How Can I Keep From Singing: An Annual Music Service open to All – February 27 and 28, 2016

Community members are invited to attend a weekend of musical worship titled, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, located at 228 Gougler Avenue in Kent.  Recognizing that music unites, transcends, heals, and inspires, music’s beauty and power are honored each year with a special worship service. Under the direction of Music Director Hal Walker, musical ensembles will include the Peace Choir, Fallow Time Folk Orchestra, the Tone Chimers Bell Choir, the Peace Pipers Recorder Ensemble, as well as other talented musical groups.


Due to the popularity of the annual music service, a Saturday afternoon service including childcare for preschool age and younger has been added. The service on Saturday, February 25 begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by a social hour with light refreshments. The February 26th Sunday services are at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and will offer a children’s chapel for children grades K – 5 and child care for younger children.  The church is handicap accessible and offers a T-coil hearing loop system. Parking is available behind the church, street parking on Gougler Avenue, and in the parking lot across from the church.  All are welcome to join in nourishing your spirit with this uplifting worship service!

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Cuyahoga River Concert Series: Mustard’s Retreat – March 12, 8:00 pm

MustardOn Saturday, March 12, join us at 8 PM for an intimate and engaging evening with “Mustard’s Retreat”.

David Tamulevich and Michael Hough have been playing for over forty years and have delighted audiences in over 4,000 shows.  Musically, they are grounded in the early traditional 60s folk music, were influenced by the songwriters of that time, and their shows represent an eclectic blend of music, old and new, with a big dash of storytelling.

In their own words, “Each night is its own unique moment, unique audience. For us, that is the exciting thing, the magic: to craft a shared experience and leave people entertained and moved…and with moments and songs they will take away with them and remember, ponder, rediscover; hopefully for years to come.” Many of those moments are the result of their well-respected and broad body of original material, written both individually and together.

“We take our writing very seriously.” says Tamulevich, “No matter if it is a serious or humorous song. A song is a tool to communicate a feeling or a story, …to connect and find some common ground….and we want them to be as effective as we can make it.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

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Insatiable Desire – February 21, 2016

bodhi treeRev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

We continue the conversation about desire begun on Valentine’s Day. This time we will wonder about the ways in which attending to desire can challenge our relationships and undermine our capacity for spiritual fulfillment. If we notice that may be happening in our lives, how can we get free?

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Updating the UUCK Mission Statement

What is our missionThe Master Plan Committee is beginning work on updating the UUCK Mission Statement.

We are seeking input  from as many church members as possible.

Here are a few inspirational ideas to spark your thinking:

  • “Becoming the people the world needs.” Doug Muder
  • “Freedom in religion. Wholeness in faith.” Steve Dick
  • “Spiritual quest explores, finds many truths.” Anne Johnson
  • “The bonding of caring human fellowship.” Kathy Nielssen
  • “Finding inspiration. Living thoughtfully. Loving life.” Jane Brooks
  • “Inherent worth and dignity of everyone.” First Principle of the UUA
  • “Respecting the interdependent web of existence.” Seventh Principle of the UUA
  • “Reason, mystery, integrity, a multi-dimensional faith.” Jo Lane
  • “Love radically. Serve gratefully. Wonder daily.”  UU Planet
  • “Seeds of grace sprouting love everywhere.” Sean Neil Baron
  • “We are all each other’s gift.” Joe Cleveland
  • “Love and justice bend the arc.” Cynthia Landrum
  • “Inspiring lives of meaning and purpose” adapted from our current mission statement
  • “Encourage curiosity, create peace and justice” adapted from our current mission statement
  • “Reverence, gratitude and care for Earth” adapted from our current mission statement

Please submit your response by March 31.  Complete the form below or click on the link to provide your response to the following question:

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Finding and Following Your Bliss – February 7, 2016

Follow your BlissLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Discerning one’s bliss, requires creating a “sacred space” — a space for uninterrupted reflection and unrushed creative work.  If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. We will explore this concept of finding and following your bliss.

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

churchbuildingBrad'sWe are looking for a religious professional with experience in ministry with children and youth to join our team. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is a thriving and growing religious community. We are hoping to find someone who is excited about the opportunities we can offer and who will work well with our current staff team.

Our religious education program requires 35 hours per week of professional leadership and support. We are open to staffing with one or two people and will assign job titles, responsibilities and compensation based on the experience, credentials and preferences of our top candidate(s). We are currently accepting applications from people who are interested in a half time position or more. Please indicate the scope of responsibility and the number of hours you are interested in applying for in your cover letter.

Salary will be negotiated in accord with the 2015 UUA Salary Recommendations for Geo Index 3. We also offer a competitive benefits package. We will begin reviewing applications March 1 and will accept applications until the position is filled. Cover letters and resumes should be sent to Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer at [email protected]

Applicants may wish to review a recent job description, which is subject to revision by the Search Team.  The job description is posted on our website at


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