International Unitarian Universalism – September 28, 2014

internationalXUUXchaliceLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy
I made a promise that I will be fulfilling this Sunday. I promised to offer a sermon on any topic chosen by the highest bidder at our annual service auction last year. Eric Van Baars was the winner and he has invited me to reflect on the practices of Unitarian Universalists around the globe.

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The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group

bookXXXglassesThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm in the Church Annex. It is reader’s choice for the month of October.  Also at October’s gathering, we will have a book exchange. Bring books that you no longer want and trade with other group members. All left over books will be donated Empower Portage. For those interested, Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, will be appearing at EJ Thomas Hall on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:30 pm. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

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UU’ve Got Talent: An Evening of Musical Variety – October 11, 2014

UUveXGotXTalentOctober 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Enjoy the 2nd annual fundraiser to support the music program of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent. Just wait till you witness the quality of musical talent coming out of this community of regular everyday people from around Kent. From solo piano to youth singing duets to small ensembles of Classical, Klezmer, Jazz, Folk and Rock, just about anything is possible.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

Tickets:  $15 at the door.

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Prophets, Proverbs, Psalms and Parables: Exploring the Bible


The Bible is filled with wisdom, but for those who aren’t experienced interpreters, it can be a little difficult to access.  This course will offer a guide to exploring several different kinds of writings contained in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament.  The class will include both presentation to place the type of writings in historical context and reflective questions designed to help us make meaning of the chosen texts.  Participants should bring a Bible with them to the class.

Classes will meet from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesdays in the Founders Lounge.  Each class will stand alone so participants may come to any or all of the following sessions:

October 7 – Prophets

October 14 – Proverbs

October 28 – Psalms

November 4 – Parables

November 11 – Parables

Please contact Rev. Melissa at [email protected] with any questions.

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The Orchard Within a Seed – September 21, 2014

orchardXwithinXaXseedLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

There is a beautiful story about a man who plants trees even though he knows he won’t live long enough to harvest the fruit. And still he plants anyway, as a promise to the future. What promises do you want to make to the people who will come after you?

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Cuyahoga River Concert – Saturday, September 20 at 8 PM

Featuring Hal Walker and Matt Watroba

HalXandXMattThese two guys come together just about once a year to create an unforgettable evening of song, spirit, laughs and unique musical combinations. Join Michigan master song leader and story teller, Matt Watroba on a journey into the joy of singing in community. Matt’s original songs and infectious smile will delight your heart. Kent’s own, Hal Walker will top off the evening with his unique approach to making music with just about anything he can get his hands on. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear 2 legends of the NE Ohio Music Scene together for an intimate evening of great music.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, 228 Gougler Ave., Kent, OH


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In an effort to be more effective in communicating announcements and events, please note the following changes will go into effect immediately.

announcementsXiconIt is our hope that these changes will shorten the Weekly e-nUUs, save paper and keep you from reading duplicate messages.

  1.  e-nUUs announcements will be published for two weeks prior to any event.  If announcements are received in advance, they will be published once for one week only under a “Save the Date” heading then removed until two weeks prior to the event where they will be listed under the appropriate program category.
  2.  We will no longer be inserting the Sunday Thread from the Web in the Order of Service.  Each week, approximately fifty (50) Sunday Thread from the Web bulletins will be printed and left on the desk outside the Sanctuary for those who do not receive the e-nUUs each week.
  3. The Weekly e-nUUs page on the website will be replaced with an Announcements & Events page.  All announcements and events will be posted to this page once allowing you to scroll through the announcements without reading duplicate messages.


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Religious Education Registration

RE logoParents and caregivers of all children and youth are asked to complete the annual registration form each fall. It allows us to keep your contact information up-to-date, to know if your child or youth has any special needs and to get your permission for participation. Forms will be available in Fessenden Hall during social hour for the next several weeks. Blank forms are in each of the RE classrooms, as well. Please return completed and signed forms to Colleen Thoele, Religious Education Assistant.

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Call for Special Meeting and Vote: Resolution to Support Issue 21

ConcernedXaboutXfrackingThe UUCK Social Justice Council has approved a resolution supporting ISSUE 21 which allows residents to stop hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and injection wells in the City of Kent. Furthermore, we call for a congregational vote in support of this resolution, taking a position supporting Issue 21: Kent Charter Amendment (Community Bill of Rights).

Informational sessions will be held Sunday, September 28th, during both services, in the church Annex.  

The vote will be between services on October, 12th in the Sanctuary, in which a quorum and super-majority will be required for passage.

Please contact Lee Brooker, Bonny Esparza, or Andrew Rome for more information or visit


Download –  Resolution to Support the Kent Community Bill of Rights: Issue 21 (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)
Finish Reading: Call for Special Meeting and Vote: Resolution to Support Issue 21

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We Pledge Our Hearts – September 14, 2014

UUWooster member w chalice mugLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith tradition. The word covenant is a religious word to talk about promises. When we become members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation we are making a promise to ourselves, to one another and to that which is larger than ourselves. What is that promise?


Photo: Used with permission
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