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Behind Today’s Music: River of Dreams

by Lauren Servias

he   he Water Service is one of my favorite services of the year. It has that same exciting feeling we got for the first day of school; we reunite, greet each other after a summer of traveling and relaxing, and prepare for a new year as a church family. We combine water that we’ve […]

Behind today’s music: Heaven on Their Minds

by Lauren Servias

As we eagerly await tomorrow’s main event, we have been surrounded by all things eclipse-related: the OSU 150 Space Grant Festival, the Totality exhibit at the Fairbanks Art Gallery, and so, so many eclipse-themed concerts in the area.  There is such a wealth of music involving the skies that it was almost too easy to choose music for today’s […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Last weekend, our very own Leslie Chartier became the Rev. Leslie Chartier at a beautiful ordination that was filled with joy, humor, and spirit.  While Leslie joined the ranks of Unitarian Universalist ministers, her installation was held at the First United Methodist Church of Corvallis, where Leslie has served as an intern on her path to ordination.  One of […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Laughing Matters: Topics and things that are not to be taken seriously. Laughing Matters: Laughter is important. In these tumultuous times, the daily news has become a source of stress, disbelief, indignation, and anger.  The saying “the world is going to hell in a hand-basket” seems tailor-made for many of the current events we are dealing with.  And […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

One of the things I hear very often from fellowship members is “I don’t really miss the church or worship traditions that I was raised with…but I miss the music”.  (Feedback like this is one of the reasons why we host the annual Christmas Carol sing every December – regardless of spiritual growth, the music from our childhood worship […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Even the least devout OSU and Corvallis students (and several teachers, to be honest) fervently prayed for a snow day on Friday only to receive a mere dusting. Perhaps the answers to their prayers were just slightly delayed? After waking up to fat white flakes frosting our rooftops, yards, and cars this morning, I couldn’t resist playing  “Winter […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Our minds might go to different places when we hear the word “sanctuary”, but at the end of the day, sanctuary implies refuge, safety, and a sacred or special location.  Sanctuary can be a city, a school, or a church; the UUFC and all UU fellowships are clear on their position as being places where people can feel […]

Behind today’s music…

by Lauren Servias

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens are known for their catchy, beautiful, and very singable musicals, including Ragtime, Once on this Island, Seussical, and Lucky Stiff.  Few know, however, that Flaherty and Ahrens have also dipped their toes into the waters of film scoring, and created a magical soundtrack for the 1997 animated film Anastasia.  Anastasia is […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Failure and fear of failure are universal – we all have experienced defeat and are afraid of that crushing feeling that occurs when we don’t succeed. Today’s music draws from stories and narratives about this feeling – and how as Elizabeth’s Sollie’s and Jill McCallister’s sermons stated, one can’t let their fear of failure stop them from […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

“The world has gone mad.”  This was the Facebook status that I posted at 9:09 PM on Tuesday, November 8th, and a week and a half later, I still feel this way.  Coldplay’s “The Scientist” is a beautiful ballad that alludes to feeling powerless; it helped set the contemplative and still mood that I wanted the […]