Tending our Little Place in the Interdependent Web – April 24, 2016

eco_nuevoLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh, with Green Sanctuary Convener Mary Lou Holly

The 7th Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to respect our interdependent web of existence.  Come join us as we celebrate Earth Day by lifting up this strand of our theological heritage and reflecting together on our practice of this principle.

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery Care is available for all Sunday services.

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Don’t Blink – April 17, 2016

Youth Sunday 2015Led by our Youth and Interim Director of Religious Education Karen LoBracco

For this annual Youth Service, our High School group will explore through music and words the experience of growing up in a Unitarian Universalist community.  Come to hear what a difference this congregation is making!

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

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The Creative Spirit – April 10, 2016

20150719-DSCF4424-XLLed by Lori Fatchet-McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Why do we create art?  What is art?  How does creativity feed our souls?  Our annual Art Sunday service invites you to ask and answer these questions of yourself while we explore the topic of the intersection of creativity and spirituality.

 

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

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In the Beginning – April 3, 2016

public_domain_astronomy_22Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

In her book Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes “like creation stories everywhere, cosmologies are a source of identity and orientation to the world. They tell us who we are.” This Sunday we will begin exploring the theme of creation by considering what the foundational creation stories of our world have to tell us about who we are.

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM. Nursery care is available for all Sunday services.

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Why an Alleluia? – March 27, 2016

Spring Tree public domain - AlleluiaLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Intern Minister Dave Clements

He taught them. He healed them.  He fed them. He loved them.  He showed them the way.  For his efforts, he was crucified.  So why will we sing Alleluia today?  Come join us for our special multigenerational celebration of Easter.  Families with children are welcome to attend either service.

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Not a Worldly King – March 20, 2016

crown512 public domainLed by Dave Clements and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

When most people hear of “liberation theology,” they think of revolution. True liberation includes the struggle against issues like racism, sexism, discrimination and social justice. Interest in liberation theology grew rapidly in North America. Liberation theology later found itself in black and women’s liberation movements; it is an ethical theology that grows out of social awareness and the desire to act. Liberation expresses the hopes of oppressed peoples and the realization that they are not seen as a passive element, but as an agent of righteous change in history. We will explore this concept of liberation theology and how it relates to our Unitarian Universalists beliefs and causes.

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

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The Prison and the Key – March 13, 2016

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Carolyn Andrews Schlemmer

prison-cell-stillwater-source-public-domainThe young adult poet and author Johnathan Jena writes, “True wisdom comes in understanding that sometimes, you are both the prison and the key.”  Do we really have the power to unlock some of the prisons that keep us bound?  How can we develop what it takes to use the key for our individual and collective freedom?

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What Does it Mean to Be a People of Liberation? – March 6, 2016

Liberation-WordleLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj               

The history of our liberal religious tradition is woven through with stories of people who devoted themselves to the pursuit of liberation – theologically, politically, socially, spiritually . . . Are there core values in Unitarianism, Universalism and Unitarian Universalism that inspire such quests?  What impact does that history have on us now?  How can that legacy shape how we relate to the liberation movements of our own time?

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How Can I Keep From Singing: An Annual Music Service open to All – February 27 and 28, 2016

Community members are invited to attend a weekend of musical worship titled, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, located at 228 Gougler Avenue in Kent.  Recognizing that music unites, transcends, heals, and inspires, music’s beauty and power are honored each year with a special worship service. Under the direction of Music Director Hal Walker, musical ensembles will include the Peace Choir, Fallow Time Folk Orchestra, the Tone Chimers Bell Choir, the Peace Pipers Recorder Ensemble, as well as other talented musical groups.

 

Due to the popularity of the annual music service, a Saturday afternoon service including childcare for preschool age and younger has been added. The service on Saturday, February 25 begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by a social hour with light refreshments. The February 26th Sunday services are at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and will offer a children’s chapel for children grades K – 5 and child care for younger children.  The church is handicap accessible and offers a T-coil hearing loop system. Parking is available behind the church, street parking on Gougler Avenue, and in the parking lot across from the church.  All are welcome to join in nourishing your spirit with this uplifting worship service!

UUCK Music

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Insatiable Desire – February 21, 2016

bodhi treeRev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

We continue the conversation about desire begun on Valentine’s Day. This time we will wonder about the ways in which attending to desire can challenge our relationships and undermine our capacity for spiritual fulfillment. If we notice that may be happening in our lives, how can we get free?

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The Heart Knows – February 14, 2016

4205-heart-with-hands-couple w Rumi QuoteLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Intern Minister Dave Clements

This Sunday and next we will explore two sides of the same coin. How can attending to desire enhance our relationships and deepen our capacity for spiritual fulfillment?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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