Weekly e-nUUs, June 12, 2013

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Rev. Melissa will be attending the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in addition to a number of pre and post meetings from June 17 through 25.

During that time she will be available by cell phone for urgent and time sensitive concerns.  She will reply to emails as she is able, but her time on line will be limited.


Worship & Music 


Services are held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and 11:30 through June 30.


Sunday, June 16               That All Should Be Well

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

Dorothea Dix was a leading Unitarian reformer of the 19th century. She worked for improved conditions in prisons and especially for improved treatment and accommodations for people living with mental illness. This morning we’ll look at her work through the lens of Hosea Ballou’s theology of happiness and consider what we might learn from both for our own time.


The Times They Are a Changin’ . . . Again

Throughout the month of July, we will only have one worship services at 10am. Beginning Sunday, August 4, we will return to two services each Sunday held at  9:45 and 11:30 am. 


Lifespan Learning



Radiolab and Pancakes will return right after second service on June 30th!  So, get your pancakes, and bring them upstairs to The Founder’s Lounge!  Our Radiolab short subject is titled “Solid as a Rock?”.  For centuries, philosophers have argued this question, is our reality solid, or a product of our thoughts?  Radiolab finds that religion and science are converging on a definitive answer to that question-maybe!  So, bring your pancakes and your perspectives for a fun and lively discussion on a question that still puzzles scientists and philosophers!  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.


How Do You Like to Play? Summer RE for Children ~ Preschool through Grade 5

Our summer RE program will be all about play!  Starting this Sunday, June 16th, during the first service, we will gather around the chalice, share our joys and concerns and then proceed to play together.

Our goal is to strengthen the community of children and nurture their spirits while having fun together.  The RE Committee is actively looking for adults and youth to lead the children in whatever play is important to them.  Lots of support and staffing will be provided.  Perhaps you’d like to share how you have fun with our awesome children for one hour this summer…  We have just five Sundays to fill, so hurry and get on the schedule!

No classes for older youth, but Middle School and High School youth may participate as helpers or attend the worship service.  Nursery care will be provided at both service through the summer.

This Sunday we will boogie down!  Leah Gillig and helper, Ann VerWiebe will show us how they dance and play! Be prepared to leave your inhibitions at the door!  (One of the blessing of our church is that it is a place where we can feel safe and free from judgement ~ even as we boogie down!)


UU Church of Kent is currently seeking a Religious Education Assistant

This 5 hour/week position has just been posted!  The RE Assistant will be responsible for supporting the religious education program and the Director of Religious education in carrying out the church school program for children and youth.

The application deadline is June 16th.

More information at:  //kentuu.org/



Community Within


We regret to announce that Deb Biggins has resigned as Church Sexton due to her need to focus on school and caring for her parents.  We extend our thanks and gratitude to Deb for serving this community for the last 15 months.  We are currently searching for a new Sexton and in the meantime, we thank Wendy Mann for agreeing to act as a Sub-Sexton while we proceed with that process.


A Changing of the Chalice Flame Guard!

Many thanks to Brad Bolton, who put in many thankless years as newsletter editor. His tireless efforts and ministry in this area have made a real difference in the life of this congregation and the community, and his absence leaves us with some pretty big shoes to fill.

Our new editor, Saul Flanner, looks forward to bringing his experience and enthusiasm to bear on this vital ministry. All newsletter submissions should be sent to Saul’s attention at [email protected] . The deadline for submissions is the 15th of each month. 


UUCK Men’s Group – Join Us!

On June 23, at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary, Max Grubb will lead a group for men who are interested in participating in a men’s group at the church.  This is an opportunity for men to connect and engage each other for support concerning issues and challenges that arise from being male, husband or partner, father and friend in today’s society.  Please contact Max  if you have any questions.


The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 pm in the home Chris Hurlbut.  This month we are reading Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander. As he lay in a coma, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander explains that he “journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence [where] he met and spoke with the Divine source of the universe …  If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.


Outreach and Social Justice             

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is pleased to welcome Gold Star Mother and peace mom Cindy Sheehan and the Tour de Peace to our church on Thursday, June 13th at 7PM. Seven bike riders will stop in Kent on their way from California to Washington, DC. to present their demands for peace to the White House. All area residents are invited to a presentation by and discussion with the Tour de Peace at the UU Church of Kent, 228 Gougler Avenue. Snacks and beverages will be served.

Cindy Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in action in Iraq in April, 2004. The Tour left the cemetery where Casey is buried in Vacaville, California on April 4th. They plan to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery on July 3rd and then ride to the White House. The riders aim

To end wars

To end immunity for U.S. war crimes

To end the suppression of civil rights

To end the use of fossil fuels

To end persecution of whistle blowers

To end partisan apathy and inaction.

For more information about the event in Kent you can contact Vivien Sandlund or Susan Poole.

More information on the tour can be found at:  http://www.tourdepeace.org/index.html


Income Generation

As we come to the end of Fiscal Year 2013 on June 30, we’d like to express our appreciation to everyone for their generous support of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.  Through your support we have had another successful year of providing ministry, education and fellowship to this community.  For those who may still have a FY13 pledge balance to fulfill, we encourage you to do your best to fulfill that commitment.

We are looking forward to continued programming and growth in Fiscal Year 2014 and we appreciate the commitment you have made to the Church that will allow for this.   Once again, thank you UU Church of Kent members and friends; You are what makes this faith community outstanding!




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