Queerly Beloved

recurring; 3rd Sundays 4:00 to 6:00 pm at UUFC

Join LGBTQ+ 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! Questions: connect@uucorvallis.org

Stay tuned for info on our Pride Party in June.

Book Group

a stack of books

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

Books are selected by the participants. You are welcome to join every month, or when the book appeals to you.

Coordinated by Laurie Reed. To get involved, please email connect@uucorvallis.org

2024 Book Selections

January: Hello Beautiful, by Ann Napolitano

February: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride

March: The Secret Life of Sunflowers, by Marta Molnar

April: Unmasked, by Paul Holes

May: Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett

June: Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond

July: Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus

August: Stones for Ibarra, by Harriet Doerr

September: Ava Helen Pauling, by Mina Carson

October: Wellness, by Nathan Hill

Nerd Girls Science

Women and non-binary persons are invited to come and share science news articles or books. No science background is required. You do not have to bring anything except a desire to learn and a healthy curiosity. Topics depend on what people bring to share and requests from the group – they range from astronomy to zoology and everything in between.

2nd Saturdays, 10:30 am, year round. Contact person: Priscilla Spears

Questions: connect@uucorvallis.org

Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange

Bring your unwanted jigsaw puzzles and pick out some new ones to take home as we gather and share conversation and drinks.

Wednesday Aug 2, 2023 from 4-6pm, hosted by Bobbi Bailey. In the UU Social hall and patio.

connect@uucorvallis.org

Neurodivergent Discussion

A group for people, both neurodivergent and not, to come together and discuss issues faced by neurodvergent people. Led by Anthony Acquilano.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Saturday, June 24th, 2023. In Room 9 at UUFC.

LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop

Sunday June 11, 11:45 am, after the service. Meet in the back of the sanctuary.

Practice speaking out for LGBTQ+ people as and Ally. This workshop will be led by Lily Hislop as part of our Pride Month offerings.

We know that religious spaces haven’t always been welcoming places for all people, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. The Unitarian Universalist Association has a history of standing up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Being welcoming means striving for radical inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Join us as we continue the work of being allies!

Probiotic Potluck

June 5th, 2023, 6:30 pm in the Social Hall

Probiotic Potluck: Eric Karbowski will demonstrate how to make a probiotic sandwich.  Participants will then make their own sandwiches.  As participants eat in fellowship, Eric will host a discussion of food as medicine, microbiomes, & using gardens to store carbon emissions while growing probiotics.  RSVP to receive your assigned potluck ingredient. Participants should  bring their own cutting boards and knives.

This event is organized by the Faith Based Climate Action Team. More info about this team here.

Star Trek and UU

Star Trek and UU
The UU Seven Principals align well with the values of the imagined future of the Star Trek Universe. Star
Trek has a long tradition of producing shows that address challenging topics of our contemporary life
using the guise of science fiction and alien civilizations to tell allegorical stories. The shows are not just
entertaining (though they totally are); some of them dig into some really difficult issues that are worth
sharing with others and starting some conversations around.
We shared a curated list of relevant episodes from multiple Star Trek series’ dealing with racism, war, the
nature of individuality and ones inherent rights, gender identity, the environment, homelessness and
genocide. Each episode was briefly introduced, then watched, followed by some great discussion. We also
had snacks.
We met for 10 sessions on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from February through June. At our first
session two people came. At our last 16 people came. Over 20 people participated at least once. The ages
of the participants ranged from mid 20’s to mid 70’s.
We hope to resume this Connect Up activity in October 2023. Anyone can attend, you do not need to have prior
knowledge of Star Trek or be a Trekkie to participate in this activity.
Star Trek and UU was organized by Amy Ayers with the help of Tyson Bryant.