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									                                 On the Way
                         November 17, 2010
                        Extravagant Grace * Generous Hearts * Renewed World

No Place Like Home
I was driving west on I-84, aiming at getting an early start in the office. The sky was filled with that
special morning light, and windows of gold glowed at me from downtown Portland. You remember
the story, don’t you? The windows of gold?
A young girl and her poor family lived in a ramshackle house on the west side of the foothills. Each
morning, the girl ate her meager breakfast and gazed across the valley to the hills beyond. In the early
light, she often thrilled to see a house nestled in the trees, a house with windows of gold. She
imagined how wonderful it must be to live in so beautiful a home. She promised herself that, one day,
she would visit the house with the windows of gold.
In mid-summer, she made her plans for a hike across the valley. She packed a small lunch, and started
down the path. The journey was pleasant, but the trip took much longer than she had anticipated. It
was late afternoon when she finally reached the hills on the other side of the valley. She was tired, and
her anxiety was beginning to grow. Where was the house with the golden windows? And how would
she find her way when darkness wrapped around her?

She was beginning to feel frightened, when she came upon a tired shack, much like her own home. A
boy, about her age, sat on the edge of the porch, dangling his feet. He greeted her as she approached.
When she asked for directions to the house with the windows of gold, he shook his head. “You aren’t
anywhere close. The house with golden windows is there, where you began.” She followed his finger
and found herself looking back across the valley, at a hillside bathed in golden light as sunset neared.
Then she saw it, the house with the windows of gold. She sat, confused for a moment. Slowly she
realized that she was staring at her own home.

If you’re a fan of the yearly fixture of Thanksgiving afternoon TV, you might be thinking of the
closing scenes from The Wizard of Oz:
   Glinda (the good witch): You don't need to be helped any longer. You've always had the power to
   go back to Kansas.
   Dorothy: I have?
   Scarecrow: Then why didn't you tell her before?
   Glinda: Because she wouldn't have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.
   Tin Woodsman: What have you learned, Dorothy?
   Dorothy: Well, I - I think that it - it wasn't enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em -
   and it's that - if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
   back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?

   Later, waking up in Kansas, after to tornado has passed:

   Dorothy: Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home! Home! And this is my room - and you're all here!
   And I'm not going to leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all!
   And - Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home!!
No place like home . . . Many of us who work in the church, live uncomfortably with the present
moment. We feel called by Jesus to work for a better world. We feel a responsibility to fix our broken
lives and our broken society. And we are never satisfied. Whatever we do, it’s never enough. The
grass is always greener somewhere else. The windows of gold mock us from across the valley. We
need to listen to Dorothy’s words: “If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any
further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!” Can
we let go our guilt and celebrate the ways we embody the sacred in our words and actions? Can we
feel satisfied in our own skin?
Jesus spoke to our fears in one of my favorite scripture passages. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus
urged us not to worry about our lives. He said we spend too much time agonizing over our looks and
fretting about the necessities of life. He reminded his followers of the birds of the air and the lilies of
the field, assuring them (and us), that if we focus on living a life of love, everything else will fall into
place. Jesus wrapped up his teaching saying, “Don’t be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be
anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” (Matthew 6:34 RSV)
Let’s learn to love what we already have and who we already are, and cease our constant striving for
tomorrow. Let’s learn to live as a “non-anxious presence” as we follow Jesus, “On the Way.”

Please Remember in Your Prayers . . .
Greg Flint, Senior Minister of 1st Cong. Eugene, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Successful
surgery on November 1st removed the cancer with no further treatment required. Greg is recovering at
home, and will return to the office in December.

Dennis Johnson, former minister at St. John’s Tillamook, had extensive and successful back surgery in
early November. Dennis is recovering at home.

Catherine Rolling’s mother died on Sunday, October 24th. Cards and notes can be sent to Catherine’s
new address: The Rev. Catherine Rolling, 1203-A Gladewood Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Norm Bengel’s older brother, Charles, died on Saturday, October 30th.

Holiday Concert at Lake Oswego UCC
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 3pm—Holiday Concert by The Fireside Carolers
As part of their 2010-2011 Arts and Lecture series, LOUCC will host The Fireside Carolers, a local
choral ensemble, for an afternoon of carols, traditional Christmas songs, and a musical tour of holiday
celebrations from many cultures and around the world. The group’s L’Chaim Ensemble will also
present some numbers celebrating Chanukah. The concert starts at 3:00pm, and the doors open at
2:00pm. There is a free will offering at the door. The concert will be followed by a reception. The
event will take place at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Rd., Lake Oswego,
OR. For more information, contact LOUCC Office Administrator Glen Williams at 503-635-4348.

Nominate Your Honored Lay Woman ~ Nancy Klingeman
The Women’s Board has mailed nomination forms to all churches for “Celebrate the Gifts of Lay
Women”. Each Women’s Group or church governing body has the opportunity to lift up an
outstanding woman in your congregation to represent our conference at the next General Synod in
Tampa next July. Please do not delay in nominating someone and returning the form plus additional
information about your nominee to Nancy Klingeman, 3225 N.W. Elmwood Drive, Corvallis, OR
97330. Our CPC Women’s Board will select three women to be honored at our Annual Meeting in
May as well as at General Synod during their next board meeting.

Portland Area Clergy Cluster – Thursday, November 18th ~ Don Frueh
The November cluster gathering will be at Parkrose UCC's interim location (address and directions
below) - Thursday, November 18 - noonish. I will prepare a pot of soup (and one of coffee), so bring
whatever accoutrements you desire. I'd like to have some conversation about a possible Lenten
planning session like we had a couple of years ago at Camp Adams. Bring ideas! Namaste, d
PCUCC at Miller Hall, Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 NE Knott (corner of 111th)
Portland, OR 97220 503-253-5457
From I-84 East exit Halsey/Gateway. Follow Halsey to 111th (signal) then turn left to NE Knott (3rd
stopsign). Turn right and park in the parking lot behind the church. Enter Miller Hall door on the
parking lot.
From 205 North exit Glisan. Turn right (east) to 102nd. Turn left to Halsey. Turn right to 111th. Turn
left to NE Knott. Turn right and park in lot.
From 205 South the easiest to describe is exit Glisan. Turn left (east) then follow instructions above. If
you're adventurous, you can turn onto NE Knott from 102nd, but it's not terribly well marked. Just call
if you need help!

Meridian UCC Search for a Choir Director
Meridian United Church of Christ is an intergenerational, multiracial, multicultural, open and
affirming congregation.
We are looking to fill the position of Choir Director (job description available). Due to the upcoming
holiday season, starting date is negotiable if candidate has prior commitments. Those interested in
applying for the position of Choir Director may submit a resume with cover letter to our church office:
       Via Email:
       Mailing Address:
       Meridian United Church of Christ
       P.O. Box 917
       Wilsonville, OR 97070
Phone / Fax: 503.682.0339 (office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-3pm)
For more information about Meridian UCC, our website is:

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
When: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at 7 p.m.
Where: First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Avenue (across from the South Park Blocks), Portland.
Who: Sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), the downtown congregations and
various interfaith partners. City of Portland Commissioner Nick Fish will read President Obama’s
Thanksgiving Proclamation. Faith leaders participating include: Ms. Lynne Joy Nesbitt and the
Baha’i Choir, Rabbi Michael Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel, Rev. Mark Schlessman and the
choir of the First Christian Church, Fr. Steve Newton of St. Vincent de Paul Downtown Chapel, Mr.
Wajdi Said of the Muslim Educational Trust, and Gail Chen of the Tzu Chi Foundation (Buddhism).
Why: Although we come from a wide variety of religious traditions—and even no religious tradition at
all—we are taught a common ideal which leads to a generous heart: to be thankful. No matter who we
are, no matter our struggles, we can see that there is beauty and goodness around us. For what we have,
rather than for what we lack, we are thankful. This Thanksgiving, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
will partner with a number of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples to express this commonality
of being thankful. We will express it from a number of different traditions and there will a certain joy
in sharing our diversity. Come and share in this simple human gift: be thankful. Those who are able are
asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Oregon Food Bank or EMO’s Northeast
Emergency Food Program. Child care is available.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations—including
Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox bodies—congregations, ecumenical organizations and
interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry
programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry and public policy

Christmas Tree Fund Raiser ~ Michael Reid
My wife Ann & I have been attending UCC churches in the Pacific Conference for almost twenty
years. We are presently members of the Beavercreek UCC with Pastor Bunny Oliver.
Ann & I own five acres of Christmas trees in Beavercreek, and each year we donate these trees (or the
proceeds from their sales) to charities. This year we would like to donate "Altar Trees" to any of the
Conference churches that would like one (we have a number of large Christmas trees that are perfect
for church settings).
In addition to donating these trees, we want to invite all Pacific Conference UCC church-goers to come
out to the Beavercreek UCC Tree Sale starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, in the Beavercreek
UCC parking lot (on Beavercreek Road about nine miles from Exit 10 of Interstate- 205). The trees for
sale will have been cut that morning, so are the freshest possible. A cash donation will be made to
every tree-buyer's church, and there will be delicious seasonal treats available inside our fellowship
hall too (all proceeds to charity).
I am able to deliver the Altar trees on any day to the recipient churches if necessary, and can make
arrangements for individual tree-buyers to get their trees on a day other than December 4, if preferable.
You can reach me on my cell -- 503-307-3562. Thank you!

Idaho Interfaith Alliance ~ Pam Baldwin
Sometimes talking with our neighbors is like talking to someone from a different world…
Talk radio, 24/7 sparring television talking heads, tea party, coffee party, our own party not reflecting
our values. Houses of worship divided on whether our faiths support those who are oppressed or those
who own the gold. Issues so complex our heads spin more than the politicos. Money driving politics,
deeper divides between the rich and the poor…what are persons of faith, goodwill, and conscience to
do? Is it possible to heal our communities, much less our state and country, or should we be figuring
out how to move to Canada, or maybe even France?
We at the Interfaith Alliance aren’t giving up on Idaho…we believe that deep within the hearts of our
houses of worship are the core values of our faiths, the core values the ideal of American democracy
was built upon, progressive values: caring about each other and acting on that care – quality of life,
freedom, fairness, and equality.
The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho is going back to our roots and to the only process that that has ever
created real social change: community organizing, and the people of faith who have forged social
movements over our young country’s history.
The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho (TIA Idaho) has created Democracy Action Circles in Canyon, Gem
and Ada counties, where folks come together to figure out together what we need to do to build the
kind of beloved communities that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about, the kind of communities
and state that really value all people. We would love you to join us.
Our annual meeting is planned for January 23rd, 2011, 3:30-7pm. We will be asking houses of worship
to send delegates to broaden the discussion and action we can take collectively to “be the change we
want to see” in our communities. (Details to follow in December)
We can’t create social justice by ourselves. Broad-based community support and action networks are
essential to sustain us in this work. Friends, family members, and community networks keep us
connected, supported and inspired. They help us maintain perspective on who we are and what we can
do. Help TIA Idaho sustain a community of people dedicated to the struggle for social justice.
We are asking you to support The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho with a Thanksgiving or end of year gift.
90% of our funding will be coming from Idaho donations this year. We are all in this together!
For more information contact: Pam Baldwin, Ph 208-283-6560. Gifts are
tax deductible and may be made to The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho, PO Box 15893, Boise, ID 83715-
5893. On the web: or Facebook at Interfaith Alliance of Idaho.

      “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
              because I was not a communist;
      Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
              because I was not a trade unionist;
      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out.”
                                                                          Martin Neimoller

Fundraising Breakfast on World AIDS Day
Portland area’s only HIV/AIDS day center to hold fundraising breakfast on World AIDS Day
What: HIV Day Center Fundraiser Breakfast. There is no cost to attend the breakfast; a collection
will be taken with all contributions going towards sustaining Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s
(EMO) HIV Day Center. As the only HIV drop-in center serving greater Portland’s most vulnerable,
low-income, HIV-positive individuals, the HIV Day Center provides over 700 meals each month to
low income people living with HIV/AIDS in addition to counseling, recreational therapy, computers,
phones, laundry, clothing and showers. For reservations to the breakfast, contact EMO by Nov. 24 at
(503) 221-1054 or

When: From 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2010.
Where: Concordia University, Hagen Center, second floor, 2811 NE Holman St., Portland. Parking at
NE 27th and Holman.
Who: The keynote speaker will be Ronault “Polo” Catalani, the City of Portland’s program
coordinator for New Portlanders and author of “Counter Culture: Immigrant Stories from Portland’s
Café Counters.” The HIV Day Center is a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. The sponsor
of the breakfast is Concordia University.
Why: On Dec. 1, around the world and throughout the United States, communities will come together
to mark the 22nd annual World AIDS Day. This is an important time to remember the 25 million
individuals lost to HIV/AIDS and the 33 million global citizens living with the HIV virus today,
including over 1.1 million Americans.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations—including
Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox bodies—congregations, ecumenical organizations and
interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry
programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry and public policy

30th Annual Rural Ministry Conference – Hospitality in Changing Times
March 6 - 8, 2011
The Center for Theology & Land hosts the annual Rural Ministry Conferences that have been held in
Dubuque since 1982. Each year’s conference addresses issues and themes pertinent to the wellbeing of
rural communities and the ministry of rural churches. This ecumenical conference includes worship,
keynote speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offers participants a unique opportunity to network
with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry. Keynote Speaker: Tex Sample

              Tex Sample is a noted lecturer and storyteller, who works in the areas of theological
              ethics, social theory and social change.

              Workshops Include: Developing a Culture of Hospitality * Planning and Implementing
              Change * Hospitality in a Diverse Community * Training and Coaching Each Other *
              Understanding the People in the Pew
To Register:
Sponsored by the Center for Theology & Land, Wartburg Theological Seminary

Help Needed! Do You Have a Spiritual Gifts Inventory?
The CPC offices receive requests for a variety of sample documents. The most recent request was for
a “Spiritual Gifts Inventory.” Do you have a survey form that you use with church members to discern
gifts for ministry – either in the church or in the community. Maybe you use a “Time and Talent
Survey” to ask members for volunteer commitments to the work of your congregation. If you have an
inventory or survey that you like, please email a copy to me at I’ll put together a
resource archive for future requests.

Personal Note . . .
Sunday, November 7th, I preached in Lincoln City. Following worship, I met with the church’s interim
minister search committee. The following day, I flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico to gather with my
Conference Minister colleagues in the Western Region of the UCC. This includes 8 conferences:
Montana Northern Wyoming, Rocky Mountain, Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Northern California –
Nevada, Southern California – Nevada, Southwest, and the Central Pacific. For three days we met for
support and to begin to explore ways that we might partner together. I returned for a quick day in the
office, then two days of Covenants Ministry Team – including a day of training for response team
members to assist Covenants in dealing with complaints against our clergy. On Sunday, November
14th, I joined the congregation at 1st Congregational, Vancouver, for worship and a dedication of the
remodeling work for their sanctuary skylights and stained glass. That afternoon, I participated in the
installation of Jennie Ott at Lake Oswego UCC.

On Thanksgiving Day, Cindy and I will fly to Orlando, FL for a weekend of vacation before I attend
the UCC Search & Call meeting in Tampa. Search and Call brings together Conference Ministers,
National staff, and Conference placement staff to discuss ministerial profiles, authorization for
ministry, and legal and ethical issues related to clergy looking for a new call.

I pray all is well with you and yours as we move quickly into the holiday season.

Yours in Christ, walter john

            The Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris – Conference Minister
            Central Pacific Conference * United Church of Christ
                             Interchurch Center
                      0245 SW Bancroft Street, Suite E
                          Portland, OR 97239-4258 (O) 503-228-3178 (M) 206-235-3801 (H) 360-210-5945


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