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UU Service

Jill McAllister

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev Jill McAllister discusses the need for faithfulness in these dark times.

There may have been a time, not long ago, when being a Unitarian Universalist was an interesting intellectual and social endeavor with limited impact. But that time is certainly not now. UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray has said many times this year, “This is no time for a casual faith.” Everything we do now makes a difference, and we are called every day to faithfulness.”

Faithfulness is not so much about what we believe but how we live—our commitments and dedication and our ability to persevere and change as needed. We know in many ways what faithfulness means, but we get tripped up on our idea that “faith” means believing things that just aren’t true. Yet we understand that the notion of “keeping the faith” means to keep working and moving forward toward a better world. If we haven’t gotten there yet, perhaps we have things to learn. Maybe we haven’t been working as effectively as we could. Maybe we have been distracted, self- interested (by the need for security and comfort), or wrong about the way things truly are. Faithfulness is the living of our values. The question is always what do we truly value?

Poet Mark Nepo describes what is needed now in this way: “We must pick each other up when we are heavy with despair. The sun doesn’t stop shining because some of us are blind. Nor will the grace of democracy vanish because some of us are violently afraid to be in the world.”

Rev McAllister, a UU minister for more than 25 years, serves the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon. She was a member of the UUA Board of Trustees from 1991–1998 and one of the founders of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists in 1995. At home in Oregon, she mentors student ministers, teaches World Religions at Oregon State University and is active in interfaith work addressing climate change, racism, homelessness, and reproductive justice. She is married to the Rev Walter Balk, a UCC minister and hospital chaplain. They are the parents of three grown children.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site:


UU Service


By Rev Jill McAllister

Sun, Aug 5, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15



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