Weekly Announcements (Printable)
“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 we think that justice is public work, community work, political work. But what if it is first and foremost soul work? Without getting waylaid by wanting to define “soul,” let’s consider what justice requires, what it asks of us, what it needs from us.
Rev. Jill McAllister
Services This Month:
February 4 – Wheel of the Year: Imbolc (Candlemas) Intergenerational Service
February 11 – Rev. Jill McAllister “The Meeting of Two Giants: A Black History Month Reflection”
February 18 – Rev. Jill McAllister with guest Rev. Darrick Jackson “Shared Ministry as Improv”
February 25 – Rev. Jill McAllister “Still Aiming for Justice?”
From the Minister
Between Us (December 2023)
December arrives, with its unique forms of busy-ness and expectations, and I invite you to give yourself time to contemplate this season from as many perspectives as you can. To contemplate means to observe deeply, with focused attention. Perhaps what I’m suggesting is something different – not merely to think about in order to categorize, but to feel – to know by feeling. Maybe ponder is a better word than contemplate. What is this season, for you? What makes a difference? Winter, darkness, lights, Christmas, Solstice, rain or snow, fog, solitude, celebrations, rest?
It is a season of holidays / holy days – each with particular insights to offer – Hannukah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Divali, and others. It is a season on this particular part of the earth – of rain and fog, sometimes of cold and ice, of geese and owls, of bare trees and mud, of creeks full and running fast. It is sadly, still, a season of struggle and strife, here and in so many other places. Of all these insights and occurrences, what nurtures you? What is hard for you? What helps you remember what you are part of?
There’s lots of talk about giving, of course – especially from those who depend on this season to make as much money as they can. “Give our things” they say, and we too easily believe that consumerism is a source of happiness. We know the limits of that habit. What if we could make this a season of generosity more than just of “giving”?
Events and Activities
Envisioning the New Year with Dream Board Making
Saturday, January 6, 2024
9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the UUFC Fellowship Hall
A fun, creative morning in a supportive environment!
Led by Joyce Marvel-Benoist
If you have any extra magazines to donate, please drop them on the front bench by the parking lot double doors with Joyce’s name on them. Thanks!
Inquirer’s Series – Every Sunday
This week: Roots with Skyla King-Christison. Inquirer’s Series is a series of 9 hour-long sessions designed especially for newcomers seeking more information about UUism and the Fellowship AND open to all others who are interested. Sessions take place every Sunday at 11:45 AM Room 8.
Upcoming session dates:
Jan 7 Principles & Sources* with Skyla King-Christison
Jan 14 Building & Grounds with John Bailey
Jan 21 Minister’s Q&A* with Jill McAllister
Jan 28 Lifespan Faith Development with Dawn Dirks
Feb 4 Worship & Liturgical Year with Jill McAllister
Feb 11 Social Justice, Community Action & Connect Up with Karen Josephson
Feb 18 Care and Support & Chalice Circles with Sandy Piper
Feb 25 Membership 101* with Bobbi Bailey
Mar 3 Roots with Skyla King-Christison
Free Mental Health Film Screening 1/18 @6:30
The Religious Exploration Staff is aware that our children, youth, and young adults are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis and we acknowledge the lack of mental health resources available to families in our community. As such, we are elevating our commitment to educating ourselves and expanding our program’s capacity to hold space for children, parents, and caregivers to connect with one another in mutual support.
One of the first offerings we present in this a screening of What I Wish My Parents Knew, a film by Tell My Story, designed as a mental wellness tool to help parents better understand how to support the mental health of their children.
The event will be a two-part, 90-minute experience with a group viewing followed by a discussion facilitated by a licensed mental health professional. Pre-registration is requested.
This film is not available for general public streaming, but this event is open to the public. We ask that viewers be over 18. On-site childcare will be provided free of charge by a team of experienced and background-checked adults.
If you plan to attend, we recommend watching this talk by the creator of the film to prepare. PLEASE NOTE: themes of self-harm and suicide are present in both the talk and the film.
Direct questions to DRE@dreuucorvallis-org
Will try for January 6th. More information to follow.
Last Saturdays of the month, meet with Jim Wagner and other Unitarian friends for a casual hike in the Corvallis area. These are suitable for all ages. The intensity and difficulty of the hike will vary depending on interest. Meeting time will vary. Contact us to sign up and join the group! Connect@uucorvallis.org
December 2023 Hike Info:
On Saturday Dec 30. Weather permitting, it will be on the Vineyard Mountain Trail, north of Crescent Valley. This will be a medium difficulty hike. with elevation gain and a trail that is uneven in places. We will do it at an easy pace, however, and it should be suitable for most walkers. We welcome children and friends who may be visiting for the holidays.
A decision based on the weather forecast will be made on Dec 26 and notices will be sent out to the hike list.
Brilliant Minds Workshop 1/20
The Brilliant Minds Workshop on January 20th, will invite participants to explore and share their personal experiences with neurodivergence and psydivergence. Please consider taking this very brief survey to assist the planning team in their efforts to meet the most immediate needs of our community.
News and Announcements
Summary of February Board Meeting
At our February meeting, the Board: Discussed
- 2024-25 Stewardship season which will begin on Sunday, April 7, with a sermon and three subsequent after-service discussions on pledging as a vital component of our shared ministry. Pledging will commence on Sunday April 7.
- Treasurer’s report, which shows the Fellowship to be in good financial shape
- Questions and issues related to a potential new policy related to payments to Fellowship members and friends for tasks otherwise covered by volunteers
- Fellowship justice commitments and related next steps
- Anticipated internship of a Eugene-based candidate for the UU ministry
- Upcoming reboot of the UUcorvallis.org website
- User-problems on Breeze, of which Breeze is aware and working on
- Agenda and logistics of the upcoming Board retreat Approved
- Changes to the policy related to the Care of Shared Ministry
- Reaffirmation of the Fellowship’s commitments to divestment and climate justice
- Removal of two dangerously and increasingly leaning incense-cedars
Emergency Preparedness – Thank-You team!
Thank-you, thank-you to the Emergency Preparedness team: Craig Olbrich, Wolfgang Dengler and Denis White, for providing training for leaders, Sunday volunteers and more last Saturday Feb. 10, focusing on how to help evacuate the building especially in case of fire. (And how interesting that our fire alarm system began to malfunction the following day — we’re looking now at a system upgrade). Here’s a take-away for everyone: if a building evactuation is needed, everyone head out toward the parking lot to the gathering point at the corner of Firwood and Elmwood.
Hub City Village Volunteerism and Donations
We are helping to furnish homes for those in need ~ CreatingHousing.org is in the midst of building 27 permanent tiny homes and a community center in Albany for those without secure housing and who are interested in being part of a cooperative community. To sponsor the completion of a tiny home, an organization can supply a list of household items like dishes, sheets, etc and then deliver that full set upon the home’s completion, projected at May/June 2024.
UUFC Member Joyce Marvel-Benoist is coordinating the sponsorship program and has asked the UU congregation to participate in bringing items to sponsor a home. She will be at a table in the foyer after the service on Sunday to share the list of needed items and answer questions. Additionally fabric and curtains are being collected for the making of curtains for all the homes (home sewing or April 16 sewing work party.)
Coming of Age is Back!
We’re delighted to announce that the beloved Coming of Age program is back in 2024!
This is a program that asks our youth to explore what it means to become an adult in a Unitarian Universalist context. A lot of cultures have this kind of event in the life of their congregation or community. Close to home, our Jewish neighbors have bat and bar mitzvahs where young people are asked to learn a language and be able to reflect on a text. In other cultures there are walkabouts, solo experiences in the wilderness, or even rounds of combat. In each of these examples, the community is expressing what is important to it. In Judaism, the importance is put on being religiously literate in the language of the Torah. Walkabouts emphasize the importance of survival in nature, while hand to hand combat points toward the importance of defending the group or surviving a conflict.
In our faith, we ask our teenagers to reflect deeply on who they are as spiritual people, to be able to think metaphorically, and to express themselves as soulful, connected beings, capable of experiencing a spiritual passion and transforming that passion into service and dedication to a common good. These are the attributes we seek in our adults, and therefore the ones that we assist our youth in developing.
Because of the programming losses we experienced during the pandemic years, this year’s Coming of Age will be open to all youth in grades 7-12. Space is limited, so don’t delay in registering.
For the safety of our youth, additional information about dates and times is available by request only. Please contact Skyla King-Christison at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more details.
Art Wall : Beautiful Animal Photographs
With thanks to Art Wall team coordinator Isabel Prusinski, the Sanctuary is currently hosting a collection of pictures from local amateur (!) photographers Larry and Sharon Rosenkoetter. Both are retired from OSU; photographing wildlife is one of their loves. About their photos they say: ” The US and Canada are richly blessed with public spaces where wildlife can thrive, thanks to our ancestors who had the foresight to save lands for wildlife as well a for nature-loving people. We emphatically believe that in this time of climate change our generation must continue to combat forces that would destroy the essential habitats for vunerable creatures.” The photographs are for sale for $150 each. From more information about purchasing, see the information posted in the Sanctuary just inside the door from the foyer.
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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 mission is to provide safe shelter through collaborative care.
Chalice Circle Samplers: A New Series
Chalice Circles are an opportunity to deepen your ties to others in this community. We do this by meeting on a regular basis with the same small group of people to share how we each navigate the journey of being human. This is done via thoughtfully designed “topics” that offer ideas and questions for reflection. Through authentic sharing and listening, we learn how to voice what deeply matters to us.
Never been in a chalice group? “Test the waters” by signing up for the sampler series which will meet 4 times (once a week for the month). You’re under NO obligation to come to more than these sessions but our hope is that if this experience is something you find of value, you’ll continue with a longer term group that will meet twice monthly.
Any questions? Read our FAQ or contact us at email@example.com
Thank you, Shikha Ghosh Gottfried and Nancy Sowdon