Posts by Jill McAllister

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Reverend Jill McAllister: Bravery, Vulnerability

by Jill McAllister

From the Corvallis Advocate. The Reverend Jill McAllister can’t remember the answers she once gave when people asked, “How are you?” Lately, she finds herself saying, “I am tired.” Or she might say, “Things are immense.” McAllister’s congregation, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship of Corvallis, is still reeling from the ascendance of President Trump. The […]

What We Can Do

by Jill McAllister

Suggestions from the UUA Office of Multicultural Ministries Join the We Say Enough! campaign of the Interfaith Organizing Initiative (a coalition of denominations and organizing networks). Sign the Moral Manifesto, sign up for the On Call for the Movement Virtual Mass Meetings, and attend or host a radical truth-telling speak-out in your community. We recently […]

Between Us

by Jill McAllister

In this month we’ll arrive at the end of the election season, and begin the days and era which follow it. Both require fortitude, and both call us to pay close attention to how we are living the values we espouse. The election will not be the end of challenges. With all the realities of […]

Between Us – A Brave Year Calls 

by Jill McAllister

We begin a new Fellowship year together. We begin again. This is the hallmark of the religious life, and of most spiritual practice. To begin again and again and again. Our starting place this year is challenging, to say the least. We still face incredible devastation of the life systems of the earth. We face […]

God is a very big idea.

by Jill McAllister

This column was originally published in the Gazette-Times Interfaith Voices section on August 6, 2016. When I was a student preparing for ministry, I studied for several years at the Catholic seminary located at the Benedictine monastery near Mount Angel, the Mount Angel Seminary. It was a fascinating experience in multiculturalism, of being in a […]

Between Us

by Jill McAllister

The roughly 250 years between 475 to 221 BCE in China are commonly referred to as the Period of Warring States. During this time, independent states and sub-states were nearly constantly at war, for power and hegemony. Social cohesiveness crumbled as self-interest within these factions began to rise. There were different views about the best […]

Letter from Rev. Jill

by Jill McAllister

July 8, 2016 Dear all – I write to share a few thoughts at the end of this first week of July, another week full of life. I am reeling, and mourning today, from the news of more killing. I was already reeling at the report of two more black men killed. Now the news […]

Between Us – We Are Better Together

by Jill McAllister

I’m wrapping up four days at the UUA General Assembly in Columbus Ohio, along with Michael Molk, Susan Christie and Blaise Ntakarutimana. The General Assembly is the annual gathering of American UUs – thousands of us gathered in one place. This year the programing and worship have focused on the great need for us to […]

A Little Learning Can Tear Down Walls

by Jill McAllister

This column was originally published in the Gazette-Times Interfaith Voices section on June 11, 2016. As part of my commitment to fostering more peace in the world, I teach a course in world religions at Oregon State University. Studying the major classical religious traditions of the world — Indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese traditions, Judaism, Christianity […]

Between Us …

by Jill McAllister

Congratulations to all of us, and thank-you for a great UUFC annual meeting on May 15! 180 members attended and participated. The notes about business transacted are elsewhere in this newsletter – I simply want to acknowledge the beauty of what happens between us when we gather to make our ideals real. The conversations were […]