Weekly e-nUUs- October 9, 2013

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Worship & Music 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.


October 13 – Nurturing Our Wonder

Led by the Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate John Marfy

Rachel Carson is best known for her revolutionary book about harmful pesticide use, “Silent Spring.” However, this worship service will focus on her other poetic and heartfelt writings, particularly her view that the way to reduce adverse human impact upon the environment is to nurture a lifetime sense of wonder about the natural world. The service will include Carson’s beautifully-written reflections, Brad Bolton nature photos, and a moving video clip.


Wanted: Photos from Our Veterans

Deb Biggins will be leading our services on November 10 in on honor of Veterans Day.  It is her hope that she will be able to create a display of photos of our Veterans.  Please submit all photos to Deb by Oct. 27 in an envelope with your name, rank and service time noted. Thank you.


Lifespan Learning

Happy Campers!

Many thanks to Bobbi Beale and Dan Flippo who accompanied 10 youth from our Middle School group to the “Where’s Walden?”  camping trip last weekend.  From the looks on the faces of the youth as they disembarked from the van, it was evident that everyone had a wonderful time!


Last chance!  If you meant to sign up for chalice groups but didn’t, this week you can still be added to the Monday night chalice group, which has not met yet.  Please contact Jennifer May, 330-388-7847, if you would like to join the group.


The Super Brain group will meet at 3 PM on Sunday, October 20 in the Annex.  The group will be examining how the regions of the brain affect our ability to function.  All are welcome to join in the exploration.  Any questions, call Mary Maske at 330.677.0174.


Idea of the week:  ACTIVE HOPE

“Passive hope is about waiting for external agencies to bring about what we desire. Active Hope is about becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for … Rather than weighing our chances and proceeding only when we feel hopeful, we focus on our intention and let it be our guide.”  Macy, Joanna; Johnstone, Chris.  Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without


Rev. George Buchanan


Compassionate Dialogue

There’s a lot of talk these days about the need for respectful dialogue, and this workshop is geared towards providing participants with a simple and useful template for addressing conflicts and other difficult conversations. The Dialogue is based on the “Couple’s Dialogue” from Harville Hendrix’s book, “Getting the Love You Want”.  We will discuss basic communication and examine how conflicts can be managed constructively using the Dialogue in a variety of situations.  There will be time each session to practice the Dialogue through role-playing.

This class will be facilitated by church member Saunis Parsons.  Saunis learned active listening, conflict resolution and third-party mediation skills as a help-line volunteer with Townhall II’s crisis intervention hotline in Kent.  Since discovering the “Couple’s Diaologue” she has adapted it for use in many situations.  She and her family have used this dialogue successfully for several years, even when her boys were young.  Saunis offered this class as a morning workshop at Summer Institute this past summer and participants expressed really enjoying the experience and getting a lot out of it.  We’re grateful to Saunis for offering this series here in our church this fall.

The class will meet on Tuesdays, October 8, 15, 22 and 29 and November 5 and 12 at 6:30 pm which will include a 15 minute break. For more information or to sign up, please call the church office or speak with Saunis.


Beloved Community, Beloved Earth Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2013

9 AM to 1 PM

Breakfast and lunch provided

Free will donation to cover the cost of food

Leader:  Rev. George Buchanan

We face many challenges as we work to sustain ourselves, build stronger communities, and heal our Beloved Earth. Some of these challenges are local, such as hydraulic fracturing; others are more global, including carbon dioxide pollution, drought, and rising sea levels. In this workshop, we consider new and creative ways to sustain our spirits in the face of these challenges. Our focus will be on vision and orientation rather than taking on “one more task.” How do we define our positive vision for our Beloved Earth? How can we be strong and resilient over the long haul?  What are the ideas, tools, and resources we need to sustain us?

All members and friends of Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent are welcome, including high school youth.  Maximum 25 attendees – first come, first served.

Please contact the office to register by Sunday, October 13.  Childcare will be available at no charge, however children must be registered prior to the workshop.  With this we will be able to plan for the food and the necessary childcare workers.


Save the Date!

The annual Halloween Party and Haunted House will take place on Saturday, October 26th starting at 6:00.  This is a both a family and adult friendly event.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!  There will be a finger-food potluck, so bring something to share that doesn’t require the need for silverware.  Donations will be gladly accepted to cover the cost of supplies and prizes.  Wear your costume and come celebrate with us!


RadioLab and Pancakes is Back!

Our discussion group will return during second service on October 27th. We have changed the time so that the greatest number of people can participate. We will be meeting in Fessenden Hall at 11:30 a.m. There will be pancakes for those who wish, and our topic is “The Paradox of Choice”. Some psychological research  suggests that the twenty-first century offers too many choices for our health. Come and listen to the RadioLab hosts debate this position with famous neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, then we will toss these ideas around for ourselves. Good food, good companions, and good conversation will be had by all. If you have any questions contact Cheryl Spoehr.


Community Within

TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 9th, Fessenden Hall at 7:30 P.M., is the place to be for an evening of lively conversation. Bill Moyers interviews atheist philosopher Colin McGinn in his series, “Faith vs. Reason.” Moderator Carolyn Schlemmer will lead the discussion, and refreshments will be served. See you there.


Art in the Sanctuary – October

We want to thank David Mays, a local landscape and fine arts photographer, for providing the art in the sanctuary for the month of October.

From his statement: “He has always been able to find beauty in his own backyard and specializes in capturing high quality digital photos of his home state of Ohio. David’s fine art prints combine high quality photography with vivid colors, unique perspectives and an artistic eye for detail.” Contact information for the artist and a list of prices is available with the exhibit

If purchasing a picture, consider contributing to the Church Art Exhibit Committee fund. The prices are subject to the Ohio Sate sales tax.  The suggested tax deductible free will offering to the church of 20% of the purchase price is paid to the artist.


Family Movie Night Returns…

October 11th, in Fessenden Hall from 7:30 pm to 10 pm. This will be our second annual tribute to science fiction. Galaxy Quest will be shown!!! We will also have a selection of science fiction cartoons, serials, sitcoms and other delights. We might even have an episode of Star Trek this time, or maybe not… So come to

our second pot-luck sci-fi movie night for Galaxy Quest, Futurama, and many surprises! If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Spoehr.


In an effort to make as many church activities accessible as possible, we’d like to encourage people to consider using technology to allow those who cannot attend their group, committee or team meetings in person to attend virtually.  The Church Office has a netbook that can be borrowed by committees or groups  to “broadcast” their meetings so that people may attend virtually.   People can join and participate in the meeting using their computers, mobile devices, or with a regular telephone. Technical assistance for using the AnyMeeting videoconferencing technology can be found our website at:  //kentuu.org/membership/technical-support/

If you have questions regarding the use of the netbook, please contact MaryBeth in the Office at: [email protected].

The Library Committee would like to thank those who heeded our call for over-due books and returned them.  We are still searching/tracking the rest. If you have any questions about books you may have, please speak to the committee member in Founders Lounge between 1st and 2nd Sunday services. A committee member is always there to assist you.


Be the first to see the artwork for the 2013 auction! Hear the artists talk about their creations while you enjoy appetizers and beverages. Artists this year are Brad Bolton, Don Easterling, Heidrun Hultgren, Wendy Jenks, John Kluth, Claudia Miller, Georgia Quinn, Rhonda Mitchell, and Jan Noden.

Date: Friday, Oct. 18

Time: 7-9 pm

Place: Fessenden Hall

Donation: $15


Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Human Rights Committee Meeting – Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the Annex.  All are welcome!   


Opportunities from the Hunger and Economic Justice Task Group

We have been invited by Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent to be part of augmenting the hot meals available for hungry people in our community. Currently meals are offered every day of the week save Saturdays under the auspices of Kent Social Services. Trinity Lutheran, a trusted partner of Kent Social Services, is planning to offer a hot lunch every Saturday and has invited us to help. We get to determine the frequency with which we would host and to do so we need to know how many of you would be interested in being involved. For each meal we host, we would need 10 – 12 people to cook, serve and clean up. Children are welcome to be an active part of our team so we are especially encouraging families to consider volunteering to participate together. We are thinking we might start with one Saturday every month or every other month.

If you might be interested in being involved, please email Tanya Kahl  Let us know how frequently you would be interested in participating and whether you would be volunteering on your own or with others in your family. Once we know how many people are interested, we’ll make a more concrete plan for our congregation’s involvement.


TRIPLE DIVIDE, an excellent new film on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will be shown at the Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St, at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 21st. It is free and open to the public. The title, “Triple Divide” is a reference to the confluence of major watersheds in western Pennsylvania, and has been hailed as the best work to date on the impact of fracking.  The film provides a detailed examination of the introduction of hydraulic fracturing in western Pennsylvania, the first area in the northeast to experience large-scale fracking.  It has drawn large and enthusiastic crowds at showings in Erie, Penna. and Columbus, Ohio, among others.


Income Generation

Acme Community Cash Back Program

Please remember to save your Acme receipts for the annual Acme Community Cash Back fundraiser.  Receipts must be dated from Sept. 2, 2013 – Feb. 3, 2014.   A donation box will soon be placed on the grocery card table in Fessenden Hall for you to submit your receipts.  Thank you!


Karnival of Kent on Saturday, November 2

Have you made plans to attend the annual Thanks4Giving auction of the UU Church of Kent?  It is an evening of fun, frivolity and fundraising not to be missed!  Bring your inner court jester, or king or queen.  Dress up and be prepared for a great time!  It will be held at the United Church of Christ on Horning Rd.

If you would like to contribute as a volunteer, contact Trish McLoughlin.  She still has some openings to fill.  Many hands make light work!

Visit the Auction table at coffee hour every Sunday in November.  Tickets are on sale.  Donations are coming in.  Donation forms are available.  Need ideas for donations?  You’ll find them at the table.  Make your plans now!

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