Wheel of the Year Conversations

Many thanks to all who have reached out in the last month to ask about the future of the Wheel of the Year services. I love it when you communicate your vision for the ways we live into our mission at the Fellowship! It’s most helpful!

While we are committed to completing this Fellowship year with the series that you have all become familiar with over the last three years, the sense that many are interested in shaping a new vision for this program grows and is worth exploring. It is difficult, as you can imagine, to birth a new vision into the world when these conversations take place one-on-one, here and there. As such, I would like to invite all who have strong feelings about the direction of Wheel of the Year programming AND who are willing to commit some ongoing energy toward a re-envisioning effort to email me at dre@uucorvallis.org by March 15th so that we can find a time to gather as a group and see what might emerge.

New Resources for Caregivers of Teens

Our film screening of What I Wish My Parents Knew served as an excellent conversation starter! Thanks for everyone who participated! Lots of ideas were generated about how we can sharpen our skills as compassionate listeners and be more present to the needs of the members of our community. We want to keep this conversation going!

To follow up, I’d like to share a few resources that are immediately available to parents, grandparents, and caregivers in our community.

As a member of the UU Mental Health Network’s GA proposal team, I was gifted with a set of the Tell My Story card game that is designed to help initiate connection and communication between teens and their caregivers. You are most welcome to check this card deck out from the RE office for 2 weeks at a time and use it at the dinner table, at bed time, on car rides, or whenever you feel like there’s time for sharing, but maybe you don’t know where to start.

Additionally, the UU Mental Health Network spent a large part of this past year working with religious educators across the country to compile a list of mental health resources specifically relevant to children and youth. You can find the newly completed Mental Health Toolkit for Children and Youth by clicking HERE!

I hope these resources can help us keep expanding our capacities to be the kind of community where our children and youth can show up authentically and receive the support they need to thrive and connect.

Mindful Awareness

Mindful Awareness Practice will not meet April 17 or April 24 because Patti White will be traveling. Mindful Awareness Practice will resume with the regular meeting on May 1 at 7 p.m.

Patti White, Mindfulness Coach in the Unified Mindfulness system, unifiedmindfulness.com, leads Mindful Awareness Practice each Wednesday from 7 PM to 7:50 PM. The group currently meets on Zoom. The room opens at 6:40 for casual socializing. The practice is suitable for anyone interested in learning or improving mindfulness skills. Everyone is welcome.

To be added to the group list, email connect@uucorvallis.org

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 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. Questions: connect@uucorvallis.org

At our January meeting, we will be showing the documentary Every Body which centers on intersex people’s lives. Followed by discussion with a trained OWL facilitator.

Albany UU People!

picture of Albany Oregon downtown street

Bringing UU people who live around Albany together.
hosted by: Joyce Marvel-Benoist and JF Benoist
First meeting, Thursday, January 11 (time tbd 3, 4 or 7pm)

Register here to be contacted by the host for meeting time & location information.

Plant Based Potluck

recurring; 4th Sundays

Join a potluck exploring and learning how to eat more Whole Foods Plant Based meals. It’s new! It’s confusing! It’s good for our health and our planet. No experience needed – whether you are a long time plant based eater, or have never heard of this before, you are welcome here. Let’s eat, laugh, and learn together. Children welcome.

Bring a dish to share, in which all ingredients are plants.

Plants: Grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds, herbs & spices.

Not Plants: Animal flesh, fluids, and unborn young.

Need ideas for recipes? https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/

Hosted by Ann Marchant.

This is a Connect Up Event, with the purpose of building community within the UUFC congregation. Would you like to host a Connect Up event? Learn more about it here: https://uucorvallis.org/connect-up/

Monthly Hikes

a group of hikers stands atop a hill

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

March 2024 Hike Info:

March Connect Up will be the northern leg of Section 36 Loop in McDonald Forest. This is mature forest along the upper part of Calloway Creek. Early spring wild flowers can often be seen along this trail. Walk is about 4 miles and gains about 600′. About 1/4 of the distance is on trail and the rest on forest road. So, keep Saturday, March 30 (day before Easter) open! More info will be sent to the email list.

Star Trek and UU

1st and 3rd Fridays from 6:30 – 8 PM, Room 7

October 2023 – mid April 2024

View and discuss how the TV Series Star Trek has portrayed social justice issues. Each evening we will watch an episode together and then discuss the relevant social justice themes from a Unitarian Universalist perspective.

Hosted by Amy Ayers

Star Trek and uu 1st and 3rd Fridays

Book Group

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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