“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?

“River of Life Ceremonies”, 6/2/2024

As the regular church year draws to a close, let’s reflect on what it means to be in a truly multigenerational community. We will hear credos from some of the youth who recently completed Coming of Age, honor our bridging seniors as they become young adults, and make commitments to support one another at every bend in the river of life. 

“In Memoriam”, 5/26/2024

On this Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, we’ll remember and honor Fellowship members who have died in the past year. We’ll remember the origins of Memorial Day.  We’ll consider life before death, and life after death, and what “two deaths” means. With Revs. Jill McAllister and Leslie Chartier.

If you would like to have someone you’ve lost named and remembered in this service, please let Rev. Jill McAllister know (minister@uucorvallis.org) by Thursday May 23. 

“Air, Breath, Music!” 5/19/2024

In many ancient descriptions of the seasons, when calling the four directions, East is associated with Spring, and Spring is the direction of morning, of beginnings, and of Air. To be alive is to know Air, is to be breathing: to be human is to be aware of being breathed. This fundamental truth is a grounding source of gratitude. Breathing is also the source of singing, which is one of the ways we let Air move through us, and one of the ways we give voice to our gratitude.

Our service this morning gives thanks for Air, for breath, and for the music which lives in us and through us. We’ll also give thanks for our choir as they share several new and old pieces of music. Come join us as we open ourselves to the movements of Air, breath and music!

New members will be welcomed during the service, and following the service all members are encouraged, needed and invited to stay to participate in our Annual Meeting, beginning at 11:45 AM.

“Tending Our Selves” 5/12/2024

Jill will welcome guest speaker Jen Shattuck. Jen is a UU religious educator and author who serves on the staff at both the Unitarian Church of Barnstable MA and Sanctuary Boston. She is the author of The Tending Years, a book for those caring for preschool-age children, and is also the creator of Ellery Churchmouse, a video series for UU kids and their families.

In her sermon she’ll consider “who” we bring when we come together – our many identities, experiences, hopes, needs and more. The service will include a dedication of children, and special music from Johanna Beekman. Afterward Jen will host a post-sermon discussion, which might include questions about the sermon, about her book “The Tending Years” (copies available), about neurodivergence and more.

“Which Way To Turn?” 5/5/2024

The turning of the earth, of the year, of the seasons, of the heart. Turning inward, turning outward, turning away, turning toward. “To turn” is a fruitful way to describe and understand the religious life. As the old Shaker song says, it’s by ‘turning, turning that we come round right.’ In these days turning often feels frantic, as in which way to turn? Is there anywhere safe to turn? Turning can become spinning, and dizziness, and falling. What can we learn that will help us in all this turning?

Rev. Jill McAllister

“Wheel of the Year: Beltane”, 4/28/24

Beltane is a season of creative energy on the earth. Come share in a creative process of committing your energies to a new dream, and in the spirit of May Day, carry a flame of community home to warm and support your ongoing efforts.

With Priscilla Galasso, Patricia Parcells, Diana Titus, Gaylee Goodrich, Wolfgang Dengler, Brandi Tucker, and the UUFC Sunday Band.

“To Live With Integrity” 4/21/2024

In this year of building new ways, our Earth Day Sunday will focus on needed and possible changes in habits and assumptions about our relationships with ourselves, others and the Earth. Members of our Climate Action Team will share insights and facilitate conversations among us beginning with this perspective: that our actions affect our own health, the health of those we love, and the health of Earth.

Following the service, all are encouraged to attend the preparation Town Hall for our May 19 Annual Meeting.

“Who Needs Equity?” – April 14, 2024

We started with Love, and we’ve considered Justice, Generosity, Transformation, Interdependence and Pluralism – the stated shared values in the proposed changes to the UUA bylaws, Article II. This week we finish with Equity – “We declare that every person has the right to flourish with inherent dignity and worthiness. We covenant to use our time, wisdom, attention, and money to build and sustain fully accessible and inclusive communities.” Sounds great, right? But who needs it? With Jill McAllister

“What Difference Does It Make?” April 7th, 2024

This Sunday we’ll consider stewardship, pledging and what difference each of us makes when we make a commitment. Oh, and while we’re at it we’ll join in a game of Jeopardy – UU-style – plus some good singing and sharing of sorrows and joys – a regular Sunday at the Fellowship (is there such a thing?) which really means the joy of being together.

with Jill McAllister