March Services – Our theme this month is “abiding”, since the church covenant of Right Relations talks offers us opportunity to “abide by this covenant.”
March 26th – “Between the Extremes” – Ministerial Intern Andy Chirch speaks
The Unitarian Universalism in which I grew up was positivist in the extreme. The gold-framed red poster on the wall to the social hall exalted: ”Onward and Upward Forever.” Today we not only deepen our commitments to principled living – but also our tolerance for the feelings of helplessness and despair that arise. Partnering with United FRONT (Families Resisting) an initiative particularly for all ages saw the first meeting here of 175 people. We are joining with our Association and Service Committee in the Declaration of Conscience, and letters based on the whole-church with refugee, asylum-seeking and asylum-granted members of families. These and the range of continuing collborations with UUs in Oregon, and in the Eugene community constitute our position: answering the call of love.
And, we carry on. The very meaning of our word “ Welcome” at the beginning of each Sunday service holds open the world we envision. The search team for the permanent Music Director (Lori Maddox, Judy Shaw, Bob Fraley, Sam Rutledge and Khris Olsen) is meeting weekly. Food on Sundays encourages everyone to stay and strengthen community. And we welcome in new members on the 5th!
In the words of the Terma community: “May our eyes remain open even in the face of tragedy; may we not become disheartened. May we find in the dissolution of apathy and denial the cup of the broken heart; [and there] may we discover the light of the fire burning…”
See you in church,