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
The sermon presented on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
"A kairos moment. I think they come all too frequently in this messed up world. A time to act. A time to identify the ways that make for peace and to reach deep inside and find whatever it is that can propel us beyond this crippling sense that there’s nothing we can do that would really make a difference; there’s nothing we can do that would matter."
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Thoughts on the lectionary passages for the Second Sunday of Easter (April 27, 2014)
By Rev. Jim Ogden
Lectionary Scriptures: Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16:1-11, I Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31
Those who grow up in deeply religious families sometimes go through a time of disillusionment, for a whole variety of reasons. For me, it began when my scientific and logical bent was challenged enough to shake the foundations. My last place of defense was an inward turn to feelings. Proof of God became something I felt in my gut. I believed---because I had "proof" that God was "in" me.
My early religious life relied much upon the notion of grace---that I was accepted and loved just as I was. To speak of God was to speak of grace. A turning point in the search for "proof" came while I was in seminary. During those years, my denomination (then American Baptist) held an annual conference that brought together the seminary seniors from all of its seminaries. It occurred during the time of the "Death of God" discussions. I remember sitting outside on a humid, hot, Wisconsin summer evening at our national conference center with one of my favorite professors.
By Rick Skidmore
We call it Easter after the name of the Anglo Saxon Spring Goddess, with her hair the color of daffodils and eyes like violets. In many churches women still wear hats on Easter Sunday and men still put on something new to ensure good fortune in the days ahead.
If we were French speaking we would call the day “Pâcques” a word derived from the Hebrew word Pesach, “Passover”. Most scholars believe Passover doubly focused on the celebration of the spring harvest and the lambing of the flocks, with the joyful remembrance of the Israelites journey from captivity to freedom.
Spring has already made a notable advance in my neighborhood, although the sun and rain continue to battle back and forth with no treaty of peace in sight. It used to be that things went rather predictably in the department of nature’s seasons. Climate change may have commuted all that. In the realm of human nature, in the matter of our need for personal and social deliverance, rescue, redemption, we continue to struggle. The natural impulses of Easter are strong, but the trials and troubles in the battle for human liberation can overwhelm.
A resolution on Israel-Palestine is coming to Kairos-Milwaukie UCC.
Our Church Council has voted to bring a resolution on Israel-Palestine to the congregation for a vote at our June 21 annual meeting. If passed, the resolution will then go to the Central Pacific Conference for a vote, and on to the UCC General Synod.
The resolution comes from the United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network. This group is made up of national UCC staff, lay people and clergy from all over the country who are greatly concerned by what each has seen in travels to the Holy Land.
What is happening? Palestinians in the West Bank live under military law and military occupation unlike their Israeli brothers and sisters who live under Israeli civil law. They have suffered theft of their land to build settlements. A Wall and hundreds of checkpoints separate them from their hospitals, schools, orchards, jobs, friends, family, and holy sites. They are being systematically pushed into smaller and smaller areas separated from each other. Water sources have been confiscated and then offered back for purchase on an expensive and limited basis, while settlement pools are filled and bushes and gardens watered. There are well built Jew-only roads between all-Jewish settlements and Jerusalem. Roads for the Palestinians are often poorly maintained or blocked with cement blocks stopping passage. Thousands of Palestinian and Bedouin's homes have been demolished by order of the Israeli government. Crops and orchards are destroyed by settlers in an effort to get Palestinians to leave their land. There are arbitrary arrests of Palestinians including the arrest of children without legal representation, trial, or parental support.
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