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UCC Disaster MinistriesThe United Church of Christ has launched an emergency appeal to help with long term recovery following Hurricane Harvey - a monster storm that has already displaced thousands and continues to dump heavy rain on Texas and Louisiana. Cash is the best way to help right now.

"I can't overemphasize how dangerous the situation remains throughout the region as flood waters continue to rise," said Zach Wolgemuth, executive, UCC Disaster Ministries. "Evacuations, search and rescue are still underway and volunteers living outside the region are being advised to not travel."

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The heinous acts of violence over the weekend reveal a sickness that lurks in our society. The disease is active, not extinct. It impacts more than half of our population, and yet, it continues like an unchecked pathogen.

The world watched the horror unfold in real time in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. It wasn't a movie or lesson in history, it was the contemporary implementation of intentional terrorism meant to employ fear and chaos. I hesitate (in this letter) to use words like white supremacy, neo-Nazi, KKK etc., for fear that their mention is reducing them to jargon that we easily can distance ourselves from.

We mustn't pull away from the atrocity, we step forward so that we can learn and understand just exactly what happened, so we will no longer continue to be complicit in creating the environment where this disease can be incubated.

What can we do to make it be different? First, we have to ask ourselves different questions. When we know that we live in a white dominant society, why haven't we made more progress in systemic change? The question may not be why don't we change, the question more appropriately is who benefits if we don't change? The question isn't why does the KKK still exist? It is rather, what conditions exist that make their sort of belief system thrive and grow? The question isn't what can we do for the people in Charlottesville? The question is how are we going to change the culture of Oregon, Washington and Idaho?

The Randall-Bodman familyJune 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The congregation of Kairos-Milwaukie UCC is pleased to announce that the Rev. Jeanne Randall-Bodman will be installed as our settled pastor. The ceremony of installation will be held in the sanctuary at Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ. Reception to follow.

After a careful search process, we called Jeanne as our designated pastor, and she conducted her first service at Kairos-Milwaukie in April of last year. We took a year getting to know each other in mutual exploration where we built a strong, meaningful and supportive relationship. Our church council voted in February to recommend that the congregation call her as our settled Pastor, which the congregation did on March 19 without a single dissenting vote.

Now it is time for the Central Pacific Conference, on behalf of the whole of the United Church of Christ, to affirm our call to Jeanne to serve in her new setting of ministry. Please join us on June 4 to celebrate the success of this long and exciting process.

Please RSVP by email to office [at] Child-care will be provided. If you need child care, please let us know in your RSVP.

About Jeanne

Jeanne grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA and her studies at Bryn Mawr College, Union Theological Seminary, and the University of Virginia took her up and down the east coast. She enjoyed a brief stint as an adjunct instructor at CU Boulder, teaching courses in American Religious History and Women and Religion. She discovered there that her greatest joy was in accompanying students as they explored their own spiritual and religious journeys.

Jeanne and her family moved to Oregon in 2003 when her husband David was called as Pastor to Bethel Congregational UCC, Beaverton. From 2005 – 2014 Jeanne served as Director of Children’s Education and Youth Minister at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ. She was ordained there in 2014 and called as the Pastor for Children, Youth and Family Ministries and holds the children, youth, and adults of CHUCC in her heart with deep gratitude for their years of ministry together.

Jeanne began her ministry at Kairos-Milwaukie UCC in March 2016 and has spent the last year “falling in love with this open, loving, searching, serving community.”

Jeanne and David have two sons: Caleb (25) and Jacob (17). Jeanne loves kayaking, reading, cooking, and cheering for her boys on and off the lacrosse field. The whole Randall-Bodman family takes special joy in their annual pilgrimage to Cathance Lake, in Cooper, Maine.

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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