Failure’s Gifts – March 29, 2015

failureXsuccessXquoteLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy

It’s often been said that failure is an essential ingredient in growth.  How can we learn to embrace failure as a gift and use it as a catalyst to greater resilience?

Lean on Me – March 22, 2015

integrityXdiscussion-6-X2Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

When we ask people why they come to church, community is one of the most frequently cited responses.  This morning we will consider the critical role of communities in helping people cultivate and maintain resilience.

What if You Don’t Have Boots? – March 15, 2015

bootsLed by Lori McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

We’ve all heard, and probably used, the expression, “Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps.”  But have you even considered what that implies?  In order to pull yourself up by these proverbial bootstraps, you must first have boots. In this service, I will use my personal “success” story to consider how and from where we get our “boots” in American society and why some people don’t have them at all.

Selma Sunday – March 8, 2015

edmund pettus bridgeLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.  As thousands travel to Selma, we will join millions of others in expressing our solidarity with the work that remains for us to do.  Resilience is not just a solo act.  Collective resilience is part of what it takes to “bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.”

It Starts At Home – March 1, 2015

Lift up Booker T WashingtonLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

The stories we hear and the lessons we learn about resilience in the places we call home have a tremendous capacity to lift us up or bring us down.  How can we get better at lifting each other up?

Music Sunday: The Power of Music – February 22, 2015

Power-of-music-wallpaper1Led by Music Director Hal Walker and Friends

Through Song, Story, Reflection and Music, we explore the role that music plays in our lives.

You can hear better versions of “Be Still My Soul” and “Carry it On” here –

Wings Set Me Free – February 15, 2015

faitn and wings 2Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper

Faith can be like wings, the strength that lifts us up when we long to fly. From those heights we often find connections and have visions that just aren’t possible when life is viewed from the ground. What is the faith that lifts you up?

Faith Defined – February 8, 2015

faith defined 2Led by Elaine Bowen

What’s your religious language baggage attached to “faith”?

How do you see faith through a UU lens?

Is it blurry and vague, crystal clear or somewhere in between?

Do you mean what I mean?

What do you have faith in?

So many questions . . .

Roots Hold Me Close – February 1, 2015

Centenarian tree with large trunk and big roots above the groundLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer
Faith can be like roots, the ties that keep us grounded in our values and steadfast in our efforts. Like roots, faith grows and changes and calls forth new growth. What is the faith that keeps you grounded?

The Right Thing for the Right Reason – January 25, 2015

do right - mandelaLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Mary Lou Hollly

Our multigenerational service this morning will explore congruence.  How we can align our hearts and minds and actions so we can do the right thing for the right reason more often?

We the People – January 18, 2014

integrityLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Emeritus, Ted Voneida

We often think about integrity as an individual, but how about integrity as a collective?  How can we, the citizens of this nation, demand integrity from the government and other institutions that act in our name?

Yes You Can! – January 11, 2014

yes you canLed by  Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate John Marfy

Most of us have changes in our lives that we could accomplish but we seem to lack that needed boost of motivation. Hear the inspiring story of one man who successfully undertook a radical, personal transformation. Join us to empower yourself and commit to that change in your life!

Spiritual Activism – January 4, 2015

socialjusticeXchaliceLed by Andrew Rome and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly
Our faith calls us to action. As we work to build a better world this new year, we’ll hear stories of the spiritual lessons learned from activism. Come and renew your commitment and renew your spirit.

Christmas Eve Services – December 24, 2014

Services available at 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:30 pm

4:30 pm – Young Family Friendly Service
Led by the Rev. Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke and Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus
This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

          Cookies and apple cider will be offered during a simple fellowship time immediately following the 4:30 service. christmas eve service-17-X2

6:30 pm – Family Friendly Service
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir and Tone Chimers as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

          Nursery care for infants and toddlers will be offered only at this service.

          A Christmas Eve coffee hour will be held between the 6:30 and 8:30 services. 

8:30 pm – Adult Oriented Service
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir and Tone Chimers as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

No podcast will be available for this service.