Special Meeting of the Membership Called - December 18

Special Meeting of the Membership
Sunday, December 18, 2016
1:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Your attendance is important as a quorum will be  required for voting matters.

The UU Church of Kent Board of Trustees is calling a Special Meeting of the Congregation
for the purpose of voting on an application to receive UUA Green Sanctuary Accreditation.
The following Green Sanctuary Materials are available for your review:

UU Church of Kent …

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Social Justice Projects Needed!

The Social Justice Council is now soliciting project proposals!

The projects will be voted on in a church-wide process and the top project will be funded up to $400.00!

Projects can be submitted in any of the Social Justice task group areas:

Hunger & Poverty – (Elaine Bowen, chair)
Human Rights – (Lee Brooker,  chair)
Environmental Justice – (Andrew Rome, chair)
Visioning Group for emerging issues – (Sally Burnell, Ted & Swann…

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Invitation to March for Justice and Reconciliation this Sunday, August 2 at 11 am

A new group is forming in Kent called the Kent Inter-Faith Alliance on Reconciliation and Justice.  I have keenly felt the absence of such a group over my years serving here and thus wanted to support this emerging effort with my presence.  I was thrilled to find representatives of many diverse area faith communities seated around the table and the promise that the invitation to participate will eventually be sent to all faith communities in our …

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Economic Justice Activity

Please join in a school supply drive for children served by Family & Community Services. They are in need of new backpacks, 1″ 3-ring binders, 1 subject spiral bound notebooks, composition books, pocket folders with prongs, pens (black, blue & red) colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pink erasers, 24 count Crayola crayons & Elmer’s bottled glue/glue sticks.

Bring items to church Sunday, July 25 & August 2; there is a box in the…

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Our 'Freedom to Marry Celebration' is On! - July 3, 2015



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

Documents Needed to Apply for a Marriage License in Ohio:

ID Requirement:  Government issued ID such as drivers license, visa, passport, state ID. You need to know your social security numbers.
Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Ohio. You must apply in the county in w…

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The Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality & Portage County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division

Judge Robert Berger of the Portage County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division has issued an Order in preparation for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.  Although the copy of the Order shown below is not signed by Judge Berger, it is in effect.  At Judge Berger’s request, we are sharing this information to help inform as many people as possible on the process of applying for a marriage license and the ability to be marrie…

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

Howard 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, publi…

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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]) a…

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Save the Date! Friday, May 1

Lee Brooker would like to share his experience of the UU Living Legacy Marching in the Arc of Justice conference in Birmingham last month.

Please join him for a discussion on Friday, May 1, at 6:30 pm in Fessenden Hall.

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Solar Power Presentation!

Want to learn about solar power? The Green Sanctuary team has invited the solar power company ‘Bold Alternatives’ to present at our church on Monday, April 6th at 7pm in the Sanctuary.  Bold Alternatives is the company who installed the solar array at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland and will present about both residential solar installations and options for our church building expansion. Their presentation will be followed by a question a…

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Social Justice

  • Identifying Opportunities for Action

  • Facilitating Learning

  • Creating Pathways for Service and Growth


The purpose of the Social Justice Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is to engage the members and friends of our congregation in important social justice issues of our time. We will support a variety of methods of engagement including identifying opportunities for action, facilitating learning and creating pathways for service and growth. We will strive to work for justice in all of our communities: congregational, local, national, and global. If you have an idea for an organization you’d like us to consider as a beneficiary of our monthly special collections or have a question about our social justice ministries, please contact our Trustee for Outreach to the Wider World, Vivien Sandlund.

Social Justice Task Groups

We have three task groups that are charged with engaging members and friends on particular justice issues that are timely, relevant and which reflect the principles of Unitarian Universalism. The goal of the task groups is to encourage broad congregational participation in social justice work. Each task group will endeavor to promote at least one opportunity for engagement every three months. We encourage members and friends to consider taking advantage of these opportunities as often as possible. The task groups will endeavor to offer a variety of opportunities for engagement so that people of all ages and abilities can participate. As always, if you have an idea for a project related to one of these areas you would like to pursue independently, we encourage that and would be happy to provide assistance.

Environmental Justice Task Group

Coordinated by Andrew Rome
Some of the activities of the Environmental Justice Task Group include promoting recycling, participating in the annual Cuyahoga River clean up day, organizing and educating against fracking and supporting the work of our congregation’s Green Sanctuary Team. What else would you like to see our congregation do to promote environmental justice? If you have an idea, Andrew would be happy to hear from you.

Hunger and Economic Justice Task Group

Coordinated by Elaine Yehle Bowen
Some of the activities of the Hunger and Economic Justice Task Group include supporting local agencies that work to reduce hunger including Kent Social Services, the Center of Hope and the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. We have also supported organizations that work to help people struggling with the challenges of poverty including local homeless shelters Miller House and Freedom House and Empower Portage. What else would you like to see our congregation do to alleviate hunger and work against poverty? If you have an idea, Elaine would be happy to hear from you.

The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.   ~Norman Borlaug

Human Rights Social Justice Task Group

Coordinated by Susan Poole.

Some of the activities of the Human Rights Social Justice Task Group include providing opportunities for people to learn about:

  • Women’s Rights
  • Racial Justice
  • GLBTQ Rights
  • Immigrant Justice

We offer a variety of adult religious exploration classes on these matters and hope to provide opportunities for people to engage directly in support of justice for all people.  What else would you like to see our congregation do to affirm and promote human rights?

Social Justice Visioning Group

Have an idea that you’d like to encourage the congregation to explore that doesn’t fall under one of our task group areas? Our Social Justice Visioning Group exists to create a forum for the exploration of other social justice efforts the congregation might pursue including those which might lead to the development of a new task group as well as those which are time limited. If you are interested in participating in the Social Justice Visioning Group, please contact the chair Ted Voneida.

Download the Social Justice Ministries Brochure

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