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Cheerfulness, June 2016 Archives


by Barbara Turk

Our service March 13th saw cheerfulness, in abundance. Later I thought a stranger would have pondered that it was, in truth, a worship service. (We did call it, “Laughing at the Human Condition”!) I considered it a most enriching worship service, and then I found the following:

“Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive.”


And thanks to German art historian Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1847-1937).

Anticipating our July through August-2016 hiatus, may you THRIVE in cheerfulness, and be most generous with spreading it about.

As we UU’s claim Ralph Waldo Emerson to be “ours”, the following may prove to be a great send-off to us for this summer.

The Nature Conservancy’s 2008 purchase of 14,600-acres of forest property in the New York Adirondack Mountains, “came with a crown jewel: Follensby Pond, the idyllic locale where Ralph Waldo Emerson and nine of his intellectual contemporaries spent a contemplative summer in 1858.

“Their expedition, which included artists, poets, scientists, and doctors, constructed a simple, “Philosophers’ Camp” on the pond’s shore, and spent their days in discussions, exploration and creative endeavors. Emerson penned a long poem about, ‘The Adirondacs’ , rejoicing in the freedom of escaping everyday life for a while”.

(Nature Conservancy magazine Feb/March 2016)

May you find a Follensby Pond in your Summer-2016 adventures.

Happy C H E E R F U L Summer

“Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled.”


Important News for this Sunday at UU Fellowship

This Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Klamath Falls:

The Discussion at 9:30 is led by Bob Millard and requires your participation.  It will be another fun “Show and Tell” time!   This week, he suggests that the theme be “Show and Tell something that has influenced your spirituality”  – that’s pretty wide-open to interpretation.  So, bring an object, a photo, or a story – anything you’d like to share with the group!

The worship service starts at 10:30, with Sally Wells as our service leader.

The Rev. Annie Holmes of Corvallis will give the sermon.  Her topic is “Deeds Not Creeds”, which asks “what do we really know about the words Unitarian or Universalist?  Where did the words come from and why, after 200 years, are we still using them?  And who are the people who made this way of being religious a worldwide phenomenon?”  Rev. Holmes will address this fascinating history and make it come alive once again.

The social hour will follow the service, hosted by Sue Graves.  Plan to stay for coffee and refreshments!

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Klamath Falls is a welcoming congregation: 

A Welcoming Congregation is inclusive and expressive of the concerns of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming not only their presence but the unique gifts and particularities of their lives as well.

 ☮ Peace