“Allegiances”

By Jon Sievert

The Rev. Jill McAllister discusses the impact and consequences of the allegiances we choose at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Allegiances”
By Rev. Jill McAllister
Sun, Aug 21, 10:30am
La Posada de Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

It is not merely a cliché to say that we find ourselves living in interesting times. So much is changing, so much is possible, and so much is fraught with danger between people and the earth itself. There are choices to be made every day. Are we living in ways that help strengthen the fabric of community life and civil society? Or, given the realities of racial tensions, global terrorism, political posturing, economic imbalances, Brexit, climate change, and more, have we arrived in a dystopian future? Questions of allegiance are not limited to politics. What we align with or devote ourselves to is an essentially religious undertaking, where religion is understood to encompass the aim toward right relations.

Rev. McAllister has been the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, OR, since 2013, after serving People’s Church of Kalamazoo, MI, for 15 years. She was a member of the UUA Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1998, and one of the founders of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists in 1995. She has led trainings and workshops for UU groups and congregations around the world for many years. At home in Oregon, she mentors and supervises several student ministers, teaches World Religions at Oregon State University, and is active in interfaith work addressing climate change, racial disparities, homelessness, and reproductive justice. She is married to the Rev. Walter Balk, a UUC minister and hospital chaplain, and they are the parents of three grown children.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.

 

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