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Caminhos CruzadosIn Concert April 30, 2017
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Dan Balmer, jazz guitar
Nat Hulskamp, flamenco guitar
Israel Annoh, percussion

A concert to raise funds to replace the roof at Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ will be held in the church sanctuary. Dan's son Elliot will join them on piano as a guest artist.

Caminhos Cruzados means "cross roads" or "paths crossed" in Portuguese and several disparate musical traditions do just that in Caminhos Cruzados. The trio features renowned jazz guitarist Dan Balmer, acoustic guitarist Nat Hulskamp, who has backgrounds in Spanish flamenco and Middle Eastern music and internationally respected master percussionist from Ghana, Israel Annoh.

About the artists:

Dan Balmer (jazz guitar): Dan has long been considered one of the finest guitarists, composers, and educators in the Northwest. In 2009, Dan became one of only five musicians to be honored with membership in both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of the Oregon Hall of Fame. In 2015, Dan continued his work with Les McCann and Javon Jackson, and also performed on the road with Dr. Lonnie Smith. From 2005-2009 Dan toured and recorded with two time Grammy Winner Diane Schuur, playing in over 15 countries and 60 cities. In his home town of Portland, Dan leads his own groups, plays twice a week with drummer Mel Brown, and is a first call sideman for many others. Dan has appeared on over 90 CDs including eight of his own which have received critical acclaim and international airplay. His music has been featured in movies and television shows both in the U.S. and overseas.

Nat Hulskamp (flamenco guitar) was born in Portland, OR. He began studying guitar with guitarist/composer Paul Chasman at age seventeen. He was soon introduced to flamenco guitar by Jose Solano. His interest in the influence of Arabic music on flamenco led him to study oud in Morocco. After returning to the US, he moved to Seattle to study ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. There he worked with the groups Carmona Flamenco, The Rez Quartet and others ranging in style from Hungarian Csardas and Gypsy swing to flamenco. In 2000 he co-founded the Vancouver, BC based Arabic/ flamenco group Aire with ney player and singer Emad Armoush. in 2012 Nat was awarded a grant from the RACC to study with flamenco giant Diego del Morao. This led to a collaboration in 2015 for his group Seffarine's debut CD with Diego del Morao, and living legend of flamenco vocals, Tomasa La Macanita called "De Fez a Jerez". He now resides in Portland, composing and performing with Caminhos Cruzados and Seffarine.

Israel Annoh is a renowned master percussionist originally from Ghana. He currently performs with Portland bands Caminhos Cruzados, Border Crossing, Michael Allan Harrison and Thara Memory. His style has its roots in Ghanaian and other West African music as well as jazz greats such as Max Roach, Cosy Cole, & Elvin Jones. He's played at the BBC studios in London, traveled through Africa, Europe, and the US. He's played with Highlife pioneer E.T. Mensah, Obo Addy, and the Ghana Broadcasting Orchestra.

Wall on the Palestinian sideBy Rev. Catherine Alder

The United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network (UCC PIN) has put together an excellent website to educate visitors on the struggle for peace and reconciliation between Israel and Palestine.

It is packed with videos, pictures, book recommendations, articles, maps, lists of actions that the UCC PIN and UCC as a denomination have taken. It shows that other denominations have taken strong actions in support of human rights in the region. Upcoming events are offered such as journeys to the Holy Land to "come and see" for yourself.

The resolution that passed at the Central Pacific Conference UCC Annual Meeting in September is based on the resolution found on the UCC PIN website. Commonly asked questions are answered in the Q and A and Background Material sections.

The website is an excellent tool to use in educating yourself on the issues, and for dialog with interfaith communities.

Check it out (click here).

Resolution Of Witness Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Adopted at CPC Annual Meeting

The Central Pacific Conference of the UCC adopted the resolution passed at Kairos-Milwaukie UCC called the Resolution of Witness Regarding the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.  It was adopted overwhelmingly by delegates at the annual meeting of the Conference in Pendleton on September 27, 2014.  Two amendments were added that enriched the meaning of the resolution.  One encouraged dialog with Palestinians and Israelis--Jewish, Muslim and Christian who are working for peace.  The second urged careful consideration regarding companies from which to divest beyond those in the resolution.

CPC Palestine-Israel Resolution

The Central Pacific Conference joins the New York Conference, Central Atlantic Conference, and the Northern California Conference which have all passed resolutions for boycott and divestment of companies profiting from the Israel occupation of the Palestinian territories.  Our Conference represents 49 churches located throughout Oregon, northern Idaho, and southern Washington.

For more information please visit the UCC Palestine-Israel Network website (click here).

by Will Fuller, Kairos-Milwaukie UCC member

The transcendent image of a resurrected Christ shines with liberation, even from death, with a promise of life everlasting.  This audacious promise is the heart of our faith.  It is also the heart of our mission of justice and equity for all, because life everlasting begins not after death but in this life on earth.

Justice and witness ministry is a ministry of liberation:  to free the oppressed, to use power and wealth on behalf of the powerless and poor, and to act boldly for justice.  This ministry carries our Christian faith into the world through action, amply supported by scripture and the ages-long actions of our UCC forebears.

This ministry, however, contains within it the seeds of its own undoing.  As we work to free the oppressed, we may assume we are free and they are not.  As we give and ask nothing in return, we may flaunt our power, separating us, the powerful, from them, the weak and oppressed.  As we fight for justice, we may focus on a furious fight against injustice, on oppression rather than liberation, and take our eyes off the prize.

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