Eddy Carroll will explore our Universalist fore-bearers and their emphasis on hope. He will share his story of growing up gay in a large Irish Catholic family. Surviving the AIDS crisis while losing family and loved one to the illness. How being able to turn to our hopeful UU message and having the love and support of the UU community was essential to his health and well-being. Finally he will share how it feels to have people make assumptions about him simply because they find out that he is gay.
Exactly how do we recover and heal? How do we know it’s happening and what does it feel like? A panel of UUFCO members share their experiences of the road of recovery, inside and outside the 12 Step programs. Coordinated by Chandra Smith and featuring special music.
Most UUs have heard of the basic principles that we covenant to affirm and promote. But how many have heard of the stated sources from which we draw inspiration? One of the five sources is the “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and openness to the forces that create and uphold life”. Join with new UUFCO member and long-time UU, Susan Kinney as she explores what this might mean for each of us and how it has come home through experiences in her own life.
There will be tensions and a sense of hopelessness in this country regardless of who wins the election. We started the month focusing on the individual, then our community. To finish, we’ll explore some questions that face us as a nation like racism, the politics of division, and to question what we are called to as UUs.
This month the cover of our Soul Matters packet asks "What Does It Mean to be a Community of Healing?" Healing isn't traditional language for UUs. Is it in our religious DNA, or is it a trend we are responding to in society? Are we a 'community of healing' as UUFCO in Central Oregon?