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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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]