Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville Oregon (UUFM)
Homeless Issues in the Time of Pandemic with Edie Jessup

Homeless Issues in the Time of Pandemic with Edie Jessup

May 3, 2020

Edie Jessup, new to UUFM, will help us consider homelessness, and what we might learn as we face this era of pandemic, and how our UU Principles might guide a response from us as a community. Edie has worked with the homeless in Maine at York County Shelter Programs; in Fresno, CA through Fresno Metro Ministry and as an advocate; and in Humboldt, CA with Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives.

Speaker Bio

Edie grew up in Porterville, Tulare County, California. Edie has worked eclectically over her career, primarily in advocacy and direct service work with neighbors who happen to be poor, and thereby hungry, homeless, and without health access. Her focus is on creating an arena where people can, in their own voice, advocate for themselves. Through her experiences in listening to people she is convinced that there is a story about basic needs and rights and how systems impact the poor, and, people want to hear about this. If people can hear, they will want to change themselves and the system. Edie is committed to restoring the food system and food justice, and ending homelessness. 

Off The Top of My Head, From the Bottom Of My Heart with Rev Rick Davis

Off The Top of My Head, From the Bottom Of My Heart with Rev Rick Davis

April 19, 2020

Reverend Rick (or “Rick”) of the nearby UU Congregation of Salem, a longtime friend of our fellowship will join us.   Every year in his own pulpit, he has a Sunday when he answers people’s written questions from the pulpit.  Questions may pertain to Unitarian Universalism, religion, spirituality, politics, Beethoven, the ministry, congregational life, social justice, or any other question that would enrich the communal discourse.  So be thinking of the question you’d like to ask.

Speaker Bio

Rev. Rick Davis has served as minister of the UU Congregation in Salem for the past 26 years and has often spoken here at UUFM and always looks forward to being with us.  

Kathleen LaFlamme — The Right Stuff: What we own, Who we are and What it All Means

Kathleen LaFlamme — The Right Stuff: What we own, Who we are and What it All Means

April 5, 2020

The things we own tell us a lot about ourselves. What does our stuff say about us? What can we learn from what we keep or discard? What spiritual and moral issues are connected to the boxes in our closets? Our UU principles can guide us as we collect, downsize, move, and manage our possessions.

Speaker Bio

Kathleen LaFlamme has been a Unitarian Universalist since 2014. Her lifelong Wiccan spiritual practice draws from many of the same sources as Unitarian Universalism, including mythology, Jungian archetypes, ancient and modern philosophy, and respect for the interdependent web of life. At the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County in Hillsboro, she volunteers on the Worship Team and helps to lead their UU Pagans group. When she’s not contemplating life’s mysteries, she works as a technical writer and moonlights as a costume designer and seamstress. In her spare time, she reads voraciously and swims as often as she can.

Dr. Miles K. Davis — God’s Love: Love is a battlefield

Dr. Miles K. Davis — God’s Love: Love is a battlefield

March 4, 2020

Love is often portrayed in romantic and idealized contexts that overlook the sacrifices, struggles and pain that is often a part of love. From God’s love to human love, love is a battlefield.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Miles K. Davis is the 20th president of Linfield College. Davis has a Ph.D. in human and organizational sciences from The George Washington University, an M.A. in human resource development from Bowie State University and a B.A. in communications from Duquesne University. He was the inaugural chair of the management science department at the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University and became the founding director of its Institute for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Davis went on to become the dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of business. organizations manage cultural and structural changes, strategic planning, leadership development and strategic growth initiatives.

Noah Shultz & Stephen Fowler —Embracing Diversity

Noah Shultz & Stephen Fowler —Embracing Diversity

February 17, 2020

Traumatic and stressful life events are a part of our existence. Through embracing what’s outside of our own control we unleash an inner peace during moments of extreme hardship. This spoken word poetry infused presentation is focused on finding the purpose in the pain and lessons in the madness.

Speaker Bio

Noah Schultz is a social innovator, public speaker and justice reform activist who is passionate about bringing services to underprivileged youth. He has a personal connection and motivation to help drive change in the current affairs of juvenile justice through coalition building, reform talks and mentorship of incarcerated youth leaders.

Rev. Mark Galagher — Humanity Emerging

Rev. Mark Galagher — Humanity Emerging

February 4, 2020

One of the central questions that haunts the human mind and heart is, “What sort of being are we?” It’s kind of obvious we’re mammals and part of the natural order. Yet it is also obvious we are distinctive in a way that seems profound. Today we reflect upon humanity’s evolutionary emergence from ‘just another primate’ to whatever it is we are now.

Speaker Bio

The Reverend Mark Gallagher served for twenty-one years as pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver (Washington), having previously served several other west coast congregations briefly. He still lives in Vancouver and has a private practice ministry of preaching, teaching, and leading workshops. He has spoken at UUFM several times over the years.

My Spiritual Journey as an Undercover Jew

My Spiritual Journey as an Undercover Jew

January 21, 2020

A short life story of my evolving religious and cultural identity from New York Jew to Unitarian with a few decades of liberal Catholicism in a world where being Jewish is dangerous.

Speaker Bio

Ronni Lacroute been producing and sponsoring music, theatre, and dance programs focused on themes of social and environmental justice for several decades in the Portland area and in Yamhill County.

Shanta Frisbee —Burning Bowl Ceremony

Shanta Frisbee —Burning Bowl Ceremony

January 6, 2020

The burning bowl ceremony makes space for new beginnings and in setting new intentions for the new year. It’s time to clear out unwanted conditions from our lives, this ceremony offers a sacred and powerful way to release negativity and welcome in the new year of possibilities.

Speaker Bio

Shanta Frisbee is an interfaith minister and intuitive spiritual counselor, who follows a Braided way Sangha, drawing on earth religions that have shaped her spiritual journey. Shanta continues to lead ceremonies and rituals, guiding others to find the Divine within themselves.

Rabbi Debra Kolodny —Activism is Holy; Lessons from the Torah

Rabbi Debra Kolodny —Activism is Holy; Lessons from the Torah

November 17, 2019

Ever wondered if there was a recipe somewhere for being the most effective social justice activist possible? Amazingly enough, the 3000 year old Hebrew Scriptures offers a profound and yet totally implementable path to becoming a master world healer. Together we will journey through the story of Yaacov/Jacob, seeing his life and choices as a blueprint for our own spiritual development as justice seekers.

Speaker Bio

Rabbi Debra Kolodny has been bringing her spiritual activist passion to worker rights, racial and economic justice, women’s, environmental, peace and LGBTQ causes since 1980. She has taught and spoken in hundreds of venues, organized retreats for as many as 750 and produced ground-breaking conferences. She is the founding rabbi of Portland’s UnShul, a Jewish community that shows up for racial, economic and immigrant justice, a leader in PUAH, Portland United Against Hate and the convener of the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance. She is multiply published and has interviewed on radio and television.

Dr. Miles Davis — Unity

Dr. Miles Davis — Unity

November 3, 2019

Unity is most commonly defined as the state of being united or joined as a whole. However, this simple definition is challenged by the inherent diversity of human beings. Even the seven (7) principles of UU can be challenged by deeply held beliefs that run counter to amalgamated beliefs and interactions. I look forward to exploring these challenges and offering a perspective I hope you find unifying.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Miles K. Davis is the 20th president of Linfield College. Davis has a Ph.D. in human and organizational sciences from The George Washington University, an M.A. in human resource development from Bowie State University and a B.A. in communications from Duquesne University. He was the inaugural chair of the management science department at the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University and became the founding director of its Institute for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Davis went on to become the dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of business. organizations manage cultural and structural changes, strategic planning, leadership development and strategic growth initiatives.