~ Rev. Carol McKinley, Guest Speaker
Love is the gospel of our faith, a message that says love is stronger than violence, hate, and oppression. It is a message that replaces failure with hope, discouragement with the courage to act, self-centeredness with community. But each message needs a messenger; how can we live Unitarian Universalist’s gospel in our lives, our community, and in this world we share?
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~ Rev. Antonia Won, Speaker
Christianity’s most holy story of the resurrection of Jesus from death to life is central to Easter but leaves many UUs confounded. Can the mystery of the resurrection have relevance to our 21st century lives? Is it wisdom or wishful thinking?
Leonard Cohen calls his anthem, ‘Hallelujah,’ a “rather joyous song” though it strikes many as melancholy and depressing, though it is certainly beautiful for all that. Let us sink into the song and its stories of that it may speak to our souls.
March’s theme is “resilience.” We’re used to thinking of people we know who are tough as told about the “pioneers” of this country. It might be time to rethink what resilience looks like.
For Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Beloved Community wasn't a paradise where everyone smiled at each other and no one was angry. It was a community where all belonged. It was a physical and spiritual place where everyone had the opportunity to satisfy their essential needs and achieve their full potential. Everyone. Within that framework people would disagree and would use a fair and just political process to work out their differences. Do we have Beloved Community in Oregon? Find out where we fall short and what is happening statewide with Oregon UU Voices for Justice.
Rev. Katie is a Unitarian Universalist community minister with Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist in Gresham. A long-time Oregonian, she is excited to lead Oregon UU Voices for Justice — the only statewide UU organization dedicated to connecting congregations for justice work. She began her activism in east Portland—first on the Parkrose school board, and then as the co-chair for a unique community/City of Portland Partnership, the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP). EPAP advocates for equity in East Portland, and brings together neighbors from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. Currently she serves on the Planning and Sustainability Commission for the City of Portland.