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News and events information from KMUCC and the wider community.

 

PineRidgeSignLater this month eight members of Kairos-Milwaukie will head east on our long-anticipated trip to the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota to volunteer with Re-Member.

We’ll have the great good fortune to be out on the prairie at the edge of the badlands, under the vast bowl of the highland sky. We’ll move across that ancient landscape to learn and serve. We’ll visit the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre and have lunch at the home/restaurant of Bette a descendent of Black Elk, just up the hill from the site where he narrated “Black Elk Speaks.” We’ll begin each morning with the “wisdom of the elders” and end each day learning from Lakota speakers, singers and artisans.

During the day we’ll put our hands to work, building bunk beds, putting skirting on house trailers (it can make the difference between being able to heat a house for the whole winter or spending your whole fuel bill before January arrives), building wheel chair ramps, and fixing, sanding or painting whatever we are asked to fix, sand, or paint.

Why Pine Ridge? Why Re-Member?

Because Pine Ridge is the home of the great Oglala, Lakota people. Because Oglala Lakota County is the poorest county in the whole of the United States, and the tribe has an 89% unemployment rate. Because right in the middle of the richest country in the world, some of our first peoples endure grinding poverty. Because it is a joy and an honor to be welcomed to someone else’s home, to enter their land and landscape and to encounter their history. Because Re-member doesn’t just give wealthier people an opportunity to feel better about themselves by helping the “less fortunate,” Re-Member invites volunteers into relationship with the resilient, proud, financially impoverished, culturally rich, complicated human beings whose lives are lived in the crucible caused by the failure of the US government to honor its treaties. We go to give and to receive. To abide together and be reminded that we belong to the same family of humanity.

Brene Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and is the author of five books, including "The Gifts of Imperfection", "Daring Greatly" and "Rising Strong." She gave one of the most-watched ever TED talks: "The Power of Vulnerability."

Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm in the Circle Room as we watch Brown's new Netflix special, "The Call to Courage".

Watch the official trailer:

 

This group of 6 to 12 thoughtful, good-humored folks gathers at 7:00 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 21, 2019. We meet in the cozy front room of The Buffalo Gap on SW Macadam Ave in Portland.

Barbara Brown Taylor's "An Altar in the World" is the next jumping off place for discussion. The book is available online or at your favorite local book store.

an altar in the world

Photo: © iStock.com / elinedesignservices (image #43282422)During Lent we are invited to ask ourselves, both as individuals and as a community, who am I? What is worth living for? What are my values, and am I living up to them?

As we read the stories of Holy Week, of the failure and abandonment of some of the disciples, the steadfastness of others, we also ask: “what does it mean to misunderstand, to fail? What does it mean to deny, to betray, or to fall asleep when we should have acted? And then, how do we rise again?” (Amy-Jill Levine, “Entering the Passion of Jesus”)

As we move into the mystery and joy of Easter, we celebrate again the Christ who becomes incarnate in order to accompany all of creation, the Christ who suffers in accompaniment with the suffering of creation, the Christ who rises, and accompanies us still. And so, joyfully, we commit ourselves to the work of accompaniment and reconciliation to which Christ calls us. Everything we do and are as a community is born here – in the moment of astonished joy and gratitude to have found ourselves in the company of resurrected Love.

We teach and learn; sing and worship;
We serve each other at coffee hour and in personal acts of visitation, prayer and kindness, serve the men at Hoyt Street shelter, serve Clackamas service center with our donations, serve NWPP with our feet and our donations at the walkathon; serve the wider church, Cetana, our children and youth at camp, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, and on and on with our “2-Cents a Meal” donations; we advocate for the earth and protection of the environment;

We show up for Pride Parade, conference gatherings, and demonstrations for immigrant justice, and soon a small group of us, supported and sent by the whole congregation, will show up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to learn and serve in solidarity with Lakota people.

All, all, to express the mystery of resurrection that we have experienced and the message we have received:
“You are loved, you are loved, you are loved. God is here. It is enough.”

Photo: © iStock.com / studioworxx (image #180424028)Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

Come and join us for an inspiring service celebrating Earth Day. A special guest who is the Sustainability Management Analyst for the city of Lake Oswego will be joining us to give us tips on things we all can do to protect our precious earth. The KMUCC Green Team will host an information table of where and what to buy to replace plastics. The Green Team is also hosting an earth-centered coffee hour after worship.

Join us for this special celebration of our earth!

For more information about going plastic free and Earth Day 2019 visit:

Photo: © iStock.com / elinedesignservices (image #43282422)(Almost) every Sunday morning, I get to sit right in the front of the church as we gather for worship. I see the congregation build as people come into the sanctuary, some laughing and chatting, some quiet and reflective, sleepy or grumpy, peaceful or bubbling over with cheer -- each one, every one, a needed part of the tapestry of this bright, radiant place.

On Sundays we meet together to ground ourselves in something deep and real and unending. To set our sights on something high and luminous and inviting. We gather to look to each other for understanding and wisdom. To open our hearts to God together. We gather to be reminded that we belong to each other and to rejoice that the whole thing -- our community, our town, nation, world -- belongs to God’s love.

This Lent we’ll try on a new way of gathering to do that grounding, seeking, and rejoicing – a way that invites conversation and participation.

A big deal in our playground recently! A big tree fell down from the wind maybe. No one was hurt, but it damaged a preschool play mountain enough that it is a danger and needs to be removed. The tree was removed by Travis Martin who worked two days and hauled away 7 truckloads of branches. 

Travis and the Big Tree

Then Dave Parker and his son Ryan cut up the big sections of trunk and hauled them away for firewood. Thank you all.