October Services

October 1 – “Love As Spaciousness” with Rev. Jill McAllister. A new generation of UUs suggests articulating our values in new ways, beginning with Love at the Center  

October 8  – “Not So Like-Minded After All” with Rev. Jill McAllister. We’re learning a lot about the real differences in how brains work – neurodiversity. Turns out we’re more different than we imagine.

October 15  – “What is Transformation?” with Rev. Jill McAllister. Have you ever experienced transformation? How is it part of religious and spiritual growth?

October 22  – “God Is Not One, Neither are We” with Rev. Jill McAllister. One of the unique characteristics of our religious movement is pluralism – the willingness to be different and be  together at the same time.

October 29  – Wheel of the Year – All Ages – Samhain / Halloween

“Summer Solstice: Considering the Sun” 6/16/2024

The longest day of the year is almost here. We think of it as the advent of summer — the season of sun and heat and growth. As summers here lengthen and intensify, as we feel so many changes on the earth, how shall we consider the sun – both the spark of life and the fire of destruction?

UUA Common Read Book Group

Mondays in July, 11-12:30 on the social hall deck.

The 2023-34 UU Common Read is On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World (Beacon Press, 2022).

This Common Read offers a glimpse into one of our faith’s foundational sources, Judaism. Readers follow the author, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, into a framework for making amends offered by the 12th century Jewish physician and scholar, Maimonides.

Written for people of any or no faith tradition, On Repentance and Repair introduces practices for accountability that can bring us into wholeness and make a difference in our personal, community, and national relationships.

This 4-part book discussion is offered as a brown bag lunch series, so bring your lunch and join us on the back deck for discussion.

Session 1: Meet Maimonides

Session 2: Repentance and Repair in Our Lives and Relationships 

Workshop 3: Repentance and Repair in Our Covenanted Communities 

Workshop 4: Repentance and Repair to Transform Our World 

Contact Skyla King-Christison with questions or if you need assistance with the purchase of the book.

Multigenerational Magic

Our necessarily abrupt move to multigenerational worship has caused me some apprehension. Children do as the spirit moves them, so the power of my careful planning has its limits. While I’ve been focused on trying to mitigate all the ways this experiment could go horribly wrong, I hadn’t yet let myself dwell in all the ways it could go beautifully right until this past Sunday, when I experienced a magic so unmanufacturable that I find myself suddenly very willing to trust this process.

One of our smaller members spent the service at my feet, giving me the warm feeling of being chosen even though it certainly had everything to do with my proximity to the Soul Work shelf. He was engrossed in pipe cleaner construction as our choir sang a song called Glenda and Lauree: Certain Kinds of Love. The song was painfully beautiful, about two women who loved one another in a time when their love was discouraged. 

The song was too much to bear. A dear friend sitting in front of me left the sanctuary to cry alone. The woman beside me audibly sobbed, as did I. Of all the days to be this achingly moved in the service, did it have to be the day I couldn’t flee because I’d committed to sitting here at the Soul Work shelf in case a wee one needed help cutting yarn? 

The child at my feet occasionally looked up at the two of us ugly-crying above him, all snotty and wet-faced, but he didn’t look distressed. Near the end of the song, I put my arm around the woman beside me. You can only cry with someone for so long without at least sharing a half hug. When I let go, the child stood up, leaned in with a hand on my knee, and whispered, “I know it’s sad. It’s really sad,” and then went back to work on his pipe-cleaner creation. 

How different his experience in the world is from the one I was given as a child! I seldom saw adults in my life cry, and when I did, they made every effort to hide it, to protect me from witnessing big emotions, as if feelings were something shameful. What might it be like to grow up in a world where you feel what you feel out loud, and let your people sit with you in that? To not have to figure that out as an adult, but to just always know it? 

Some of us talked about it afterward, the way he participated in the tending of his fellow community members, not only as a child who was learning about how to be in community but as one of us, seeing grief and acknowledging it. And maybe even as a teacher. He didn’t, as many adults have a habit of doing, try to fix it or say it would be okay. He simply said, “I know. I know,” which is all most of us really want when we’re feeling big feelings. 

So I saw the magic of multigenerational worship with my own eyes and heart, as did several folx seated near the Soul Work shelf. Were there distractions? Yep. But the impromptu learning community that explored our shared humanity near the back corner felt more transformative than any sermon or RE lesson. It appeared to be less remarkable to the child than to us adults. We’re still talking about it days later over coffee and during commercial breaks. Perhaps it will be the adults who have the most to gain from this summer in service with our children. If this is what we have to look forward to, even only once in a while, I’m here for it!

*This story and image was shared with permission from the child’s family, who asked that his name not be used online.

Celebration of Life for Joyce Spain, 6/29

Jim Spain and his family invite Fellowship members to join them in a Celebration of Life for Joyce Spain, who died in February.

The service will be at the Fellowship on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 11 AM.

EDI Read and Discuss Event, 6/24

June 24th, 7-8:30 PM, we’re exploring the multiple award-winning and NYT best-seller book, The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, to help us grasp more fully how the “great migration” changed America. Please contact Elona Meyer for more information and the Zoom link.

Sip & Snack Sunday 6/9

June 9th, 11:30 AM

Break out the sunscreen and join UU’s for an afternoon at BENEDITTO VINEYARD for wine tasting on their beautiful deck. Beneditto’s was a surprise winery last year and definitely worth visiting. They are west of Dallas just off Hwy 22 at 14020 Orchard Knob Road. They open at noon and it takes about 45 minutes to get there.

Bring food to share with the group and if you have a wine passport, the tasting is free. We will plan to leave UUFC after the service. You might consider carpooling. Please contact Heather E if you plan to attend so she can alert the Vineyard of our numbers. 

Hope to see you for a fun connect up outing.  Heather E

Indoor plant care at the Fellowship

The indoor plants are being fed & watered regularly, please don’t add water to them!

Secure Housing and Food for All team Meeting, 6/9

This Sunday 6/9 join us in the UUFC Library at 11:30 to talk about happenings for the unhoused in Corvallis.

Shelter, food, transitional housing and new home for CHF (Corvallis Housing First).

Sangha Jewel Center Open House, 6/29

Sangha Jewel Zen Center Open House & Book Sale!

All are Welcome!

Saturday, June 29th, 10am-1pm

Come see the Zen Center! Get a tour, ask questions, learn about our offerings, have tea, check out the book sale, enjoy a musical offering, learn meditation, and build community!

Come anytime from 10am-1pm. Questions? hello@corvalliszencircle.co

“The Shared World” 6/9/24

We may live with different ideas of what is real, what is true, and what is important, yet as human beings, with each other and all other living things, the fact is we live in a shared world.  As our country and other parts of our lives feel increasingly fragmented, how do our values call us back to the facts of connectedness?