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Rev. Jill McAllister

Rev. Jill McAllister

This archive contains video recordings or written text of recent services at the UUFC. Included in the videos are sermons, selected readings, and, where copyright permission has been given, hymns and choir performances. Every effort is made to protect the privacy of those attending services by excluding images of congregants and selected parts of the services. Also included in this archive are monthly readings and meditations provided by our minister, the Reverend Jill McAllister.

The intended audience for these videos are persons who, for whatever reason, were not able to attend the service in person. For more information, contact the UUFC office at 541-752-5218 or office@uucorvallis.org.

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October 2017

October 8, 2017 “What Guides Our Actions?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister and  Mushin Abby Terris
Buddhist practice is guided by precepts, which help a person establish a discipline of aligning their actions with their values. Faithfulness requires some practice too– it is not just an idea. Jill welcomes Abby “Mushin” Terris, the spiritual leader and teacher of the Corvallis Zen Circle, to share with us this morning.

October 1, 2017 “In What Do We Trust?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister 
Faith might be a problematic word for some, but trust may be even harder. We want to trust, we need to be able to trust, but we have been disillusioned many times. To live a faithful life is to know what we trust, and why. What is trust made of?

September 2017

September 24, 2017 “To Live A Committed Life” (service recording) with Reverend Jill McAllister
The religious life, when fully lived, is much more than intellectual stimulation or contemplation. The religious life is a committed life, involving all our relations and all our actions. Spirituality is just part of it. Intention, action and reflection are required as well. Where are you on this path?

September 17, 2017 “Gonna’ Keep On Moving Forward” (service recording) with Reverend Jill McAllister
Last year we struck out boldly to be brave in hard times. This year we must keep going! What will we need to stay on this road, to embrace the whole journey? I think faithfulness will be very important. (And I don’t mean believing in things that aren’t true.) Special music from Portland pianists Ashlee Young and Stephanie Cooke.

September 10, 2017 “Homecoming” and “Joining of the Waters” (service recording)  with Reverend Jill McAllister
Two services, at 9:30 and 11:00 AM begin today, our Homecoming Sunday. Both services will include the Joining of the Waters Ceremony. All are invited to bring a SMALL amount of water from a place important to you, to pour into the common bowl, as we remember that Water is Life.

September 3, 2017 “The World We Have” (service recording)
As the new church year approaches, we take time to ground ourselves, and to breathe deeply, in this service of meditations, music, prayers and readings.

August 2017

August 27, 2017 Question Box Sunday (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister 
What have you learned this year about courage? Or about UUism, or your religious life? What are you curious about? Are there religious or theological questions that interest you or bother you? The “sermon” this Sunday is a chance to ask any and all questions – Jill will do her best to respond.

August 13, 2017 “When it Gets Hot” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister 
There’s the weather, of course. Summer temperatures are getting hotter all over the world, and we wonder if we can adjust. There are also “hot”
elements of our personalities, and our spirits. Religious traditions have long recognized the interplay of elemental forces. What do we know about those elements within ourselves?

August 6, 2017 “My Brave Year: Learning to Love in a New Way” (service recording)with Rev. Leslie Chartier  (We apologize for the audio difficulties.)
My brave year was spent as a ministerial intern in a Methodist congregation. I learned about progressive Christianity and how to collaborate to make the world a better place. We are not the only ones open to questions!

July 2017

July 30, 2017 “To Help One Another” (service recording) with Monica Jacobson Tennessen
The Blake Covenant, written in 1894 by Unitarian minister James Vila Blake, says, “Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law. This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.” “…to help one another,” has much to teach us about bravery and faithfulness. UUFC member Monica Jacobson Tennessen is the Intern Minister at the UU Congregation of Salem This is the 2nd in a series of sermons from students for UU ministry at the Fellowship, each reflecting on this brave year and their formation as ministers.

July 16, 2017 “Waking Up White” (service recording) with Guest Preacher Joel Miller 
Former interim minister Joel Miller returns to Corvallis and the UUFC pulpit, from his current congregation in Rochester, NY. Come help give him a hearty welcome! He’ll be sharing about his own waking up (not yet “woke”, but working on it) and relate it to the experiences that many White folks have in working to be “woke”.

July 9, 2017 “The Shadow Knows” (service recording)  with Guest Preacher Mary Gear
We know that there is rich opportunity for growth in the things that we deny or ignore — our “shadow.” What would it be like if our nation were to embrace this opportunity? Mary Mangione Gear is a recent graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and a candidate for UU ministry. She is a former Music Director and member of the UU Congregation of Salem, where she lives with her husband, John, and a black cat named Simon.

June 2017

June 25, 2017, “In Unknown Territory?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister 
We find ourselves, more and more, in situations which are confusing, which have broken the boundaries of our experience and assumptions. Are there guidebooks for unknown territories? It turns out, there are.

June 18, 2017, “Shame on You” (service recording) with Elizabeth Sollie, Intern Minister 
We embark on a four-part series preached by our ministry students. This will be a series of reflections on our brave year. Our ministerial intern Elizabeth Sollie will explore the ways shame keeps us from being our most courageous selves and invite us to do something about that.

June 14, 2017, Special Recording of Celebration for Jill McAllister’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination

May 2017

May 21, 2017, Special Recording from Peter Mayer: Hawk and Whale

May 21, 2017, “The Church of What We Know” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister and guest, Peter Mayer
Jill welcomes singer/songwriter, and now preacher, Peter Mayer, back to Corvallis, and to our pulpit this morning. Of his passion for the facts of evolution and biological interdependence (‘what we know’), he says: “This is our sacred story. To know it is to feel at home in the world—to feel connected to everything around us (the word religion after all means “to reconnect”), to find happiness and meaning in our lives. I believe it has the power, like any great sacred story, to comfort and inspire us, to give us strength in living, to help us love one another and grow our circle of compassion and empathy, and to act with wisdom.” Our annual meeting follows the second service, and then Pete returns for a concert beginning at 4 pm.

May 14, 2017, “Permission to be Happy?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
Activist and anarchist Emma Goldman is often quoted as saying “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” What she really said was more nuanced, but her point remains: even a life dedicated to resistance is still a life, and happiness is part of living fully. The Dalai Lama teaches that happiness is our human birthright. But how can we cultivate happiness in hard times?

May 7, 2017, “Keep Alert To the Way Things Truly Are” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister, Lee Holt, Kari Gottfried
Changes are underway in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as a result of the decades-long and continuing struggle to understand and eliminate institutional racism. This morning we join with more than 600 other congregations across the USA (and in New Zealand, England, India, and Canada) to focus on white supremacy, try to learn more about the way things truly are, within us and
around us.

April 2017

April 30, 2017, “Belief or Faith?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister and Reverend David Usher, Guest Speaker
“What is the essence of religion? What is the point of it? How difference does it make in these times? Rev. David Usher is a lifelong Unitarian, raised in Australia, with 36 years’ experience of ministry in the UK and the USA. He worked closely with Rev. Jill McAllister on the foundation of The International Council of Unitarians & Universalists, and was its first President. He is the author of two books, “Twelve Steps to Spiritual Health” and “Life Spirit’. He now lives in semi-retirement in San Francisco with his wife, the Rev. Vail Weller.

April 23, 2017, “At Home on This Earth” (service recording)with Rev. Jill McAllister 
What does it mean to be at home on the Earth in this time of such great instability? Does the earth have more to teach us? If so, are we willing and able to learn? Members of the Climate Justice Committee will join in the service. We’ll begin the service with the traditional Czech Unitarian Flower Ceremony – please bring a flower or two to share, for each person attending.

April 16, 2017, “Disentangling What Was Woven” (service recording) with Rev. Tet Gallardo, Guest Speaker
Jill and Elizabeth welcome the Rev. Tet Gallardo to the UUFC. Tet is a leader in the UU Church of the Philippines, and this year’s Balazs Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry. Of her sermon she says: “Inclusion is a word we often use to imply a radical welcome in our culture. Yet our churches remain predominantly white because our community culture itself is not diverse. A diverse culture is not limited to one set of social cues and unwritten rules. A diverse culture is one where conversation is genuine, thriving, and confrontationally trusting.”

April 9, 2017, “Personal Journey To Justice: Exploring Your Inner Landscape” (service recording) with Dr. Larry Roper
As each of us pursues our personal journey to justice and living a justice-inspired life, we should occasionally pause, reflect and examine what we are carrying with us. UUFC member Larry Roper is a Professor in the School of Language, Culture and Society, and Coordinator of the Social Justice Minor at Oregon State University.

April 2, 2017, “A Deep Breath and a Long View” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister  
In November UUA President Peter Morales reminded us that “our role as religious progressives committed to democracy, compassion and human dignity, is to help bend our culture toward justice.” That things change when attitudes change, and that we still need to lead by example. Today let’s take a breath to see where we are, and remind ourselves where we are going.

March 2017

March 26, 2017, “Laughing Matters” (service recording) with Dan Shapiro and friends 
Scientifically, we know that laughter is a powerful force. When we laugh, our bodies release endorphins and dopamine, nature’s feel-good chemicals. The result? We can better cope with stress, find hope, and see problems in new ways.

March 19, 2017, “Our Shared Future: Pledge Sunday” (service recording) with Jill McAllister
We gather for ONE worship service this morning, which will center on the culmination of our discussions and discernment, and the gathering of our pledges for “Our Shared Future,” our annual stewardship and capital campaigns, combined. It will be a festive and ceremonial morning, with a special celebration following the service.

There will be no worship service at 9:30 AM. Instead, there will be an “Ask Your Minister” session, in the UU tradition of the “question box” sermon, focusing on questions related to religion, spirituality, UUism and the Fellowship. Questions can be e-mailed to Jill ahead of time. And all are strongly encouraged to stay for the 11 AM service and celebration!

March 12, 2017, “It Makes a Difference” (service recording) with Nick Houtman, Lloyd Wagenshutz, Rachel Brinker, Mina Carson  
Several speakers will share insights on their religious and spiritual lives as UUFC members. Knowing that we are free to be ethical and spiritual on our own, to join or not to join, what difference does it make to be part of a congregation, of this congregation? To be committed to something bigger than yourself, in the world the way it is?

March 5, 2017, “How to Walk on Eggshells” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister  
It is becoming evident that people across the country are experiencing postelection trauma. We are too. Luckily, we’ve been working on this for awhile. What help do our religious lives give us in this process?

February 2017

February 26, 2017, “Embracing Your Shadow: Shining the Light of Consciousness on the Dark Side of the Soul” (service recording) with Reverend Dr. Pittman McGehee, Guest Preacher
Jill welcomes J. Pittman McGehee, D.D. to our pulpit this morning. He is an Episcopal Priest and a Diplomate Jungian Analyst, a poet and lecturer and author of six books, living and working in Austin, Texas.

February 19, 2017 “Sanctuary and Other Names for Home” (service recording) with Rev. Walter Balk
Home, by whatever names we call it, is deeply important for human living. To engage the world, even in the best of times, we need a place to start from, a place we usually think of as home. In times like these, the understanding of home as sanctuary is even more important. Walter Balk is the spouse of Jill McAllister, an ordained UCC minister and chaplain at the Oregon State Hospital.

February 12, 2017 “Our Shared Future” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
Today is the start of our bold initiative to update and prepare our Fellowship buildings for the needs of future generations, including ourselves. We enter into a five-week period of discernment, both personal and collective, to discover how we’ll share this work, each of us taking part. “Our Shared Future”, the capital campaign we launch today, will coincide with our annual Stewardship campaign. Plus a special treat: our partner church minister from Romania, Rev. Katalin Szas-Cserey, will be with us.

February 4, 2017 “Fear of Failure” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
Nearly everyday, most of us have a chance to practice courage as we face the fear of failure. It’s a challenge, since often we are not even able to acknowledge that fear, while new fears of failure, writ large, emerge, in the form of social and environmental collapse.

January 2017

January 29, 2017 “The Great Mystery” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister 
Inspired by a story from the late Forrest Church, of an elder minister who liked to go fishing. When the church secretary couldn’t find him to ask the title of the sermon, she wrote the title herself……

January 22, 2017 “Spiritual Firefighters” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister 
In December I mentioned the idea of needing to learn to be prepared to be called, by grounding and strengthening ourselves spiritually. Fascinating discussions have resulted. Let’s think about this some more.

January 15, 2017 “Martin Luther King, Jr: Words We Still Need to Hear” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
An intergenerational service, sharing and hearing again some of the most important lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.

January 8, 2017 “Which Way to Turn?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister 
We can turn away, we can turn reclusive, we can turn bitter, we can turn toward inward, we can turn to our neighbors, we can turn to creative resistance, we can turn again toward love. We cannot turn back. Which way shall we turn?

January 1, 2017 “Moving into a New Year” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
The year is moving anyway, so let us move ourselves into it. Bring poems, prayers, words, or songs to share; things you find helpful in these changing times. AND, you’re invited to join in some simple dance meditations, beginning at 10 AM, before the service. Following the service, coffee and refreshments as usual, and then some free-form dancing for all.

December 2016

December 11, 2016 “Different Ways to Wait” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
We are in a time of waiting, to see what will emerge from a time of much strife. We hope for the best, and it is hard to feel settled. Over time, much has been learned in and from waiting, and it might help us to consider some of those lessons.

December 4, 2016 “Grief, and Hope, and Solidarity” (service recording) with the UUFC Committee on Ministry

November 2016

November 27, 2016 “Courage Along The Way” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
There are many examples of courage and bravery among us, through the years of U-U movements around the world. Some of the bravest may be in our midst.

November 20, 2016 “In The World, But Not Of It?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
Action and contemplation depend on each other. Richard Rohr says it this way: “Personal transformation and social transformation are one piece… and so we need both action and contemplation. The state of the communal soul is the state of the social order.”

November 13, 2016 “Would Humility Help?” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
“Humility is an underrated virtue.” “Humility is an asset for self-improvement.” “Humility is a necessary condition for inner well-being.” So say the pundits. If humility is so useful, why is it so unpopular, the last choice on most people’s lists of how to improve? Perhaps there’s more to understand about humility.

November 6, 2016 “The Burdens of Shame” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister and Guests
If the religious life is the process of aiming toward right relations, shame is the
emotion which hampers that process every step of the way, in our relations to self, to others and to Life. Several guest speakers will share their perspectives on understanding the burdens of shame.

October 2016

October 30, 2016 “White Fragility is Where I Start” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
As a white person who considers myself not a racist, I’m wrestling with accepting my part in the system which keeps racism strong and alive. Luckily for me, I’m not alone in the struggle.

October 23, 2016 “Homelessness in Our Community” (service recording) with Chris Quaka
Chris Quaka is the Director of Development at Community Outreach, Inc. in Corvallis. COI provides emergency shelter, behavioral health treatment services, medical and dental clinics, child-care and more for members of the community who are mostly homeless, or have difficulty accessing housing. In Corvallis, access to housing is becoming more and more difficult for a growing number of people.

October 16, 2016 “Saved by Our Differences” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
We gravitate toward people “like us” yet we depend upon those who are different. Perhaps this is the most important thing we have to learn – to love the fact of our differences, and to love the differences themselves.

October 9, 2016 “When I Wake in the Night” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
We live in anxious times, and anxiety is a daily experience for many people. It is too easy to believe that our anxiety is the truth of the way things are, instead of a perspective we get caught in. Understanding and coping with anxiety is an important skill for everyone.

October 2, 2016 “To Reconstitute the World” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
The Jewish season of renewal – the High Holy Days – always provides an opportunity to look at ourselves again, to see more clearly and more honestly whether and how we are living from and toward our ideals. The lessons of this time are universal, and deeply needed as we work to serve the earth, each other, and Life.

September 2016

September 25, 2016 “Return Again” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
Election seasons are always a challenge, and the challenges of this election season are certainly formidable. We are called to speak out for our deepest values, and we have to take care to remember the differences between individual and congregational actions. How can we navigate this season in the best possible ways, to nurture hope, and strengthen ourselves and others?

September 18, 2016 “A Brave Year” (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister
So much to worry about? Or so much calling us to be our best selves? Let’s step into this Fellowship year with courage and strength, imagining that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Let it be a brave year for us, acknowledging the way things are, learning more about our strengths and shared capacities, seeing in new ways, deepening our connections, and being present in all the ways we can be for love, for peace, and for justice. Two special events are part of this service: Joining the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and giving a send-off to member Monica Jacobson Tennessen as she begins a two-year internship with the UU congregation in Salem, OR.

September 11, 2016 Joining of the Waters (service recording) with Rev. Jill McAllister and everyone. 
We begin the new church year together, with a service for all ages, and introducing our new ministerial intern Elizabeth Sollie. Bring a SMALL amount of water from or representing a place that is important to you. Baby and Toddler care provided.

August 2016

August 28, 2016 “Climate Change: Bearing Witness, Taking Action, Nurturing Hope” (service recording) with Dr. Richard Gammon
Dr. Richard Gammon, a member of University Unitarian Church in Seattle is a retired professor of chemistry,
oceanography and atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, and has worked on global teams to
monitor and assess climate change. In retirement, he works very actively to help improve public understanding
of climate change, for effective response.

August 14, 2016 “We are Not Alone” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister 
A recent meeting of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists was a chance for U-Us from around the world to share perspectives – on immigration and racism, climate change and Brexit, liberal religion and terrorism, secularism and fundamentalism, guns and Trump, ministry in this complicated world, and more. We are not alone in our struggles or our hopes, and that is important to know.

August 7, 2016 “Compassion: A Thousand Tiny Birds” (service recording) with Karen Stephenson
An exploration of the necessary relationship between compassion and justice. UUFC member Karen Stephenson grew up on this very block (Circle and Firwood) and spent most of her childhood adventuring in the back yard of the Fellowship. She has a degree in biology from Reed College and a doctorate in pharmacy from Oregon State University. She spends most of her Sundays in the RE wing playing with the youngsters of the congregation.

July 2016

July 31, 2016 “My Small Efforts for Peace” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
For many years I have taught World Religions at universities, at retreats, and in congregations. It began as an interest, and has developed into a commitment, a small effort on my part to keep sowing seeds of peace and justice.

July 10, 2016 “The Gathered People” (service recording) with Monica Jacobson Tennessen
In some traditions, religious groups are said to have a founding charism, the Greek word for gift or spirit, which influences the group’s membership and development. We’ll look at the history of the UUFC, especially the early years, to see what our charism might be, and how it’s developed through the years as we’ve shaped each other and this congregation.

July 3, 2016 “Allegiances” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
Independence Day: is there anything about it that can help us strengthen the fabric of community life and civil society? Or on this Independence Day, with the results of Brexit rippling out, and our national elections looming, have we arrived in a dystopian future?

June 2016

June 19, 2016 “The Wild Horse of Your Life” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister and Ann Mbacke
Life calls. Sometimes we hear the call, and sometimes we also answer. Our Director of Adult Religious Growth and Learning has heard Life calling her again, and is about to answer that call. Before she leaves, she is willing to share with us some of what she has seen and learned among us.

June 5, 2016 “Helping and Sharing” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
In September we set out to explore peace and justice more deeply, especially with respect to the truths of our inner lives, the facts of our complicity in everything, and the weight of our expectations. As we arrive at the end of the regular church year, before summer services begin, we might stop to consider the fruits of our explorations.

May 2016

May 29, 2016 “Love Costs All We Are” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
These words of Maya Angelou begin with “We are weaned from our timidity… we dare to be brave.” Loss of those we love, and of what we love, call us to be both vulnerable and resilient, in ways that are so intertwined it is often confusing. But confusion is a place to start, and the world is calling us into this relationship, every day.

May 22, 2016 “Homesick for the Future” (service recording) with Elizabeth Runciman, Rachel Brinker, Adam Ward, Rachel Houtman, Monica Jacobson Tennessen, & Jacob Tennessen
It is almost a cliché to say that we are afraid of the future and for the future, especially the futures of our children and grandchildren. But we must be careful in the assumptions we make. Lots of people see hope and positive change on many horizons, and futures worth living into. Our speakers this morning are Fellowship members in their 30s and 40s, who are raising children, working, living, sharing, and envisioning the future we are working to build.

May 15, 2016 “A New Democracy” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
The annual meeting of the members of the Fellowship is essential to our democratic structures and process. But the habits of our democracy are tired, and may not be adequate for our lives in these times, much less for our Fellowship. Starting with two important practices – helping and sharing – a needed new democracy, which reflects our religious values, may begin to emerge between us.

May 1, 2016 “The Cost of a Thing” (service recording) with Dr. David Robinson
“The cost of a thing,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in 1854, “is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it…” Thoreau’s concerns about materialism and consumerism still ring true. UUFC member David Robinson is the director ofthe Center for the Humanities at OSU, and an eminent scholar and historian of UU History and American Transcendentalism.

April 2016

April 24, 2016 “A Good Time to Be Alive” (service recording) with The Reverend Dr. Marilyn Sewell, Guest Preacher
As we become more aware of the crisis of climate change, we understand that we are the first generation to have the future of the earth in our hands. To ensure a viable planet for those who will follow, we are called as a religious people to be wise and to be bold.

April 10, 2016 “Blessed Are the Humble” (service recording) with guest preacher The Reverend Laszlo Major
“Humility matters. It is at the core of our experience of life. So central is this quality of being that it may be said that humility is, or should be, for a Unitarian Universalist what enlightenment is for a Buddhist, realization is for a Hindu, sincerity is for a Confucian, righteousness is for a Jew, surrender is for a Muslim, and annihilation is for a Sufi. Humility is what others see of our purity of heart!”

April 3, 2016 “The Things We Carry” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
On every journey, including the journey of life, we carry things with us. Sometimes we have what we need, and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we worry too much about what to bring. Other times we are weighed down carrying too much. Is it ok to just leave some of our baggage on the side of the road, and keep going?

March 2016

March 27, 2016 “Threatened With Resurrection” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
Theologian Parker Palmer, reflecting on a book by Julia Esquivel, wrote that he’d been taught that death is the great threat and resurrection the great hope. Her title, “Threatened with Resurrection,” made him realize that sometimes figurative forms of death feel comforting – while resurrection, or the hope of new life, feels threatening. An idea worth exploring on this Easter Sunday.

March 20, 2016 “Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public” (service recording) with Reverend Jill K. McAllister
In a 2011 article titled “A Love Supreme,” Dr. Cornel West wrote: “… we intend to sustain our momentum by nurturing our bonds of trust, fortifying our bodies, hearts and minds and sticking together … in order to create a better world….” These movements of love are necessary for what he calls a “deep democratic revolution.” Love which is tender in private must be strong and courageous in public. A perspective on love to ground our activism.

March 6, 2016 “On the Brink” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister
“Precarious” is a good word to describe the times we live in. The root of the word precarious translates as “in need of prayer.” Perhaps a deeper understanding of the breadth of that word, prayer, is useful for us now. Perhaps a deeper understanding of “in need” is even more important.

February 2016

February 28, 2016 “Take Absurd Care” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister
A favorite reading in our hymnal Singing the Living Tradition includes the words: “we must hold the whole world in our hands.” What a huge responsibility! Yet remembering all that is in our care, perhaps “the whole world” is exactly right. A consideration of shared-caretaking, as we begin our annual stewardship drive.

February 21, 2016 “Civil Rights: How Fragile They Can Be” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister and Russell Yamada
Sunday, February 21, is called the “Day of Remembrance” by Japanese-Americans, for on this day in 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, ordering the imprisonment of this group of people. In hearing this story, we consider how delicate and easily lost our civil rights can be, and we open up to hearing “other histories” or the true stories of many Americans.

February 14, 2016 “Citizen in Two Countries” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister and Richard Mayuk
Richard Mayuk is the coordinator of Native Services at Oregon State Hospital, and an elder of the Ktunaxa Nation located in British Columbia, Canada. For work, he has traveled back and forth between Canada and the USA for many years, and he understands what it means to navigate cross-cultural living, at many levels.

February 7, 2016 “What Can Hold Us Now?” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister
The great sages and teachers have always taught that it is from the Center we must live. Is there a center which can hold in these days? Which can hold our lives? How do we move toward the Center?

January 2016

January 31, 2016 “A Culture of Critque” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister
A teacher of mine once remarket that “Practice does not necessarily make perfect. Practice makes you better at whatever it is you are practicing.” We have high ideals yet we often don’t quite manage to practice them. What we do practice, we become good at, which may explain why we live in a culture of critique. Is that where we want to be?

January 24, 2016 “Between Us: Our Shared Ministry”  (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister and Kyle Jansson
As planning for our 2016-17 church year gets underway, Jill and Fellowship President Kyle Jansson will share a look at the state of our shared ministry, and how we’re meeting our goals for the life and mission of the UUFC.

January 17, 2016 “Martin Luther King Jr, and Community Organizing” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
Martin Luther King Jr was an inspiring preacher and writer, but he was also a brilliant organizer as the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His legacy as an organizer is too often overlooked, and has much to teach us.

January 10, 2016 “Politics and Religion” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
Far from being separate arenas, politics and religion are intricately intertwoven, in very particular ways in our modern American democracy. Everybody has an opinion on how this relationship should work. I’ll try to describe my own perspective as a congregational leader and a minister.

January 3, 2016 “Opening to a New Year” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister  Special music by Rhythm Asana
As religious liberals we take pride in being open to wisdom and truth – but are we really open? What does openness look like and feel like, and do we truly value it? We’ll be joined this morning by Lea Bayles, Johanna Beekman, George Beekman, and Lyris Cooper of RhythmAsana, leading a simple movement meditation to help us feel grounded as we open our hearts to community, spirit, and the world.

December 2015

December 27, 2015 “Sorrows and Joys, and a New Year Ahead” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
All ages join together (babies and toddlers welcome too) to reflect on the year now passing – its sorrows and its joys – and look ahead to the new year. An abbreviated service, followed by a potluck brunch for all. Please bring food and holiday goodies to share. In the tradition of Boxing Day, we’ll do a service project together as well.

December 20, 2015 “Room at the Inn” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
A traditional Mexican telling of the story of Christmas focuses on how hard it was for Joseph and Mary to find welcome in their time of need. This story has been repeated over and over throughout history, and is overwhelmingly present in the world today. Using the songs of “Las Posadas” we’ll consider the plight of people looking for welcome around the world, including in our own towns.

December 13, 2015 “Hope in Hard Times” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
It is a season of hope – but how realistic is that? Are we being overly sentimental, especially in these times? I think not, because I think hope is an action, an undertaking, not just wishful thinking, and there is more room, and more need for hope now, than at any time in my life.

December 6, 2015 “Expectations” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
The story of Christmas includes Mary, the mother of Jesus, pondering many things in her heart, as she awaits the birth of her first baby. Christmas is still a time of great expectations – for peace, and joy and hope, at the very least. How are we managing with our own expectations?

November 2015

November 29, 2015  “Between Justice and Peace” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
We started with a premise in September, that justice and peace depend upon each other and create each other, to some extent. How do we navigate the relationships between justice and peace, between peace and justice? What skills and insights are needed?

November 22, 2015 “Thanksgiving Habits” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
Gathering with friends and family, giving thanks, cooking a lot, eating a lot, watching television, shopping for Christmas… How do our Thanksgiving habits relate to our deep needs for gratitude, to the real history of America, and to what the world needs from us?

November 15, 2015 “Living the Welcoming Congregation: Including Mental Illness” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
The UUFC has been a welcoming congregation for decades, taking seriously our commitment to being open and inclusive in as many ways as possible, which always means working to learn more about the truths of people’s lives. Being inclusive for people living with mental illness is still a challenge everywhere in our society, as it is for us. What are our learning edges?

November 8, 2015 “Waiting for the Big One” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
Immigration crises, systemic racism and police brutality, impending financial crisis again, and oh – don’t forget climate change…. what else can happen? On the west coast of the USA we’re now adding The Big Earthquake to our short list. How to live in these times, without being in despair or in denial? Our religious lives can hold us steady.

November 1, 2015 “Anger and Aggression: Do We Need Them?” (service recording)
With Mark Aron
Anger and aggression are usually thought of as obstacles to peace. On the other hand, sometimes they are the necessary forces for movements toward peace and justice. Should they be banished? Or used more skillfully? How can we understand them better? Fellowship member Mark Aron is a psychologist in private practice, and a long-time advisor for our high-school youth.

October 2015

October 25, 2015 “Come, Contentment” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister
How could one possibly be content in the world as it is? Wouldn’t contentment be a sign of ignorance or apathy, or worse? On the other hand, maybe contentment is a necessary condition for accomplishing change in the world.

October 18, 2015 “Outward From the Heart” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister
A well-known Taoist admonition states “If there is to be peace in the world…..there must be peace in the heart.” It is clear that there is plenty of room for more peace in the world, but we have just barely begun to address the dearth of peace in hearts, upon which peace in the world depends.

October 4, 2015 “Our Lives Together Can Be Better” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister
In the coming weeks and months, we will explore the necessary conditions and essential understandings for peace and justice to prevail. These conditions and understandings have to do with ourselves and our own lives – our habits, assumptions, fears, prejudices, aims, personalities and more. “Peace” and “justice” are both descriptions of relationships between people, between people and other living things, between people and the Earth. These states of relation will never simply arrive. They must be lived into, by us, step by step.

September 2015

September 27, 2015 “Peace and Justice: Preparing to Go Deeper” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister
Our broad themes for this year are the topics of Peace and Justice. Both can be explored in study, worship and action. Both can be expanded at every stage and age of life. Both are worth a lifetime of exploration and practice. How will we help each other become more capable of bringing more of each into the world every day?

September 20, 2015 “To Walk Together: Mission Sunday” (service recording)
with The Gathered UUFC Community
Our UUFC mission statement arose from between us, as our mission and work are shared among us all. This Sunday we’ll take time to lift up some of the work we’re doing, recognizing that all areas of our mission – Explore. Love. Act. – are interconnected and that we can each do our parts toward the aim of an inclusive religious community that betters the world.

September 13, 2015 “Joining of the Waters” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister and All
All are invited to bring a SMALL amount of water from some place important to you as we begin a new church year together, with a service for all ages.

September 6, 2015 “The Earth, Our Home: Meditations in Poetry, Readings and Music” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister
In our final summer Sunday service, we’ll pause to ground ourselves and honor the earth, our home, in the midst of great changes.

August 2015

August 30, 2015 “Honoring Your Religious Past” (service recording)
With Niya Standish
Whether you are a lifelong UU, came from a different faith tradition or were unchurched, you are the person you are today because of those experiences and how you addressed them. The roots of our Unitarian Universalist faith are also quite diverse. Let us honor the traditions that shaped us and our faith.

August 16, 2015 “Question Box Conversations” (service recording)
with Rev. Jill McAllister
What questions are you working on? Where are the edges of your religious growth and learning? Are you pondering things theological, cosmological, psychological, metaphysical, political? Are you wondering about UU history, polity, practice or mission? Bring your question to put in the box, and Jill will start a process of responding to as many questions as possible.

August 2, 2015 “Living in the Northwest on the Medicine Wheel” (service recording)
with Wolfgang Dengler
Musings on becoming an elder, in the autumn of my life, guided by my interpretation of the Native American Medicine Wheel.

July 2015

July 26, 2015 “Small Practices? From Table Grace to Evening Prayer, and More”
(service recording)

With Rev. Jill McAllister
With inspiration from Peter Mayer’s “Everything is Holy Now,” we’ll look at how so-called mundane details of life can at the same time be sources of profound meaning and depth.

July 26, 2015 Order of Service

July 19, 2015 “What Don’t You Know?”
(service recording)

With with Ann Mbacke
Embrace the Unknown and be okay with the words “I don’t know … yet!”

July 19, 2015 Order of Service

July 12, 2015 Kirtan Service
(service recording)

With with the New World Kirtan Band
Kirtan comes from ancient Hindu traditions of chanting as devotional practice, to calm your mind and open your heart. Usually offered in the evening, this Sunday we’ll share a morning Kirtan worship.

July 12, 2015 Order of Service

July 5, 2015 “From This We Live”
(sermon text)
With Monica Jacobson Tennessen
What is a gift economy? And what does giving have to do with spiritual growth? We’ll consider some answers to these questions and how they play out both in our individual lives and in our congregational community.

June 2015

June 28, 2015 “Trust”
(service recording)

With Rev. Jill McAllister
Is trust in short supply in our lives, and in the world today? There are plenty of reasons why it might be. A true community cannot exist without trust, and that’s important to understand when we talk about the dynamics of our own religious community – this congregation.

June 28, 2015 Order of Service

June 21, 2015 “Keep on Progressing” (service recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister
The motto of the Unitarian Union of Northeast India (an organization of about 8000 Unitarians) is “To Nangroi” in the local language, Khasi. Translated into English, it means “keep on progressing.” We’ve just completed a church year focused on religious growth and learning, and ‘keep on progressing’ is a great description for this effort. I’m interested to know – did you grow? Did you learn anything which makes a difference in your religious or spiritual life? Let’s consider those questions together.

Partial Recording–June 14, 2015 “Friendship”
(service recording)

With the UUFC Men’s Group
Think of the many ways that friendships make a difference in your life. How can we foster friendships and deepen the connections among ourselves within our Fellowship community?

June 14, 2015 Order of Service

May 2015

May 2015 Readings and Meditations

May 31, 2015 “Coming of Age in the World”
(service recording)

With with Rev. Jill McAllister
At 11:00 AM this morning, our middle school students will share with the congregation lessons they have learned in their Coming of Age program this year. We can make a similar consideration, looking at the state of the earth and our lives on it, with an aim toward establishing a new foundation of hope.

May 31, 2015 Order of Service 9:30 AM

May 24, 2015 “Where Does the Flame Go?”
(service recording)

With with Rev. Jill McAllister
We celebrate the circle of life, and honor the lives and the memory of those who have died in the past year. Join us in this celebration of life and death, in gratitude.

May 24, 2015 Order of Service

May 17, 2015 “The Three Jewels”
(service recording)

With with Rev. Jill McAllister and Guest Rev. Sandor Kovacs
Buddhism has always recognized the essential role of the religious community for practitioners. As we prepare for our annual Congregational Meeting, let’s reflect on the importance of this religious community in our lives. And welcome a companion in our global UU community, Rev. Sandor Kovacs from Koloszvar, Transylvania.

May 17, 2015 Order of Service

May 10, 2015 “Buddhism and Science: Discovering the Logic of Compassion Through the Four Noble Truths”
(service recording)

With Dee Denver
OSU professor Dee Denver is an integrative biologist researching the evolution of DNA in many forms of life. He is also a practicing Buddhist, who thinks and writes about the intersections between these two vocations, and is currently working on a book titled The Dharma in DNA: a Buddhist View of Systems in Nature.

May 10, 2015 Order of Service

May 3, 2015 “The Mind, the Flower, and the Diamond Thunderbolt”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
We’ll conclude our year-long consideration of the world’s great religious traditions with a look at several aspects of Buddhism. This morning, we’ll look at the several main “schools” of Buddhist thought and practice, and what Buddhism looks like in America, in Corvallis, and within the UUFC.

May 3, 2015 Order of Service

April 2015

April’s Readings and Meditations are included in the Climate Justice Month Booklet

April 26, 2015 “What is Time?”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
What is the most important time? Now? The Future? The Past? How do we know? And no matter what we think, which of these times really moves us? Indigenous ways of knowing time are not the same as modern ways. Might there be wisdom for us in that?

April 26, 2015 Order of Service and April 26, 2015 Order of Service Insert

April 12, 2015 “Circles”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
One of the most common symbols among indigenous traditions in the world is the circle, powerful in both its simplicity and ability to stand for complex ideals. Circles are still powerful for us today. Let’s look at how. With special music from Sandy O and Pat Humphries—emma’s revolution.

April 12, 2015 Order of Service

April 5, 2015 “Easter Sunday: Stories of Rebirth”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
We celebrate spring, and renewal, with stories old and new, for times such as these. We’ll join in the traditional Czech Unitarian Flower Ceremony – please bring a flower or two to share, for each person attending.

April 5, 2015 Order of Service

March 2015

March 2015 Readings and Meditations

March 29, 2015 “Pluralism Within, Pluralism Without”
(service recording)

With The Rev. Lois Van Leer
I gotta be me. You gotta be you. Why is my “I” such a threat to your “you?” How do we do the work of religious pluralism within our UU religious communities? How do we do the work of interfaith collaboration while honoring the integrity and authenticity of the faith of all the partners involved? What happens when “us” meets “them?”
Lois Van Leer serves the UU Congregation of Woodinville, WA. She is well known to many here as a friend and fellow activist, and a former UCC minister in Corvallis.

March 29, 2015 Order of Service

March 22, 2015 “GUmmah: The Islamic World Today”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
There is far, far more to Islam in the world today than a few terrorist organizations. There are Islamic environmental activists for example, worth mentioning as the UUA/UUSC Climate Justice Month begins.

March 22, 2015 Order of Service

March 15, 2015 “Gahflah: The Greatest Sin”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
Forgetfulness: The greatest sin, from an Islamic perspective. Not just a sign of aging. What does that mean?

March 15, 2015 Order of Service

March 8, 2015 “What Muhammad Taught”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
The prophet Muhammad is considered to be one of the 100 most influential people in history. In his lifetime, he had a huge impact on his society. Many of his ideas were radically progressive for his time. Why do we not know more about him?

March 8, 2015 Order of Service

March 1, 2015 “Surrender and the Shahada”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
What is the foundation of your moral imperative? What grounds your idea of “how shall we live?” In Islam, the Shahada is the foundation: “there is no god but God.” Islam means “peace” and real peace comes from surrender. Not an easy concept for non-Muslims – some consider it either naïve or dangerous. Let’s explore it.

March 1, 2015 Order of Service

February 2015

February 2015 Readings and Meditations

February 22, 2015 “Self- Discipline – The Core of Chinese Religions”
(service recording)

With Jonathan Lipman
All of China’s religious traditions, including Confucianism, stress the disciplined individual as the foundation of a good society. What can this notion tell us about being a good person anywhere in the world? Can self-discipline lead to contentment and freedom?
Jonathan Lipman has been teaching East Asian history at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, for nearly forty years.He now live (mostly) in Corvallis and regularly attends the UUFC.

February 22, 2015 Order of Service

February 8, 2015 “Taoism: The Way and It’s Power”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
Tao is often translated as the nature of ultimate reality — or “the way things are.” In Taoism, to understand and live in harmony with “the way things are” is a primary motivation. This involves understanding the movements of power — as the life-force within us, as relations between us, and more.

February 8, 2015 Order of Service

February 1, 2015 “The Everlasting Tao”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister and special guest Peter Mayer
We begin an exploration of the classic religious traditions of China with an introduction to Taoism. What and where are humans in the scope of “nature?” How do polarities shape our lives? What does it mean to live close to the earth? Taoism is a religious tradition with much wisdom for our times.

February 1, 2015 Order of Service

January 2015

January 2015 Readings and Meditations

January 25, 2015 “Ubuntu: Because You Are, I Am”
(service recording)

With Reverend Jill McAllister
Before it became a popular computer language, Ubuntu developed as a humanistic philosophy of the Africanization (transfer to African majority rule) in several countries in the south part of Africa. Translated roughly as “human-kindness or “human-ness”, it is a concept which can expand our understanding of “community.”

January 25, 2015 Order of Service

January 18, 2015 “The Genius of Martin Luther King, Jr.” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
MLK’s influence as an orator lives on, and perhaps grows, even today. But there was so much more to the examples he set—in strategic planning and community organizing, in embodying love for neighbor and for enemies, in the ability to connect people and events, in his grounding in a sustaining faith and spiritual practice. Martin Luther King, Jr will always be one of my heroes, and I continue to learn from his legacy.

January 18, 2015 Order of Service

January 11, 2015 “Roots of African American Spirituality” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
From African indigenous practices and beliefs, through Islam and Christianity, African American spirituality is rich with resources for facing the challenges of human living.

January 11, 2015 Order of Service

January 4, 2015 “For the Good of All: Kwanzaa in African American Culture” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The African American holiday Kwanzaa offers deep insight about working for the strength of community and the common good.

January 4, 2015 Order of Service

December 2014

December 2014 Readings and Meditations

December 28, 2014 “Unitarian Christianity: Lessons from our Partners” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The oldest forms of Unitarianism are liberal Christianities, many of which are still strong and vibrant around the world. Our partner congregation in Transylvania is part of this living tradition, as are new Unitarian movements in several African countries. What can we learn from these partners?

December 21, 2014 “Winter Darkness and Light” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Darkness and light need each other, just like people do. This service includes participation by all ages, multi-generational music and sharing, and winter holiday cheer.

December 14, 2014 “Love Your Enemy As Well” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Much of human history and our own stories make this commandment seem not only impractical but ridiculous, even dangerous. And it has never been more relevant than it is today.

December 7, 2014 “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
We begin a month-long focus on teachings from the Christian tradition with a consideration of one of the great commandments of Jesus. To truly love our neighbors requires knowing about love, and about ourselves, both of which are extremely complicated. A good exercise for this season of giving.

November 2014

November 2014 Readings and Meditations

November 30, 2014 “Ganeesha, Kali, and the Gang” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
To an age-old question: “How many Hindu gods are there?” the traditional answer is “330 million.” The Hindu tradition is an excellent place to start to explore the human need to name our experiences of reality, sometimes leading to images of goddesses and gods. Whether we think we “believe” in god/gods/goddesses or not, the fact is we each have our own collection. What does this mean for how we live today?

November 23, 2014 “What Are You Thankful For?” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Fall turns to Winter as we stop again to consider the blessings in our lives. Not as simple and straight-forward as it might seem, not merely acknowledging the happy and good things, but the opening of our whole selves to see our taken-for-granted habits of entitlement and our assumptions about fairness. The practice of gratitude is always a challenge. Like growing old, it is “not for sissies.”

November 16, 2014 “Ancient Wisdom for Times Such As These” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Hinduism is one of the oldest traditions recorded in writing, and it is also very much a living and evolving tradition. Modern masters of Hindu philosophy and spirituality are available and accessible today, and are applying ancient wisdom to modern lives. What can we learn from them?

November 9, 2014 “No Matter How Loud I Shout” (service recording)
With the Living the Welcoming Committee (LWC)
This reader’s theater performance was offered in support of the new Jackson Street Youth Homeless Shelter in Albany. It featured creative works written by local homeless youth. The LWC committee exists to help maintain the commitment of the UUFC to being an official UUA Welcoming Congregation, through education and advocacy for LGTBQ persons and issues.

November 2, 2014 “The Importance and Imperative of Difference” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Hinduism is no one thing. Like many long traditions, it encompasses an immeasurable variety of philosophies, doctrines, rituals, perspectives, and practices. It is in itself a multi-faith, multi-cultural tradition, which can provide much encouragement and insight for us as we undertake to build our skills at living in right relations in a multi-cultural world.

October 2014

October 2014 Readings and Meditations

October 26, 2014 “The Hallowing of Life” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Not quite “Hallow’een”, the hallowing of life refers to how a point of reference for our religious and spiritual lives, indeed our daily lives, is established and maintained. That is, how do we stay tuned to our ideals, in order to do our best at all times? This is one of the basic functions of ritual. What rituals are most important and most helpful in our lives?

October 19, 2014 “What is Creation? Environmental Ethics and Eco-Spirituality” (service recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The interdependent web of all existence, so-named in our 7th Principle, includes every- thing. That is, we are connected to ebola, cancer, terrorists, suffering and death just as we are connected to sunrise, sunset, trees and flowers, oceans and rivers. What are some of the deeper meanings of this interdependence?

October 12, 2014 “The Quest for Meaning” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister and special music by John McCutcheon.
Scholar Huston Smith describes Judaism broadly as a quest for meaning. Unitarian Universalism is often similarly described. What is the meaning of meaning? What lessons can we draw from the Jewish tradition to help us understand?

October 5, 2014 “Teshuvah: Returning to our Highest Selves” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The Days of Awe, or High Holy Days, in Judaism (September – October) this year, are a time for introspection, honesty, repentance, and focus on the nature of our relations. Did we live in the ways we hoped to live? Can we grow our capacities to live in right relations? How can we help ourselves and each other be more effective in our aims for tikkun olam – the healing of the world?

September 2014

September 2014 Readings and Meditations

September 28, 2014 “What is Community?” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Many at the UUFC say that one of the primary reasons they are part of this congregation is for community. Like god, like religion, like spirituality, community is a small word which points to a wide and deep variety of meanings. If we are on a quest for meaning, and for learning and growth, how can community help us?

September 21, 2014 “To the End that All Souls May Grow” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Our theme for worship and for religious learning and growth this year is: religious growth and learning! What is the religious life, what is the spiritual life, if not a process of learning and growing, especially in the directions of peace, justice, compassion, wisdom and joy? In conjunction with the curriculum for our children and youth, we’ll be specifically considering what we can learn from the major classical wisdom traditions of the world. This week we introduce the theme by thinking together about growth.

September 14, 2014 “Homecoming Sunday: On the Journey” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
We are always on the journey of life, whether we are aware of it or not. To be aware of the journey, to stay aware and to set intentions on the journey, is what it means to be religious. Those of us who find ourselves among fellow journeyers here at the UUFC stand in a long line of seekers and “walkers” before us; we are the inheritors of their hopes and dreams and struggles. What does it mean to be on the journey as a Unitarian Universalist?

September 7, 2014 “Joining of the Waters: An Ingathering Sunday” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister and All
All are invited to bring a SMALL amount of water from some place important to you  as we re-gather at the beginning of a new church year.  All ages participate in this service together.  We’ll also give a send-off to members of our Climate Justice Committee on their way to New York City for the People’s Climate March.

August 2014

August 2014 Readings and Meditations

August 31, 2014   “Limiting Climate Change: Readjusting Priorities” (Service Recording)
With Linda Geiser, and Reverend Jill McAllister
UUFC Member Linda Geiser is an ecologist and air resource specialist for the USDA Forest Service. She is currently an agency leader in addressing air quality, working mostly in Washington DC. She’ll share her thoughts about taking personal action and playing a leadership role at the same time, and why this work is a matter of conscience for her.

August 24, 2014 “Coincidentia Oppositorum: Living into Contradictions” (Service Recording)
With Jana Svoboda
Theologian and philosopher Mircea Eliade proposed that most of humanity’s understanding of reconciling opposites comes from observing the cycles of the moon: lightness and shadow, beginning and end, continuity and change. How can we apply the wisdom of the moon to healing our natural anxiety in dealing with personal, climate and earth wounds and change?

August 17, 2014 “Reflections on Living and Dying” (Service Recording)
With Wolfgang Dengler
How can embracing the reality of our own deaths lead us to live our lives fully? What would you do differently if you knew you had limited time left to live?

August 10, 2014 “Awakening to Your Longing and Belonging: Finding your way Home” (Service Recording)
With John Swanson
A weaving together of story, music, meditation, and words of wisdom (from John O’Donohue, David Whyte, and others) about how awakening to your longing and belonging can help guide each of us on our way home. So many of us work hard to possess all the world has to offer in terms of status, achievement, and possessions; yet without a sense of belonging, it all seems empty and pointless. So how might we better understand and conduct our lives?

August 3, 2014 “Meditations on Earth” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
A chance to consider several meditative practices, such as walking meditation and contemplative prayer, as ways of connecting with wisdom of and from Earth, for our daily lives.

August 2, 2014 “A Celebration of the Life of Craig B. Leman” (Memorial Service Recording)

July 2014

July 2014 Readings and Meditations

July 27, 2014 “The Oregon Flora Project: Taking Stock of the Growth around Us” (Service Recording)
With Linda Hardison
What is the value in cataloging and describing the plants that comprise our natural landscape? Can knowledge of our local flora move us to more fully embrace our seventh principle? Come hear about this project’s work in gathering and sharing knowledge about our state’s plant life, and consider the impacts of this information, both regionally and personally. Fellowship Member Linda Hardison is the director of the Oregon Flora project at OSU.
July 20, 2014 “This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature and the Environment Part Three, What is Religion?”(Service Recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister
We will take a look at approaches to nature in several traditions, with an eye toward what can serve our present needs.

July 13, 2014 “This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature and the Environment Part Two What is the Sacred?” (Sorry Not Recorded)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
We will take a look at some historical relationships between nature and gender, and the perspectives of environmental feminism.

July 6, 2014 “This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature and the Environment” Part One, “What is Paradise?”
With Rev. Jill K. McAllister and congregants
How are our images of nature constructed and how do our constructions affect our lives, since we ourselves are part of nature?

June 2014

June 29, 2014 “Layers of Meaning and Ideology: What the GMO Controversy Tells Us about Ourselves“
With Dr. Steve Strauss
The use of genetic engineering methods in agriculture has created a persistent storm of controversy within and between countries on this planet. Views on GMOs are highly divergent and passionate. The way each of us thinks about it, the information we accept as true, and the actions we take tells a lot about ourselves, our core values, and the societies we live in.

June 15, 2014 “At the Edge of Summer” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister and congregants
In this final service of the regular church year, we’ll consider what we have learned about love and how to let those learnings shape and inform us even more, as we take some time to pause. We’ll also recognize and thank our lay ministers: those who are finishing in this role and those who are continuing.

June 8, 2014 “What I’ve Learned of Love” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The nine months of a church year is not enough to fully explore all the meanings of love for our lives, but it has been a good exercise, none the less. Have our considerations given you new ideas or new hopes, affirmed your own experience or challenged your former understanding? We will continue to spend some time this morning sharing insights.

June 1, 2014 “The Final Form of Love” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
The nine months of a church year is not enough to fully explore all the meanings of love for our lives, but it has been a good exercise, none the less. Have our considerations given you new ideas or new hopes, affirmed your own experience or challenged your former understanding? Because we need to hear from each other to know more of what is true, we’ll spend some time this morning sharing insights.

May 2014

May 18, 2014 “Love Beyond Belief (Music Sunday)” (Service Recording)
The religious life we aspire to turns out to be much less about beliefs than about actions. The beloved community is created by and lives through real relationships, not ideas. These relationships require skills and practice. The life of a congregation is for this reason – to help us practice and improve, in order to help heal ourselves, each other and the world. This is the call of the ages, calling us still today. Join us for this service which will include lots of great music from the choir.

May 4, 2014 “Race, Class, and Love” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
We understand that love is not just sentiment, and not just warm feelings. Love can be understood as movement toward right relations. Right relations necessarily means relations of equity, fairness and justice, and sentimental approaches are almost never adequate for facing these needs. How do we understand our ability to love as a way to address divisions caused by class and race, and be more open to multi-cultural awareness and skills?

May 2014 Readings and Meditations
From Reverend Jill McAllister

April 2014

April 27, 2014 “Blue Boat Home” (YouTube Version)
By Peter Mayer
One of our favorite songs to sing in services. It can be found in the Teal Hymnal (hymn number 1064) Singing the Journey A Supplement to Singing the Living Tradition

April 27, 2014 “When Love Wounds” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
Our consideration of the many facets and characteristics of love cannot overlook the hard facts of pain and wounding. At the very least, love means losing those we love and eventually dying ourselves. How do we help our hearts remain open when faced with the risks of love?

April 20, 2014 “An Earth Day Easter” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
The Christian story of Easter, built on pagan roots, can be interesting as a metaphor for new beginnings and rebirth, but focusing on rebirth from an Earth perspective is more important for us, in my opinion. Join us for this festive service, which will include the traditional Czech Unitarian Flower Ceremony, and welcoming new members to the UUFC

April 13, 2014 “Radical Hope for the Environmentalist” (Service Recording)
With Dr. Allen Thompson, OSU
Collectively, human beings are bringing about radical and irreversible global environmental change. Many people believe we have entered a new geologic era call the Anthropocene. Efforts to slow climate change have been ineffective and we face an uncertain ecological future far less suited for the flourishing of life as we know it. Environmentalists need hope in what seem like hopeless times. In this talk, we’ll consider how courage demands a surprising new form of hope, a radical hope for living well in a warmer world.
Dr. Allen Thompson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at OSU, specializing in environmental ethics. His publications include Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future (MIT 2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

April 6, 2014 “Practical Love: Compassion and Forgiveness” (Service Recording)
With Fellowship Member and Lay Minister, Lorene Hales
A major principle underlying all major religions is the directive to encourage and assist us to live our lives from a perspective of love. How do we know when we are operating from a basis of love instead of another, less desirable, motivation? Compassion and Forgiveness, two primary features of practical love, guide our interactions.

April 2014 Readings and Meditations
From Reverend Jill K. McAllister

March 2014

March 30, 2014 “It’s All Yoga (Part Two)” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister
A continuation of the previous Sunday’s service.

March 23, 2014 “It’s All Yoga (Part One)” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Yoga is another small word which encompasses a wide and deep variety of ideas, perspectives and practices. All religious paths can be understood at some level as yoga as paths to wholeness and understanding. Yoga can involve many physical exercises, but it mostly aims toward the ability of the mind to know what is real and true. In this service and the next, we’ll explore some of the yogas of the world, and some yoga practices for mind, breath and body, which can be practiced by all.

March 16, 2014 “Spiritual and Religious” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
It’s so much more popular to be “spiritual” than “religious” these days, a growing trend in the past 20 years. Yet “spirituality” is as complex and complicated a term as any of the other big ideas, and like those other religious ideas and terms, it is often understood too simplistically to be meaningful. How can we understand what it means, especially in relation to other terms and ideas, and especially to a nuanced understanding of love?

March 9, 2014, 11:00 AM “Keep Alert” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister-special music by Peter Mayer
A beautiful service of theological reflection in dialogue and song with well-known singer/songwriter Peter Mayer. Pete is the author of Blue Boat HomeGod is a River, and other songs which express UU perspectives so well.

March 2014 Readings and Meditations
From Reverend Jill McAllister

March 2, 2014, 11:00 AM “The Big Questions: Faith/Our Global Community of Faith” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Everyone has faith in something: it’s hard to imagine human life without it. Faith is, of course, much more than mere belief in things that can’t be proved. Faith is the essential foundation of love, and of justice.

February 2014

February 23, 2014 “The Generosity of Others” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
As we launch this year’s pledge drive at the Fellowship, it’s important to remind ourselves of our noble values, our true capacities, and the responsibilities we share when we commit ourselves to the life of this congregation. And also to be clear about the role of money in our lives.

February 16, 2014 “Facing Climate Change Together” (Service Recording)
With David Servias, Rev. Bonnie Parr Philipson, Rev. Nestie Griffith, Rev. Tim Stover, Maureen Beezhold, Michael Beachley, Rev. Wendell Hendershott, Rev. Jill McAllister, Rev. Peter Illyn, and Amy Becker
Interfaith service in conjunction with the “Transformation Without Apocalypse-Living Well on an Altered Planet” symposium. February 16, 2014

February 16, 2014 “Our Global Community of Faith” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Just back from two international UU conferences, I’ll be eager to share with you some of the important movements within our global UU community, especially how our liberal religious ideas are taking root in many different cultures and contexts around the world, how those differences affect and inform us, and how we can work together on shared concerns, especially the realities of climate change.

January 2014

January 26, 2014 “The Big Ideas: Prayer” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
We continue the series of Sunday mornings devoted to exploring some of the “big ideas” of religion. This week, the subject is prayer, another small word that encompasses a myriad of definitions, assumptions and expectations. Can prayer, in some form, be useful? And what does it have to do with love?

January 19, 2014 “The Big Ideas: Sin and Evil” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The second in a four-part series of sermons on the classic “big ideas” in religion, focusing this week on ideas about sin and evil, and how they are related to ideas about love.

January 12, 2014 “The Big Ideas: God” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The first in four-part series of sermons on the classic “big ideas in religion, focusing this week on ideas about what the word “god” means and invokes, and how it is related to love.

January and February 2014 Readings and Meditations
From Rev. Jill McAllister

December 2013

December 22, 2013 “Let Christmas Come” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The Christmas season is full of contradictions, and for me, there are many reasons to look in other directions for inspiration at this time of year. And yet, there are elements of mystery, of miracle even, and of hope, which keep tugging at my heart. Another look at the gifts of Christmas.

December 8, 2013 “Winter Lights” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
In this season of the year light and darkness are intertwined and both are important.

December 1, 2013 “Love is Patient” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
At the beginning of the traditional season of Advent, we’ll consider what we can learn while waiting.

December 2013 Readings and Meditations
From Rev. Jill McAllister

November 2013

November 24, 2013, 7:00 PM “A Service of Installation” (Service Recording) Of The Reverend Jill K. McAllister by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis
With Rev. Diana Vezmar-Bailey, Cassius Shirambere, the Gottfried Family, Rev. Rick Davis, Mark Aaron, Rev. Sydney Morris, Rev. Todd Ekloff, Rev. Mark Gallagher, Janine Larson, Monica Jacob-Tennessen-Program Council Chair, Judy Malouf-UUFC Board President, Rev. Walter Balik, Rev. Lois Van Leer, the Medowlark Trio (Michael Molk on Oboe, Maureen Beezhold on Spinet, and Julia Lont on Cello), the UUFC Choir, and the Reverend Jill K. McAllister

November 24, 2013, 11:00 AM “Gauguin’s Questions” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill K. McAllister, David Robinson, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Cassius Shirambere

November 17, 2013 “The Most Radical Thing” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister

November 10, 2013 “Welcoming Health” The Living the Welcoming Congregation Committee with (Service Recording)
With eli* corbin, Rev. Jill McAllister, and members of the Living the Welcoming Congregation Committee
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November 3, 2013 “The Love That Never Dies” (Service Recording)
With Jill McAllister

November 2013 Readings and Meditations
From Rev. Jill McAllister

October 2013

October 27, 2013 “Equanimity: Uppekha” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
The final part of a three-part series on the Brahma Viharas, “the best home for our minds.”

October 20, 2013 “Compassion and Sympathetic Joy: Karuna and Mudita” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister
Part two of a three-part series on the the Brahma Viharas.

October 13, 2013 “What is Metta? What is Loving Kindness?” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister

October 6, 2013 Partner Church Service”Where Your Treasure Is” (Service Recording)
With the Reverend Katalin Szasz-Cserey, Partner Church Minister from Bozodkorispatak, Transylvania

October 2013 Readings and Meditations
From Rev. Jill McAllister

September 2013

September 22, 2013 “Let All that You Do…” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister

Sunday, September 15, 2013-3:30 “A Celebration of the Life of Arthur Dean Wilmot”
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis (Service Recording)

with Reverend Jill McAllister

September 15, 2013 “We Begin Again” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister

September 8, 2013 “Joining of the Waters Ceremony” (Service Recording)
With Reverend Jill McAllister

Reverend McAllister’s “Candidating Week” Services, April 2013

April 14, 2013 “Heart and Soul-Part Two” (Service Recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister

April 7, 2013 “Heart and Soul-Part One” (Service Recording)
With Rev. Jill McAllister