Category Archives: Steward’s Corner

Members share stories of why they are members and supporters of RVUUF.

Steward’s Corner: Our small lights can help dispel darkness

On summer nights, when I was young, I would lean out my bedroom window and gaze at the New York City skyline. Since the “Parkway” ran close-by the house, I could also watch the bumper-to-bumper traffic on Sunday evenings, from families returning from a weekend at the Jersey Shore. Years later you could see the Twin Towers being built from that same window.
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Steward’s Corner: Lifetime UU without knowing it

At age 13, I returned “home” after three years in a wartime concentration camp. Shunned by peers and community I was lonely and wanted to be near people. I walked to the closest church on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings for the youth group.

My association with that church continued through my first years of teaching high school in Creswell. I taught a Sunday school class for students and Bible college students where I met my future husband. He was the pianist/organist for the Unitarian Church. I discovered that I was one of those who was a UU all my life and didn’t know it!

My husband and I were founding members of the South Coast UU Fellowship in Coos Bay/Coos County and we were active there until his death in 1996. When I moved to Ashland in 2005 I immediately joined RVUUF and got involved. I served on the Endowment Committee, in the kitchen and on the highway cleanup committee. Currently I serve four days a week at the homeless shelter.

I have attended five General Assemblies and would go every year if possible just to experience the exhilaration of singing “Spirit of Life” with 4,000 other UUs!

Mitzi Loftus
Member/Supporter of RVUUF

Steward’s Corner: Fellowship has important place in our lives

Shortly after moving to the U.S. in 1975 we became disillusioned with dogmatic religions and stayed away from churches. This changed after our daughters introduced us to Unitarianism in the church they attended in Seattle. This experience made us realize that its focus was much closer to our beliefs, so when we moved to Ashland we sought out the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
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Steward’s Corner: Haven for spiritual preferences, social values and personal growth

My upbringing still leaves its mark of Sunday morning meaning church. So it follows that I have a need to fill that space with something related to spirituality. That would be a community outside my family with whom I can share spiritual preferences, social and political values and personal growth. RVUUF’s many programs, vibrant membership and ministerial guidance fulfill all of these needs. I also believe that the Rogue Valley needs a UU affiliate to provide a haven for those who cannot in good conscience join a Christian or other mainstream religious organization.

If we want to keep our doors open, keep qualified, talented staff, quality programs and well maintained infrastructure then we must financially support our Fellowship to the best of our abilities. These are the main reasons I pledge.

Elysia Iverson
Member/Supporter of RVUUF