Popular Kirtan Group Shantala Returns To Corvallis! 5/18

We are very happy to welcome Portland’s popular Kirtan group Shantala back to Corvallis for a sacred chanting concert on Saturday, May 18 at 7 PM. Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known and loved for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence.

Heather and Benjy have released nine beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, The Love Window, LIVE2love and FIVE. They also have a passionate international online following, with hundreds of thousands of YouTube video views, millions of iTunes/Apple Music downloads, and millions of streams on Spotify.They will play in the Sanctuary of the UU with special guests Jared May and Johanna Beekman.

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Benefit Concert for Democracy Action Team Stamp Fund, June 30

Concert to benefit the UUFC Democracy Action Team stamp fund. Sunday June 30,
4 PM Donation $20 or pay what you can.

Concert to warm the heart, give you courage, and refresh the humor button with a wide variety of music—familiar tunes from the likes of Dylan, Stephen Foster, The Youngbloods, Pete Seeger, Gillian Welch and others, along with a few silly thought-provoking ditties.
Our band is a loose, rough-cut gem that fosters and celebrates community and reminds us of the power of coming together in song.

Music is love.
Treat your heart.
We do this together.
The Pereira/Weiss Band of 5 Musicians

Sacred Chanting with Shantala & Friends

We are very happy to welcome Portland’s popular Kirtan group Shantala back to Corvallis for a sacred chanting concert on Saturday, May 18 at 7 PM. Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known and loved for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence.

Heather and Benjy have released nine beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, The Love Window, LIVE2love and FIVE. They also have a passionate international online following, with hundreds of thousands of YouTube video views, millions of iTunes/Apple Music downloads, and millions of streams on Spotify.They will play in the Sanctuary of the UU with special guests Sean Frenette and Johanna Beekman.

UUFC Secure Housing Monthly Meeting 5/12

Monthly meeting of the Secure Housing and Food for All team this Sunday 5/12 at 11:30 in the UUFC Library – bring your coffee, etc.

Update on both food and housing for the Unhoused and Hungry in Corvallis/Benton County.

Between Us

May is my birthday month, and reflecting on having been once again carried by the Earth thru this part of the universe, on a full rotation around the Sun, even taking all the hard things into account, I’m very glad to be alive! As a small token of my deep gratitude for all the gifts that I receive every day, I’ll be making a contribution to the UUFC Birthday Club again. The older I get, the more I love this: that on my birthday I celebrate by giving gifts to others, including an amount of dollars at least equivalent to my age, to the Fellowship. When it is your birthday month, I hope you’ll do that same.

One of the reasons I like to give to the Fellowship, again as a SMALL token of my deep gratitude, is that the Fellowship has been for so much of my life a community of companionship and nurture, in which I have in so many ways learned to be the kind of human being I want to be. When I first became a UU, here at the Fellowship, I was deeply interested in the history and development of liberal religion. I was in need of the kind of religious freedom the Fellowship, and UUism offered. I was thirsty for theological and social perspectives that were wide open and inclusive and progressive. It was heady and exhilarating, and I decided to make it my life work.

What I didn’t know at the time is that while the ideas are important, the opportunity to be in relationship with other people – to be in community, as we so often say – is even more important. Both are needed: the evolving ideas AND the chance to practice them in real time with real people. That’s my bottom line:
how do any of our ideas stack up in relation to how we interact with other people (and all of the living world?) I have to say, to myself as well as to you who might be reading, that as UU’s we are quite good at articulating, discussing, and debating ideas and not as good at living into our highest values. Like almost everyone else in the world, we still get hung up in self-centeredness, in a need for comfort and security, in an outsized need to be right, in the perspective of ego.
And so, I am grateful to be alive in order to keep trying, keep learning, keep aiming to be the kind of person I want to be.

I hope I have many more years to do this work, because the more I learn the more I see that I have to learn. I have a long way to go. Thank-you for being my companions on this journey!

In Memoriam

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, we’ll remember Fellowship members who have died in the past year. If you would like to have someone you’ve lost named and remembered in this service, please let Rev. Jill McAllister know.

Leadership Zoom Gathering May 30, and 2024-25 UUFC events calendar

To all leaders of teams, task forces, councils, committees, projects and events, and the Board, at the Fellowship. Thank-you for all you have done and are doing at the Fellowship this year! And, an invitation… We began the year with a leadership retreat, and it will be good to touch base now as the regular church year winds down, to give updates on so much that has emerged as we have been building new ways this year. Please plan to join us for a ZOOM meeting on Thursday, May 30, at 7 PM.

CALENDAR FOR NEXT YEAR:

You have probably noticed that the Fellowship is quite busy these days and sometimes it’s a challenge to find space for your meeting or event. To help us plan for the next church year we’d like to get all the major 2024-25 Fellowship events on the calendar now — we’re aiming for by the end of May.

Can you please send a note to office@uucorvallis.org so that we can add events to the main list, begin to coordinate as needed, and get things on the calendar?

Thank-you!

RE Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 6/9

We couldn’t offer the awesome programming and community-building opportunities for our children and youth that we do if not for our tireless team of volunteers. Did you know that it takes approximately 34 volunteers to keep our Religious Exploration programs up and running? That’s a lot of people contributing their time and energy to the care and development of our tiniest beloveds!

All RE Volunteers from the Grandfolks Squad, Nursery Care Team, Spirit Play Guides, Youth Advisors, and RE Council members are invited to attend a luncheon in Rooms 6 B&C at 11:45 on June 9th. Register HERE to help us prepare.

Parents, it would be lovely if you would sign up to contribute an item to the luncheon for those who care for our littles throughout the church year. Signups for food contributions can be accessed HERE!

If you have any questions about attending or contributing, contact Skyla (dre@uucorvallis.org)

Congratulations to Skyla King-Christison

Our Director of Religious Exploration was recently awarded the status of Credentialed Advanced Religious Educator by the UUA. This credential required many months of study and learning, plus oral exams. Congratulations Skyla! All are invited to help celebrate Skyla and this achievement following the service, in the Social Hall.