Worship Associate Elaine Bowen – If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an educated, empathetic and caring world to raise, support and nurture children and adults with special needs. As a faith community, how well to we recognize, support and understand those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurological disabilities? How welcoming and inclusive are we to people with developmental delays or cognitive impairments? What more can we do? In commemoration of National Autism Awareness Month, I offer my experiences, insight and life lessons learned as a parent of sons with ASD.
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Kristofer Sperry – This morning we will consider ways we can care for the earth by greening our congregation and greening our lives. Our celebration of Earth Day will feature special music, beautiful images and inspiring words. All are welcome!
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen – Christmas and Easter are important holidays here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. And yet as a congregation we seem to express ambivalence about our Christian roots. As we tell again the sacred story of Christ’s redemption, we will consider how we might reclaim our Christian heritage. Our first service this morning will be fully intergenerational and family friendly. We encourage all families with children to come for the first service and stay for coffee hour when our youth will organize an egg hunt for toddlers and elementary school aged kids. Our second service will be created with adults in mind. Children who remain at church for the second service will be invited to attend a special Easter celebration with our Director of Religious Education.
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Marion Yeagler – The poet Pamela Sneed entitled a volume of her work “Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery.” This morning we will explore some of the central themes of Passover. How can the wisdom of these sacred stories inform our own journeys through the wilderness?
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