Grief and Loss – October 11, 2015

letting goLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

We all have experienced loss and grief in our lives. A loss of a loved one, a friend, a partner – this is the cycle of life. How do we learn to let go and continue on? This Sunday we will explore together stories from the bible as well as modern day of people who have learned to let go.

Surrendering to the Way it Is – October 4, 2015

Man plans - God laughs proverbLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

You have surely seen the Yiddish proverb about how we plan and God laughs.  We get it because we know that life so often does not go according to our plans.  When that happens, what might help us surrender to our new, unplanned realities?

Social Justice Projects Needed!

The Social Justice Council is now soliciting project proposals!

The projects will be voted on in a church-wide process and the top project will be funded up to $400.00!

Projects can be submitted in any of the Social Justice task group areas:

Hunger & Poverty – (Elaine Bowen, chair)
Human Rights – (Lee Brooker,  chair)
Environmental Justice – (Andrew Rome, chair)
Visioning Group for emerging issues – (Sally Burnell, Ted & Swanny Voneida)

Projects must have a lead contact designated and at least 5 individuals signed up to work on the project, should it be selected.  Proposals can be sent to the church office.

Social Justice Council funds are generated by the sale of Fair Trade products at social hour.

Deadline for submissions is NOVEMBER 1, 2015.

Click here to complete your project submission form.


Capital Campaign Kickoff Video – September 27, 2015


September 27, 2015 marked the kickoff of Capital Campaign here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.  The day began with inspiring worship services, continued with a celebration lunch, a gathering at the KSU 1910 lounge and finished with a fundraising concert at The Kent Stage featuring Hey Mavis and Hal Walker!

Many thanks to Debra Lynn Hook for creating and sharing  the following video!

Seek to Understand – September 20, 2015

Walk in my Shoes.mbLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

I invite each of you today to take a journey, a walk, and join me as together we explore this idea of “Walking in My Shoes”. We will explore three concepts on our walk today, The First, “Seek to Understand” the Second, “Seek to be Understood” and the Third, “Leaving our own Imprint”.

Come, Yet Again, Come – September 13, 2015

front door openLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Interim Director of Religious Education Karen LoBracco

During the summertime, the rhythm of our community reflects the pace of people coming and going. With school in swing again and fall on the horizon, it’s time once again to gather as a whole community and mark the beginning of another church year. Come, gather in with us in a celebration of beloved community and the difference it makes. Please bring a little bit of water and/or soil from your home to share in our annual ritual of gathering the waters and soils. Bring them to church along with your thoughts about what it means to you bring yourself into our faith community.

Our choir returns from their summer hiatus for this multigenerational service. Children preschool-age and up will join us for the entire service.

Adult Religious Education: Building the World We Dream About

diverse worldWe had an excellent turn out for the introduction to our new adult religious education opportunity focusing on racial justice and equity. Building the World We Dream About is an educational series that will provide the opportunity for our community to engage with the tangled knot of privilege, oppression and identity within a sacred, covenantal space held by skilled and trusted facilitators. Everyone is invited to participate.

Classes will be offered on Tuesdays at 10 AM and 7 PM beginning September 15. 

It may be possible for the Church to provide childcare for these classes – if you are in need of childcare, please contact Rev. Melissa no later than 4 PM on Sunday, September 13.  Thank you.

New Loop Hearing Assist System Coming to Church

Loop-Logo--265x300Tired of wearing unsightly and cumbersome headphones?  Can’t hear the services even if you have hearing aids?  Relief is coming, and soon!  The church will have a Hearing Loop system, state of the art technology for public places, installed by the end of September.  Unlike our current system, the Loop will create a magnetic field which is picked up by T-coil-equipped hearing aids, so no headphones are required.
The sound is greatly improved over headphones because each person’s hearing aid is individually tuned to their ears, and annoying room sound is eliminated because the hearing aids fit snugly in the ear canal.  Nearly all in-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids made in the last 5 years have T-coils in them.  As an added bonus, users can elect to hear the Loop sound only (eliminates room sound), room sound only (eliminates the Loop), or both at once.  The choice is made on the user’s hearing aid.  But wait, there’s more!  We will also receive two receivers and headphones for those who don’t have hearing aids, but need a little assistance.

This all started at Summer Institute.  I noticed that Warren Brown, sound tech for SI and Akron UU member, installed a temporary Loop in the church.  I asked him about it, and he said he installed Loop systems professionally.  And if I helped him out with the grunt work, we’d get a price break. Just last week the Ministerial Executive Team approved the install.  Olive Hobbs, soon you can rejoice!

Look for this Loop System logo in the church soon.

Brad Bolton

MINISTRIES FAIR COMING! – September 20, 2015

ministry fair 3“ . . . and to help one another”

Every Sunday, we all speak, and truly mean, this phrase from our Covenant.  On September 20th, after both services, all UUCK Committees, Teams, and Groups will be showcasing their work and ministries.  Every Committee and Group is looking to educate us about what their team does and how we can help!  There is a Committee or Group for you!  Plan to come to the Ministries Fair in Fessenden Hall during Coffee Hour and after Second Service.  Learn what goes on and find a match with your interests and skills, and your time availability.  Engaging in service to our Community is a pathway to personal and spiritual growth.

Realize our Covenant in your life by committing to some new way of belonging within our Beloved Community this year, whether small or large.  There is much to be done.


Claudia Miller,

Volunteer Ministries Coordinator

The 4th yearly Library Symposium – September 21, 2015

global warmingThis year the Library will partner with the KEC to present a Symposium, “How Global Warming Affects Us and What We Can Do to Save Ourselves.”

It will be held on Monday, Sept. 21st at 7:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary.  A panel of 4 speakers will include 3 Kent State Professors, each presenting a different aspect of climate change: Joseph Ortiz, from Geology; Charles Frederick, from the College of Architecture and Environmental  Design; and Andrea Case from Biological Sciences. Andrew Rome, a congregational member, will talk about assimilating climate change information into everyday life. Bill Wilen will serve as Panel Moderator. The Committee encourages you and your family to join us for this special event. Climate change becomes more critical as we observe its changes on our planet. Questions will be taken at the end of each presentation. A Free Will offering will be accepted and shared with KEC. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.

You Are Awesome! – August 30, 2015

Led by Justin Czekaj and Rev. Christie Anderson

UntitledThere are an infinite number of random incidents that brought you here today – not just here to church, but into existence. For starters, approximately 4.5 billion years ago, a rock smashed into our infant planet (a planet, by the way, which is wholly unique in our solar system), creating our moon. This celestial body is essential to our human evolution, helping coax the tetrapods from the sea. Only a few million years ago our eyes began to emerge, evolving 50-100 times ever since, giving us the ability to see that moon. And those eyes might be green, or blue, or brown, depending on your parents, and your parents’ parents. Consider the long line of people who had to come together to create you. Think about the random and unique genetic code that gives you awareness and makes you, YOU! You are random, and wonderful. You are Awesome!