Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Photo: © iStock.com / elinedesignservices (image #43282422)During Lent we are invited to ask ourselves, both as individuals and as a community, who am I? What is worth living for? What are my values, and am I living up to them?

As we read the stories of Holy Week, of the failure and abandonment of some of the disciples, the steadfastness of others, we also ask: “what does it mean to misunderstand, to fail? What does it mean to deny, to betray, or to fall asleep when we should have acted? And then, how do we rise again?” (Amy-Jill Levine, “Entering the Passion of Jesus”)

As we move into the mystery and joy of Easter, we celebrate again the Christ who becomes incarnate in order to accompany all of creation, the Christ who suffers in accompaniment with the suffering of creation, the Christ who rises, and accompanies us still. And so, joyfully, we commit ourselves to the work of accompaniment and reconciliation to which Christ calls us. Everything we do and are as a community is born here – in the moment of astonished joy and gratitude to have found ourselves in the company of resurrected Love.

We teach and learn; sing and worship;
We serve each other at coffee hour and in personal acts of visitation, prayer and kindness, serve the men at Hoyt Street shelter, serve Clackamas service center with our donations, serve NWPP with our feet and our donations at the walkathon; serve the wider church, Cetana, our children and youth at camp, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, and on and on with our “2-Cents a Meal” donations; we advocate for the earth and protection of the environment;

We show up for Pride Parade, conference gatherings, and demonstrations for immigrant justice, and soon a small group of us, supported and sent by the whole congregation, will show up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to learn and serve in solidarity with Lakota people.

All, all, to express the mystery of resurrection that we have experienced and the message we have received:
“You are loved, you are loved, you are loved. God is here. It is enough.”