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Sunday Services

  • This Week:

    Sunday Services This Week: Air, Breath, Music!

    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.

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Services This Month

  • May 5, “Which Way To Turn?” with Rev. Jill McAllister
    May 12, “Tending Our Selves” with Guest Speaker UU DRE Jen Shattuck
    May 19, “Air, Breath, Music!” UUFC Choir with Rev. Jill McAllister
    May 26, “In Memoriam” with Revs. Jill McAllister and Leslie Chartier

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From the Minister

  • Annual Meeting, 5/19

    By the time the Annual Meeting comes around, we’ve once again nearly completed another year in the life of the Fellowship. This is no small thing, especially considering the lingering effects of the pandemic and the state of the world in general. There have been days in the past few years when I truly wondered whether we’d be able to keep this community alive and well. But we have! And we have so much to be thankful for, most of all each other and our shared commitments to being a UU congregation.

    I sometimes fantasize about what it would look like if EVERY MEMBER came to the Annual Meeting, every year. What it would be like for ALL of us to gather to acknowledge and thank each other, to discern together what our next priorities are, what the world is now calling us to do. Can you imagine? To think together about how well we’ve lived into our mission. To discuss together needed changes. To encourage one another to stay together and keep going– to trust that what we do here makes a difference. I know that in the real world only some of us will gather. I understand that people have many different ways of being part of the Fellowship, and that not everybody is able, or available, or all that interested in how our small local democracy works. And yet – don’t forget that the life and future of the Fellowship do depend on those who gather – who elect new officers, who affirm that those folks willing and able to serve are living up to our ideals, who hear and take to heart all of our challenges and successes in the past year.

    The religious life is nothing if not a life of making commitments. To the many, many of you who do so – some for many years and some just now beginning – my gratitude is deep. I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting on Sunday (May 19) – in person or online – as we do this beautiful work that belongs to us all!

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This Week at UUFC

  • UUFC Auction Time, 5/29 – 6/8

    Donation deadline is 5/23. Vist to the UUFC Auction Page for more details. For a sneak peek at the services and goods that have been donated so far, go to the catalogue. Happy browsing! Author… full post

  • 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… full post

  • Spring Cleaning UUFC Community Work Day, 5/25

    Saturday May 25, 2024anytime from 9 AM – 1 PM OUTDOOR TASKS INDOOR TASKS Please bring your own gloves, kneeling pads, and eye protection. Work side by side with new friends! We would like to… full post

  • Family Picnic 5/26

    Nursery, Spirit Play, and YRUU families are invited to a hike and picnic with Rev. Jill and Skyla after the service on May 26th. Please REGISTER HERE! We’ll depart from UUFC at 11:45 and meet… full post

  • Mental Health Worship Service, 5/19

    On May 19th at 4pm PDT, the Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Network will be offering an online worship service centered on how Unitarian Universalism can inspire advocacy and acceptance in the area of mental health.… full post

  • Film: Where Can We Live in Peace?, 5/18

    Saturday, May 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm in the UUFC Social Hall Award-winning Canadian film maker Judy Jackson brings the moving story of the ABBA House migrant shelter in Celaya, Mexico. Founded by Pastor Ignacio… full post


Announcements

  • So You Wanna Be a GA Delegate.* Here’s How.

    Just let any Board member or Rev. Jill know. The UUA’s General Assembly will be held June 20-23 this year. The GA features worship, workshops, speakers, business sessions, and more. Delegates will take the final…

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    So You Wanna Be a GA Delegate.* Here’s How.
  • Sacred Green Space

    Help care for and nurture the wonderful sacred green space that is our UUFC campus. We need folks to take responsibility for particular areas, big or small.For more info, talk to me after service or…

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    Sacred Green Space
  • How to Request a Weekly Announcement

    If your group, team, or council would like to add something to the Weekly Announcements, there is a new form! The Weekly Announcements are updated on Friday each week. The Weekly Announcements are meant keep…

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    How to Request a Weekly Announcement

Plan Ahead

  • 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…

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    Benefit Concert for Democracy Action Team Stamp Fund, June 30
  • Children in Worship Discussion 6/2 & 6/19

    The RE Council will be hosting 2 post-sermon discussions 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. These…

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    Children in Worship Discussion 6/2 & 6/19
  • Changes Coming to RE!

    Beginning June 9th, we will be adopting a new approach to how we welcome children and youth on Sundays! Nursery and classroom spaces will not be available during this temporary change. If you want to…

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    Changes Coming to RE!
  • 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……

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

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    In Memoriam
  • 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…

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    RE Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 6/9
  • Tending Our Grief Circle, 6/1, 10-12:30

    We gather once more before the summer break to tend to our grief. The grief you hold may be for personal losses, transitions, or the sorrows of the world – all are equally welcome and…

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    Tending Our Grief Circle,  6/1, 10-12:30
  • Film: Where Can We Live in Peace?, 5/18

    Saturday, May 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm in the UUFC Social Hall Award-winning Canadian film maker Judy Jackson brings the moving story of the ABBA House migrant shelter in Celaya, Mexico. Founded by Pastor Ignacio…

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    Film: Where Can We Live in Peace?, 5/18

Connect Up/Affinity Groups

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CALENDAR THIS WEEK

The “Events Calendar” has all of the events except for outside rentals and private meetings. If you want to see ALL the events including events not open to the public, try the ROOM USE CALENDAR.

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May

Where Can We Live in Peace

* 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

*Kitchen, Social Hall

Where Can We Live in Peace

May 18, 2024


start time: 3:00 PM

end time: 4:30 PM

location: Kitchen, Social Hall

description: Showing of the film which puts a face on migration.
Hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Support Team, a part of our Justice Council.

More information:

uucorvallis.org/film-where-can-we-live-in-peace/

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May

Kirtan With Shantala

* 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

*Sanctuary

Kirtan With Shantala

May 18, 2024


start time: 7:00 PM

end time: 9:00 PM

location: Sanctuary

description: Setup at 4:30pm; teardown by 10:30pm

Portland Kirtan band Shantala is a community favorite.

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May

Sunday Service

* 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

*Kitchen, Sanctuary, Social Hall, UUFC Zoom

Sunday Service

May 19, 2024


start time: 10:00 AM

end time: 11:00 AM

location: Kitchen, Sanctuary, Social Hall, UUFC Zoom

description:

Sunday Worship Service in the sanctuary.

The service is also available on Zoom.  

Go to uucorvallis.org for the Zoom link and more information about worship.




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May

Building and Grounds Tour

* 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

*Room 8

Building and Grounds Tour

May 19, 2024


start time: 11:45 AM

end time: 12:45 PM

location: Room 8

description: John Bailey will be offering a walking tour of our building and grounds. You will learn a bit about the history of how our campus developed into what it is today, and where to find all of the cool things that are happening at UUFC!

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May

UUFC Annual Meeting

* 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM

*Kitchen, Sanctuary, Social Hall, UUFC Zoom

UUFC Annual Meeting

May 19, 2024


start time: 11:45 AM

end time: 2:00 PM

location: Kitchen, Sanctuary, Social Hall, UUFC Zoom

description: The UUFC Annual Meeting includes the annual business of the congregation: Election of new directors and some council leaders, reporting from the Board on goals and accomplishments over the past year, the Board's presenation of the annual budget for the next fiscal year, and the congregations affirmation of that budget. A light lunch is available for all. All members are needed and encouraged to attend.

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May

Queerly Beloved - SGD Team

* 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

*Social Hall

Queerly Beloved - SGD Team

May 19, 2024


start time: 4:00 PM

end time: 6:00 PM

location: Social Hall

description:
Join LGBTQIA+ folx and Allies for social gatherings centered on queer issues and themes. We understand the importance of queer community, and our goal is to provide a safe space where people can find that sense of belonging right here in Corvallis. We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday in the afternoon. All are welcome!

https://uucorvallis.org/queerly-beloved/

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May

Buddhist meditation

* 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

*Off Site

Buddhist meditation

May 20, 2024


start time: 3:30 PM

end time: 4:15 PM

location: Off Site

description:

Meditation, dharma teaching, and discussion.  Beginners welcome. 

Takes place at the Sangha Jewel Zen Center (next door) and on zoom


For more information and weekly zoom link, contact
Mary Leigh Burke.

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May

Library work

* 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

*Library

Library work

May 21, 2024


start time: 9:00 AM

end time: 10:00 AM

location: Library

description:

Librarian office hours.

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May

Virtual Coffee Hour

* 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

*UUFC Zoom

Virtual Coffee Hour

May 21, 2024


start time: 1:30 PM

end time: 2:30 PM

location: UUFC Zoom

description:

Join us on Zoom for a weekly checking-in which includes sharing of joys and sorrows, plus the Compassion Prayer.

 

Contact: Mary Craven

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May

Book Group

* 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

*Off Site

Book Group

May 22, 2024


start time: 7:00 PM

end time: 8:30 PM

location: Off Site

description: The UUFC Connect Up Book Group meets monthly on Zoom, January through October.

February's book is: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
More information

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May

Choir Rehearsal

* 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

*Sanctuary

Choir Rehearsal

May 22, 2024


start time: 7:00 PM

end time: 8:00 PM

location: Sanctuary

description:

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May

Mindful Awareness

* 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

*6A

Mindful Awareness

May 22, 2024


start time: 7:00 PM

end time: 7:45 PM

location: 6A

description: We gather together to build our attentional skills and to develop resources for resilience. There will be guided and independent practice portions, both suitable for beginner and experienced meditators.

more information

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May

Youth Advisors REflection Gathering

* 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

*Room 7

Youth Advisors REflection Gathering

May 23, 2024


start time: 7:15 PM

end time: 8:15 PM

location: Room 7

description:

Youth advisors' reflection gathering.

COntact Skyla for more information.

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May

Community Kirtan

* 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

*Room 7

Community Kirtan

May 24, 2024


start time: 7:00 PM

end time: 8:30 PM

location: Room 7

description:

Setup at 6:30pm; teardown by 9pm.

Kirtan is a very simple & powerful way to meditate. It’s effortless & joyful; the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody & rhythm.

The chants are sung in Sanskrit, and these ancient chants contain powerful renewing & transformative energy that helps us reconnect with the Divinity that resides within all of us.

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May

building cleaning work party

* 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

*6B, Room 9, Sanctuary, Social Hall, Social Hall Porch & Patio, UUFC Lawn, UUFC Parking Lot

building cleaning work party

May 25, 2024


start time: 8:00 AM

end time: 1:00 PM

location: 6B, Room 9, Sanctuary, Social Hall, Social Hall Porch & Patio, UUFC Lawn, UUFC Parking Lot

description: Outdoor work party and some indoor projects .TBD Aware that mankind project needs Social Hall /Kitchen starting at 12:30 PM. Main job is cleaning gutters involving use of ladders, possibly vacuuming and cleaning the red chairs in sanctuary, other tasks TBD. Reservation could be adjusted if groups need to use RE rooms

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May

Hiking Group

* 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

*Off Site

Hiking Group

May 25, 2024


start time: 9:30 AM

end time: 12:00 PM

location: Off Site

description: On the last Saturday of the month, join Jim Wagner and UU friends for a hike.

Meet in the UUFC parking lot at 9:30 am.

More information

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R.E. COUNCIL NEWS

Current Events

  • Children in Worship Discussion 6/2 & 6/19

    Children in Worship Discussion 6/2 & 6/19

    The RE Council will be hosting 2 post-sermon discussions for you to ask questions, voice concerns and ideas, and hear…

  • RE Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 6/9

    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…

  • Family Picnic 5/26

    Family Picnic 5/26

    Nursery, Spirit Play, and YRUU families are invited to a hike and picnic with Rev. Jill and Skyla after the…

  • Aging Successfully in Community, 5/1

    Aging Successfully in Community, 5/1

    Wednesday, May 1, 3-5 pm in the UUFC Sanctuary “Moving along in life and aiming to thrive!” At our May…

  • Mental Health Worship Service, 5/19

    Mental Health Worship Service, 5/19

    On May 19th at 4pm PDT, the Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Network will be offering an online worship service centered…

  • Register for Camp Blue Boat!

    Register for Camp Blue Boat!

    Camp Blue Boat registration is open! NEW WEEK: June 30-July 5 NEW LOCATION: Get ready for an unforgettable summer experience at Camp Blue Boat at Camp N-Side-Sen in Harrison, Idaho!…

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Faith Formation Toolkit

Maybe you’ve got an awesome minister (If you’re at UUFC, you do! ☑️), and a caring Religious Exploration team (Lucky you! You’ve got that too!☑️), and excellent friends and family support (I sure hope you do! ?). Did you know that even with all that, parents and grandparents are still a child’s first and most influential spiritual guides? Yes, YOU! You’re the biggest factor in your child’s spiritual growth and development. How cool ? (and maybe scary ?) is that?

In an effort to support families as they raise faithful and spiritually grounded children, we offer you the Family Faith Formation Toolkit with you! On the 4th Sunday of each month, I’ll be adding a new tool to our toolkit below. Each tool will come with resources and practical ideas for how to explore matters of the spirit with your family, and grow in confidence as a spiritual leader. As always, if you have immediate needs relating to your family’s faith formation, I’m available to chat. Just reach out to dre@uucorvallis.org to set up a time.

  1. Discussing the G-word (answering questions about God when you’re not sure yourself)
  2. Prayer as a Family Practice
  3. Meditation with the Kiddos
  4. Service with the Family
  5. Up Next: Gratitude

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From the DRE

  • Changes Coming to RE!

    Beginning June 9th, we will be adopting a new approach to how we welcome children and youth on Sundays! Nursery and classroom spaces will not be available during this temporary change. If you want to learn more about what’s coming to your hometown UU sanctuary this summer, read on!

    What is Soul Work?

    Soul Work was popularized by the UUA’s Children and Families Faith Development Specialist, Joy Berry, and is already used by countless congregations around the nation who moved to multigenerational worship after the pandemic impacted their volunteer pools. This approach to multigenerational worship involves having handwork projects — called “Soul Work” in our sacred spaces — available to members of all ages during worship.

    Repetitive handwork like embroidery, crocheting, knitting, and coloring mandalas has shown therapeutic benefits similar to meditation. Many folx, young and old, feel better able to settle their bodies and listen when their hands are busy.

    While the primary aim of Soul Work in multigenerational worship is to support our youngest members in being appropriately engaged in something quiet while they share our worship space, a side benefit has been referred to as the “NPR effect” by religious educators, who report that kids may look like they’re not paying attention to the service at all, but then a few days after will ask their parents about something that was said by the minister. Just like when kids seem zoned out in the car, but then ask about a Supreme Court Justice who was quoted on the radio. Hopefully, our children and youth will be able to be in conversation with all other members of our congregation around topics that are elevated in the service, making us a more whole and integrated community!

    Here’s what it has looked like in other congregations:

    Why Now?

    I’m so glad you asked!

    As you have hopefully heard by now, the classroom wing is getting a safety update sometime this summer. When that process begins — and we have no idea when the work will commence — we will not be able to enter that area for at least three months. What’s an RE team to do? Well, the staff and RE Council have been hard at work making a plan!

    After exploring many options (renting other buildings, having children’s RE on a different day of the week, running in circles in a panic until construction is over), adopting Soul Work and starting it on the chosen date feels like the best possible option. Why? Well, many of our volunteers are unable to consistently serve in the summer months, and while I would ordinarily get busy trying to recruit some new summer volunteers (and did do some of that before we landed on this plan), it’s quite difficult to get people to set aside one of their precious few summer Sundays for something that may or may not happen. As you can imagine, it’s not a very compelling ask.

    Planning for an unknown future is nearly impossible, so we decided to create some knowns by declaring a start date and implementing something beautiful on our own terms. I’ve been in consultation with DRE’s around our region who have already been using Soul Work in their congregation, learning what what has and hasn’t worked for them, and we’re almost ready to launch!

    We will commence multigenerational worship on June 9th and return to our usual Nursery, Spirit Play, as soon as construction on the classroom wing has ended and a full slate of volunteers has been identified. This could be any time between fall and early winter. The reality with construction projects is that the timeline is entirely out of our hands.

    How Will This Work?

    Great question! A shelf of Soul Work options will appear near the hymnal racks at the back of the primary aisle toward the social hall. Parents, we invite you to consider stopping by the shelf on your way to your seat and encouraging your child to select something that will keep them busy for a while. If you think your child will need to return to the shelf at some point during the service, we encourage you to sit on an aisle near the shelf to minimize disruption.

    I and a volunteer will be available to sit with kids in the gallery who want a little support learning a new handcraft. We’ll keep it to a whisper or silent demonstration, but we recognize that working with someone new is a novelty that might support their capacity to be respectfully quiet in the sanctuary as they acclimate to the space. We’re hoping this approach will be sufficient, but setting up a maker space in the social hall is a backup plan.

    Alternative Orders of Service will be available that are simplified for children and we encourage parents and adults who are sitting near children to help them follow along in their Order of Service to help them stay engaged if it looks like they need more than their handwork.

    Won’t Kids Be Disruptive to Our Sacred Time?

    Multigenerational worship is a whole congregation endeavor. For years, we’ve been hearing folx wish for more children in our spaces. For four years, the RE Council has been actively working on expanding our congregation’s capacity for intergenerational connection. This is our chance to put those wishes and skill sets to work to make a meaningful and welcoming worship experience for all of our people, the tall and the small. But we’ve still got a lot of learning to do.

    There will be hiccups. There will be disruptions. It will not be perfect. We’re viewing this as an experimental era, where we are committed to trying a way, reflecting, tweaking, and trying again. So the first few weeks will likely look a little different each Sunday as we work things out. I invite you to share your ideas with me and any member of the RE Council as we experiment. We’re here to help this be as smooth and seamless as possible, but we’re being realistic about the challenges ahead.

    Kids do make sound. Kids do move their bodies. Kids do sing off key and clap off beat. There will be some distractions. We’re already in talks with the sound team about strategies for those with difficulty hearing, and we’d love to chat with you if that is a concern. We have some ideas, and if you’re a hearing aid user, we’d like to hear your ideas around the use of the Loop or Bluetooth, or other ideas we haven’t even thought of.

    What If I Just Absolutely NEED a Super Quiet Space?

    We know this is a reality for some, and we’re working toward creating a few zones for worship time in the building. Remember, once the construction begins, this is an unavoidable reality of our circumstances, so it’s nice that we’ve got a little practice time in advance to iron out some details.

    We ask that parents of children who have reached their limit of quiet stillness step into the social hall, where they can still hear the sermon and choir while their children have a little more leeway to be active without preventing others from engaging with the service.

    And for those who simply need a silent space, we are working towards streaming the service into the library for a completely set apart quiet space for those who absolutely need it in order to be able to focus completely.

    It is our hope that the vast majority of adults will take advantage of this time to introduce yourself to the children near you, just as you would any other person in the sanctuary, and help them feel at ease in the sanctuary.

    But I Still Have Questions!

    We knew you would! Members of the RE Council will be available in the sanctuary after the service on June 2nd and 16th to answer your questions, hear your concerns and ideas, and share any information about the decision making process that led us here. I hope you will join us!

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JUSTICE COUNCIL NEWS

  • Pride Party 2024

    Pride is a joyful celebration of all of the beautiful identities of our LGBTQ+ community. The UUFC Sexuality and Gender Diversity Justice Team invites all UUFC friends to join us for a Pride Party. Music,… full post

    Pride Party 2024
  • Queerly Beloved 5/19/24

    Sunday, May 19th in the UUFC Social Hall 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm This month, we’ll have a casual potluck and some icebreaker games, hosted by Ginny and Linda! Come and get to know your… full post

    Queerly Beloved 5/19/24
  • Film: Where Can We Live in Peace?, 5/18

    Saturday, May 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm in the UUFC Social Hall Award-winning Canadian film maker Judy Jackson brings the moving story of the ABBA House migrant shelter in Celaya, Mexico. Founded by Pastor Ignacio… full post

    Film: Where Can We Live in Peace?, 5/18
  • Faith-based climate action this week, 3/3/2024

    Good News Climate-action Opportunities Of Note Save the Date Democracy Action Team:  > First week of March: Letters will be ready.  VoteFwd.org. > Letter Writing: Sun 10 Mar, 1:45 PM, (after the Action Lunch), UUFC… full post

    Faith-based climate action this week, 3/3/2024
  • Spring Luncheon 3/30 – Cancelled

    This event has been cancelled. The Secure Housing and Food For All team and Ernest Cardona invite you to join us for a Spring Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, March 30th , 2024 at 1:00 p.m.… full post

    Spring Luncheon 3/30 – Cancelled
  • Justice Outreach for February

    Our outreach offerings in February will support Unity Shelter, a local non-profit organization which provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, plus wrap around services for people who are without safe housing or shelter. Unity Shelter’s… full post

    Justice Outreach for February
  • Secure Housing and Food for All

    The Secure Housing and Food for All team appreciates and thanks everyone who contributed money to We Care last month. If you are interested in working with We Care, please take a look at their… full post

    Secure Housing and Food for All
  • Justice Theatre Auditions

    Justice Theatre auditions are this Monday and Tuesday, January 29th and 30th, at 7pm in the social hall. No acting experience necessary! LGBTQ+ performers are particularly invited to audition. Author david View all posts full post

  • EDI Book Discussion 1-29

    Monday, January 29th, 7:00 pm on Zoom. With the current controversy around the need for reparations, the UUA common read, On Repentance and Repair, Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, by Danya Ruttenberg offers us… full post

    EDI Book Discussion 1-29
  • Secure Housing and Food For All Meeting, 1/21

    The Secure Housing and Food for All Justice Team is meeting this Sunday 1/21 at 11:30 in the Gallery of the sanctuary. (okay to bring in coffee). Information about the Warming Centers open the past… full post

  • Difficult Conversations: The University’s Role in Restoring Civic Dialogue with Drs. Robert George and Cornel West

    Jan 22nd, 7-8:30 PM, at LaSells EDI would like to invite you to an opportunity to attend a special event at LaSells, focusing on civil discourse and “difficult conversations” —an area of deep concern for… full post

  • Action Lunch is Back! 3/10

    An Action Lunch is a light lunch provided by volunteers, after a Sunday service, usually to support some aspect of our justice and outreach work.  We haven’t had one in a long time, until now!… full post

    Action Lunch is Back! 3/10
  • Secure Housing and Food For All Meeting, 1/21

    The Secure Housing and Food for All Justice Team is meeting this Sunday 1/21 at 11:30 in the Gallery of the sanctuary. (okay to bring in coffee).  Information about the Warming Centers open the past… full post

    Secure Housing and Food For All Meeting, 1/21
  • EDI Book Discussion 1-29

    Monday, January 29th, 7:00 pm on Zoom. With the current controversy around the need for reparations, the UUA common read, On Repentance and Repair, Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, by Danya Ruttenberg offers us… full post

  • Faith-based climate action this week, 1/7/2024

    Good News Climate-action Opportunities Of Note Save the Date Climate Action Opportunities: We track (row 25) the number of clicks on the respond link for each suggested climate-action opportunity. The climate-action opportunity tracking results (an… full post

    Faith-based climate action this week, 1/7/2024
  • From the “Secure Housing and Food for All” Team

    We hope you all had a joyful holiday season. Thank you very much for sharing your time and effort to help the people of Corvallis who are struggling each day to survive by donating warm… full post

    From the “Secure Housing and Food for All” Team
  • Justice Outreach Offering in January – NAACP

    For the month of January our Justice Outreach offering will benefit the Linn Benton NAACP. The NAACP works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate… full post

    Justice Outreach Offering in January – NAACP
  • Queerly Beloved 1/21

    Sunday, January 21st at 4:00 pm in Room 7 We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday in the afternoon. Join LGBTQ+ folx and allies for social gatherings centered on queer issues and themes. We understand… full post

    Queerly Beloved 1/21
  • From the “Secure Housing and Food for All” Team

    We hope you all had a joyful holiday season. Thank you very much for sharing your time and effort to help the people of Corvallis who are struggling each day to survive by donating warm… full post

    From the “Secure Housing and Food for All” Team
  • Justice Outreach Offering in January – NAACP

    For the month of January our Justice Outreach offering will benefit the Linn Benton NAACP. The NAACP works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate… full post

Justice Outreach Offering

  • Our Sunday Outreach Offerings for the month of April will support several organizations our Climate Action Team partners with:  the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Seeds for the Sol, UU Ministries for Earth, and UU Side with Love.  We hope to contribute $250 to each with remaining funds going to UUFC’s own Carbon Reduction and Responsibility Fund. Your support is needed and welcome!

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WORSHIP COUNCIL NEWS

  • Sunday Services This Week: Air, Breath, Music!

    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… full post

  • “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… full post

  • “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.… full post

  • Sunday Services This Month

    May 5, “Which Way To Turn?” with Rev. Jill McAllister May 12, “Tending Our Selves” with Guest Speaker UU DRE Jen Shattuck May 19, “Air, Breath, Music!” UUFC Choir with Rev. Jill McAllister May 26,… full post

  • “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… full post

  • “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… full post

  • “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 –… full post

  • Sunday Services in April

    April 7 “What Difference Does It Make?” Stewardship Kick-Off Rev. Jill McAllister April 14 “Our Values: Equity” Rev. Jill McAllister April 21 “Earth Day” Climate Action Team, and Rev. Jill McA April 28 “Wheel of… full post

    Sunday Services in April
  • “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… full post

  • “SO Much More to the Stories,” 3/31/24

    Unitarian Universalists have wrestled with the Easter story for centuries. Should we focus on its pagan roots, its ample metaphors, its timeless insight into both human frailties and human strengths? Luckily there is not just… full post

  • “Storm Warning,” 3/24/2024

    We welcome the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt as our preacher today. She is a long-time UU minister who serves as the President of one of our two main theological schools – Starr King School for… full post

  • Ostara, 3/17/2024

    As we look toward Ostara, a fleeting moment of balance in the Wheel of the Year, we pause to reflect on what it means to embrace the seasonality and impermanence of all things on the… full post

  • Sunday March 10, 2024 “Who Killed Caesar?” Jacob King

    Our world is increasingly becoming despotic. War, violence, and oppression is rampant; and the human condition continues to justify denying others agency. It is fitting then during the ‘Ides of March’ to analyze how people… full post

  • Sunday Services in March

    March 3 Love and Chaos: Invitations of the Spiritual Life, Rev. Jill McAllister March 10 “Who Killed Caesar?” We welcome Jacob King back to the Fellowship March 17 Wheel of the Year: Ostara All Ages… full post

    Sunday Services in March
  • Love and Chaos: Invitations of the Spiritual Life, 3/3/24

    What might it take for us to understand that the way things are, what the World includes, is not simply a problem or problems to be solved? That Life calls us to be present (and… full post

  • “Where Justice Begins,” 2/25/2024

    “Justice” has been named as a central value in Unitarian Universalism for generations. We are for it. We work for it. We work to understand it. And still, there is much to learn. Most often… full post

  • “Shared Ministry as Improv,” 2/18/2023

    So much is changing in our world, faith, and congregational lives. As we engage this changing reality, we need tools to help us meet the needs of this liminal time. Improvisation can provide us with… full post

  • “The Meeting of Two Giants: A Black History Month Reflection” 2/11/2024

    They were two men of small physical stature, but Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh were both giants: religious giants, spiritual giants, moral giants. They met twice – both… full post

  • “The Meeting of Two Giants: A Black History Month Reflection”

    They were two men of small physical stature, but Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh were both giants: religious giants, spiritual giants, moral giants. They met twice – both… full post

  • “Imbolc” – February 4, 2024, 10 AM

    This Sunday we observe and celebrate Imbolc (also known as Candlemas), the point on the Wheel of the Year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The first hints of Spring are beginning… full post

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