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.
Thoughts on the lectionary passages for Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014) and the First Sunday in Lent (March 9, 2014)
by Rev. Jim Ogden
Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 51:1-17, II Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
First Sunday in Lent: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Psalm 32:1-11, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11
...In our (Kairos Breakfast Club) discussions we frequently note that our old ways of understanding some scriptures and doctrines don’t work very well any more (if at all). We haven’t worked our way to adequate new understandings. Most of us are not willing to just throw the scriptures out, so we sort of muddle along at times. Sometimes we even find God in the middle of the muddling. We are buoyed up by a spirit of supportive love in our relationships with one another, sensing that that spirit of Love comes from a creative force at work around and within us...
At least two or three of those troubling doctrines are present in this week’s lectionary readings...
by Rev. Rick Skidmore
A six-pointed star, a crescent moon, a lotus flower – the symbols of other Faiths suggest beauty and light. How did the cross, an instrument of torture, come to represent Christianity? James Carroll, the Paulist priest turned op-ed. columnist for the Boston Globe, in his book, Constantine’s Sword, explains that the cross is an ambiguous symbol, and its history at the center of Christian faith is not what we think it is. In the first centuries after Jesus, the cross was not an object of devotion, or even contemplation. If you visit the ancient catacombs, you will find scratched on the walls other signs that the Jesus movement valued – the fish, the cup, but not the cross.
The symbolism of the cross begins only in the 4th century with Constantine, whose conversion to Christianity in 312 stands as one of the milestones of history. As he himself told the story, Constantine embraced the faith after seeing a vision of the cross in the sky on the night before a great battle. The next day he marched into battle leading an army whose shields were marked with the cross. The association of the cross with acts of conquest would reach dramatic proportions during the crusades.
By Rev. Rick Skidmore
Presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
“These sightings, these glimpses of glory, can give you confidence to face the future and help you find a peace inside your own skin, maybe that you never knew was there before or maybe thought that it had abandoned you.”
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By Rev. Rick Skidmore
Presented on Sunday, February 23, 2014
“If this new order, this new community is being sown in the midst of an old order, what does that mean? What does that mean for you and I in the life of a faith community? Because we can certainly see the effects, the evidence of the old order everywhere we turn… People live in communities that too oftentimes are the hotbed of fear and violence. But what if our communities were instead hothouses for the seeds of this new order? I think that really is the business of the Church… Planting the seeds of the new by living our lives as Jesus preached and taught…”
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