COWSPIRICY: The Sustainability Secret

Join us on Friday, February 20th at 7:00 PM for
COWSPIRICY: The Sustainability Secret
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent’s Sanctuary

Presented by our Green Sanctuary Team, COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret investigates why leading environmental organizations are afraid to talk about the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

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Annual Stewardship Campaign: Raising the Bar!

February 22 kicks off our Annual Stewardship Campaign: Raising the Bar!   Stewardship Packets have been mail and soon you’ll be contacted by a UU Church of Kent Canvasser.  We hope you’ll take advantage of the fellowship opportunity to share how your life has been enriched by the many programs and ministries offered at our beloved church.  

If you have any questions about the annual stewardship campaign, please feel free to contact Kathie Slat…

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A Discussion of Selma

In this 50th anniversary year of the civil rights struggle that unfolded in Selma, I invite you to a discussion.  To prepare, please go see the movie Selma and read Mark Morrison- Reed’s book The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism.

Rev. Melissa will host discussions on Tuesday, March 3 in the Founders Lounge and Wednesday, March 11 in Fessenden Hall from 7 to 9 pm.  Feel free to come to eit…

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Seeking Photographs of Past Child Dedications

For the worship service on March 29th, Melissa and I would like to display photographs taken at Child Dedications.  If you have photos ~ recent or from the distant past ~ please share them with me.

 

Thank you,

Karen Lapidus

dre-uukent@sbcglobal.net

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

Led by Music Director Hal Walker and Friends

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

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Wings Set Me Free - February 15, 2015

Led 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?

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THE FRONT ENTRANCE TO THE CHURCH IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The front steps to the Church have fallen victim to the inclement weather.  As a result of the freezing and thawing a few of the cap stones on steps have come loose and are unsafe.  Please use the lower entrance until we are able to have the steps repaired.  Thank you.

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An Invitation from the Care Team

Are you curious about how you can help support our congregation’s caring ministry?  The Care Team will be hosting an informal gathering on Sunday, February 22 after each service in the Eldredge Annex.  Come meet some of the team members and consider how you might become involved.  Refreshments will be served.

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Once again we find ourselves without a Host or Hosts for Pancakes on Sunday February 22nd.

On the last Sunday of each month, with a few exceptions, we bring you pancakes made with love by your friends at the church.  We offer exciting flavors, creative toppings, original sauces and it’s a wonderful time to sit down, relax and enjoy good company over good food.

The Fundraising committee brings this to you as an ongoing fund raiser for the church.  BUT we cannot continue this tradition if you don’t step up and volunteer to help. It’s …

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Faith Defined - February 8, 2015

Led 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 . . .

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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.