The regular column by Debra Quam, OCUUC's current President. Debra can be reached by email at president@ocuuc.org.

Keep the Light Shining

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, some of us are celebrating the different traditions of the season and some of us keep our heads down and wait for all the hoopla to end. Whichever approach you take, it is almost impossible not to notice the signs, sounds and sights of the holidays.…

Ways to Participate at OCUUC

“Together may we walk the path of justice, speak words of love, live the selfless deed, trod gently upon the earth, and fill the world with compassion.” –Kathy A. Huff For me, one of the greatest things about being a member of OCUUC is the warmth and strength of our church community. I have come…

FULL CALENDAR OF FALL OFFERINGS

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love the clear days of sunshine and the hint we are starting to get of cooler days to come. Orange is my favorite color, so I get to see and wear a lot of it at this time of year. For autumn fun for all ages,…

Annual Board Retreat

The OCUUC Board of Trustees held their annual board retreat from 9 AM to 2 PM on September 25, 2019 followed by the August board meeting. It was a full and informative day of discussions and getting to better know each other. Rev. Sian Wiltshire and our ministerial intern, Rica Kaufel joined us for the…

With Time and Nurturing All Things Can Grow

“Away, away, from men and towns, To the wild wood and the downs, — To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley I am out exploring parts of the wild woods and downs this month and writing this column on the shores of the Oregon coast. Audrey and…

A Sense of Belonging

“We all want to feel a sense of belonging. This isn’t a character flaw. It’s fundamental to the human experience. Our finest achievements are possible when people come together to work for a common cause.” Rosalind Wiseman I came upon OCUUC about four and a half years ago. I remember the first Sunday service I…

People are Good

“We gather together for peace, love and justice for everyone” are the words we sing each week at our service. I am inspired by these words and proud to serve as OCUUC’s new Board President. Thank you for nominating and electing me to this important position within our church. I will work hard with the OCUUC…

Birds

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. – Victor Hugo God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. – Jacques Deval Use what talents you possess; the woods would be…

Can We Fail?

“You can’t fail if you don’t quit. You can’t succeed if you don’t start.” – Michael Hyatt “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that…

DÉJÀ VU All Over Again

“It’s déjà vu all over again.” Yogi Berra “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there” Yogi Berra “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” also Yogi I must confess, I was only a baseball fan while I was a teenager and, somehow, didn’t get infected with…