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?

Between Us

When I became a Unitarian Universalist, by joining the Fellowship in the 1980’s, I was overjoyed to discover an approach to religion which did not require me to assent to creeds and beliefs that didn’t make sense to me. I was thrilled to discover the breadth and depth of global religious traditions and practices. I was excited to become part of a community which was asking questions – sometimes uncomfortable questions – about what it means to be good, and right, and to live a good life. And I remember now that within that congregation of the 1980’s I both heard and experienced racism, homophobia, sexism, ageism, and more. There was lots of “talking the talk” but not as much “walking the walk.” The life of the mind is an important thing – deeply important. And how ideas affect the ways we live in relation to others is no less important. At this point in my life I think the ways we live are more important.

My ideas about religious freedom have changed. For me, it is not enough to talk about religious freedom when acting in ways that thwart the ability of some people to be free to be themselves, free to believe what makes sense to them, free to live and work how and where they want to. These are basic human needs, and our religious commitment to freedom means nothing if it does not include these as priorities. When I was new to UUism, one of the most important phrases I learned and repeated was about the importance of “freedom of conscience.” These many years later, I’m convinced that “freedom of conscience” is shallow if it is not aligned with a commitment to “collective liberation.”

I’m thinking back over this year of “building a new way.” We have made some progress, and there is still much to learn, especially about being with and for each other as the primary commitment, instead of the second thought. Rev. Dee Vandiver wrote it this way in a chalice lighting: “We light this chalice—symbol of our faith alive in this world—naming our vision of collective liberation, and daring to re-member each other into beloved community.” May we stay on the path, on the journey, toward making it so.

Children in Worship – Discussion 6/16

On Sunday June 16, after the service, the RE Council will be hosting a post-service discussion for you to ask questions, voice concerns and ideas, and hear about the approach to multigenerational worship that we will be experimenting with this summer. Grab a cup of tea and come catch the vision for a summer of beautiful multigenerational worship!

You can read more about the specific changes coming to RE to help you prepare for our conversation!

June Sunday Services

June 2 “River of Life Ceremonies” – DRE Skyla King-Christisen and UUFC Youth

June 9 “The Shared World” – Rev. Jill McAllister

June 16 “Summer Solstice : Considering the Sun” – Rev. Jill McAllister

June 23 “She, They, and Me” – Rev. Jill McAllister

June 30 “Be Careful What You Worship” – Rev. Jill McAllister