The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Joel Slater – Joel and I have been engaged in occasional conversations about war and peace in Israel and Palestine for a couple of years now. This summer we decided to spend some focused time in dialogue and study of the conflict and the issues. In this service we will share with you some of what we have learned highlighting stories of ordinary people who are leading the way to peace.
The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Ted Voneida – The combative quality of the recent town hall health care debates across the country demonstrates the need for this skill. Gather the citizens of any town or city together to discuss an important issue of common concern and you are sure to find divergent views about what it means to protect and preserve the common good. How do we practice peacemaking when we disagree?
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Marion Yeagler – Each of the sermons this month will explore one dimension of peace. Last week we focused on peace within; this week we focus on peace between us and the people in the nearest circles of our lives. What does it take to keep peace in our homes and with our families and friends?
Reverend Julie-Ann Silberman and Reverend Melissa Carvill-Ziemer – From Julie-Ann: After 12 years living in Kent and Serving as minister to the UUCK, I have now been away from the congregation for a full five years. When the current minister Melissa called and asked if I would consider returning to offer a sermon she was astonished by the swirl of emotional waves that were washing over and through me. After consulting the calendar and my family and letting some of the emotions subside I accepted. This service will address my own process of seeking peace within. I look forward to sharing my process and seeing the results of yours as well.