May 17th Garlic Mustard Pull!

The 15th annual Garlic Mustard Pull will help protect our beloved riverside park from invasive weeds on Sunday May 17th, starting at 12:30 (right after the second service). Our middle school youth will be leading the efforts to rid our park of this noxious menace and restore the natural beauty of native plants. Please wear long plants and closed toe shoes – gloves and bags provided by Kent Parks & Rec. Ask Andrew Rome ([email protected]) any questions.

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Now that You Know – April 26, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Some revelations open us up to exciting new possibilities.  Other revelations might make us wish for a return to innocence.  How can we deal with unwelcome revelations in a way that helps us make room in our lives for positive, life-affirming change?

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From the Library – Sermon and Reflection References

MCZ preachingReferences used for last Sunday’s service, “Revelations of Beauty”, by Rev. Melissa, Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly, and congregational member Shirley Kiernan, are below.

Rabia of Basra’s work is from, Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, edited by Daniel Ladinsky.  The Navajo poem, “Eagle Poem”, may be found in Joy Harjo’s collection called, How we Became Human.

Shirley Kiernan’s reflection, “How I Learned to Love Weeds”, included her use of the book, This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader, by Joan Dye Gussow.

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Revelations of Beauty – April 19, 2015

Triliums Eagle Creek 5.2014Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

As you have learned more about the environmental justice movement over the years, have you found that you see beauty in new ways?  Has your imagination of the beautiful been re-shaped by your growing environmental consciousness?  In celebration of Earth Day, this service will include several members of the congregation sharing stories of their revelations of beauty.

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Patricia Pownall UU Book Group – May 12, 2015

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm at the home of Kathy Wilen. This month we are reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

In June we will be reading The Love Song of Miss Quennie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

All are welcome!  Questions? Contact Bonnie Harper.

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We’re Working Hard for You!

LibraryThe Library committee is working on a new system of classifying all the books in our collection. We feel this will make it much easier for the congregation to access our holdings, and easier for the committee to keep track of those books in circulation. It is a daunting task, but we are making substantial progress. Books may continue to be checked out, but the committee urgently requests that all donations be suspended until we have finished this process. We cannot store or evaluate any donations until we have completed the project. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Library committee, and we thank you sincerely for your cooperation.

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Revelation is Not Sealed – April 12, 2015

Revelation is openLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee

The affirmation that revelation is not sealed has long been cherished in Unitarian Universalism.  So where does revelation come from?  And how can we prepare ourselves to notice when it comes?





Photo: Rev. Renee Ruchotzke

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Upcoming Congregational Information and Voting Meetings

Congregational Information Meeting on April 22 and TWO Voting Meetings on Sunday, April 26


Dear Members of the UU Church of Kent,votersmeeting1

You are cordially invited to a special congregational meeting to discuss the proposed new church by-laws. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd in the church sanctuary at 7PM. The proposed new by-laws are attached for your review. Please bring questions and comments to the meeting or contact a board member with your questions and comments. The church board has endorsed the proposed new by-laws.

The congregational special meeting to vote on the proposed new church by-laws will take place on Sunday, April 26th in the church sanctuary between the first and second services. Only active church members may vote. Absentee ballots can be obtained in the church office. Absentee ballots must be turned in to the church moderator Max Grubb 24 hours before the vote. A quorum of 25% of active church members present at the time of voting is required.

Sincerely, Vivien Sandlund

For the Church Board of Directors

Click here to open the Proposed New Bylaws

Much appreciation goes all of our members that provided insightful feedback and suggestions at April 8 Leaders Information Meeting and the April 22 Congregational Information Meeting. The Bylaws Revision Team took all the suggestions under consideration and incorporated many of them into the Proposed New Bylaws.    The amended Proposed New Bylaws can be access below in two formats – one with tracked changes and a clean copy.

Click here to open the amended Proposed New Bylaws with tracked changes 4.24.2015.  

Click here to open a clean copy of the amended Proposed New Bylaws 4.24.2015.



Congregational Voting Meeting: Second Vote for Capital Campaign  

Capital Campaign LogoThere will be a congregational meeting on Sunday April 26 after second service (12:45PM) to review and discuss the findings of the feasibility study. This study, which is being conducted by a UUA consultant, will provide us information on our readiness for a campaign, including an estimate of what we can likely raise. There will also be a second vote at the meeting to authorize the capital campaign; this is to provide the congregation an opportunity to indicate their support  for the campaign in light of the findings of the feasibility study.  A quorum is needed, please plan to attend this important meeting. Absentee ballots are available by contacting the Church Office at [email protected] or 330.673.4247.

Marion Yeagler and Kathy Kerns, Capital Campaign Team co-Chairs

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My Ears Awake, My Eyes Are Opened – April 5, 2015

IXthankXXeeXcummingsLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Deb Biggins

The title of our Easter services are drawn from the beautiful e.e. cummings poem, “i thank You God for most this amazing.”  This year Passover and Easter fall on the same dates.  Both have central stories about revelation.  This morning we will tell those stories and consider what revelation might mean for our own lives.

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