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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!

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  • 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.

    **BUY TICKETS HERE**
    https://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/shantala18may2024

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  • Spring Cleaning UUFC Community Work Day, 5/25

    Saturday May 25, 2024
    anytime from 9 AM – 1 PM

    OUTDOOR TASKS

    • clean out the rain gutters and install gutter guard
    • string-trim the parking lot and sidewalks
    • weed and cleanup patio area
    • pressure wash playground equipment
    • washing windows

    INDOOR TASKS

    • clean sanctuary red chairs
    • clean social hall green folding chairs
    • clean upholstery in Classroom Wing Rooms 7,9,10
    • clean sanctuary fluorescent lights and mobiles


    Please bring your own gloves, kneeling pads, and eye protection. Work side by side with new friends!

    We would like to borrow 1 to 3 ten-foot ladders. Contact Wolfgang if you can help. Snacks and drinks provided. Please RSVP that you plan to come, so we can organize the day’s work. Thanks!

    Questions? Wolfgang Dengler wolfdengler1 at gmail.com

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  • Family Picnic 5/26

    Whole Family Hike and Picnic

    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 at the Fitton Green trailhead (parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged) and make the short hike out to the viewpoint to eat together. This is a great chance for parents and siblings to get to know one another. 

    Bring your own picnic lunch, sunscreen, and water bottle. The hike is short, the view is great, and the company will be greater!

    If we have fewer than 3 families register, we will cancel the event and notify registered participants via email.

    Direct questions to Skyla at dre@uucorvallis.org

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  • 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.

    I’ve been working with the UUMHN for the past several months in an effort to expand our bank of mental health resources at the ready as our local community faces increasing need in this area, particularly among our children and youth, and I’m excited to share this worship opportunity with you!

    In the second annual worship service produced by the UU Mental Health Network Speaker’s Bureau, author Sheri Thomas will share how Unitarian Universalism has inspired her to become a leading disability advocate fighting to remove the stigmas surrounding physical disabilities and mental health. Additional speakers include Rev. Barbara Meyer, whose seminary story was told by Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt during her recent UUFC reception; Phoenix Bell-Shelton Biggs, a queer, BIPOC, non-binary seminarian; Erin White, member and past board president of The Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, and I’ll be offering the time for all ages!

    If you’re interested in exploring topics at the intersection of faith and mental health, I hope you’ll join us!

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  • 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 it helps tens of thousands of migrants, many of whom are women and children. They are fleeing violence, crime, climate change and corruption in Latin America, and are desperately searching for a place where they can bring up their children in safety. Watch preview.

    Hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Support Team, a part of our Justice Council.

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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

    Author

  • 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 will take place on June 2nd and 19th after the service in the sanctuary. Grab a cup of tea and come catch the vision for a summer of beautiful multigenerational worship!

    You can read more about the specific changes coming to RE to help you prepare for our conversation!

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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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)

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  • 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 worthy of attention.

    Our time together will include gentle movement, poetry, writing, sharing and a simple ritual. Please join us.

    Facilitators Anna Coffman and Susan Sanford

    For information, contact Anna, email: anna.cupoftea@gmail.com, phone/text: 979-760-0910

    Register for Tending Our Grief Circle 6/1

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  • 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 it helps tens of thousands of migrants, many of whom are women and children. They are fleeing violence, crime, climate change and corruption in Latin America, and are desperately searching for a place where they can bring up their children in safety. Watch preview.

    Hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Support Team, a part of our Justice Council.

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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 vote on the proposed new Article II of the UUA Bylaws.

    This year’s GA will be all-virtual for the first time, saving you travel time, expense, and fossil fuel consumption.

    UUFC is eligible for a number of delegates. There is a policy to help the Board select delegates from those who express interest.

    Read the UUFC policy (2.8.1) on delegates.

    You may also register to view many of the events.

    Visit the General Assembly page on the UUA website.

    *Sung to the tune of So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star.

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  • 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 via Michael Hughes.

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  • 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 everyone informed about what is happening at the Fellowship. If you would like to include something, please fill out the form by Wednesday of the week before the announcement should be published. Announcements may be edited for length and clarity.

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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 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

    Author

  • 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 will take place on June 2nd and 19th after the service in the sanctuary. Grab a cup of tea and come catch the vision for a summer of beautiful multigenerational worship!

    You can read more about the specific changes coming to RE to help you prepare for our conversation!

    Author

  • 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!

    Author

  • 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!

    Author

  • 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.

    Author

  • 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)

    Author

  • 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 worthy of attention.

    Our time together will include gentle movement, poetry, writing, sharing and a simple ritual. Please join us.

    Facilitators Anna Coffman and Susan Sanford

    For information, contact Anna, email: anna.cupoftea@gmail.com, phone/text: 979-760-0910

    Register for Tending Our Grief Circle 6/1

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  • 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 it helps tens of thousands of migrants, many of whom are women and children. They are fleeing violence, crime, climate change and corruption in Latin America, and are desperately searching for a place where they can bring up their children in safety. Watch preview.

    Hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Support Team, a part of our Justice Council.

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