Our UU Forebears That We DON’T Talk About - November 29, 2015

Led by Rev. Rod Thompson, Retired UU Minister and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

In this sermon I’ll look at some of our religious predecessors that we don’t like to claim. We readily claim many of our country’s founding fathers and mothers and other famous persons as Unitarians and or Universalists, but there are some equally famous persons that we don’t talk about. Why? Is it that we don’t know about them? Or are we ashamed of them? J…

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The Stories We Tell - November 22, 2015

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Intern Minister Dave Clements

The stories we tell shape the people we are. Come join us for stories, music and ritual in our annual, multigenerational celebration of Thanksgiving. In keeping with our tradition, we will offer communion and everyone is welcome to the table.

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Holiday Giving - Children & Youth Religious Education Ministry Helps to Bring Cheer!

The Children’s Religious Education Ministry has “adopted” a family of five from Miller Community House,

a program of





Bring Holiday Cheer

We have 3 different opportunities to help Kent Social Services and Miller Community House, a homeless shelter in Portage County, make the holidays brighter for their families.

Place new, unwrapped toys in the box downstairs in Fessenden Hall by Dec. 13

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The Children's Religious Education Ministry

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent has a vibrant Religious Education ministry with almost 90 children and youth registered as of November 2015.  We have a strong Children and Youth Religious Education Committee and a pool of dedicated teachers.

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We Are Because They Were - November 15, 2015

Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

In the struggles we choose for ourselves, in the ways we move forward in our lives and bring our world forward with us, it is right to remember the names of those who gave us strength in this choice of living. It is right to name the power of hard lives well lived. Come and learn about those in our church community who served us well.

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Ancestral Echoes - November 8, 2015

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

When we think of ancestors we often think of a family’s heritage.  This morning we will think instead of our nation’s heritage.  Our ancestors in this land were both native and immigrant.  The history of colonial oppression of indigenous people affects us still.  What does that legacy have to do with our spiritual health today?

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New to UU Classes - November 8 and 15, 9:00 AM

Curious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?

Our “New to UU” classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but didn’t know where to go or whom to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point ~ some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if y…

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Thanksgiving Dinner - November 26, 4:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner will once again be served at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent on Thursday, November 26 in Fessenden Hall at 4 PM.

This year, our hosts are Lori and Jo Fatchet-McGee who will be preparing a turkey and ham for the feast. Turkey and ham  will be provided so there will be no charge for anyone; however, we will take a free will offering to help cover the cost of a few supplies and beverages.

All who attend are asked …

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Calling All Pledgers!

Have you been meaning to pledge to the capital campaign, but just haven’t gotten around to  turning in your form yet?  Now is the time!  The Capital Campaign will be ending on November 15, so please turn in your pledge card soon to be part of our historic campaign.

Need a form?  You can stop by the Capital Campaign table after either service or check the card holders in the pews.

The results of the campaign will be announced during service …

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November 2015 Chalice Flame Newsletter




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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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