The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is Seeking a Religious Professional to Join our Staff Team

churchbuildingBrad'sWe are looking for a religious professional with experience in ministry with children and youth to join our team. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is a thriving and growing religious community. We are hoping to find someone who is excited about the opportunities we can offer and who will work well with our current staff team.

Our religious education program requires 35 hours per week of professional leadership and support. We are open to staffing with one or two people and will assign job titles, responsibilities and compensation based on the experience, credentials and preferences of our top candidate(s). We are currently accepting applications from people who are interested in a half time position or more. Please indicate the scope of responsibility and the number of hours you are interested in applying for in your cover letter.

Salary will be negotiated in accord with the 2015 UUA Salary Recommendations for Geo Index 3. We also offer a competitive benefits package. We will begin reviewing applications March 1 and will accept applications until the position is filled. Cover letters and resumes should be sent to Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer at

Applicants may wish to review a recent job description, which is subject to revision by the Search Team.  The job description is posted on our website at


Finding and Following Your Bliss – February 7, 2016

Follow your BlissLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Discerning one’s bliss, requires creating a “sacred space” — a space for uninterrupted reflection and unrushed creative work.  If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. We will explore this concept of finding and following your bliss.

Nobody But Yourself – January 31, 2017

To-be-nobody-but-yourself.E.E.Cumming-Quotes-about-being-true-to-yourselfLed by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

Quotations attributed to both e.e. cummings and Ralph Waldo Emerson tell us that the work of being yourself is truly an accomplishment.  When others are trying to make you just like them or just like everyone else, being yourself is no small feat of resistance.  What does it take to be nobody but yourself?

Winter Institute is almost here!

Salt-Fork-State-Park-Lodge-131Come, sit by the fire with us.

Winter Institute (WI) is all of the fun and socializing of SI without the hectic schedule.

There are frosty outdoor activities like sledding, hiking and cross country skiing. For those who choose to stay in their slippers all weekend, there is a beautiful lodge with its many cozy corners and fireplaces. The pool and hot tub are truly a wintertime treat. There will be daily morning and evening casual worship services, morning water aerobics (after worship,) pre-dinner cocktail hour in the hospitality suite, and breakfast and dinner meals are included with registration. There are fellow UUs always ready to play board games or to join in the community jigsaw puzzle. We have wonderful community worship services and great conversations.

Winter Institute is February 12-15, 2016
At Salt Fork State Park Lodge, near Cambridge, Ohio, two hours east of Columbus
Registration is now open!
Details and links online at

Circle Suppers – February 6, 2016

CircleXSuppersHere it comes again! The UU Church of Kent Circle Supper will be on Saturday, February 6.

These are informal and unstructured social gatherings; a great opportunity to meet new members or catch up with old friends. Together we strengthen the social fabric of our community while enjoying good food and conversation. Please sign up by Wednesday, January 27 with the sign up genius or if you prefer, on paper, in Fessenden Hall. Help fill up tables and sign up now – let’s warm up these cold winter nights!

Visit the Sign-up Genius at: Please remember to indicate in the comment section how many will be attending with you, if you have accessibility concerns, or if you have any special dietary restrictions.
Feel free to call Shannon Osorio if you have questions.

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm in Founder’s Lounge at church. Since our January gathering was cancelled due to weather, we will be discussing a biography or autobiography of your choice. In March we will be reading another book by Anthony Doerr, the author of All the Light We Cannot See. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.

New to UU Classes in February!

gold_chaliceCurious? Interested in learning more? Ready to take the next step?

Our “New to UU” classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but didn’t know where to go or whom to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point ~ some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, we will help to clarify what membership in UUCK entails.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, February 14, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, February 21 from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller.

Mystery – January 24, 2017

free-image-public-domain-31Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Becky Cline

Last year Becky Cline won the opportunity to give me a subject for a sermon at our annual service auction.  Since then, Becky has agreed to become one of our newest worship associates.  Join us as we delve into the wonders and surprises of Mystery.

Walking the Walk- January 17, 2016

walking-349991_960_720Led by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

This service picks up where we ended the week before by inviting personal reflection and exploring collective Unitarian Universalist responses to escalating income inequality.  What actions can we take that might make a meaningful difference?