Blog – UUFC Voices

2130 of 120 items

 

 

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 […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Today’s sermon was an important and necessary message for all to remember and have empathy for those who lack the privileges that others take for granted – all because of the color of their skin. The prelude, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” is well-loved (and rightly so) and to me seemed to go hand-in-hand with Jill’s message […]

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 […]

Lifespan Religious Exploration – by Michael Molk

by Jamie Petts

With a mixture of deep appreciation, sadness, and joy, I say goodbye to Ann Mbacke, who for the past two years has served as our Director of Adult Religious Growth and Learning. During Ann’s time at the Fellowship, adult religious education programs have flourished. Ann brought a wealth of knowledge, perspective, expertise, and passion to […]

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 […]