You Can Create New Traditions – May 31, 2015

new traditionLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper

Sometimes our lives change so much that our traditions no longer fit.  When that happens, we can feel empowered to change our traditions or even create new ones for new times.  The Celtic Clan will be leading all of the music this morning, including an update of a traditional piece.

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Beyond Words – May 24, 2015

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Deb Biggins

Rituals can be a kind of tradition.  Sometimes, when we can’t find the words to express what we most deeply think and feel, rituals can speak for us instead.  Join us for a morning of contemplation, celebration and maybe even a ritual to ground reflection in practice.

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Howard Tolley, Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio, will be with us on Sunday, May 31!

UUJOHoward will have a table during the pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 31 where he will share information about Kent UU’s role as a member Justice Congregation in our statewide network engaged in education and advocacy on economic justice, immigration, criminal/racial justice, the environment, reproductive justice, LGBT issues, voting rights and peacemaking.  UUJO offers Guest for Justice in Your Pulpit speakers, provides leadership training, publicizes justice events, facilitates MeetUp4Justice sessions with lawmakers, engages UUs statewide with partners and allies and holds an annual Justice Assembly in Columbus (11/14/15).

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The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group – June 9, 2015

harold fryThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm at the home of Bonnie Harper. This month we are reading The Love Song of Miss Quennie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. From the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, this is the love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold’s cross-country journey. This parallel story to Harold’s saga, brings Queenie Hennessy’s voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold’s; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths–about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And, finally, the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years. A wise, tender, layered novel that gathers tremendous emotional force, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy underscores the resilience of the human spirit, beautifully illuminating the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person’s life. In July we will be reading Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. We will meet on July 21 to accommodate those attending Summer Institute.

If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

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Spiritual Cinema – May 30, 2015

american_history_x_ver3Saturday May 30th at 6:00 pm  in Fessenden hall…we”ll be showing American History X,  a moving, powerful, drama of one man confronting his racist past in a attempt to save his younger brother from going down the same path….

WARNING…this film has graphic violence language, and  sexual situations.. and is not suited for people under the age of 17…No one will be permitted under that age without parental consent.

This movie is rated R …a short discussion will follow the movie….please feel free to bring  your favorite snacks to share…hope to see you there.

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Spiritual Development through the Six Sources

UU sourcesMost of us are very familiar with our Seven Principles, but how familiar are you with the Six Sources?  If you would like to deepen your UU theology, explore faith traditions from across the globe, or just participate in thoughtful conversations, please consider joining me for the following sessions!  Each is meant to stand alone, but participants will gain the most by coming to each one.

5/28: Transcending Mystery & Wonder

6/4: Prophetic Men & Women

6/11: World Religions

6/18: Abrahamic Religions

6/25: Humanist Thought

7/2: Earth-Centered Traditions

7/9: Sharing of Our Personal Theological Statement

Sessions will be held in the Annex from 7-9 pm on the above dates.  Please contact Lori McGee if you decide to attend so she may plan accordingly.

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On the Banks of the Cuyahoga – May 17 , 2015

150th logoLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

As we look forward to our church’s upcoming 150th anniversary, we will look back at some of the traditions that have shaped the life of this religious community over the years.  What can we learn from the traditions of another time?

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Flower Ceremony: A Unitarian Universalist Tradition – May 10, 2015

flowers-1Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee

This Sunday we will celebrate one of the very few traditions unique to Unitarian Universalism.  The Flower Ceremony is an opportunity to affirm the gifts of diversity and the beauty of the one making up the many.  Please bring a cut flower or two to church with you today.

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Annual Meeting of the Membership: Fiscal Year 2015

annual_meeting_clip_artSunday, June 7, 2015  at 12:45 PM in the Sanctuary

Your attendance is important as a quorum will be required for voting matters.  Absentee Ballots will be available through the Church Office, [email protected].

The Information Meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, June 5. The evening will begin with a potluck dinner at 6:00 PM.  Please bring a dish to share.   The Information Meeting will begin at 7 PM in the Sanctuary.

Click to Download the FY2015 Annual Meeting Packet  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

Special Congregational Meeting called by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Board of Trustees in accord with their authority to call special meetings established in the bylaws.  The special meeting will be held on Sunday, June 7, immediately following the Annual Congregational Meeting. The Board of Trustees is calling this special meeting to invite the congregation to consider a resolution representing our Unitarian Universalist and congregational commitment to racial justice and equity.

 The proposed resolution for the Special Congregational Meeting is as follows:

The history of racial injustice and the ongoing persistence of racial inequity call us as Unitarian Universalists to stand on the side of love and to work for racial justice and equity. As we work together and with others to build the beloved community, we affirm our commitment to justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.

Finish Reading: Annual Meeting of the Membership: Fiscal Year 2015

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Faith in Bluum: Coming of Age Sunday – May 3, 2015

spiralchaliceLed by the Coming of Age Youth, with their Mentors and Facilitators
This morning our youth will be sharing their personal statements of faith.  As we learn what is in their hearts and on their minds, we will celebrate their accomplishments and blooming maturity.

Podcast speakers, in order –

Welcome – Allison Norris
Chalice lighting – Ian Mack
Call to worship – Rebekah Swango, Alan Kerns
Sharing by facilitator – Andrew Rome, Elaine Bowen
Sharing by Mentor – Eric Van Baars, Lori McGee
Prayer – Salvatore Smith, Mason Lorch
Hal improv
Statements – Lila Goehring, Mason Lorch, Connor May, Salvatore Smith, Angelika Marsh, Rebekah Swango
Statements – Alan Kerns, Hunter Jepson, Cordelia Wheatley, Kaley Mack, Sydney Haines
Offering – Connor May
Hal – Go Your Own Way to Shine
Benediction – Connor May

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“Should I Give Up?” – A Dramatic Presentation about Aging and Disability – May 5, 2015

aging handsThe Care Team is looking forward to hosting Professor Mary Giffin from Walsh University on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm for her performance and presentation, Should I Give Up?  The presentation will be held in Fessenden Hall, will last for about an hour, and is open to the larger community.  Anyone who is contemplating questions of aging or disability for themselves or with their loved ones may find this program helpful.

The 10-minute dramatic monologue “Should I Give Up?’ portrays an 83-year-old woman seeking meaning and purpose in her last years.  This piece engages the audience with questions, challenging them to take action to assist the elderly and disabled.  Discussion, led by the presenter, follows the performance and usually lasts 30-45 minutes.

After the program, the members of the Care Team will be glad to discuss the work of the team with anyone who may be interested in learning more about how to get support or how to become involved in offering support.  Please contact Rev. Melissa with any questions prior to the event.

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is Seeking a Religious Professional to Join our Staff Team

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Download – DRE Job Description  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)
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