Weekly e-nUUs – May 14, 2014

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Worship & Music

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


May 18 – Color and Fragrance

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Joel Slater

Perhaps the only uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual we celebrate is our annual Flower Ceremony. Though each flower is lovely on its own, together the flowers create a more expansive beauty. Come experience the ritual and consider the meaning of the metaphor in our beloved community. Please bring a flower (or two) to share during the service.


References from Rev. Melissa’s sermon, “Colorful Spirituality” and the Time for All Ages last Sunday, include Praying in Color: Drawing A New Path to God, by Sybil MacBeth. Those who want to learn more about Holi could access either of these websites:

http://www.holifestival.org/   or  http://longlongtimeago.com/once-upon-a-time/the-spirit-of-festivals/

The book Rev. Melissa mentioned about the importance of embracing the dark in our spiritual lives is called Learning to Walk in the Dark A Spirituality for Those With Questions, by Barbara Brown Taylor.



Community Within

Surprise Friends: The “Big Reveal” will take place this week during coffee hour! Meet your Surprise Friend and bring a small token of friendship (not to exceed $5 in cost) to exchange with him or her.  We will gather in the sanctuary immediately following the 9:45 service and then gather outside, if the weather is cooperative.


Drivers Needed

On any given Sunday, we usually have a handful of people who need a ride to church and back home again.  Our ability to respond to requests for rides has been inconsistent.  Sometimes we are able to help link riders with drivers, and other times we run up against a lack of volunteers.  We are wondering if we might be able to identify a person or two who would be regularly available to drive in exchange for gas money and a little stipend in appreciation for the time.  Knowing that someone is available even when we cannot find volunteers would make it possible for us to help more people get to church more often.  If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please contact Rev. Melissa at the church office.


Spring Walden will occur at Moraine State Park located in Butler County, PA, less than 1 3/4 hour drive from Kent, during the weekend of May 30-June 1.  This was the only time slot available as this site is quite popular.

The campsite is “Five Points” and is located near a paved bicycle trail.  There is plenty of space to pitch your tent and the site includes drinking water, fire-rings, picnic tables, and updated restrooms.  If overnight camping is not your thing, come spend the day as it is not a relatively long drive from our area.

Possible activities include a trip to nearly Jennings Environmental Education Center (refuge to the endangered eastern Massasauga rattlesnake) as well as a lab using passive technologies to combat abandoned mine drainage into local streams.

Visit a native plant butterfly trail, experience various hikes including one I will lead at McConnells Mill State Park and glacial gorge, bicycling (bring your own or rent), swimming, bird-watching, canoeing or kayaking or just exploring the lake shore and surrounding area.

This park contains 16,752 acres and has been restored from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices through the efforts of many people.  Come see for yourself.  More info and a sign-up sheet are located in Fessenden Hall.

Ed Stolish


Attention ALL UU Church of Kent Families:  Hogwarts has reached its capacity for student applications!  UU Church of Kent (UUCK) children will be given first priority, however, applications for UUCK children will only be accepted through today, May 14.  Student applications postmarked after May 14 will not be accepted.   Please know that there is still space available for Prefects and Assistant Professors.   If you need an application, please email Val Henry.  Applications are no longer available through the website.


The Library committee is in the process of adding new books to the collection. Three available new titles are: A Convenient Hatred: The History of AntiSemitism, by Phyllis Goldstein (Religious Studies); Tales from Rumi: Essential Selections from The Mathnawi by E. H. Whinfield, trans.,(Meditation), and Bless This Child: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Birth, by Edward Searle, ed. (Meditation).


New UU Classes in May!

Curious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?

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 didn’t know where to go or whom 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 2 will be on Sunday, May 18th, 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.


Outreach and Social Justice

A young woman who is a member of the Kent Community TimeBank is fostering newborn twin girls as of today.  Baby gear, diapers and clothing is desperately needed .  If anyone can spare any of these items please bring them to Fessenden Hall on Sunday.

Thanks, MaryAnn Kasper


RiverDay Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, May 17th, 10am-12pm

Meet at the parking lot at 143 Gougler Ave. across from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent to protect our riverside park from invasive weeds. Contact Andrew Rome for more information.


Green Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent presents a free showing of the movie:

Forks Over Knives

“A film that can save your life” Roger Ebert Chicago-Sun Times

“Great Movie” Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

Date:  May 23, 2014

Time:  7 pm

Place: The Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Followed by discussion and healthy snacks

Contact person: Trish McLoughlin



UU and Interfaith Connections


The Kent Community TimeBank, Inc.  Presents:  “Let The Sun Shine In,”  A TimeBank Fundraiser*

Friday May 23, 2014

5:30-7:30 PM

At the Kent Historical Society Museum, 237 E. Main St., Kent OH

Admission $20

Contact  MaryAnn Kasper if you are interested in purchasing a ticket.



Income Generation

Tupperware Fundraiser Kick Off Party!

Please join us this Sunday at 12:45pm in Fessenden Hall for our Tupperware Party.  We will be seeing some of the latest Tupperware has to offer all while making fresh Fruit Salsa!

Learn this quick easy salsa recipe so you can be ready for Summer with fresh fruit salsa made from your garden’s bounty or the farmer’s market.

You will have an opportunity to place an order and take home a fundraiser flyer and collect orders from family, friends and co-workers.  The church will earn good money so let’s all participate.

Questions, please contact Meg Milko.

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