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If you are Jewish, feel free to wish me “HAPPY HANUKKAH”.
If you are Christian you can wish me, “MERRY CHRISTMAS”.
If you are African American/Canadian, wish me a, “JOYOUS KWANZAA”.
If you have no affiliation you can wish me, “HAPPY HOLIDAYS”.

Whatever the expression I’ll not be offended.  It will be the thought that you cared enough to wish me well.   Whoopi Goldberg put it thus:  “We are many things”.  And as David Hedelman shared:  “We all are we”.
 
In this holiday month do keep your sense of humor, count your blessings, and GO JOLLY!!!!!
                               Barbara Turk

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Solstice Meditation


Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm

Step away from the holiday bustle and enter a time of silence, song and reflection on the Winter Solstice.
The Taize style of meditation involves simple melodies repeated over and over in a prayerful way, interspersed with periods of silence. Our Taize-inspired service is open to all people regardless of your faith tradition, or no faith tradition.
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Jensen’s Farewell Party

Sunday, December 16th at 9:00 am [NOTE TIME CHANGE]
We are sad to announce that the Jensens are leaving Klamath Falls, but we are happy for Julie, and her new job as president of Blackburn College in Illinois! Let’s wish Eric and Julie, Madeline and Mia well as they set off on this new chapter of their lives. 
Join us for a farewell breakfast before service. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Kids are welcome: we’ll have a special Christmas craft activity for little ones during the farewell party.

Jensen Family

Solstice Meditation

Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7 PM – 7:45 PM
Step away from the holiday bustle and enter a time of silence, song and reflection on the Winter Solstice.

The Taize style of meditation involves simple melodies repeated over and over in a prayerful way, interspersed with periods of silence. Our Taize-inspired service is open to all people regardless of your faith tradition, or no faith tradition.

November 2018 archives

                        NOVEMBER 2018 ARCHIVES

The 2018 Spirit Awards have lovingly been presented.  In June the Rev. Patt Herdklotz received hers, followed in October by our own Eric Jensen, and UU/Community friends Paula and Dwight Long.

Our member Scott Wagner was remembered September 22nd by KF family and friends.  In October first-responders in Santa Clara County, CA held a memorial for Scott. Joyce and Justine attended.  Scott was an EMT and fire fighter in his career.

Oregon has a new poet laureate, Kim Stafford, and he has a close connection to our UUFKC.  Kim follows in his father, William’s footsteps as poet laureate. Kim taught at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, as did William.

William was a poet and pacifist and in1970 became twentieth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, now known as U.S. Poet Laureate.

Kim an essayist and poet, is additionally responsible for sorting untold boxes of William’s unpublished poetry, private papers, publications, photographs, recordings, teaching materials for Lewis & Clark’s library Special Collections and Archives. No small task.

Kim’s wife is Perrin Kerns, daughter of Ben Kerns. Ben was one  of the founders of UUFKC, and a guiding light until his demise. In by- gone-years, when visiting family in KF, Kim spoke to our fellowship.  

October 13th Lou and I marched with the Rogue Valley UU Fellowship in Ashland’s Gay Pride Parade. Definitely a highlight, almost akin to the Portland Women’s March of 2017, and truly encouraging for warm response given RVUUF banner & marchers.

Diane Triana and Mark London say, “HI” from Brentwood, CA.

THANKS to Barry Gumburt for his meal-assists for the Wagner family during Scott’s illness. Barry is a former UUFKC board president, and now seeks the Buddha’s way.

Sandi Geer was  diagnosed last May with Psoriatic Arthritis.  After months of enduring pain she had a major fiscal pain.  In August she learned her one-a-week shot @ $500 would no longer be covered by insurance. Acupuncture helped, somewhat.  CHEERS to Sandi.

November 9-10, 2018 is 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, ”Night of Broken Glass”, in Germany and Austria.  Jews were killed and their property destroyed. Too outlandish to have happened?? History IS repeating itself in the mass incarcerations, with no human dignity,  of asylum seekers, and families separated. UU Principle One: The inherent worth & dignity of everyone.

                    We jump from an 80th to a F I R S T.

          Happy FIRST Birthday to Master Raelond Johnson.  

               HAPPY THANKSGIVING  TO ALL

Peace Pole Re-Dedication

Peace Pole Re-Dedication Ceremony

September 23rd, 10:00 am  The simple ceremony will include blessings from multiple faith traditions and cultures, singing, and is open to the public.  Regular Sunday Service at 10:30 follows.

 

A Peace Pole is the simplest of monuments – a wood pole with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed in several languages.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Klamath County will host a re-dedication ceremony of their Peace Pole on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at 10:00 am. ((  Join the event on Facebook!

This particular peace pole was originally installed in June 1998 beside the former Pine Grove School building which in those days was owned by UUFKC and served as their meeting place.

Twenty years ago, when Connee Pike-Urlacher and Robert Pike-Urlacher lost their second son,  Baby Oliver (in utero)  they  chose  the Peace Pole  as a memorial.    They chose the eight languages to adorn the pole with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Hebrew and Arabic were included for the two nations in a conflict at that time, Israel and Palestine, hoping for a peaceful resolution.

“It was the second Peace Pole in Klamath Falls, that I’m personally aware of, ” says Barbara Turk, UUFKC archivist. “Its  dedication was a tribute of hope for good will in our world, and a path from extreme grief to continued living for the Pike-Urlacher family.”

The 1998 dedication drew people of many  faiths and cultures who shared a beautiful summer day with one another,  and heard inspiring speakers on peace between nations and peace between neighbors.

Pine Grove Schoolhouse, former home of UUFKC, which burned in 2011

When the Pine Grove School building burned in 2011, the firefighters on the scene were able to rescue the Peace Pole from the blaze. It has lain in storage for seven years until this summer when a friend of the Fellowship restored the pole’s base and readied it for re-installation at the Unitarian Fellowship’s current home at 801 Jefferson st.

“The message of peace is universal,” says UUFKC board chair, Anya Kawka. “I see this pole as a symbol of humanity’s shared hope for peace. No one wants to live through war and strife. Republican or Democrat, Christian or Jew, we are all trying to live our best lives and care for our families. We have more in common than we do in conflict.”

The Unitarian Universalists have shared a building with St Paul’s Episcopal Church for seven years now. The Episcopalians have been very supportive of the installation of the rescued Peace Pole on the grounds of the church, and will be participating in the dedication ceremony.  “It just shows how much we share,” emphasizes Kawka. “Although we worship differently on Sunday mornings, we are able to come together around this simple prayer for peace.”

The Peace Pole Re-Dedication ceremony is open to the public.