From the Library - Sermon and Reflection References

References used for last Sunday’s service, “Revelations of Beauty”, by Rev. Melissa, Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly, and congregational member Shirley Kiernan, are below.

Rabia of Basra’s work is from, Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, edited by Daniel Ladinsky.  The Navajo poem, “Eagle Poem”, may be found in Joy Harjo’s collection called, How we Became Human.

Shirley Kiernan’s reflection, “How I Learned to…

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Now that You Know - April 26, 2014

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

Some revelations open us up to exciting new possibilities.  Other revelations might make us wish for a return to innocence.  How can we deal with unwelcome revelations in a way that helps us make room in our lives for positive, life-affirming change?

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Revelations of Beauty - April 19, 2015

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

As you have learned more about the environmental justice movement over the years, have you found that you see beauty in new ways?  Has your imagination of the beautiful been re-shaped by your growing environmental consciousness?  In celebration of Earth Day, this service will include several members of the congregation sharing stories of their revelations of beauty.

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Save the Date! Friday, May 1

Lee Brooker would like to share his experience of the UU Living Legacy Marching in the Arc of Justice conference in Birmingham last month.

Please join him for a discussion on Friday, May 1, at 6:30 pm in Fessenden Hall.

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Patricia Pownall UU Book Group - May 12, 2015

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm at the home of Kathy Wilen. This month we are reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its tho…

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We're Working Hard for You!

The Library committee is working on a new system of classifying all the books in our collection. We feel this will make it much easier for the congregation to access our holdings, and easier for the committee to keep track of those books in circulation. It is a daunting task, but we are making substantial progress. Books may continue to be checked out, but the committee urgently requests that all donations be suspended until we have finished this…

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Revelation is Not Sealed - April 12, 2015

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee

The affirmation that revelation is not sealed has long been cherished in Unitarian Universalism.  So where does revelation come from?  And how can we prepare ourselves to notice when it comes?

 

 

 

 

Photo: Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
http://vitalleaders.blogs.uua.org/tag/theology/

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Upcoming Congregational Information and Voting Meetings

Congregational Information Meeting on April 22 and TWO Voting Meetings on Sunday, April 26
 
Dear Members of the UU Church of Kent,
You are cordially invited to a special congregational meeting to discuss the proposed new church by-laws. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd in the church sanctuary at 7PM. The proposed new by-laws are attached for your review. Please bring questions and comments to the meeting or contact a …

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My Ears Awake, My Eyes Are Opened - April 5, 2015

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Deb Biggins

The title of our Easter services are drawn from the beautiful e.e. cummings poem, “i thank You God for most this amazing.”  This year Passover and Easter fall on the same dates.  Both have central stories about revelation.  This morning we will tell those stories and consider what revelation might mean for our own lives.

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April 2015 Chalice Flame Newsletter

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Visitors

Photo by Brad Bolton

Welcome visitors! We hope that you will find a spiritual home here and that you will be enriched in the liberal religious practice and heritage of Unitarian Universalism. The members of this church take pride in the fact that we embrace people of all races, ethnicities, ages, creeds, sexual orientations, and abilities. Unitarian Universalism is a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles and many sources of wisdom. Our congregation is where we come together in religious community to discern our values and live lives in alignment with them. Ours is a living tradition and we put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world. In addition, we are a “Welcoming Congregation” which means we have taken part in a special program, designed by the UUA, for congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people. The congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Newcomers are always welcome to visit our congregation. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.

We invite you to explore our website, visit our congregation, and discover Unitarian Universalism!

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.