Cluster Day is Coming — Mark Your Calendar for March 18th!
Does your congregation or committee have a program or activity that’s going well? Do you want to ask other congregations how they approach problems or growth issues? Just want to compare how different churches do things? Cluster Day is designed to give you that opportunity. UU congregations have been collaborating in clusters for years, and now we have this chance in the Portland area.
Here’s what’s going on and how to sign up. TWO flights of workshops will cover at least these subjects:
IT infrastructure/tech support/website
How to engage youth, young adults, and any others for whom coming to your meeting space on Sunday mornings hasn’t worked
Developing covenant groups and/or small group ministries
Coordinating Social Justice activities, including mobilizing activists on short notice
Integrating new members/Volunteer Recruitment and Leadership Development
March 18, 2017 “How to do Church”
UU Congregation at Willamette Falls
710 6th St, Oregon City, OR
Registration for workshops will be available on the Cluster website ….. Lunch is included.
Ludlow is UU of the Year for 2016
Rev. Bill Sinkford introduced Kathy Ludlow as UU of the Year with these words:
We honor a person who is kind, compassionate and caring, one who has brought her creativity and love of beauty to this congregation in many ways—as a Board member, as a lay minister, as a fund drive co-chair. She brings a grounded and welcoming presence to those she encounters. Her work on the church gardens has brought plants that soften the edges of our urban campus and her work to improve the public face of our church will allow us to announce our presence in the city in a new way.
Through it all she has shown incredible patience, perseverance and creativity, grounded in love for this congregation.
We honor you, Kathy Ludlow, as Unitarian Universalist of the Year.
Second Annual Wine Tasting a Pinot Spectacular!
Fourteen committed First church members (see photo at left) who bid for and won a wine tasting sponsored by the UUA Outreach Group met in fellowship on August 8th. The tasting, which featured eight varieties of Yamhill Pinot wines -- both red and white -- was hosted by Arnie and Ann Pickar, and was served by Outreach Group members. Each year this event provides a setting for a close, shared experience, fine wine paired with fruit, cheese, and chocolate. The weather continues to favor this event with cool breezes and occasional flyovers. Play-by-play coverage by Stan Jewett added to the evening with illustrative commentary. For more on this event or the Outreach Group, visit our table on Sundays in Fuller Hall.
General Assembly: www.uua.org/ga
Each summer five thousand (or more) UU’s from 1100 congregations on this continent gather to conduct business, explore faith issues and work on social justice matters that impact our world. General Assembly (GA) is one opportunity for First Unitarian members to fulfill our seventh Board approved mission element -- providing leadership in the larger UU movement.
We go to General Assembly to be grounded in our faith, energized for justice and with resources to bring this work home to our congregations.
Members of First Unitarian attend as delegates and to enrich their own UU experience. Since 2012 members of FIrst Unitarian have attended both on site at the Assembly and off-site, monitoring the activities and procedures of the Assembly from home or as a group at the church. We anticipate much more interest by our members in General Assembly as the convention meets as a Justice focused event in New Orleans next summer.
General Assembly 2017
June 21-25, New Orleans, LA
Detailed coverage of the agenda, justice work, and worship at GA can be found on UU World's General Assembly blog. Watch this page for more information and pictures from General Assembly as our delegates provide reports to our congregation.
Election for President at General Assembly
First Unitarian Banner Led the Parade in 2015
Folks who've been there will tell you, It's Exciting! Carrying your congregation's banner in the GA Parade of Banners is an unforgetable experience that is now shared by Ameena Amdahl-Mason, our Moderator. More than 350 banners joined the festive display, moving all around the Oregon Convention Center. Over 5000 UUs attended the parade, and many more saw it online, as the UUA streamed the procedings to local participants.
First Unitarian's new banner led the parade with those of the
other eight congregations in the Mt. Hood Cluster!
Eliot Institute Camps at the Seabeck, WA, Conf. Center
Eliot Institute creates and supports an inclusive community of celebration, friendship, exploration, relaxation and joy for Unitarian Universalists, their families and friends. The Institute has been fulfilling that mission for over 50 years by organizing multigenerational camps at the Seabeck Conference Center (www.seabeck.org) in Seabeck, WA. The Institute sponsors three camps during the year: a week-long camp which occurs during mid-July, a week-long camp in early August, and a celebration of the season of lights and the coming of the New Year over five days finishing on New Year’s Day. In 2012 Eliot Institute added a fourth week-long camp known as “Arts Etcetera” The Eliot Institute experience is both a camp conference and a vacation. Financial assistance is offered to insure that all who would like to attend can, regardless of their economic status. In past years, we have extended thousands of dollars in scholarships to those who apply. Whether you are a longtime, devoted Elioteer, a once-upon-a-time camper, or someone who has never attended, we invite you to join us at an Eliot Institute Camp.
Our Pacific Western Region provides high quality training and education opportunities such as the Russell Lockwood Leadership School annually. This is an extraordinary experience for the rising church leader. Because of the high quality and enduring impact of this program, both the sponsoring congregation and the student share in the tuition burden. The school rotates to various locations around the region, coming July 23-29, 2016 to Mary and Joseph Retreat Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Click here for details on this year's school. For more on the Region follow this link.
Mt. Hood Cluster of UU Congregations sets Annual Picnic for July
UUs from all nine congragations in the area attended a picnic in Hood River in July 2016. It will repeat this summer!
Details from Cluster Co-Chair Stan Jewett.