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News and events information from KMUCC and the wider community.


Moderator Musings for December 2020

Last month, I said that by December we're shining lots of light, and indeed we are, through Advent candles, Christmas tree lights, home displays, and, of course, the Star. 

Let There Be Light

We need all the light we can get.  It has been a dark year. December is the month where darkness begins to recede, turning at solstice from darker to lighter days.  November's advent hope joins with peace, joy, love celebrating the Light of the World lying in a manger.  Great events from humble beginnings.

And so it is with our humble church.  This is the month we look to the future, as our Council forms a budget.  That's a mundane term for what we truly form:  a statement of survival and stability, a financial and faithful commitment to continuing this community in money and members, dedicated to communion with a great light shining in a simple manger, shining still in the dark world of today.  It's what we do.

Book: Ibram KendiWednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of chapters 4, 5 and 6 of Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist." We’ll also share whatever insights and questions have come up from using the author’s accompanying workbook "Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action.”  Both books are widely available.

Gathering on ZOOM

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86331762579?pwd=dzd6dmYyVEZsS25PNjh5cFA4Rk52QT09 
Meeting ID: 863 3176 2579

Or by calling: (253) 215 8782 US or (301) 715 8592 US

Mica RichardsMica Richards, Building and Grounds Ministry Chair

Mica grew up with her mother and sister in Clackamas County. At Gladstone High School, she met her husband-to-be, Llew Richards. They were both band students of a certain excellent musician, Dave Parker. 

After marrying, Mica and Llew moved to northern California, where Llew had grown up, and spent several years working and attending college. They both earned undergraduate degrees in psychology at Humboldt State University. Shortly after, they had a long weekend commute for a few years, while Mica obtained her M.S. in mental health counseling at Western Washington University in Bellingham and Llew earned his M.A. at Lewis and Clark College.

After grad school, they settled in Milwaukie and found their new church home of Kairos. Mica worked in community mental health for a few years. She and Llew formed a group counseling practice with friends around the same time they had their first child, Grey. 

They bought their first home in Canby. A couple years later came their second child, Téana. Mica transitioned to solo counseling practice, where she has continued the work she loves. Currently, the whole family works and schools from their home in Canby.

Mica finds joy participating in all things musical at Kairos. For a few years, she provided janitorial services to the church, and she is now serving on the church council as Building and Grounds Coordinator.

Mica is an avid gamer. She enjoys getting together with friends (online these days) for strategy board and card games, video games, and roleplaying. She loves getting outside to hike and garden or work on home improvement. These cozy fall and winter months are a great time for creative pursuits on her own and with the kids - baking, writing, sewing, painting, crochet, beading, embroidery and anything else that takes her fancy.

Janice SalyersMany of us have a time in our life when our education and experiences coalesce, tipping our perception of the world.

For Janice Salyers, that time came when she was a teenager. It followed years of studying and performing music and dance, traveling and living with her parents and as an exchange student in Africa, Europe, Central America and Mexico. All the while, she was educating herself about the United States’ foreign policy and why we were so disliked in many parts of the world.

“It was a big awakening,” Janice says. “I saw firsthand the disparities and privileges that we have in the U.S. compared to other countries. In Mexico, I became aware of how dangerous an average citizen’s life could become, and my understanding about why people would risk everything to come to the United States became clearer.”

She continued to learn and grow through her adult years. In April 2018, Janice channeled this perspective into action when she participated in her first protest - a vigil with several Kairos-Milwaukie UCC members and other faith and social action groups to support immigrants being detained in Oregon.

“When I started hearing about the detainees, I wanted to get back into the issues and do something that would help our country be a little more just,” she says.

Janice travelled with several other KMUCC members to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles for a vigil and interfaith service to protest inhumane treatment of and unjust policies directed at undocumented immigrants. 

“I’m really proud of the stance our church takes on this issue and many others. It is a testament to the values of the people in our congregation,” she says.

Many KMUCC members are longtime activists. For example, Joanie McClellan was very active in the Sanctuary Movement, a religious and political campaign in the United States that began in the early 1980s to provide safe haven for Central American refugees fleeing civil conflict. The movement was a response to federal immigration policies that made obtaining asylum difficult for Central Americans. Joanie has remained active in immigration actions throughout the years.

“Our church is filled with people who want to walk the walk,” Janice says. “They have a passion for what they do, and they are not afraid to do it.”


Book: Ibram KendiWednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of the opening chapters of Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist." We’ll also share whatever insights and questions have come up from using the author’s accompanying workbook "Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action.”  Both books are widely available.

Gathering on ZOOM

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83944293832?pwd=UWYyTXVLTVBsRWNSZnNUU2JTK21CUT09
Meeting ID: 839 4429 3832
Passcode: 077029

Or by calling: (253) 215 8782 US or (301) 715 8592 US

Photo: © iStock.com / olegagafonov (Image ID# 1166164823)A Reflection for November 2020

As I write this the national election is still a week away and many of us are living in a state of high anxiety about the future of our country.  In the wake of the recent supreme court appointment, many in the LGBTQ community are scared about losing the legal protections that have been the result of so many years of work and belief.  And many of us are just worn out by the pandemic and all the losses, large and small, it has caused.

But no matter what happens next week; no matter what rulings get handed down by the supreme court, no matter how long COVID restrictions are in place, we will have our life together, committed to Christ’s way of mercy and justice.  Do not let go of hope!  We are not alone.  The God who created us is with us, and has given us a great cloud of witnesses to cheer, console and encourage us.

During November I invite you to spend a few minutes every day thinking about the saints in your life.  Give thanks for them, and if you are so moved, tell about them.

Nov 1 - One who mentored you in your profession

Nov 2 - Helped you deepen your spirituality

Nov 3 - Gave tangible help during a difficult time

Nov 4 - Founded an institution or movement that is important to you

Nov 5 - Showed tough love

Nov 6 - Coached you as you grew in skill and confidence

Nov 7 - Led a group that was significant to your formation

Nov 8 - Treated you like a sibling

Book Ibram X Kendi 500x500October 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm (TIME CHANGE!)

KMUCC folks have been reading Ibram X. Kendi’s book "How To Be An Antiracist."

Join us for a conversation about racial justice and becoming not merely non-racist but actively anti-racist.



Meeting ID: 823 7720 1982
Passcode: 497125

Or by calling 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592