are called to be faithful.” All people are children of God, and the Spirit of God blows where it will, and God is ever “still speaking.”
By Rick Skidmore
The sermon presented on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
I think in these stories that Jesus tells us, these parables, it’s not just some point that we’re invited to see and to embrace, it’s ourselves that we are invited to see and to embrace; it’s God we are invited to see and embrace...
Liberating Words: Luke 11:2; Luke 15:11-24; Romans 8:15-17
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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