Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

The Kairos-Milwaukie council had our annual retreat in late September. One of the areas where we felt the Spirit calling our energy is toward Faith Formation-- for children, youth and adults. When we updated our bylaws last spring we officially changed the name of the “Ministry of Christian Education” to the “Ministry of Faith Formation.” It’s a move that lots of churches are making – a reminder that “Christian Ed” is more than just Sunday school, and that Sunday school is more than just lessons.

Don’t get me wrong. I love both Sunday school and lessons of all sorts -- we need information to understand the tradition we have inherited and to be part of moving that tradition forward. But information alone is not enough. Our goal isn’t to have the “right ideas” about God, but to encounter the Divine and to live in the light and strength of that encounter. Seeking to be open to that encounter, we encourage continued participation in our current programs:

  • Sunday school for children. Lead by a stalwart group of teachers, rich in wisdom, compassion and humor.
  • Tuesday Morning Bible Study and Breakfast – a chance to read the lectionary texts for the week in community and under the wise guidance of the Rev. Jim Ogden
  • Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study – a place for women to read deeply under the expert leadership of the Rev. Margie Ogden 
  • Theology on Tap – We gather in an informal setting for conversation about the bigger questions: What do we mean when we say the word “God?” Why were we put here, and why do we have to leave? What shall we do in the meanwhile?

AND, invite participation in new things:

  • Service Trip 2019 - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD The goal is not just for a small group of us to travel to Pine Ridge to volunteer, but for all of us to learn about the realities of reservation life in America; about the painful history of European incursion onto native land, the church’s complicity in death-dealing policies, and the strength, resilience and beauty of the people. And then to ask, how is my faith calling me to respond.
  • Exploration of Our Whole Lives (OWL) for our young people. OWL is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum created by the UCC and UU denominations. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information about human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. It helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and make informed decisions about relationships, health, and behavior in the context of their faith.
  • Take Time out for a Spiritual Retreat – together. Please contact me if you want to be part of the planning team.