October 2015 Chalice Flame Newsletter




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Grief and Loss - October 11, 2015

Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

We all have experienced loss and grief in our lives. A loss of a loved one, a friend, a partner – this is the cycle of life. How do we learn to let go and continue on? This Sunday we will explore together stories from the bible as well as modern day of people who have learned to let go.

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Surrendering to the Way it Is - October 4, 2015

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

You have surely seen the Yiddish proverb about how we plan and God laughs.  We get it because we know that life so often does not go according to our plans.  When that happens, what might help us surrender to our new, unplanned realities?

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Social Justice Projects Needed!

The Social Justice Council is now soliciting project proposals!

The projects will be voted on in a church-wide process and the top project will be funded up to $400.00!

Projects can be submitted in any of the Social Justice task group areas:

Hunger & Poverty – (Elaine Bowen, chair)
Human Rights – (Lee Brooker,  chair)
Environmental Justice – (Andrew Rome, chair)
Visioning Group for emerging issues – (Sally Burnell, Ted & Swann…

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Capital Campaign Kickoff Video - September 27, 2015


September 27, 2015 marked the kickoff of Capital Campaign here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.  The day began with inspiring worship services, continued with a celebration lunch, a gathering at the KSU 1910 lounge and finished with a fundraising concert at The Kent Stage featuring Hey Mavis and Hal Walker!

Many thanks to Debra Lynn Hook for creating and sharing  the following video!


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I Think I Can! - September 27, 2015


Led by Kathy Kerns, Marion Yeagler, and Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

In this service we will explore what it means to have faith, and also launch our exciting new capital campaign!

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Seek to Understand - September 20, 2015

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

I invite each of you today to take a journey, a walk, and join me as together we explore this idea of “Walking in My Shoes”. We will explore three concepts on our walk today, The First, “Seek to Understand” the Second, “Seek to be Understood” and the Third, “Leaving our own Imprint”.

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Come, Yet Again, Come - September 13, 2015

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Interim Director of Religious Education Karen LoBracco

During the summertime, the rhythm of our community reflects the pace of people coming and going. With school in swing again and fall on the horizon, it’s time once again to gather as a whole community and mark the beginning of another church year. Come, gather in with us in a celebration of beloved community and the diff…

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Adult Religious Education: Building the World We Dream About

We had an excellent turn out for the introduction to our new adult religious education opportunity focusing on racial justice and equity. Building the World We Dream About is an educational series that will provide the opportunity for our community to engage with the tangled knot of privilege, oppression and identity within a sacred, covenantal space held by skilled and trusted facilitators. Everyone is invited to participate.

Classes will be …

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New Loop Hearing Assist System Coming to Church

Tired of wearing unsightly and cumbersome headphones?  Can’t hear the services even if you have hearing aids?  Relief is coming, and soon!  The church will have a Hearing Loop system, state of the art technology for public places, installed by the end of September.  Unlike our current system, the Loop will create a magnetic field which is picked up by T-coil-equipped hearing aids, so no headphones are required.
The sound is greatly improved over…

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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.

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