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UU churches in Portland Nov. 28th, 2009 @ 01:11 pm
Does anyone here attend a congregation in Portland, Oregon? I'm considering moving there and I see there are 6 medium/large congregations with full-time ministers in the area. The three that look most appealing to me are West Hills, Vancouver (formerly Michael Servetus), and Washington County, but I would want to check out all of them (the other 3 are Eastrose, First Unitarian, and Atkinson, did I miss any?). We would probably be living in Beaverton at first. I'm married, no kids, but my husband desperately wishes he could find a liberal Episcopalian church to attend instead so it would probably just be me unless and until we have kids.

Does anyone have any experience with any of the UU churches in Portland? Do any of them have Young Adults (18-35) groups?

cross-posted to chalice_circle
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Aug. 31st, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
Hey there! :)
I'm new to this community, and only slightly new to Unitarian Universalism.
I've been going to a UU church for about a year and a half now, and I must say, it's an amazing place.
I hope to meet some people also interested in Unitarian Universalism and maybe take part in some nice conversation.
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Current Music: Sidewinder - Stanway's Revenge

hello Aug. 25th, 2008 @ 11:02 am
I am new to the community and new to the UU experience. I have recently started going to a UU fellowship in Fayetteville, AR. I thought it was so great.

anyway to my point. My mother-in-law thinks UU is a cult. I am not sure how to explain to her the values and principles of the fellowship. I have sent her literature on it and also sent her a nice little video and nothing seemed to help. Her background is Assembly of God and she is such a sweet person but I feel like she thinks I am corrupting her son into going to a church that doesn't praise God. I have explained to her that there are many people that practice many different religions but I think that she believes that if they are not talking about God the entire time then it is not church.

Basically i just wanted to know if anyone has any tips on how to approach her from a different perspective than what I have already done.

Hello! Aug. 10th, 2008 @ 08:52 pm
I don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner to do an interest search for Unitarian Universalism on here... it's not like I'm a newb to LJ or anything.  Anyway, I was really happy to find this community and also to find that it's alive!  I am a relatively new member (going on 1 year) of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, IA, and in the last several months a handful of people have come together to start a young adult group, which we eventually dubbed Prairie Fire.  A group of 5 or 6 of us went to Continuity '08 up in Minneapolis (hello if any of you are on here!) and had a fantastic time, and also got a lot of ideas for what we wanted out of our group and how to apply them.  So far, things have been slow to grow, but I think once autumn hits, we will be fine.  We've decided to loosely set our age group to be 21-45, since a lot of our members are aging out or just aged out of the 18-35 bracket just as we got started, but we still wanted them to be a part of the group.  Anyway, right now I think the ages of our regular attendees range from 20 to 37, and the median age is probably around 25.

We do have a campus ministry group (UUISU) primarily for undergraduates as well, and that was brought up in a bit of a dramatic fashion upon making the decision to start a young adult group.  Some people wanted us to merge with UUISU, but the majority wanted to keep it separate and create our own identity -- not to exclude college-age students, but because while there are commonalities between the groups, we definitely each have very different needs in places.  For instance, committees in our fellowship have historically taken turns preparing a supper for the college-age group every Sunday, and when my husband and I were invited to attend the group, we felt kind of weird having a "free meal" considering that we had our own home and place to prepare our meals; we weren't stuck in a dorm that may or may not serve a Sunday evening cafeteria meal.  Nobody really pointed that out to us, but we just felt a bit awkward.  Most of the pre-existing UUISU group did end up joining Prairie Fire, but on the other hand, most of the pre-existing UUISU group consisted of non-traditional students who were 22 or older.  So it was a fairly smooth transition all in all, considering most of us had attended Continuity together already.

Anyway, we've decided to take a "mindful/mindless" approach to our weekly meetings, which was something we brought back from Continuity.  Every other week, we do something "mindless" like watching a movie, having a potluck, going swimming at a local park, or playing board games.  On the opposite weeks, we have a "mindful" discussion.  We have ordered Building Your Spiritual Home as a starting curriculum, but so far it has not arrived, so we initially tried taking some meetings out of Evensong.  It didn't seem to fit our group very well, unfortunately, so we've more or less scrapped it.  Tonight, our mindful discussion was about the events two weeks ago at TVUUC and what positive things have come forth as a result of the tragedy.  We hadn't really had time to talk about it yet, since the last few weeks have been pretty chaotic for many of us with moving and other stresses, but we had a good discussion.  The biggest reason I decided to bring it up tonight was because we had a couple visit the fellowship for the first time today, after they'd read an entry on Daily Kos and had their curiosity piqued about Unitarian Universalism (they'd never heard of it before, and lived 15 miles from the fellowship all this time).  I'd invited them to come to Prairie Fire, and they did come, so it worked out well.  Our next mindful meeting will be on August 24, which I think is the last weekend that we are on summer hours at the fellowship, and I'm hoping to get a planning meeting organized between now and then so we can get the fall schedule hammered out.

Man, there's so much I want to ramble on about. :)  I guess I mostly wanted to say hello, and reach out to other UUs and young adult groups out there.  If anyone has any suggestions for meeting topics or things that have worked well for your groups, please share!  Thanks for reading!
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newbie! Aug. 3rd, 2008 @ 04:36 pm
Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Carly, a rising college senior. I was raised UU and couldn't imagine a better community. I noticed that this group isn't a very active one, but I wanted to just put my name and face (or rather, icon) out there. I hope I can get involved in some good discussion here!

General Assembly on the Way Jun. 22nd, 2008 @ 12:04 am

Okay, so I am not much of a blogger (I post like, what, one awe-insipiring post every few months [coughyearscough]). But! I wanted to let you guys know that I am the second year Worship coordinator and I am also part of the Bridging Ceremony. Those of you going to GA will definately see me, and I will definately be prancing about.

My name is Dani, I am Portuguese-American, I work also in cultural misappropriation, racism, feminist views, transgender rights, and am a religious educator at the First Unitarian in New Bedford, MA. (Balou-Channing, represent!)

If any of you see my face there, be sure to tell me you saw me on LJ! You get a special hug reserved for you. Granted I'm giving out hugs anyway, but this one comes with a little random phrase with each one I give out.

Let me start by hugging this Lj.

Taste the rainbow, LJ. Taste the rainbow.

<3 Namaste,

Crossposted in chalice_circle

OMD Summer Institute Young Adults Jun. 20th, 2008 @ 09:07 pm
Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute is only four weeks away.

Because of a mishap on the registration form, we're having a hard time tagging young adults as young adults. As of last weekend, only six people were registered as YAs, including the weekend-only folk. We know there's more of you than that, but we need to know who you are.

If you are attending OMDSI as a YA (taking part in the YA programming and sleeping in the YA dorms), please let the registrar know ASAP. Shoot an e-mail to registrar@omdsi.org and let Evelyn know who you are!

(Or you can let me know, and I'll pass the word along. Either way takes about the same amount of effort on your part.)

Other info:
- We'll be having a week-long clothing swap. Bring gently used clothes and maybe you'll find something to take home. Any remaining clothes will be donated to a shelter after SI.
- Bring your finest black & whites for Monte Carlo night.
- If anyone has any spare wood and room in your trunk, bring a log or two for our end-of-week campfire.
* Please only bring wood if you are traveling within the state of Ohio - due to beetle problems you shouldn't take any wood over the state line. No, I don't know the whole story with that, but it sounds important and I figured I should pass it along.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know! See y'all in July!
-Krissy & the rest of SIYAP

Jun. 9th, 2008 @ 12:22 am
Many of you have probably heard of lolcats/cat macros, where people post funny misspelled captions onto pictures of cats. This internet meme has spread to other things, so that you can now find macros for everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to religious pictures.

I thought it would be fun to do this for Unitarian Universalism, so I created a blog called LOL UUs. Check it out if you need a laugh. You can even create and email me your own LOL UUs to post on the blog.


Mar. 4th, 2008 @ 03:40 pm
I thought someone else here could appreciate this...

I've been getting these weird emails from time to time- and the email addres they are coming from just looked like some kind of Spam/porn stuff so I keep deleting them and never opening them.... the address is something werid like "@bigfoot.com"

Well I got one again today and it suddenly clicked for me.  I had just seen that email address at chuch in the bulletin on Sunday.  I've been deleting the emails from the UU church I've been going to because I thought they sounded like internet porn. LOL

What a blonde moment!

Dec. 9th, 2007 @ 04:34 pm

Social justice minded designs :)

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