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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.

January 2017 archives

“MOVING THE DIAL”

Barbara Turk

Ever take the parachute plunge? Ever bungee from a bridge?? Well, July 30, 2014 four UU’s were among 13 Greenpeace USA volunteers who were dangler-dos high above the Willamette River.  Knowing Portland’s St. Johns Bridge (it tops out at 230-feet above the river), is to know engineering, majesty, and beauty. To see it with the protestors, gear and flowing yellow and red banners, it was WOW! Some called it more, “Keep Portland Weird”.

Their effort: Keep the Shell Royal Dutch oil drilling rig from departing a Portland dry dock to head to Alaska for late season drilling.) Elizabeth Mount, a UU seminarian at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and 12  other Greenpeace volunteers, were dangler-dos for 40 hours high over the majestic river…a lot of time for Mount to reflect on UU values, and climate change activities. Her UU logo tee resulted in other UU’s identifying themselves. Mount stated, “I didn’t get within 75-feet of another human being for 40 hours”. Later she added, “I don’t think we’ll ever get every single thing we ask for when we do direction action, but when we move into that courageous space and try to do what we think would be the best thing, we get something. It moves the dial, and it’s worth it”. (Direct  impact: The ship and corporation were denied the ability to make statements to shareholders as to how much oil  they think is in the Arctic, thus making for an, “unsuccessful survey this season”.)

Law enforcement became involved. Mount and two others (suspended over the river’s deepest part) were given the option of descending by their own equipment, or being forced down. Mount descended onto a Coast Guard ship, was handcuffed, and received a citation. But first, an amusing moment for Mount came from the Coast Guard ship beneath her. Coast Guard: “You are trespassing, and you are unwelcome! Please descend from the bridge.” Mount’s thought: “Trespassing, I’m not concerned about. But, if I’m unwelcome…”.

Our own board member, Cherie Swenson, moved, “into that courageousspace trying to do what we think would be the best thing”, and move that dial. She prepared to go with Oregon’s Rural Organizing Project and 49 others to Standing Rock, ND on December 9th. Then, we all know what happened. (Corps of Engineers & weather.) But, you can be certain she’ll have lots to share with us this New Year. WISHING ALL A VERY HAPPY ONE!

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 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, April 24th service agenda

9:30 am Adult Discussion:  Racism. This topic will be continued from last week’s discussion. Wendy Millard will facilitate.
9:45 am Children’s Education: Moral Tales, from the Tapestry of Faith program.
10:30 am Service: The program will be a preview of a Roy Zimmerman show, to introduce the congregation to this liberal performer and to see if we might want to sponsor a performance here in Klamath Falls. Roy Zimmerman sings satirical songs – original songs about class warfare, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, Republicans (a lot of songs about Republicans), ignorance, war and greed. The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”
Coffee and refreshments will be available after the service, and all are invited to stay and socialize!

Sunday, Feb 6th 2016 service

This Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship:

Discussion, 9:30 am: Phil Studenberg will lead a discussion on sex trafficking, sex workers, and sexual exploitation.

Service, 10:30 am: Stan Gilbert of Klamath Behavioral Health will speak on “The State of Mental Health Services in the Klamath Basin”

There will be a social time after the service and all are invited to stay

Voices for Social Justice

Title: Voices for Social Justice
Description: We’re holding an informal meeting after the UU service on Sunday, February 21st, to schedule our first planning session for 2016. Please let Zelda or Sue know if you can join us!
With your involvement, we’ll continue to support local causes, advocate for state and national concerns and develop new projects.
Start Time: 11:30 am
Date: 2016-02-21