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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 […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

I cannot tell a lie.  I didn’t know what music I was going to play today.  I have been emotionally drained for the past week and while music has been so essential to my own processing of current events, I was drawing a blank for what music to play for today’s services.  Some of you […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Shame.  A heavy word with heavy connotations.  And, the theme of today’s sermon at the UUFC.  Combined with the grey, drizzly weather and the relentless reminders that we are near the climax of a grueling election season, I felt that this morning’s prelude needed a little lightness to combat the above conditions.  I selected “Riverside Walk” […]