Our Theme for November was Holding History
November 7: Feminine Power Hidden in Empire Culture – History has tended to ignore Her Story, even though women have played essential roles in every major event in the evolution of civilization. Drawing on her book Madonna, Magdalene, and Beyond (the new edition of Mary’s Power). Rev. Dr. Miller will help us see why this happened, how it happened, and what’s next for men and women as our culture continues on its transformational path.
November 14: Our Political Legacy – We come to this planet part of a family and a tradition, and yet we also come with free will. Many of us have chosen paths that put us at odds with the expectations we were born to, and a clearer understanding of the history of those traditions and expectations can help us understand and act in the present, even if we have already stepped away from our family’s legacy. SCUUF member Charlotte Hutt will explore the role of such expectations on where we’re heading today.
November 21 Growing Up in 2 Different Cultures – Local author Mitzi Loftus will reflect on her experiences as outlined in her book: Made in Japan and Settled in Oregon.
November 28 It’s the first day of Hanukkah! – The Jewish festival of lights in deep winter celebrates a miracle that happened in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, and is one of the most fun times in the Jewish calendar. Florence Unitarian Nin Bebeau, a Jewish storyteller, psychology professor, and author, will share with us some of the delightful – and powerful stories associated with this time of year.
Our theme for October was Cultivating Relationships
10/03 – Cultivating Our Relationship With the Natural World – Dr. Ruth Miller. We live in a culture that has separated us from the natural world. We live in buildings that protect us from the local climate, travel in vehicles that ignore the weather, and eat food that comes from factories and is wrapped in plastic. But Nature is telling us we are not separate from this biosphere, that we are in fact very much a part of it – and subject to natural processes that we can’t begin to understand, much less control. So, how do we cultivate a different kind of relationship with the natural world – this interdependent web – of which we are a part? Today, Dr. Ruth Miller draws on her studies of history, ecology, and the systems sciences to help us clarify our next steps in that direction.
10/10 – Healthy Relationships through Insight & Intuition – Suzann Robins. Knowing more about personality dynamics is one aspect of healthy relationships at home and in the workplace. The more we understand ourselves, the better we can understand others. Suzann will present material from her book Exploring Intimacy.
10/17 – Relationship with Self – Ross Acker will explore the topic of relationship with self through his experiences as a practicing psychotherapist for 15 years and from the works of Carl Rogers, Irvin Yalom and Eckhart Tolle.
10/24 – Deepening our Relationship with Source Energy – Jessica L. Lloyd-Rogers. We are all connected to Source, else
we wouldn’t be here. How do we recognize and cultivate that relationship—by whatever name we recognize it? There are recognized practices suitable for every belief. We will be exploring the different pathways that when used, together or separately, will bring us into a more perfect union with Source Energy.
10/31 – When Your Relatives Become Your Ancestors – Robin McCreery. How do you transition from a flesh and blood relationship to a soul relationship? Do you hold your ancestors to the same standard as your relatives in terms of behavior or not?
Our theme for September was Embracing Possibilities
Our theme for August was Intention
Our theme for July was Inspiration
4 July. What is Inspiration? Dr. Ruth Miller. Where do we get our inspiration? What does inspiration do for us? What do we do with it? How is this SCUUF community a source of inspiration? Psychologists, philosophers, and students of consciousness have been exploring this phenomenon for centuries and Dr. Ruth Miller will be sharing some of their results – and some guidelines for us – in this morning’s program.
11 July. The Danger of a Single Story. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chimamanda is a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. Join us for her thought-provoking 2009 TED talk offering inspiration found in the many stories found in multiple rich cultures throughout the world. This offering was a part of a Soul Matters packet, January, 2019. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg&t=18s)
18 July. A Look at the Epic. Robert Mahaffy. In one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs he sings: “Some folks stick pretty close to home, others are born with the urge to roam.” My talk will examine the Epic form in literature to see if there is anything useful to take away.
25 July. What Inspires YOU? Suzann Robins. As UUs we draw from various sources. Does one inform you more than others? What else do you find inspiring? My inspiration comes from the silence of the trees and ocean — the interconnected web — Sometimes, I catch glimpses of the web — other times find inspiration illusive. Please come prepared to inspire each other with our thoughts and feelings about the principles as they currently stand, as well as to consider the one that may be added. If none of this inspires you, feel free to share other quotes or thoughts on this interactive Sunday.
Our Theme for June was Play
– The practice of remembering we can write our own rules
– The practice of using escape to restore our freedom
– The practice of returning to joy
6 June – Play is More than Just Fun Stuart Brown, MD
Join us for a TED talk by Stuart Brown from the National Institute for Play/PlayCore. This 22-
minute video from Soul Matters worship resources is entertaining and thought-provoking and
will prompt each of us to think about and share our visions and experiences with “play”
throughout the month of June.
13 June – Playing Safe or Playing Free Dr. Ruth Miller
Every day, every moment, we choose how we will live. Even though most of us have been
taught that we “must” do this or “have to” be that, we do, in fact, get to choose. Some of us
had to go through a catastrophic event or illness to learn that. Some of us haven’t learned it
yet. It makes no matter whether we know it or not; it’s true nonetheless. So, what shall we
choose? Today Rev. Dr. Ruth Miller will raw on her studies in psychology and anthropology to
help us see some of the options we have today—and their consequences.
20 June – Valuing Play Cheryl DeLong
Cheryl advises she has lived her life with Play as a priority. She has cheerfully taken on the
challenge of tying together two special days….Father’s Day and Solstice…..within a framework
of valuing play in life.
27 June – UUA Circle Round UUA**
Join us to be a part of the largest annual gathering convening virtually for worship. This
inspiring event will occur at the close of Circle ‘Round, for Justice-Healing-Courage, this year’s
UUA General Assembly. It will take place in Minneapolis, MN, and be streamed live to all
corners of the nation.
NOTE: Our ANNUAL MEETING followED this service, starting at Noon.
Our Theme for May was Story
Our Theme for April was Becoming
4 April The 8th Principle of UU Jessica Lloyd-Rogers & Charlotte Hutt
A person can believe they are being a “good UU” and following the 7 Principles without thinking
about or dealing with racism and other oppressions at the systemic level. The 8 th Principle of
Unitarian Universalism states, “We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Association,
covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a
diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and
other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Jessica and Charlotte will lead a discussion
about this proposed addition to the 7 Principles of UU.
11 April Becoming Dr. Ruth Miller
We are living at a time when nothing that was familiar seems to be lasting, when the world
around us seems to be turning into something we hardly recognize. What does that mean?
What are we becoming? Dr. Miller will put on her “futurist” hat to give us some insight into
these times and our potential tomorrows.
18 April The Web of Life Milt Markewitz
The unbalanced ethics of our civilization have led to the exploitation of natural resources all
over the world, even destroying regions where indigenous cultures have sustained themselves
for millennia. The key to their success lies in their fundamental worldview, as expressed in their
language, and we can learn from them if we’re willing. Milt Markewitz and Dr. Ruth Miller have
co-authored two books, Language of Life (2013), and To Restore Earth’s Balance (2020). Both of
these respected thinkers are connected with the Gaia Living Systems Institute and we look
forward to hearing from Mr. Markewitz.
25 April Reflections and Remembrances Mark S/Marty G/History Committee
Join us for a joyful 30 th anniversary celebration of the founding of Oregon South Coast Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship (SCUUF).
Our theme for March was Commitment.
March 7. Commitment, Suzann Robins, Discussion Facilitator. “Commitment is a complicated subject I have been sensitive to all my life as a good Catholic. We were required to be committed to our faith based on ‘faith’ with no answers to questions. We were supposed to be committed to one person for our entire life and only ONE ‘right’ way to believe and behave. Let’s share stories about ways we have been committed—‘the good’—‘the bad’—’the ugly.’”
March 14. Commitment, Dr. Ruth Miller. Are we committed? What does that mean? What’s the difference between being committed to an institution, being on a committee, and being a person who is committed to an idea or a goal? From the Latin roots for “with” and “send” this word has come to mean many different things in our culture, and Dr. Ruth Miller explores the implications of some of them for our health and well-being.
March 21. Ostara (Vernal Equinox), Jessica Lloyd-Rogers, Robin McCreery, & Friends. March is said to roar in like a lion, and if we are lucky, roll out like a lamb. Meanwhile, on or around the 21st of the month, we have Ostara to celebrate. It’s the time of the vernal equinox if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that spring and warmer, sunnier days have come. Join us to celebrate this time of rebirth.
March 28. Right Now I Believe, Mark Stueve. Join us for a segment of our Fellowship’s “Right Now I Believe” series. This month Mark Stueve will share his journey with us.
Our theme for February was Beloved Community
February 7. The Devereux Center, Tara Johnson. Join us as Tara Johnson, Executive Director, shares the ways in which The Nancy Devereux Center contributes to the strength of our community and ways we can strengthen the community.
February 14. Side With Love Sunday, Special UUA Presentation. What if to “side with love” meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together sterling worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world.
February 21. Beloved Community, Dr. Ruth Miller. The month of February is when we honor that particular way of being that we call Love. While most of us focus on the romantic kind of love at this time, there are many other
forms, among them the brotherly sort of love, the Philia that is the root of the name of the city Philadelphia. And when we allow ourselves to feel that kind of affection and respect for one another, the group becomes not just community, but a truly beloved community – and truly blessed. Dr. Ruth Miller offers some of the methods that are used to help form authentic
community and break down the barriers to Philia.
February 28. Poetry Share, Robin McCreery, Coordinator. Robin will coordinate and lead a program of poetry sharing among us. We are fortunate to have several poets among us and even more readers of poetry, so be thinking of what you may feel moved to contribute to this
sharing time. You are invited to bring a poem or reading to share for the program. We will be exploring the words that help to bring you in to
community, words that remind you that you are a part of a community and words that revealed to you a new community or connection.
Our theme for January was Imagination.
January 3. Science and Reason, Mark Stueve. Join us as Mark Stueve explores the ways in which Science and Reason lead us to the practice of waking up to possibility; widening our view of what’s possible through imagination.
January 10. Right Now I Believe, Clif Mayfield and Art Poole. Join us as two members/friends present their personal spiritual beliefs in this series. By sharing and supporting each other, we all grow.
January 17. Imagination and Possibility, Cheryl and Edwin DeLong. One way of thinking about Imagination is as the practice of completing the world by conjuring up the world’s missing parts. Cheryl and Edwin will share their direct experience with this as a way of life.
January 24. Imagination, Dr. Ruth Miller. The human mind is remarkable in many ways, among them the ability – which apparently no other species has, to create images and emotions about what has not yet happened. We call it imagination. And today the use of that particularly human faculty is almost overwhelming in its use and application. Dr. Ruth Miller explores how our imagination guides us and can mislead us in our day-to-day activities and our attempts to make things happen in our world.
January 31. An Imaginative Surprise, Paula Bechtold. Community member and retired judge Paula Bechtold joins us as a special guest sharing insights and inspiration.
Our theme for December was Stillness
December 6. Exploring How to Sit, Robin McCreery and Charlotte Hutt. Charlotte and Robin will be presenting Thich Nhat Han’s book, How to Sit.
Make sure you have a comfortable place to bring your focus to “just” sitting.
December 13. Silent Listening, Sarita Southgate. We listen in many ways; for example, to background music, to one person when others are also speaking, to sounds of nature. And we silently listen to our thoughts and inner conversations, which is what we will explore during this presentation.
December 20. Solstice Celebration, Suzann Robins and Others. This program reflects one of the most important sources of our faith: “Spiritual teaching
of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with rhythms of nature.”
December 27. Covid-19, Jim Martin, MD. Join us to hear the latest findings, precautions and healing from this virus. Jim is a member of our fellowship
and has offered to share the expertise he has gathered about the pandemic and the disease implications from his medical perspective.
Our theme for November, 2020, was Healing
November 1. Right Now I Believe… Mark Stueve and Edith Mayfield. Join us as two members/friends present their personal spiritual beliefs in this series. By sharing and supporting each other, we all grow.
November 8. Steps to Healing. Suzann Robins. “Different programs are available to heal personal traumas. One that has helped me is known as Twelve Steps. What healing methods have you tried? Have you specifically worked a program in the past and/or do you have a plan for the future? A program can be as simple as finding a meaningful poem or uplifting song or piece of music. Hearing others’ voices has always been an inspiration for me.” Suzann Robins will share part of her journey and then open the zoom room to hear from others.
November 15. Healing and Wholeness. Dr. Ruth Miller. They come from the same root word implying far more than simply the elimination of distressing symptoms. In this talk, Dr. Miller will draw on the research behind her books Calm Healing and The Science of Mental Healing to
explore: what is healing, really? And what are the implications for our healing practices and the meaning of “health care”?
November 22. Feelings and Healing. Georgia Martin. Georgia will share her thoughts and expertise about how feelings and healing are connected.
November 29. Ayurvedic Routine: How It Promotes Health. Melinda Levine. Melinda will go over the daily routine of the Ayurvedic lifestyle. Included will be basic morning routine and how it sisters with yoga and why the routine benefits your body. She will also touch upon the dosha.
Our theme for October, 2020, was Deep Listening
October 4. Vote Love Defeat Hate, UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, the UU the Vote team, and a lineup of powerful, prophetic UU voices. In the
midst of global pandemic, rising authoritarianism, and uprising, lives hang in the balance and the future of democracy is on the line. In response, UU’s are answering the call of our faith, building powerful partnerships to mobilize our communities to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in the 2020 elections. We explore the intersections of faith, justice, and democracy in this collective virtual service.
October 11. The Wisdom You Are Already Living – The Body’s Intelligence, Melinda Levine. An introduction to yoga, yoga therapy, exploring what yoga is and how to approach a yoga class online that is safe and appropriate for your body.
October 18. Deep Listening Across Cultures, Dr. Ruth Miller. What does it take to really hear someone? What does it take to really hear ourselves – our inner wisdom that’s available to us all, if we could slow down enough to hear it…and if we do hear it, what then? Dr. Miller’s research has found that while Western culture keeps our minds distracted with surface thoughts
and issues, other cultures train their children to still their minds and…listen. In this talk she will explore: what do they hear? What could we learn
October 25. Listening to Self, Listening to the Other. Charlotte Hutt.
Our theme for September, 2020, was Renewal
September 6. Mark Stueve. Reflections on UU 2020 General Assembly. Mark was one of our delegates to the recent UU General Assembly and will share aspects related to UU’s 1 st Source, “ Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which move us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.”
September 13. Chyanne & Tristan Avenbaum. Safer As One. Safer As One is a community-led coalition of sub-communities focused on self-representation, self-determination, and mutual aid. The primary focus of Safer As One is the uplifting of each sub-community, in particular minority communities, by way of providing each sub-community, regardless of size, an equal voice and representation as it relates to social and racial justice.
September 20. Kay Kerridan. Transcendentalism: A Piece of Our UU History. The first meeting of the Transcendentalist Club took place on September 19, 1836. It’s good to remember “where we came from.”
September 27. Bobbi Black and Staci Fox. Right Now I Believe. Join us as two
members/friends present their personal spiritual beliefs in this series. By sharing and supporting each other, we all grow.
Our theme for August, 2020, was Hope
August 2. Jessica Lloyd-Rogers. Hope is a State of Mind. “Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or
willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.” Vaclav Havel
August 9. Leanne Lovie. Finding Something Hopeful, Now! What is Good in the World? In this time of 24-hour news and turmoil, what is beyond ‘doom
and gloom’? A look at what positive things are happening in this moment.
August 16. Sarita Southgate. Hope: Different Religions, Different Meanings. There are many words we think we know all about; look closer, we have much to learn. We toss around the word “Hope.” “Hope you have a great day.” “Hope springs eternal.” “Hope it doesn’t rain today.” We will explore some of the profound meanings of “Hope” as they are expressed in religions around the world.
August 23. Suzann Robins. What Brings You Hope? This will be an interactive discussion so look forward to participating or just listening.
August 30. Jean Adamson. Humanism as a Source for UUs. Religious humanism is one of the primary sources for current day Unitarian Universalism. In 1998, a survey revealed that 46% of UUs regarded themselves as theologically humanist. We’ll explore just what humanism means.
Our theme for July, 2020, was Courage
July 5. Jessica Lloyd-Rogers. The Courage to Create (Change). Creativity requires courage. The creative process is not a path paved with pure joy,
but one filled with suffering, obstacles, anxiety, and frustration. Without the courage to proceed in our creations even when overcome by these
unpleasant states, we will remain impotent in our ability to create anything of value
July 12. Carl Siminow and Jerry Schneider. Right Now I Believe.
July 19. Robin McCreery. Exploring Courage. Please join in the discussion. What symbolizes courage to you? Where do you find courage when you need it? When does courage matter?
July 26. Cheryl DeLong. Courage: Standing Up to a Fear So Our Lights Shine Brighter. Join a discussion about how we can reframe our fears and be more
courageous in confronting social and environmental injustice.
Our theme for June, 2020, was Compassion
June 7. Jessica Lloyd-Rogers. What the World Needs Now…is Compassion. Compassion is reflected in every one of our UU Sources. It is both an innate and a learned quality. Most of us could use some tips on how to cultivate more compassion in our lives. We’ll take a look at the many faces of compassion and visit some of the latest scientific research. Finally, we will come away with ideas about how we might individually and collectively strengthen the practice of compassion in our lives.
June 14. Mark Stueve. Edmund Creffield and the Preacher Cave. At the turn of the 20th century, Salvation Army worker Edmund Creffield moved to Corvallis and soon started his own church, beginning a cautionary tale that involved him and the town leaders in deception, sex, tar, feathers, murder, starvation, and cave-dwelling. The bizarre story of the self-proclaimed “Josua II” changed the face of religion and legal precedent in the Pacific Northwest.
June 21. LeAnn Lovie. Happy Father’s Day. Description unavailable.
June 28. Robin McCreery. Compassion and Balance. How do you be in a world that is at times overwhelming with need? Does your heart get
weary? What do you do? A discussion for sharing collective wisdom. Please be willing to share how you get your spirit by in tough times.
Our theme for May, 2020, was Threshholds
May 3. Robert Mahaffy. Plutarch’s Parallel Lives of Illustrious Greeks and Romans continued.
May 10, Jessica Lloyd-Rogers. Motherless or Un-Mothered? Healing the Mother Wound. Many adults silently grieve every Mother’s Day as they deal
with the shame and pain of being un-mothered. The Mother Wound is deep, often generational, and can last a lifetime unless mended. Healing is
possible and while it is easier with the help of others, it can be done on one’s own. Learn how to tend, mend, and fan the embers of your internal
mother until it flames into life and fires up your confidence, trust, and sense of home.
May 17, Jean Adamson and Connie Earhart. Right Now, I believe…. Join us as two members/friends present their personal spiritual beliefs in this series. By sharing and supporting each other, we all grow.
May 24, Suzann Stroup. Portals and Precipices. I see these as jumping off points for moving forward. How do you gather what you’ve learned
when facing a fork in the road? What are your tools for movement toward future decisions? What has inspired your choices in the past?
May 31, Christina Alexander. At the Threshold. Here we find ourselves; we have arrived at the threshold of separation, transformation and
reintegration – a prescient choice of subject by the Program Committee during this time. We will explore what it might mean to step through the
boundary that a threshold represents, and occupy a new reality.
Our Theme for April, 2020, was Liberation
April 5, Dr. Ruth Miller. One Universe, One Interconnected System of Wholes. As Unitarians we honor one divinity expressing in and through this universe in which we live, and we recognize the interconnected web of life of which we are a part. As a systems scientist, Dr. Miller has studied and taught a set of principles that help us see how these two ideas support each other and can be applied in our lives to help us be more effective actors on the human stage. These principles, when understood, are truly liberating – freeing us from the limited thinking that a mechanical, dualistic worldview imposes on us.
April 12 (Easter), Mark Stueve. How Jesus Became God. How Jesus Became God explores the exaltation of an itinerant Jewish preacher from a small village in Galilea. Based on the work of Bart Ehrman.
April 19 (Earth Day), Robin McCreery. The Young Liberators of the Earth. There is a rainbow tribe of young activists rising up to save to planet. We will hear the stories of Autumn Peltier, Mari Cooeny, Greta Thunberg and others who have educated and mobilized millions of people into action.
March, 2020 — Our theme for March was Wisdom
March 1 Dr. Ruth Miller. The UU 7 Principles – Key to Humanity’s Emerging New Culture? When she’s not working as a minister, Dr. Ruth Miller is one of a few thousand scientists known as futurists. In her workshops and seminars, and her writings in that field, she presents current trends and offers possible scenarios for coming decades. Recently, she has been focusing on the emergence of a new kind of culture – and the values and assumptions that it embodies. In her program, she’ll share some of them and their relationship with the UU principles.
March 8, Gary Stroup and Suzann Robins. Wisdom of the Ocean. The interconnectedness of the World’s Oceans remind us that we are one tiny part of our larger world.
March 15, Georgia Martin. Aging with Wisdom. Growing old with purpose.
March 22, Robert Mahaffy and Jessica Lloyd-Rogers. Right Now, I Believe..… Join us as two more members/friends present their personal spiritual beliefs in this new series. By sharing and supporting each other, we all grow.
March 29, Program Planning Panel. Wisdom of the Ages. Come discuss the “Best Advice You’ve Received” and “The Most Important Lesson You’ve Learned.”
February, 2020 — Our theme for February was Resiliance
February 2. Dr. Ruth Miller and Mark Stueve. What’s It Mean to Be a UU? – A Prelude to Membership in SCUUF. The Unitarian Universalists have a long history and have been part of many important historical processes. Rev. Miller will explain the beginnings of our spiritual heritage, tell us about some famous folks who’ve been part of the movement, and describe how Unitarian Universalism emerged in this country. Mark Stueve will join her and share some of the history of this fellowship, then lead the process by which those who choose to become members will do so.
February 9. Robert Mahaffy. An Infidel Looks at the Koran. An exploration of the similarities and differences with other Abrahamic religions.
February 16. Sarita Southgate. Exploring Anger. The battles we fight and how they are important to our spiritual lives. Anger, we have all experienced it. We all know how it feels, and sometimes even know what triggers it. But anger has many sides and many secrets. These will be explored both in ourselves and in other cultures and belief systems. Understanding anger, a normal emotion, and its roles in our lives can lead to new self and societal awareness.
February 23. Jessica Lloyd-Rogers. ACES To Graces: Building Resiliency At Any Stage In Life. Science has repeatedly shown that Adverse Child Experiences have lifelong negative effects. Fortunately, that same science has shown that while we can’t reverse the effects, we have the power to mitigate the impacts. Best of all, we can begin taking these actions at any age.
January, 2020 — Our theme for January was Integrity
January 5. Dr. Ruth Miller. Epiphany. The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek, referring to surprising discovery. From Archemides to Isaac Newton to Francis Crick, science has leapt forward through epiphanies. And, in the Christian tradition, three scholar-kings had an epiphany that would affect
people around the world for thousands of years. What does it mean today? How can we honor our own epiphanies? These are some of the concepts
and questions Dr. Miller will be exploring in her program this week.
January 12. Robert Mahaffy. Old Age. In this charming essay by Cicero, he attempted to show us what old age may be, rather than what it generally is. This is a presentation that Robert did about ten years ago and was asked to repeat!
January 19. Leanne Lovie. Courage. The battles we fight and how they are important to our spiritual lives.
January 26. Jerry Chadwick, Cheryl DeLong. Right Now, I Believe… Join us as two more members/friends present their personal spiritual beliefs in this new series. By sharing and supporting each other, we all grow!