A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser
In this difficult time where we are physically distanced from one another and we need to stay home to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus, how do we care for one another and stay connected? What lessons can we learn from this time that help us provide a safe haven for each other? Using a folk tale from Africa, we will reflect on the gifts of compassion, patience, and kindness that can help us through challenging times.
During this time of social
distancing, would you like more time for informal conversation with church
members? Times when you can get more
variety in your day by talking to someone other than your roommates or yourself… Get to know more about those folks at church
you may only know vaguely… Get ideas for daily living… Help build community
You can do so by dropping
into our two weekly scheduled zoom calls for social connection. There is no
need to sign up in advance, just join calls if you want to participate. Each session will be an hour long (Tuesdays
11:30AM – 12:30PM; Thursday evenings 7 – 8PM), and the conversation will focus
on a specific theme. The sessions will be lightly moderated just to make sure
that by the end of the call everyone who wants to do so has a chance to chime
in. Below is the schedule for the first
few sessions and links to the Tuesday and Thursday zoom sessions.
Questions? Suggestions for future topics? Contact Kathy Kerns.
Thursday March 26, 7 – 8PM. Topic: Meet the UU Church Pets! Let’s meet the important members of our households who do not participate on Sunday mornings. Come share about your pet and/or meet the pets of other members.
Tuesday March 31, 11:30AM – 12:30PM. Topic: Making meaning in daily life. What are some things you’ve done in the last two weeks that were especially meaningful or important for you, or that helped you get through this time of social separation?
Thursday April 2, 7 – 8PM. Topic: Nature. Where is a place you like to go in nature, and why is that place special to you? Or, would you like to share a specific time you were in nature, where you were and what happened?
Tuesday April 7, 11:30AM -12:30PM. Topic: Keeping ourselves fed (and enjoying it). Have you changed your approach to eating the last few weeks? How have the changes been for you? Or maybe you would like to crowd source ideas for family meals!
Thursday April 9, 7 – 8PM. Topic: Hobbies. Share with us your hobbies, and find out who else at church has interests similar to yours.
Tuesday April 14, 11:30AM – 12:30PM. Topic: Share your creative/artistic side! Do you have creative or artistic things you’ve been working on or doing that you want to share with us? Do you want suggestions for future projects? Do you have something we could all do together during the call?
Below are links for the two sessions:
Tuesday Mornings starting
March 31 at 11:30 AM (11:30 am – 12:30
Join us Sunday, March 22 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service can be found below.
Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and DRE Collen Thoele, and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen
The song “Rising Green” reminds us that the energy of the earth flows through us as well as through all of life and with it is the promise of a new day full of possibilities. We will gather as a community of all ages to welcome the return of spring and celebrate the Spring equinox with stories, songs, and rituals that invite us to join in the renewal of life.
behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m pleased to announce that we have
voted to approve the start of construction of the Fellowship Hall. We
are able to move forward with the contract immediately due to a generous
bequest from Olive Hobbs, a beloved and long-time member of our church.
I wish to also extend my gratitude to everyone who has contributed to
the capital campaign fund and the planning committees around the
building expansion over the years for your commitment and faith in our
congregation. With everyone’s generous support, we are able to begin fulfilling our vision.
UUCK Board of Trustees Moderator
Dear Members and Friends of the UU Church of Kent,
Our Seventh Principle, which affirms the interconnected web of existence of which we are all a part, calls us to our responsibility as a religious community to care for one another. I was hoping that it would be longer before it was necessary to be in touch with you again regarding the coronavirus but it is time to take further action to protect your well being. With schools across Ohio being closed, plus a recommendation from the UUA to limit gatherings to no more than 25 people, the proximity of diagnosed cases of the virus in Ohio, and in collaboration with our Board of Trustees and the UUCK Staff, it is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that we are moving into Phase II of our response plan.
We are suspending all in person activities, including Sunday worship and Religious Education, immediately.
This will be in effect until further notice. We strongly encourage smaller groups to meet via Zoom ( https://www.zoom.us/ ) or other virtual means and to limit in person contact as much as possible.
We will continue to be a spiritual community that inspires love, seeks justice, and grows in community. It is only the ways we will be together as a community that need to change for the time being in order to protect your well being and help slow the spread of the virus. I realize this is a sudden change and I ask your patience as your staff and leadership work on the details of how to remain together in community and care for one another in creative ways that do not involve face to face contact.
We are exploring ways to use technology to connect with one another and we will start with worship. This Sunday we will have one service at 10 am online using Zoom.
I know that the internet is not an ideal way to connect and that it is not a way some of us connect at all. I invite every one of us to reach out to each other in other ways because our congregation is based on relationships and it is critical right now that we attend to our relationships with one another. It is my hope through this challenging time that no member or friend of this congregation feels alone, isolated or unsupported.
AND: Please continue to stay calm, do not spread rumors, be a community of mutual care and support, and strive to be our best and most loving selves.
It has been said that one of the indications of wisdom is that it remains true through time, translations and the test of each generation reinterpreting it for meaning and relevance. The 23rd Psalm, an ancient Hebrew text, will be presented in a variety of versions, including sung settings, as we explore the timeless message of hope and comfort this ancient poetry offers and reflect on how it is meaningful for us in the 21st century.
Led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman
Underneath the surface of the world that many of us grew up in is another world, a world of interconnection, of beauty, and of resilience that we yearn for. How might Unitarian Universalists be partners with indigenous and other marginalized communities to live into transformed way of living that invites all of humanity to participate.
Additional participants this week were Hal Walker, Colleen Norris, and Sandy Bowers, Blaine and Vanessa Vesely.
Sunday morning services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 am with nursery care available during both services.
Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Wood
“Add your light to mine, and together we’ll shine.” Hal Walker’s words invite us to share our individual light with one another so that together we can share our light of hope and love with the world. In order to keep this light shining brightly, it is time once again for our annual pledge campaign in which we will ask you to generously share your money, time, and energy so that together we shine.
Other participants today were The Tone Chimers and Hal Walker with Saunis Parsons, Blaine Vesely, and Vanessa Vesely.
Sunday morning services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 with nursery care available during both services.