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Inquirers Series

New Members Inquirers Series

A casual discussion series designed to help new comers decide whether they want to become members, and to help existing members deepen their understanding of Unitarian Universalism.
This series is not required for becoming a member of UUFKC.
This series will be repeated in March 2019.

Dawn Albright, Anya Kawka, Chuck Wells

6:00 pm Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Note: there will be a New Members welcoming ceremony as part of the regular Sunday Service on December 2nd, 2018. We will recognize and celebrate all of the people who have recently decided to make UUFKC their spiritual home.

More Membership information.


August Fellowship Nights

Intergenerational Family Game Night: Thursday, August 3rd, 6:00 pm

Join fellow Unitarians for a night of interactive games and challenges! From Pictionary to relay races to Trivia challenges, this will be a night to remember.
All ages welcome, all family types welcome! We are a LGBTQ welcoming congregation.
Snacks provided.
Hosted by Annica and Jaime Palmer.

Movie Night: Thursday, August 10, 6:00 pm

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 French, American, Belgian and Swiss documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.
Discussion to follow! Snacks provided. Hosted by Phil Studenberg

Art Night: Collages! Thursday, August 17th, 6:00 pm
Materials provided but if you have any extra magazines you don’t need, feel free to bring them! Express yourself through found images and words!
Snacks provided. Wine courtesy of Blue Zones.
Hosted by Max and Kitty
Movie Night: Thursday, August 24, 6:00 pm

Song of the Sea (Irish: Amhrán na Mara) is a 2014 animated fantasy drama film. Song of the Sea follows the story of a 10-year-old Irish boy named Ben who discovers that his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for the apparent death of his mother, is a selkie who has to free faerie creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha.
Discussion to follow! Snacks provided. Hosted by Janelle and Bird.

Taize Meditation: Thursday, August 31st, 6:00 pm

Come find a moment for quiet reflection, song and silence in the spirit of Taize meditation.
All spiritual paths welcome.

A Veteran Speaks

John Fischer presents: “A Veteran Speaks” in honor of Memorial Day. 
John served two deployments as a Marine in Anbar Province, Iraq.  He describes combat as “Hours of endless boredom, punctuated by seconds of sheer terror.”  He will talk about life as a combat soldier, returning home, and his thoughts as a veteran on Memorial Day

Wedding Shower

We are so excited to celebrate the upcoming weddings of two couples in our Fellowship: Jamie and Annica will be married in May and Janelle and Bird will be married in July. Both will be private ceremonies in other locations with their families and close friends present.

Both couples are new to Klamath Falls and so, as their Unitarian surrogate family, we have the honor of showering them with blessings before their big days!

No gifts are necessary. Just come to enjoy a celebration of love! There will be snacks provided and we will enjoy some games and trivia, as well as a blessing to honor the couples.

Saturday, April 29th at 3:00 pm

In the Unitarian Meeting Room, 801 Jefferson Street, Klamath Falls

If you’d like to contribute snacks, or have questions, contact Polly Strahan:

Nina Pence Recognized

Submitted by Barbara Turk.

On Sunday March 26th, at 2 PM in the Baldwin Hotel, a free program will be offered to recognize Women’s History Month—and Women of the Basin.
Among those to be recognized is NINA PENCE.  She passed away last year at 91 after almost two decades fighting cancer.  (I believe breast cancer.)  Talk about tenacity!
Nina supported our fellowship for years, financially,  as she was a thinker, and saluted, totally, our  UU Principles.  She was also a charter member of our local League of Women Voters, and had a fascinating career as an architect, based in Klamath Falls.
She always was a supporter of the arts and artists, and liked nothing better than a run to Ashland with friends for an OSF production.
For decades her  mentor-architect had possibly thee most regarded and busiest architectural office between Portland and Sacramento.  Lou and I live next door to one of Nina’s home-designs, the Dr. Thompson house, on Huron Street.
In 1944 Nina’s family was living in Blue Island, Ill where she graduated from high school. Then she was employed at the Dodge Chicago War Plant until war’s end.  (Maybe a true “Rosie the Riveter”???)
My favorite story of Nina was her 1945 beginning at the University of Michigan School of Architecture.  She and one other woman were in a class of 200 men.  (Just imagine!)
Nina never married, remaining ever devoted to family and her skill.  She passed away June 8, 2016, in the family home, where she had cared for her mother, who live into her nineties.   Nina’s mother was Christian Science, and Nina also financially supported their church (across from post office.)  That church is another of Nina’s designs.  (The entire list of her designs is mighty long.)
I’m sure later this month the H&N will carry news pieces about all the women to be recognized, but for now UU’s  have a personal connection to at least one of them.

Declaration of Conscience

In February, the UUFKC board decided to sign our congregations name to the Declaration of Conscience, committing to put Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. “We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil. As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us. We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.”

The following is from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee:

Thank you for joining us in committing to speak out and take action in support of basic human rights. While we cannot predict what the future will bring, and we do not pretend to have all the answers, we can and will be ready for the struggle ahead of us. Information about our work together will be shared in the coming weeks, but there is more you can do right now:

Help us to spread the word.
Learn more.

Wondering what your options might be for effective congregational action in a heightened time of hostility and violence and possible deportations? Join us for the Solidarity and Sanctuary Webinar Series. In this series we will review a survey of strategies appropriate for congregations of many sizes and political contexts. Hear from grassroots leaders from communities at highest risk, and learn from inspiring examples of what some UU congregations are already doing and what resources the UUA, UUSC, the UU College of Social Justice and other groups have to offer!

You can watch a recording of our most recent webinar, Solidarity and Sanctuary: A Survey of Options for Action, and sign up for upcoming webinars from the College of Social Justice.

Sent from UUSC on behalf of the joint campaign

Hearing for Monument Expansion


Carpools from…
· ASHLAND: 3:00 p.m. – Meet at the KS Wild office, 3185 E. Main (down the hill east of the Hwy 66/I-5 exit). Please RSVP to Jeanine Moy,
· THE GREENSPRINGS: 3:30 p.m. – Meet in front of the Oregon Extension on Highway 66 at Lincoln (just past milepost 21 and just before the first mailboxes at 15097 Highway 66 between Ashland and Keno). 15-passenger van will fill with passengers first for those who do not want to drive. Please RSVP to Dave Willis,
Be sure to bring liquid and food because the drive and hearing will overlap dinner time.

The Klamath County Commissioners, represented by Commissioner Tom Mallums, went on record against Cascade-Siskiyou Monument expansion at Sen. Merkley’s and DOI Deputy Sec’y Connor’s October 14 Monument expansion hearing in Ashland. 80% of attendees were in favor of Monument expansion at that hearing. Commissioner Mallums again went on record against expansion at the Jackson County Commissioners’ October 27 hearing in Medford where speakers split 50/50 for and against Monument expansion.

Now the Klamath County Commissioners are holding their own hearing in Government Center Hearing Room 219 at 305 Main Street in Klamath Falls this coming Tuesday, November 1, at 6 p.m. To repeat, these commissioners are already on record against Monument expansion. We believe the commissioners’ intent for their hearing this Tuesday, November 1, at 6 p.m. – announced on the Klamath County website (see attachment and/or > “Public Affairs” [lower right] > “Press releases” [top of right-hand column]) – is, as with the Jackson County Commissioners, to attract as many anti-Monument attendees as possible in an attempt to prevent Monument expansion.

The Obama Administration is seriously considering Cascade-Siskiyou Monument expansion via the congressionally vested Antiquities Act that established the original Monument. Scientist after scientist says Monument expansion is necessary to protect and restore this remarkably biodiverse landscape and the important biological pathways it provides. The mayors, city councils, and chamber boards of Ashland and Talent (the two closest towns to the Monument) unanimously support expansion, as do Oregon local state Rep. Peter Buckley, the late state Sen. Alan Bates, his appointed replacement Sen. Kevin Talbert, and Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. The end of the Obama Administration is a rare opportunity for these important and vulnerable public lands. Please don’t let the Klamath County Commissioners claim overwhelming opposition to Monument expansion at their hearing this Tuesday evening.

Though most of the proposed Monument expansion is in Jackson County, county lines are not ecological lines. According to Sen. Merkley’s office, the Klamath County portion of the proposed Monument expansion on Sen. Merkley and Sen. Wyden’s 10-4-16 map is 18,626 acres. Much of this acreage is on the Surveyor Mountain-Buck Mountain ridge in the Jenny Creek and Spencer Creek headwaters. Existing BLM and proposed legislative designations recognize most of the public lands here as having more than commodity values…
· In BLM’s new Western Oregon Plan Revision: Almost all of the acreage is designated for “Recreation Management,” roughly 30% is designated as Late-Successional Reserve to protect old-growth forest, there are two Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Old Baldy and Tunnel Creek), many miles of Riparian Reserves, and about two miles of Pacific Crest Trail.
· In Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley’s S. 132 (“O&C Bill”): Almost all of the Klamath County acreage in the proposed Monument expansion area is proposed as “Conservation Emphasis Area,” most of the acreage is classified as “Conservation Network Land,” ~20% of the area would protect mature forests 80-120 years old, three “Special Environmental Zones” are proposed, and the two PCT miles would receive a half-mile width buffer as part of a “Pacific Crest Trail Protection Corridor.”

Especially because of heavy commercial logging on adjacent private lands, scientists are especially concerned that this higher elevation public land be included in an expanded Monument in the face of climate change to offer high elevation forest refugia for terrestrial and avian species and clean, cold headwaters for aquatic species. Though helpful, neither BLM’s recent allocations nor the senators’ proposed designations afford sufficient or comprehensive protection for this key BLM link between the existing Monument to the southwest and the generally more benignly managed U.S. Forest Service land to the north.

PLEASE ATTEND THE KLAMATH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 6 P.M. HEARING AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN KLAMATH FALLS (Hearing Room 219, 305 Main Street) AND SPEAK FOR MONUMENT EXPANSION. Please arrive early if you can. Please wear blue. And please – once again – support a science-based Cascade Siskiyou National Monument expansion. (Few good things ever come easy…)

For a bigger, wilder, Monument –
Dave Willis, Soda Mountain Wilderness Council

P.S. Please don’t forget carpool times/locations at the top of this email.

Renting Space for UUFKCs exclusive use

Board Explores Renting Space for UUFKC’s Exclusive Use

Chuck talked with the Episcopalian Church leaders and understands that they are willing to give us exclusive use of the Upstairs Meeting Room (where we currently meet).

We would like to discuss this idea over the next few months and hear input from the UUFKC fellowship.

Here is the plan for this process:

November 13th Board Meeting:

The Board will finalize our financial picture and projection for next year (maybe based on a couple of pledging totals);

The Board will create a proposal for congregational consideration with options, to be  sent by email and regular mail immediately after the November meeting.

December 11th Board Meeting:

The first half hour of the December Board Meeting will be a presentation of comments received to date and an open discussion of the proposals, and any recommendations by congregants. Absentee members may email or mail comments to the board prior. Note that in any situation it is those who speak up or show up that finally make the decision. This also would be the final announcement that we shall decide on the long range plan in January.

January 8th Board Meeting:

The Board will make the final decision on whether to sign a rental agreement with the Episcopalians.

Support the Urban Trail Master Plan for a healthier Klamath Falls!

This email is shared from the Sky Lakes Wellness team. As a supporter of improving our Klamath Falls community and advocating for healthy living, the Unitarian Fellowship is sharing this information on our website:utmp

Last night our Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend to City Council that the Klamath Falls Urban Trail Master Plan (UTMP) be adopted into the TSP (Transportation Systems Plan)!  The showing from the community was tremendous and many spoke in support of the UTMP.  The enthusiasm was inspiring!

But we will not be able to move forward with any of the trail, bike lane, or sidewalk connectivity projects within the UTMP unless at least three City Councilors vote in support of the UTMP at City Council the night of June 6thHaving your support the night of the 6th will absolutely make a difference in the outcome.  Please consider joining in support of this important project for Klamath’s future.  Though public speaking can be so difficult, saying a few words as to why walkable and bikeable communities are important to you will really impact those Council Members who are wavering.

When:  Monday, June  6th at 7 p.m. (please arrive a few minutes early)

Where: Council Chambers, 500 Klamath Avenue

If you are interested in helping even more, please consider writing, calling, or meeting with Council Members to voice your support of the UTMP:

Trish Seiler: 541-884-8248, (Downtown, Stewart-Lennox, Gatewood, Kingsley Field)

Bud Hart: 541-884-1807, (KU area, Pacific Terrace/Eldorado south of Manzanita St, Mills Addition north of Vine)

Matt Dodson: 541-331-5863, (Mills Addition south of Vine, Washburn Way, Foothill Blvd and North Hills)

Dan Tofell: 541-884-9760, (Harbor Isles, Pacific Terrace/Eldorado north of Manzanita St, Nob Hill, Quarry St, OIT/Hospital)

Bill Adams: 541-891-7600, (Lakeshore, California Ave & Conger area, Montelius St area)

Let’s continue to create positive change in our wonderful community!   Please share!

Stephanie, Katherine, Jeanette, and Jen

– Sky Lakes Wellness Center Team

UTMP City Hearings Flyer

Sale of old UU Property


We have had a verbal offer by a qualified buyer;
The offer is:
Sales Price $ 65,000
Down Payment $ 8,000
Balance $ 57,000 @ 4.5% for 149 months ( payoff date: 2028)
Monthly Payment $ 500
The sale is conditional upon the well and septic system being approved by the County
The well & septic inspection cost is approx. $ 1,000, to be paid by buyer).
Chuck discussed the offer with the Board, Phil Studenberg and several others in the program planning area to gauge their approval. All agreed to proceed. An email was sent to all announcing the decision. The Board approved a minute authorizing Phil and Chuck to complete the Agreement and to sign the documents necessary to completing the transaction.
Chuck met earlier this week with the Attorney to finalize the draft SALE AGREEMENT AND EARNEST MONEY RECEIPT, and gave our client a copy. She is holding it until she completes the inspection of the well and septic system. We then will open a title insurance account with Amerititle. We will sign the Agreement, she will deposit her earnest money of $1,000, and the process will continue, to hopefully close by mid-June.
Upon closing, Amerititle will have an escrow account set up to collect the monthly payment of $500 and deposit it to the UU account; this will be done upon legal advice, to ensure that there is a third party accounting of payments in accord with the Sale Agreement. It also makes the accounting easier, and more reliable, for our Treasurer.
Whether the sale is completed before our Fellowship’s planned gathering at the property, our client welcomes us to gather for the ceremony.
Submitted by Chuck Wells, Board Chair