Category Archives: Sunday agenda

Aspirations by Alison: Beloved Community in Southern Oregon

Above: The first meeting of the Southern Oregon UU Partnership

One of the goals I held for my ministerial internship since it was only a glimmer in my eye is that we would find ways for all three of our Southern Oregon UU Partnership (SOUUP) congregations to share in worship together, worship not as in bowing down before anything, but from the Old English root weorthscipe, which means lifting up what is of worth, “worth-ship” as Franny, the board chair at UU Fellowship of Klamath County (UUFKC), referred to it in our December service together. I’ve been so grateful to the people of Rogue Valley UU Fellowship (RVUUF), who have already stepped out of their usual Sunday morning routine to join me for Zoom worship with UUFKC as well as UUGP. Today, I am excited to provide details of a plan for three weeks of shared worship between our SOUUP congregations in February 2021, focusing on the theme of beloved community.

Like UUFKC, UUGP offers a Zoom worship service at 10:30am each Sunday. On Sunday, 2/14, all three SOUUP congregations will join UUFKC’s Zoom, and RVUUF and UUGP will have the opportunity to experience Sunday morning with UUFKC. The following week, 2/21, UUGP will open their Zoom sanctuary to the people of RVUUF and UUFKC. Then, on 2/28, for something completely different, we’ll join RVUUF for their pre-recorded worship service (available to watch on YouTube at your convenience) followed by “Coffee Hour” fellowship time via Zoom at 11:30am, where we’ll be able to share together in small-group discussion and do the work of relationship building that is the foundation of beloved community.

So, for the last three weeks of February, two of your Sunday mornings will be a bit different from what you’re used to. On the 21st, you’ll still log on to Zoom at 10:30am, but the service will be managed by the folks at UUGP, using the readings and worship elements that are part of their liturgy. On the 28th, the whole flow of the morning will be different, as I’ve described above. I want to ask you to enter February with an open mind. In addition to building beloved community, my hope is that we will be able to learn from each other, to see what we appreciate most from the different worship styles our communities have, what we can bring back that will work in our individual congregations, or what we really appreciate about our own ways of doing things. I also hope that as we invest our time in small-group sharing with our SOUUP siblings across the region on the 28th, we’ll reinforce the connections that already exist between us.

One of the great joys I’ve found in my internship so far is making connections: connecting local organizers to folks doing similar work on a national scale; connecting individuals in one congregation to counterparts doing similar work in another SOUUP community; connecting Southern Oregon UUs with opportunities to learn, act or worship with our larger denomination and affiliated organizations. I see our coming together for these three Sunday mornings in February as one more piece of the work of “empowering connection,” as RVUUF says in their mission statement. I hope you will accept this invitation to experience new ways to worship and connect with our faith siblings in Southern Oregon next month.

Building Beloved Community

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
We will welcome Reverend Sarah Schurr as guest speaker at our regular 10:30 am worship service.

Rev. Sarah Schurr will help us look at Martin Luther King’s ideas of Beloved Community and what might help us live into those values in our Unitarian Universalist Congregations.  We will explore what could be getting in our way, and what can help us thrive with compassion and generosity.  Rev. Sarah Schurr is our congregation’s primary contact from the Pacific Western Region of the UUA, and specializes in supporting small and growing congregations.

Special Workshop

All members and friends are invited to join Sarah after the service for a 90 minute mini-workshop to help build Beloved Community here in our Fellowship.  This is an interactive event that is thoughtful as well as fun. We will explore and honor the inherent worth and dignity of each person as we cherish our past and walk towards our future.  Everyone is welcome, including children.

Coming Together September 10th

This Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at the UUFKC

“Coming Together–Where We’ve Been and Where We’d Like to Be Going”
The Fellowship opens this worship season with a celebration of summertime activities, a look at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly and how this will be celebrated as “living our faith”.  Water Ceremony: People are invited to bring a sample of the water where they celebrated their summer and tell its significance.  Rev. Patt Herdklotz will lift important elements of the U.U. General Assembly underscoring the UU commitment to justice, equity and celebration of faith and one another.

Taoism – Active Quietism/Quiet Activism

Bill Martin presents: Taoism – Active Quietism/Quiet Activism on June 4th, 2017 at UUFKC. The Tao Te Ching, with its deep understanding of the energy of Yin and Yang together, presents a revolutionary message — a culture changing message —  in the subtle form of “active quietism.” Its author, the legendary Chinese sage, Lao-Tzu, is often called the “father of quietism” for his emphasis on cooperation with the flow of the Tao rather than imposition of our own agendas upon it. However, each poetic chapter of his classic little book contains a seed, which if germinated, would transform society.

A quietist accepts the world as he finds it, understanding that the complex dynamics of life are not under his control. He does not seek to fix it according to his own agendas not impose upon it his own standards. The activist sees certain aspects of society to be unacceptable and seeks to make changes in these aspects through direct or indirect action. His actions may arise from compassion or simply from anger and frustration. The Taoism found in the Chinese classic book of spiritual philosophy, Tao Te Ching, combines these two stances; accepting the world as it is in the moment without seeking to lay blame, argue, or instill hate; and at the same time letting a natural willingness arise to take energetic and focused action at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner in order to be a part of the natural flow, change, and balance of the Tao.

Visit Bill Martin’s Website:

www.taoistliving.com

Bill Martin’s Books:

For the past twenty-five years he has written and published books and other writings that explore the art of living a Taoist Path in the modern world. The titles below are available through all bookstores and on-line merchants. Clicking on a title will take you to more information.

The Parent’s Tao Te Ching

The Couple’s Tao Te Ching

The Sage’s Tao Te Ching

A Path and a Practice

The Caregiver’s Tao Te Ching

The Tao of Forgiveness – The Healing Power of Forgiving Others and Yourself.

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching – Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution

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

Rev Katie Larsell to speak on Social Justice

On Sunday, June 5, 10:30 am,  the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will welcome speakers  from the Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice—Congregations Doing Justice Together.

The Rev. Katie Larsell, Executive Director of Oregon UU Voices for Justice, will speak at  the service, accompanied by a board member, David Hyde, from Ashland’s Rogue Valley UU Fellowship. Their emphasis is  on, “why we do social justice”.

Oregon UU Voices for Justice presently has three campaigns:  Climate Justice, Money Is Not Speech/Corporations Are Not People, and Single Payer Health Care.

Larsell also serves on the Planning and Sustainability Commission of Portland, volunteers with East Portland Action Plan, and is an affiliated community minister from Eastrose Unitarian Universalist Church in Gresham.

Coffee follows the service. Childcare will be available.

Sunday, May 22 service schedule

9:30 am Adult Discussion:  Barbara Turk will lead the discussion about a  “symbol/memento” you cherish, and always have with you in your pocket, purse, as jewelry, on your bedside, desk, whatever.
9:45 am Children’s Education: Katie will be teaching a lesson from the Tapestry of Faith curriculum.
10:30 am Service:  Todd Kepple, “Myths of Klamath”
Coffee and refreshments will be available after the service, and all are invited to stay and socialize!
Help!! We are in need of a volunteer for Service Leader on May 29, and Coffee Host on June 5. Please contact Sally candseldorado at charter.net  if you can help out. You can see all the dates with volunteer openings on the UU Calendar

Sunday, May 15 service schedule

9:30 am Adult Discussion:  “Unintended Consequences” – led by Eric Jensen
9:45 am Children’s Education: Tapestry of Faith program with Katie
10:30 am Service:  The OIT chapter of Engineers Without Borders will talk about their water projects in Tanzania. For five years the group has worked on constructing two wells, serving a village of 2000 people.
Coffee and refreshments will be available after the service, and all are invited to stay and socialize!

Sunday, May 1 service schedule

This Sunday, May 1st at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship:
9:30 am Adult Discussion: “When do we speak up?” Facilitated by Cherie Swenson. It will entail three prompts:
1. When do you let people know they are acting as their own worst enemy?
2. When do you let people know they are inhibiting others liberty?
3. At what time do you share your concerns when you get a new job?
9:45 am Children’s Education: There will not be a children’s education program this week due to a few families’ vacations.
10:30 am Service: Reverend Jack Coffey will present on “What do we presume? In the Blue Zone of an unjust world, full of hurt, what do we…agnostics, atheists, and theists of all kinds…presume by reviving faith, healing bodies and mending communities? Readings from Psalm 67, Revelation 21, and John 14: 23-29.”
Coffee and refreshments will be available after the service, and all are invited to stay and socialize!