Rev. Melissa will be on vacation this week, July 1 – 7. Rev. Christie Anderson, our Commissioned Lay Leader, will be providing emergency pastoral coverage while Melissa is on vacation. If you have an urgent concern from July 1-6, please contact Christie for assistance. The office will be closed July 4 – 7 for the holiday weekend and will re-open Tuesday, July 9 with Rev. Melissa covering basic office needs while MaryBeth is on vacation through July 14. Also, we’d like to remind you that the office is closed on Mondays through the Summer.
Worship & Music
Services will be held this Sunday morning at 10:00 and 11:30.
Sunday, June 30 Paradigm Shift
Led by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Trish McLoughlin – This service will pull from spiritual, therapeutic, and anecdotal stories about that moment when we make a sudden shift in our beliefs. It will include an exploration into therapeutic concepts and current social trends, tying them into the core beliefs of UUs.
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.
How Do You Like to Play? Summer RE for Children ~ Preschool through Grade 5
If you are looking for some fun on a Sunday morning, our summer RE program is the place to be! Please note that summer RE happens only at the first service. There are no age-specific classes for older youth, but Middle School and High School youth may participate as helpers or attend the worship service. Nursery care is available at both services.
This Sunday, during first service, children will be playing some all-time favorite games. The Slater families will be leading the children in corn hole, “sticky” baseball and other favorites. Because there will be a pancake breakfast on Sunday, the children will gather in Fesenden at 10:00 and then travel to the Annex together.
RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES IS BACK!
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.
Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being
We are not our brains! Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD and Depak Chopra, MD have collaborated on this book which provides a blueprint to explore the amazing potential of our brains while improving the quality of our lives regardless of our age or situation.
If you are interested in reading this book and sharing with a group come to a meeting in the Founders Lounge on July 7 after the worship service. We will discuss possibilities and meeting times.
Questions? Call Mary Maske.
Note: Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Depak Chopra, MD is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
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
Cleveland Pride is this Saturday, June 29!
Rev. Melissa invites you to come celebrate today’s historic Supreme Court decisions by walking in the Cleveland Pride parade with her and other Unitarian Universalists from across Northeast Ohio. Assembly begins at 11am and the parade steps off at noon. We will be behind the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church group, but we won’t know exactly what intersection that is near until Saturday morning. As soon as she gets that information on Saturday morning, Melissa will post the location to our church FaceBook page. If you want to join but won’t have access to FaceBook, call or text her cell phone anytime after 11 am to get the location.
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!