Weekly e-nUUs, March 14, 2012

Debut Performance this Friday, Mar. 16 th at 8:00 pm 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent    228 Gougler Ave   Kent, OH 44240 

You, You and Me will open for Claudia Schmidt as part of the  the Cuyahoga River Concert Series!   If you haven’t been to a Cuyahoga River Concert yet, this is one not to miss. In a warm, intimate, acoustically ideal setting, this trio will soothe your soul with sweet harmony.

The headliner for the evening is Claudia Schmidt, a nationally known jazz/folk singer from Michigan. Her concert is sure to delight!  http://www.claudiaschmidt.com/

Tickets $10 at the Door


St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner – There are still a few remaining tickets available!  

Dinner includes of corned beef, cabbage, colcannon, carrots, and soda bread.  Saturday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. in Fessenden Hall.  Contact Lois Weir  or Meg Milko for tickets or more information.


Celtic Clan of Kent Concert.

Come to a family friendly Concert of traditional and contemporary Irish folk music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Saturday, 17 March, 7 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Visit us at Facebook to hear some tunes. Tickets at the door: $7 Adults, children under 12 free. This is a fun fundraiser for the church.  Contact for information: Trish McLoughlin


A Pie for All Seasons!

Let’s gladly say farewell to the chilly winds and gray skies of winter!  If your birthday is in one of the cold months–November, December, January, February, or March–you could probably use a delicious pie to warm your heart! We want to help you out–if your birthday falls in any of these months (all ages qualify), you can get one free raffle ticket for this week’s pie drawing; additional tickets can be purchased for $1.00.

Oh, and by the way, we’ll also have pledge cards available at the  stewardship table, right next to the pies.  We’re at the midpoint of our March campaign–don’t be the last to turn in your card!

P.P.S.  We’re still looking for tempting pie recipes–please share your favorites.

Sandy Eaglen and Marion Yeagler


Sunday, March 18, 2012  This Particular Call

Led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper –

Every year our association of congregations has a General Assembly in June. This year our gathering will not be business as usual. This year we will have a Justice General Assembly with a very particular call. Whether you think you might have any interest in attending or not, I hope you will join us to consider the call our association is being invited to respond to in Phoenix and all across our country. David Petras of the Phoenix Witness Project will be with us to receive our special collection which will be used to help fund scholarships to Justice GA.

Surprise Friends Returns!

March 11, 18 or 25th stop by during coffee hour to be anonymously paired up with a child from our congregation.  Children who want to participate will need to fill out a short form. Beginning April 11 and continuing through the month, notes and small gifts will be secretly exchanged every Sunday leading up to the big reveal on April 29th!


A new Five Below fundraiser is scheduled for April 5, 6,and 7 at the Stow store located at 4332 Kent Road.  All the items in the store are $5 or less!  It is a great opportunity to purchase spring items and Easter goodies!  10% of your purchase is donated to the church with the necessary flyer.  Flyer is attached to this email.

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 pm in the home of  Kathie Slater.  Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghesse. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.



Thank you to everyone that came to the CUUPS first meeting and full Moon ritual. It was a privilege to be in such wonderful company! The food was delicious and the energy we raised was nurturing in many ways. We have named the new group Sacred Moon Cuups and the next meeting we have KC will propose a mission statement for review. I know many people wanted to attend but could not, and I hope to see you at other gatherings.

Ostara will be celebrated on Sunday March 18 from 1-4 PM at the Jailhouse in Fred Fuller park. There will be potluck refreshments, a children’s Ostara Egg hunt, a children’s ritual, and an adult ritual!

March 24 from 2-4 PM KC will host a faery garden workshop in Fessenden Hall. Be prepared to get dirty! You will go home with a starter kit for your very own faery garden. A $3 donation is suggested to cover the materials.

If there is anything in particular about the Pagan traditions that you would like to learn more about please contact KC or Deb so we may cover these items in our workshops.

As always, feel free to contact KC Pallone or Deb Biggins for more information.



FACT(Faith Communities Together) will be holding a meeting on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on Saturday, March 24th, from 10 am-12:30 pm, at the Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights.  FACT was started in the Kirtland UU Church, and includes 15 churches of various denominations.  It spans eight Ohio counties and has 93 participating members who range from atheists to active members of religious congregations who are approaching environmental issues from a moral and/or spiritual perspective.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Ted and Swanny Voneida for car pooling arrangements.


Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration

An Adult Exploration class will be presented on the Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration starting on Tuesday April 3rd at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm for six consecutive weeks.  All are encouraged to participate including our youth.  These two issues are front and center with our UU Association and will be the major components of our upcoming Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.

This doctrine came into being with the 1452 Papal Bull giving Portugal the right to exploit, subjugate and enslave the natives of West Africa. This was followed in 1493 with Spain getting the same “rights” over the “new” world.

Sadly, the former English Colonies of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and USA  codified this Doctrine into law and their native populations are still being subjugated, now in the form of structural violence. An example, the Phoenix Indian School (now gone) in its early years was a “prison school”

where native children were forced to “assimilate” – that is to give up their own tribal culture for the white man’s ways.

Much of our attitude towards immigrants has arisen from this Doctrine.

These attitudes have become part of our American culture and they are now part of the engine that drives our Euro-centric superior thinking, our continued racism, and xenophobia.  We will thoroughly explore the connections here and look seriously at what we might, we must, do about this.

Please let me or MaryBeth know if you will be attending.

Mac Goekler


Children’s and Family Library Moves to Founders’ Lounge

All of the children’s books that had been housed in the Annex are now part of the library in Founders’ Lounge. We have a wide selection of folk tales from many corners of the world and from many ages in time.  The collection of  books with craft and game ideas are sure to keep children busy and happy for long stretches of time.  There are books to help families celebrate just about every holiday of the year.

We are especially blessed to have such a wide array of resources that affirm and support all kinds of families.  Many aspects of family life are addressed in our books on birth, death, adoption, illness, disability and the blending of families.

What we don’t have a lot of, however, are resources about Unitarian Universalism!  If you happen to be browsing the online UUA bookstore and happen upon a gem that you think would be a good addition to our collection, your donation will be gladly accepted!

Books can be signed out for 2 weeks.  Each book has a brightly colored card clipped inside.  Please put your name, the date and your contact information on the card and place the card in the basket on the table near the nursery door.  When you return books, please place them in the box on the table near the nursery (not on the shelves).  We are sharing the check-out and return system with the Adult Library.

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