Weekly e-nUUs – October 30, 2013

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Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM this Sunday, November 3.  Remember to set your clocks back!



Worship & Music


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


Sunday, November 3 – The Middle Truth

Led by the Reverend Kathleen C. Rolenz and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper

We often live with close relationships that have become strained, distant or alienated.  It takes a lot to risk telling the truth about the relationship, because we are uncertain about whether we can ever meet in the middle and start over.  This sermon will explore the pitfalls and possibilities of when and how to speak the truth with the hopes of creating something new.

Reverend Kathleen Rolenz is parish co-minister at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church since 2000.  Prior to coming to West Shore, she served churches in Knoxville, TN and Glen Allen, VA.  She discovered Unitarian Universalism, delivered her first sermon and was married at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. She’s looking forward to leading worship.


Pet Remembrance Ceremony

Those who have lost a beloved pet and would like to participate in a ritual of remembrance are invited to attend a pet memorial ceremony at the church.  Rev. Christie Anderson will offer the interactive memorial service in the sanctuary at 4:00, Sunday, Nov. 3.    Participants are encouraged to bring a photo or item associated with the pet.   All ages are welcome.


Got Prayer?

On 12/29 we will be sharing some of the ways that members and friends of our congregation engage prayer and/or other spiritual practices with their families.  Whether or not you have children at home or even at all, we invite your stories.  Do you have any regular prayer practices or other spiritual practices you keep with your family (however you define family for yourself).  If not, have you had milestone, transitional or otherwise special moments with your family life in which you have prayed or observed some other spiritual practice together that has been especially meaningful for you?  If you are willing, we would love to share your story during the service.  This will be a multimedia program, so any photos, recordings, or videos that illustrate your family’s spiritual traditions will be most welcome.   Lois Weir and Andrew Rome will be coordinating this intergenerational service.  Please contact Lois or Andrew  with your contributions.


Income Generation


Karnival of Kent, the Thanks4Giving Auction, this Saturday!!

Have you made plans to attend the annual Thanks4Giving auction of the UU Church of Kent on Saturday, Nov 2?  It is an evening of fun, food, frivolity and fundraising not to be missed! It will be held at the United Church of Christ on Horning Rd, beginning at 6 pm.  Tickets are available at the door.

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


Lifespan Learning


A cauldron-full of thanks go out to all the folks who helped to make our 683rd Annual Halloween Party and Haunted House such a success ~  the creative youth, their chaperones, the game and activity leaders, the people who brought food, the people who cleaned up, the people who wore their awesome costumes and everyone who attended!


Spiritual Cinema – Jurassic Park – Friday, November 1st 

Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Friday, November 1st at 7:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Jurassic Park” based on the novel by Michael Crichton. The middle school youth group is encouraged to attend as they will watch a bit of the film earlier in RE. The movie is 127 minutes and will be followed by a brief discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. The Flippo family has volunteered to screen the movie in their home (this movie really needs surround sound to be appreciated) and they have room for at least 14 people. Please RSVP to Dan Flippo.  Also, if you are in need of a ride or are willing to provide a ride to others, please tell Dan when you RSVP. People are welcome but not required to bring food to share during the movie.

Comments by Dan: Our fourth UU principle calls us to a “responsible search for truth and meaning.” This of course raises the question of what is an irresponsible search for truth? Jurassic Park helps us to consider the ethical implications of scientific advancements in genetic engineering that can be used to treat horrible diseases as well as bring back species that we have made extinct. Prior to attending, I encourage people to read the BBC article, “Should cloned mammoths roam the Earth?“.


The Super Brain group will meet at 3 PM Sunday, November 3 in the Annex.   All are welcome to join in the exploration.  Any questions, call Mary Maske.


Community Within


Workshop: Options and Challenges in Maintaining Independence

How does a loved one know where the line is when someone they care for can no longer safely maintain their independence at home and how should they handle that?  What options might there be if their loved one is resistant to receiving additional assistance?  Do you have any advice for older adults when dealing with the concerns of their loved ones who are expressing worries or trying to encourage them to avail themselves of services.  What financial considerations need to be taken into account for people of various income levels?

Have you or someone you care for asked these questions?  Please join us for the answers on Sunday, November 10th at 12:45 PM in Fessenden Hall.

The workshop, Options and Challenges in Maintaining Independence, will focus on the specific challenges to independence that we face as we age and will feature professionals from Family and Community Services and the Area Agency on Aging. Both agencies will present information and take questions following their presentation.

All are welcome. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office by Wed. November 6th.

This presentation is sponsored by our congregation’s Care Team.


New UU Classes in November

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, November 10, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, November 17, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.


The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 pm in Founder’s Lounge at church.  Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. In December we will be reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and we are meeting at Kay Wind’s house. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.


Mark the date. Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 PM in Fessenden Hall, the Library Committee will give the 3rd and final Symposium.  This program will feature Bill Moyers in an interview with Salman Rushdie. Rushdie, one of the most challenging contemporary authors, will provide stimulating perspectives for discussion. Bill Wilen will be the Moderator. We hope you can join us and look forward to welcoming you.

Overdue books continue to come in. Thank You very much!. For those of you who may have books at home, please check your night stand and coffee table there  are any that need to be returned. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation.


It takes all of us to create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.   All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.    Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday


Outreach and Social Justice



Register for UUJO Justice Assembly, Saturday November 2, 10 am to 3 pm, 1st UU Columbus.  $25 adult.  $10 student.  Fee includes lunch.  Scholarships available  Download the event pdf flyer

Standing on the Side of Justice rally on the Capitol Steps, 4 pm Saturday, November 2 calling on Ohio lawmakers to:

  • Halt the Death Penalty
  • End the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration
  • Break the barriers to reentry from incarceration
  • Stop “Stand Your Ground” proposals

Fill out this form to endorse the rally as a support organization. Download pdf flyer for the rally: color

For more information, contact us at [email protected], or visit the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio Network website.   http://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/

Organized by Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio.

Co-sponsored by the ACLU of OhioOhioans to Stop Executions, and Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

Event Location:

Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215

Anyone interest in participating or carpooling, please contact Susan Poole.


The UUCK Environmental Justice Task Groups Presents:  Fracking Film Series

7pm Fridays, Fessenden Hall

November 8th, 7pm

Bidder 70 highlights the remarkable story of Tim DeChristopher who, on December 19, 2008 protested the leasing of thousands of acres of pristine Utah land to oil and gas companies. Registered as bidder #70, and without corporate funding, Tim outbid industry giants on land parcels adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park. Unable to pay for these public lands, Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to serve 2 years in Federal Prison. He was released April 2013 and is currently attending Harvard Divinity School studying to be a UU minister.

Movie to be followed by open discussion.


November 15th, 7pm

Gasland II is a deeper look into the complexities of fracking. Director Josh Fox explores

the gas industry and its portrayal of natural gas as a safe and clean alternative to oil. This film provides a comprehensive look at fracking and its impact on individual lives, environmental devastation, and political corruption.

Gasland II will be followed by a speaker presentation and discussion with Mary Greer from Concerned Citizens Ohio.

Contact the church office for more information at (330) 673-4247.


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