•Film and Discussion Friday, August 24th. Potluck 6:30 pm, film starts at 7:15 pm.
Raw Faith – An inspiring and deeply touching film about UU Rev. Marilyn Sewell.
Join us for a showing of the moving and inspiring award winning film, Raw Faith; it is an intimate and revealing documentary that follows two years in the private life of Marilyn Sewell, an outspoken and socially progressive Unitarian minister who has re-energized her Portland community.
As Marilyn’s life unfolds in front of the camera (in real time), she shares her journey with remarkable candor, humor and increasing wisdom, ultimately leading her to an unexpected revelation of faith and love in all of its guises.
“Marilyn Sewell is a person who is able to communicate directly to people’s hearts. She is fearless where she stands,. It is an honor to know someone of her courage and compassion.” – Yangsi Rinpoche
“…it’s refreshing to see a documentary about a normal grown-up who is struggling with problems of life and love, just as so many invisible others do.” – The New York Times
For more information, contact Karen Anderson by email: Adult Education (AdultEducationocuucorg) .
•Tuesday September 11th: Taizé Singing as a Spiritual Practice
With Amy Tompkins and Ted Lundholm, meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Gillan 3.
- September 11th, October 9th, November 13th, December 11th
Taizé Singing originated in Taizé, France. Simple rounds and chants are sung over and over as the participants improvise as the spirit moves them; each person sings louder or softer, faster or slower, harmonizes or not as they become immersed in the experience. Eventually, the song ends naturally and the group moves on to a new song. Those new to Taizé Singing are invited to join the group as we deepen our spiritual experience through the beauty of the music we create.
The discussion series “Genesis,” with Ken and Adair Small, continues this summer with four sessions: Wednesdays, July 11-Aug 1 at 7:15 pm. Join the ongoing and venerable Abraham family saga, at the heart of three great religions and much of Western culture and literature.
RELIGIOUS FANATIC NEARLY STABS OWN SON: Boy saved by Angel at last minute
This hot news is distributed daily in every American hotel. Was Abraham a madman or a farsighted religious reformer?
THAT THIEF JACOB: Israel named their nation after him
How would you remember a young man who steals his brother’s inheritance, urged on by a conniving mother? Well, you could name your nation after him! Bill Moyers’ crew discusses the antics of Jacob (aka Israel) and his family.
Jacob’s Estranged Brother and a Spine-Tingling Possibility
It’s a dark night camping in the desert. Jacob is scared – with good reason – about the pending meeting with his estranged brother. By morning, he has been injured in a severe wrestling match – was it an Angel? His opponent suggests a more spine-tingling possibility in the new name he gives Jacob: “God-Fighter” (“Isra-el”). This episode does not require prior attendance.
FATE OF TREACHEROUS BROTHERS HANGS IN HIS HAND
Joseph’s career sounds like the classic American ideal: using his talents, he rises from slavery to the Pharaoh’s most powerful official. How will he respond when his murderous brothers show up begging for help? This episode – the last in the series – does not require prior attendance.
Our discussions are based on the PBS Video series, “Genesis: A Living Conversation.” Bill Moyers gathers thoughtful and engaging people — Biblical scholars, writers, artists, psychotherapists, teachers, and more — to discover what the Genesis stories say to us today. The participants are passionate and full of surprises, lively and thought-provoking.
The first sessions were last winter, but each session can stand alone. Remaining sessions cover the stories of a child’s near sacrifice (Isaac), a mother and son’s cheating the rest of their family (Rebecca and Jacob), a young man wrestling with God (Jacob), and an botched fraternal turned into an up-from-slavery success story (Joseph). New participants are welcome at any time.
• Drum Circle, TBA
Come join our drum circle! Looking for a fun way to learn about rhythms, teamwork and playing with others? Drum circles are energizing, meditative, and a whole lot of fun! No experience required. Children and Adults are welcome. Bring your drum or use one of ours! Don’t want to drum but love to dance? You are welcome, too! We will meet on the OCUUC patio around 1pm or when it is cleared. Don’t forget your lunch or a snack!
Rev. Kent Doss
•Deepening Your Spiritual Practices Reading /Discussion Group: “Living Our Principles”
Fridays TBA from 10:00 am to 12 noon with Karen Anderson
Meets alternate Fridays of each month at 10 am-12 pm, please confirm date with Karen and find out the location for the week. The group meets at a nearby restaurant for breakfast and discussion.
We will begin with reading excerpts from several books, and work to apply our UU principles in our lives. This will be a support group where we will share the journey of life and challenges as we work together to apply what we are learning to our own lives. For location please contact Karen Anderson.
(There is a possibility of a similar group that meets on Friday from 6:30-8:30 Ppm. If you are interested in that evening group, please email or call Karen.)
Here are the books we will start with:
- Rev. Forrest Church, The Cathedral of the World
- Rev. Scotty McLennan, Finding Your Religion
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