Faith-Based Climate Action News, 4-8-23

Climate Action Team business meeting: 

Thu 13  Apr, 7:00 – 8:15 PM

(Join the Zoom Meeting)


Good News This Week

Faith-based Climate Action Opportunities


Towards Net Zero: Monitor your use of fossil fuels and resulting carbon emissions.  <Info>, <Sign up>  

To help assess the engagement of UUFC members and friends in faith-based climate action and to encourage such action, please anonymously  share the number of the actions below you take this week. Optionally, you may  anonymously also share other recent climate action. <Share>

Sat 8 Apr

From: UUs for Social Justice <link>

Act For A Climate-Smart Farm Bill. This year, as faith-based actors, we have an essential role in showcasing that faith advocates see a moral imperative for a proposal that shifts to a greener, more sustainable, regenerative approach. Please take action: Review our  Handout, send a message using our <online letter platform>, and distribute an Action Poster.

From: Interfaith Power & Light <link>

Join us in calling on Toyota to stop lobbying against climate change provisions and join other automakers in pledging to deliver 100% electric vehicles by 2035! . Toyota ranked among the “world’s most obstructive companies on climate policy” of 2022, with oil giants like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. <Toyota: It’s time to answer the call.>

From: Native Organizers Alliance <link>

With the House of Representatives passing HR1 (the “Polluters over People Act”), the bill now moves to the Senate. Although top Senate Democrats and the White House have signaled they’re against the full bill, they may still want to pass a core element of the bill in an effort to fast-track fossil fuel development and extraction. This would roll back foundational environmental laws and regulations that safeguard Native communities. Together, we must demonstrate massive public opposition to HR1 and any actions meant to remove Native voices from critical policy decisions, <Sign & Send>

Action Opportunities from recent weeks <link>

Do petitions work? <link>.

Petitions can help advance a cause by:

  • Raising awareness and signaling public opinion to decision-makers, influencing their decisions;
  • Showing the media that there is a story worth covering;
  • Helping organizations gain supporters and identify people who may want to get more involved on an issue; and
  • Providing an accessible avenue for activism and civic engagement, inviting people who might not otherwise get involved in those spaces to participate.

Are Petitions ‘slacktivism’? <link>

Critics have often labeled online petitions as another form of “slacktivism,” pointing to their low-risk nature that doesn’t commit its signers to any further action other than the click of a button. But it’s exactly that ease and accessibility which make petitions powerful tools, Clark-Parsons says. “Both research and anecdotal evidence tell us that most people will not take part in activism that requires great risk or high levels of commitment,” Clark-Parsons said. “What critics refer to as ‘slacktivism’ can actually create an alternative outlet for those who would typically not get involved in any movement at all.” With the help of petitions, organizers and movement leaders can visualize who their supporters are and who are “the people who agree with their mission but aren’t willing to take major actions to support it just yet,” she says.


Of Note This Week

From: Climate Action Team. Why do Unitarians care about the 2023 Farm Bill?

From: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition:  Shift Together campaign to address the climate crisis by helping

everyone in the Corvallis community shift to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

From: UU Ministry for Earth. Monthly (April) Musings

From: The Environmental Voter Project.: Report: The Hidden Potential of Green Voters in Red States



Sat 15 Apr: 

GREEN LIVING HOME & EV EXPO Benton Co. Fairgrounds Auditorium

Learn about the latest in building materials and equipment as well as improved construction methods. A wide variety of vendors will be showing exciting new products. Watch a fun cooking demonstration on an induction stove, tour the Better Building Coach that features energy-saving mechanical systems. Be sure to check out the Renter’s Corner, featuring many moveable items geared to make your life better. <Press Release> <Flyer>

Sun 16 Apr:

Earth Month service @ UUFC. Building relationships through care for our Earth

Tue 18 Apr, 10:00 AM

Interfaith Power & Light  Farm Bill webinar

As people of faith and conscience, we are called to promote the dignity and worth of all people. The Farm Bill — an enormous multibillion-dollar agriculture and nutrition bill passed every five years, presents a unique opportunity to create solutions that better protect our planet, and support farmers as they grow and harvest healthy food for all. For too long, powerful corporations have influenced what farmers grow, often pushing farms towards conventional agricultural practices that contribute to harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Farm Bill, Congress can champion a transition to support farmers towards more sustainable practices that help mitigate climate change, instead of contributing to it. It is imperative we shift our agricultural policies to better support farmers in creating a more sustainable and just future for all of our neighbors. <Register>

Thu 20 Apr .5:00 PM

UU Ministry for Earth EARTH DAY WORSHIP 


Save the Date for the Men’s Retreat

2023 UUFC Men’s Retreat

Save the Date:

November 3-5, 2023

All whose primary identification is male are welcome to the beautiful Menucha Conference Center on the Columbia Gorge in early November.   Car pools will be available to aid in transport and reduce carbon impacts, and scholarships will help to defray the cost of attendance.  Our theme is still under development, but is likely to involve reflection on when and why we choose to tune-in vs. to tune-out in our personal and public lives.  Your ideas are welcome. As usual, we will hold an open-mic session for sharing poems, songs, jokes, and more Saturday evening.   

For more information, contact planning committee members:

Steve Strauss – 541-760-7357,

Jed Irvine – 541-740-5633,

Gary Barnes – 541-752-9826,

Nick Houtman – 541-829-3442,

Lloyd Wagenschutz – 541-753-9071, 

Whom Do You Seek?

The Easter story of the rebirth of Jesus is one of the foundational stories of the Christian faith. It’s also part of one of the foundational stories of theatrical tradition! Learn how in today’s podcast.

Sound and Music Attributions

Mystical Universe by MusicLFiles


Easy Lemon (30 second) by Kevin MacLeod

“Quem Quaeritis” – Early English Drama, part 1

Films for the Humanities

Women’s Retreat 2023: Save the Date!

The UUFC Women’s Retreat 2023 Planning Team asks that you Save The Date of October 13-14 for our upcoming Fall retreat at the UUFC building. Attendees need only identify as women in a way that’s significant to them. We would love to have your input in our decision-making process, especially around the theme and topics you most want to engage with, and how you’d like to spend our time together. Please take a moment to fill out our brief SURVEY by March 7.  If you want more information about what the Women’s Retreat was like last year, please visit the links below.

We look forward to being together again as a sisterhood!

Amy Ayers, Priscilla Galasso, Kris Egan, Ann Marchant, Bonnie Morihara, Sharon Seabrook, Rose Sweetwater, and Heather Thomas. 


Building Expansion Project: One More Step and Moving Forward

Save the Date: March 6th

The Building Expansion Team and the Board are in agreement: we can move forward to expand the social hall and make the whole building more energy efficient and safe. We have already invested in this process and we’ll still be able to accomplish a lot. First, the Corvallis City Council needs to vote to let us rescind our request for a new conditional use permit. That meeting will be on March 6. Once we have that assurance, we’ll schedule an open meeting for all who are interested to talk about the next steps and what the project can include now.

Weekly Serving of Good News, 2-25-2023

Music Update

There has been a lot of music happening at the UUFC since the beginning of Covid. After almost two years of the choir being on hiatus due to the pandemic, we are so happy to have them back with us. Last spring they started meeting just to sing hymns, wearing masks and sitting far apart. It was a tough time, but they were so excited to be singing together. 

Last summer they made their first appearance after almost two years of not singing in services at all. They were small but mighty, and now they’re nearly as big as before, and are continuing to grow. We are so glad to have Stephen Evans-Renterria leading the choir. He has been doing an incredible job and brings a lot of enthusiasm to our services. If you are interested in singing in choir, talk to Steven about joining. He’ll be the one waving his arms in front of the choir when they sing. 

David Servias has stepped away from being the regular choir director to help in other areas like technology and the website, but is still overseeing our music program. You will see him at the piano with the band. That’s right, we have a band now! We tried putting together a band to lead hymns for the first time last Spring, and we had so much fun that we’ve been doing it ever since about once a month. Steve Strauss (guitar), George Beekman (percussion), and Gary Barnes (singer) have been part of this group since the beginning. Julie Harter (guitar) and Matt Matthews (guitarrón – ask him to show it to you!) joined us for the first time on Christmas Eve, and Priscilla Galasso sang with us for the first time in February. We only rehearse the morning of, so it’s very exciting and we have a great time. If you play guitar, bass, percussion, or sing, and you enjoy flying by the seat of your pants, talk to David. 

We did say goodbye to one of our members, Lynn Scott, who moved to Scotland this month. Lynn helped us through the pandemic when we were only doing outdoor services, with less than 30 people and she led the songs. We are so grateful for the music she brought to our services, and we wish her the best in her new adventures. 

We’ve had some great guest musicians since we’ve come back to in person services, including Johanna Beekman, Compass Rose, and Roy Zimmerman. But the most important part of our music program is all of you who come together on Sunday morning to join in the singing, clapping, and dancing. We are so excited to have everyone back together making music!

Covid Update

Covid protocols follow the CDC guidelines depending on our community level, show at the top of this page. Here is a guide to what the community levels mean: