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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 […]

The New Sanctuary Movement

by Jamie Petts

By Elizabeth Sollie, ministerial intern As interest grows around the sanctuary movement, I have been asked to share my particular experience with the New Sanctuary Movement. My home congregation voted to become a sanctuary church and brought Arturo Hernandez-Garica into sanctuary in 2015. I was the president of the board during our discernment process. After […]

A note from our RE Associate, Rachel Kohler

by Jamie Petts

Who knew that six months could pass so quickly? Mid-July seems merely a few weeks past, when, unsure of what my future held, I stapled copies of my resume to job applications for Dutch Bros and grabbed my car keys on my way out the door to drop them off…and then Jill McAllister called to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adult Religious Growth and Learning – by Ann Mbacke

by Jamie Petts

  Over the past few months, we have shared the seven principles and a brief description of what they mean; now let’s consider what they mean in action. Given the continued violence in the world around us – and, at times, within us – I have been going back to those who came before me […]

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 […]

The World of Technology & Emotion – by Leslie Chartier

by Jamie Petts

Ever get one of those emails that you read and your blood boils? What was that person thinking?? Perhaps it’s a quick cut to your self-esteem or integrity … maybe questioning your decisions in a way that makes you feel “less than.” Something is triggered and you want to click reply (or even better, reply […]