February 2016 Chalice Flame Newsletter

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The Heart Knows - February 14, 2016

Led 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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Religious Education Ministry at the UU Church of Kent

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent has a vibrant Religious Education ministry with 89 children and youth registered as of January 2016.  We have a strong Children and Youth Religious Education Committee and a pool of dedicated teachers.  Below you’ll find information relevant to our Religious Education ministry and life at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.




The Mission of the Unitarian Universa…

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

We 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…

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Job Description for the Director of Religious Education

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Finding and Following Your Bliss - February 7, 2016

Led 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 enjoyi…

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Building Expansion Team Update 1/31/16

Click here to go to the Building Expansion Team’s page to review the information presented at the informational meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2016. The slides Randy Leeson shared are at the bottom of the page.

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Nobody But Yourself - January 31, 2017

Led 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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Winter Institute is almost here!

Come, 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 serv…

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Circle Suppers - February 6, 2016

Here 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 …

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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.

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