You Can Create New Traditions - May 31, 2015

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper

Sometimes our lives change so much that our traditions no longer fit.  When that happens, we can feel empowered to change our traditions or even create new ones for new times.  The Celtic Clan will be leading all of the music this morning, including an update of a traditional piece.

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Howard Tolley, Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio, will be with us on Sunday, May 31!

Howard will have a table during the pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 31 where he will share information about Kent UU’s role as a member Justice Congregation in our statewide network engaged in education and advocacy on economic justice, immigration, criminal/racial justice, the environment, reproductive justice, LGBT issues, voting rights and peacemaking.  UUJO offers Guest for Justice in Your Pulpit speakers, provides leadership training, publi…

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The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group - June 9, 2015

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm at the home of Bonnie Harper. This month we are reading The Love Song of Miss Quennie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. From the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, this is the love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold’s cross-country journey. This parallel story to Harold’s saga, brings Queenie Hennessy’s voice into sharp focus. …

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Spiritual Cinema - May 30, 2015

Saturday May 30th at 6:00 pm  in Fessenden hall…we”ll be showing American History X,  a moving, powerful, drama of one man confronting his racist past in a attempt to save his younger brother from going down the same path….

WARNING…this film has graphic violence language, and  sexual situations.. and is not suited for people under the age of 17…No one will be permitted under that age without parental consent.

This movie is rated R ….

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Spiritual Development through the Six Sources

Most of us are very familiar with our Seven Principles, but how familiar are you with the Six Sources?  If you would like to deepen your UU theology, explore faith traditions from across the globe, or just participate in thoughtful conversations, please consider joining me for the following sessions!  Each is meant to stand alone, but participants will gain the most by coming to each one.
5/28: Transcending Mystery & Wonder
6/4: Prophetic M…

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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 110 children and youth registered as of January 2015.  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 Univers…

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May 2015 Chalice Flame Newsletter

Click to Download the Chalice Flame (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

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Beyond Words - May 24, 2015

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Deb Biggins

Rituals can be a kind of tradition.  Sometimes, when we can’t find the words to express what we most deeply think and feel, rituals can speak for us instead.  Join us for a morning of contemplation, celebration and maybe even a ritual to ground reflection in practice.

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On the Banks of the Cuyahoga - May 17 , 2015

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

As we look forward to our church’s upcoming 150th anniversary, we will look back at some of the traditions that have shaped the life of this religious community over the years.  What can we learn from the traditions of another time?

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Flower Ceremony: A Unitarian Universalist Tradition - May 10, 2015

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

This Sunday we will celebrate one of the very few traditions unique to Unitarian Universalism.  The Flower Ceremony is an opportunity to affirm the gifts of diversity and the beauty of the one making up the many.  Please bring a cut flower or two to church with you today.

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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.