If you know that God's love embraces all persons equally,
no matter their gender, race, or sexual identity...
If you understand that faith is a matter of mind
as well as heart, and that taking the Bible seriously means
it cannot always be taken literally...
If, for you, diversity, tolerance, and inclusion
are strengths to be taught...
If you believe that Christ calls us to be nothing less than
global citizens, that the social expression of
love is justice and that spiritual concerns
are inseparable from a commitment to the natural world...
If you have wished for a more open and embracing community of faith
to nurture your spirit and raise your children,
and haven't yet found a place of belonging...
... then please know that Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ is
the place for you.
Kairos-Milwaukie UCC seeks to create a community where participants can experience intellectual and spiritual excitement; a spirit of openness and acceptance, as well as love and laughter. We are a community where evangelism is in partnership with social justice; where personal spiritual growth and concern for the poor and disenfranchised go hand in hand; where nurture and action are two sides of the same coin; where love for tradition and a sense of urgency about the future are integrally linked. We are a community of faithful people who have known the joy of having been loved, accepted and affirmed by God. We are a community that celebrates our diversity as a way to understand and respond to the inclusiveness of God's love and the wideness of God's mercy.
By Rev. Rick Skidmore
Victoria “Vicki” Soto was a schoolteacher who loved her students. She was a member of the Lordship Community UCC Church in Stratford, Connecticut. She died protecting her ‘kids’ from a gunman’s bullets a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was 27.
What can you say to those who are soul weary of gun violence? What can you say to those families whose children have been mowed down with assault rifles in Oregon. Colorado. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. Connecticut. Texas. Massachusetts. Minnesota. Virginia? What can you say?
Our nation is the biggest weapons dealer on the planet. Face it, our kids are not our most treasured concerns. All of our rage and anger and snarling at those who hide behind the Constitution hasn’t changed the fact that in the minds of many, easy access to guns is more important than the life of a kindergarten kid. Teachers stand up to gunmen but Congress is too spineless to stand up to the NRA.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is the next choice for our Kairos UCC Book Club reading.
In her book Dr. Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage and creativity. Dr. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
Our first discussion session will be after church on December 1, 2013. Comments and questions are also encouraged via our Kairos UCC Book Club Google Group.
Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!
office [at] kairosucc.org
4790 SE Logus Road
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222