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Sunday Services

  • This Week:

    “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

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  • 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?”

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From the Minister

  • Between Us, 2/25/2024

    (I wrote this in 2016. Re-reading it during this Black History Month was helpful – as if I had written a reminder to myself check in some years later..)

    I’ve heard that as we age and mature, the best we can do is replace one habit with another habit. That doesn’t sound very promising, but it certainly can be. If the habit is projecting anger on others by use of physical force, and it’s replaced with a practice of walking away and cooling down on your own, the effects are immense. If the habit is to address sorrow and grief with alcohol and drugs, and that habit is replaced by finding someone to talk and cry with instead of reaching for a bottle, the effects can be life-changing and life-giving.

    Replacing destructive habits with less destructive or nurturing habits is not limited to big problems, or to those with the most intense emotional content. Often our smaller habits are what get in our way – sometimes because we can’t even see them, much less name them as habits. Racism is like this most of the time, and sexism, and ageism, and homophobia, and religious prejudices, and other similar habits. For example, simply calling our approaches to diversity ‘habits’ might be something new. It is usually quite a challenge, for any of us, to recognize that what we might think are facts about the way things are – such as “those people are……” are simply habits that we have been taught, that we have learned, that we have internalized. Why for example, do White people almost never say “I met a White person”, when we nearly always say, “I met a Black person,” as if white is an accepted and therefore unspoken norm for what a person looks like? (The reverse is true in many black-dominated cultures and societies.) Of course this represents a limited perspective, which we have definitely been taught somewhere, which we have internalized so that it is a habit. If you think this doesn’t make sense, try changing it, for at least one whole day, by describing the skin color of EVERY person you meet.

    Many of us at the UUFC are challenging ourselves to be more active in living our religious values in our daily lives. We keep aiming to live in right relations with others who are of different faiths, ethnicities, persuasions, personality types, etc. Right relations sometimes requires challenging truths that others hold, and sometimes having our own truths challenged. Right relations often requires being able to hold two opposing truths in order to simply stay together. This requires going beyond our initial reactions to things and people (which give evidence of our own habits), and it is often uncomfortable. That is the work of right relations.

    While he was serving as a ministerial intern at a UU congregation a few years ago, a seminary student named Ricky Klein noticed how hard this work can be for both individuals and congregations. He wrote, “The greatest challenge to counter-oppression work is that (some people want) to see greater diversity without doing the deeper soul work to understand why and what that would mean.”

    Deeper soul work. Perhaps that’s what it means to replace one habit with another habit. Perhaps that’s the most important thing we can be doing, the soul work or emotional work, of understanding how our habits can both help and harm. I know this requires calling on all our resources – intellectual, spiritual, and physical – and I know from experience that it’s something I can almost never do on my own. That’s why I love being part of this congregation with you. May we continue to help one another in this work.
    See you Sunday — Jill

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This Week at UUFC

  • Weekly Online Coffee Hour

    You are always welcome to the weekly Tuesday coffee hour, via Zoom, where we share joys and sorrows and catch up with each other, and share in the metta blessing. We meet from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

    For more information Contact Mary Craven

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  • Special Dance Planet

    Next Saturday, March 2, we’ll come together for a special Dance Planet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis. From 7:30 to about 8:45 we’ll move, each in our own way, to a rhythmic flow of music from around the world and across the decades.

    But starting at 7 we’ll have a special treat: a 30-minute musical soundscape provided by our own amazing pianist Lauren Servias with a little help from George Beekman. Feel free to bring a yoga mat if you’d like to stretch, breathe, or roll while you warm up.Admission to this family-friendly event is a suggested donation of $5—15. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to local environmental organizations.

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  • Democracy Action Team – Get Out the Vote in 2024 Letter Writing Launch, 3/10

    Join us to launch our letter writing campaign for 2024 with snacks and coffee in the Social Hall on Sunday March 10 at 1:45pm after the Social Action Lunch. We’ll write letters together, help you get started, and answer questions. You can get started on your own by signing up with Vote Forward (https://votefwd.org/). They’ll provide addresses and letter templates. Critical elections are decided by tiny margins and our letters can make a difference!

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  • Spiritual Practices Part 2! 4/1 – 5/6 @6

    It’s almost time for the second block of the Spiritual Practices Workshop! You DO NOT NEED TO HAVE TAKEN PART 1 of the Spiritual Practices series to participate in and benefit from part 2 of this series!

    This 6-session series will help participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit – practices that help us connect with the sacred. This series affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Each session offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys.

    In part 1 of this series, we explored potential daily practices to which one might choose to commit. For part 2, join Skyla King-Christison on Monday evenings, April 1st through May 6th, from 6 to 7 pm in Room 7 as we explore the topics of creating a sabbath, the art of hospitality and belonging, work and service, spiritual retreat, life as a spiritual practice, and pilgrimage.

    Please register for this workshop using this form.

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  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 3/11

    We are hosting our first Red Cross Blood Drive from 9.30am to 3.30 pm in the Social Hall. See https://www.redcrossblood.org/ for more info.

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  • Soulful Home Pancake Breakfast, 3/9

    Monthly, Second Saturdays

    Gather with other UU families for a time of songs, fun and food. Pancakes, milk, and juice will be provided. Bring a favorite topping to share!

    Please note that families of all configurations are welcome here! If your child isn’t with you on pancake weekend and you have the desire to connect with other parents in our community, you are most welcome to come join the fun in the absence of your kiddos. 

    TYPICAL AGENDA:

    Chalice lighting & Music time (bring your instruments!)

    Pancakes (bring your favorite topping!)

    Playground time

    Please RSVP so we know how many folx to expect; also, this will allow us to notify you if the program is cancelled for any reason.

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  • Adopt A Highway, 3/30

    UUFC has been participating in the Adopt-A-Highway litter pick up program for over 30 years! The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for volunteers to clean up litter and remove noxious weeds along state highways. Activities may also include graffiti removal and maintenance of existing landscaped areas.

    Questions: contact Scott Bruslind

    Bob Oz’s Brigade- UUFC Litter Pickup

    Join other enthusiastic volunteers on Saturday, March 30th 2024, from 9:00 – 12:00. Meet in the parking lot of Bimart on 53rd st.

    Please RSVP at the link below.

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  • Justice Theatre Presents: The Roaring Girl

    Tickets are now available for the 2024 Justice Theatre production at the UUFC! All proceeds benefit the Mid-Willamette Trans Support Network. Reserve tickets

    Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker's "Roaring Girl"
Adapted and Directed by Britt Urey
March 29 and 30

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  • Invitation from EDI, 2/29

    Have you seen Origin, the new Ava DuVernay film, now showing in theaters near us? This outstanding movie centers on Pulitzer Prize winning author, Isabel Wilkerson. EDI, your Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team invites you to join us, 7-8:30 PM, Thursday, February 29th, when we’ll explore our responses to Origin and the work of Isabel Wilkerson. Contact Elona Meyer for more information and the Zoom link.

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  • 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! The Immigrant and Refugee Support Team is putting on an Action Lunch on March 10 to raise funds to support our asylum seekers from El Salvador.  Are you able to prepare a vegan teriyaki stir fry to feed 35?  (Ingredients supplied)  Let Nancy Kyle know:  n.kyle12@gmail.com

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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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.)

    Thank you,

    Joyce

    Contact Joyce Marvel-Benoist

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  • 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 dre@uucorvallis.org if you’d like more details.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Justice Outreach for February

    www.unityshelter.org

    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.

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  • 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 chalicecircles@uucorvallis.org

    Thank you, Shikha Ghosh Gottfried and Nancy Sowdon

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Plan Ahead

  • Democracy Action Team – Get Out the Vote in 2024 Letter Writing Launch, 3/10

    Join us to launch our letter writing campaign for 2024 with snacks and coffee in the Social Hall on Sunday March 10 at 1:45pm after the Social Action Lunch. We’ll write letters together, help you get started, and answer questions. You can get started on your own by signing up with Vote Forward (https://votefwd.org/). They’ll provide addresses and letter templates. Critical elections are decided by tiny margins and our letters can make a difference!

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  • Spiritual Practices Part 2! 4/1 – 5/6 @6

    It’s almost time for the second block of the Spiritual Practices Workshop! You DO NOT NEED TO HAVE TAKEN PART 1 of the Spiritual Practices series to participate in and benefit from part 2 of this series!

    This 6-session series will help participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit – practices that help us connect with the sacred. This series affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Each session offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys.

    In part 1 of this series, we explored potential daily practices to which one might choose to commit. For part 2, join Skyla King-Christison on Monday evenings, April 1st through May 6th, from 6 to 7 pm in Room 7 as we explore the topics of creating a sabbath, the art of hospitality and belonging, work and service, spiritual retreat, life as a spiritual practice, and pilgrimage.

    Please register for this workshop using this form.

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  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 3/11

    We are hosting our first Red Cross Blood Drive from 9.30am to 3.30 pm in the Social Hall. See https://www.redcrossblood.org/ for more info.

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  • Soulful Home Pancake Breakfast, 3/9

    Monthly, Second Saturdays

    Gather with other UU families for a time of songs, fun and food. Pancakes, milk, and juice will be provided. Bring a favorite topping to share!

    Please note that families of all configurations are welcome here! If your child isn’t with you on pancake weekend and you have the desire to connect with other parents in our community, you are most welcome to come join the fun in the absence of your kiddos. 

    TYPICAL AGENDA:

    Chalice lighting & Music time (bring your instruments!)

    Pancakes (bring your favorite topping!)

    Playground time

    Please RSVP so we know how many folx to expect; also, this will allow us to notify you if the program is cancelled for any reason.

    Author

  • Adopt A Highway, 3/30

    UUFC has been participating in the Adopt-A-Highway litter pick up program for over 30 years! The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for volunteers to clean up litter and remove noxious weeds along state highways. Activities may also include graffiti removal and maintenance of existing landscaped areas.

    Questions: contact Scott Bruslind

    Bob Oz’s Brigade- UUFC Litter Pickup

    Join other enthusiastic volunteers on Saturday, March 30th 2024, from 9:00 – 12:00. Meet in the parking lot of Bimart on 53rd st.

    Please RSVP at the link below.

    Author

  • Justice Theatre Presents: The Roaring Girl

    Tickets are now available for the 2024 Justice Theatre production at the UUFC! All proceeds benefit the Mid-Willamette Trans Support Network. Reserve tickets

    Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker's "Roaring Girl"
Adapted and Directed by Britt Urey
March 29 and 30

    Author

  • Invitation from EDI, 2/29

    Have you seen Origin, the new Ava DuVernay film, now showing in theaters near us? This outstanding movie centers on Pulitzer Prize winning author, Isabel Wilkerson. EDI, your Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team invites you to join us, 7-8:30 PM, Thursday, February 29th, when we’ll explore our responses to Origin and the work of Isabel Wilkerson. Contact Elona Meyer for more information and the Zoom link.

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  • 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! The Immigrant and Refugee Support Team is putting on an Action Lunch on March 10 to raise funds to support our asylum seekers from El Salvador.  Are you able to prepare a vegan teriyaki stir fry to feed 35?  (Ingredients supplied)  Let Nancy Kyle know:  n.kyle12@gmail.com

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Connect Up Activities this Week

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