A virtual service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with the Children and Youth of our congregation.
Each spring we gather to celebrate the journey of our children and youth through the religious education program. Join us and share in the stories and songs of our young UUs. Led by DRE Colleen Thoele and the children and youth of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, this service will also be an opportunity to congratulate and honor our graduating seniors.
Join us Sunday, May 16, 2021 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name. Thank you!
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson.
What if the flowers rebelled? Join us as we tell the story of what happened the day the flowers refused to bloom and no one- bees, humans, hummingbirds, other animals and plants, even the summer wind- was quite sure what to do. Our time together will also include the flower ceremony, a uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual created by Rev. Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia in 1923, during which we will share flowers virtually.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Randy Bish.
After 100 years of attempts at merger, in 1961 the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America consolidated to become the Unitarian Universalist Association. This service will tell the story of how our denomination began sixty years ago, offer a critique of our movement and its struggles with finances, growth, and racial justice through the years, and reflect on a vision of who the UUA could be in the 21st century.
A virtual service led by Music Director Hal Walker and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson with special musical guest Peter Mayer.
Peter Mayer is best known for writing one of the UU hymn favorites, Blue Boat Home. Peter will be sharing songs and a sermon called “Church of What We Know” about the story that science tells about our universe—a story about the Big Bang and the evolution of life—and how we can develop a spiritual connection to that story.
More about Peter . . . Minnesota’s Peter Mayer has been singing and songwriting full-time for 25 years, performing in venues across the United States and beyond. He writes songs for a small planet–songs about interconnectedness and the human journey–songs about life on earth and the mysterious and wondrous fact of our existence. He also writes songs about dress hats, pumpkins and pajamas, and even love and freight trains just like a good folk musician should. His music has been performed by artists like Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Claudia Schmidt, Anne Hills, Priscilla Herdman, Darryl Purpose, Billy Jonas, and Ronny Cox, to name a few. His work has been included in song books, church hymnals, and folk radio playlists across the country. Peter has eleven albums to his credit, and has sold over 100,000 of them. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.
A virtual service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and Rev. Steven Protzman
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” As we celebrate Earth Day, we will use Dr. Seuss’s story “The Lorax” to reflect on our relationship with the earth. We will also ask how the UU Seventh Principle, the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are each a part, asks us to speak not only for the trees, but to cherish all of the natural world.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.
The song “We Shall Be Known” by MaMuse says that we shall be known by the company we keep. As we explore April’s Soul Matters theme of “Becoming”, let’s ask together: Who are we seeking to become in this next chapter of our history? Who will we invite to join us on this journey and to share our ministries and our spaces, including Hobbs Hall? And what can stuffies teach us about doing church?
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Randy Bish.
Spring is a time of many religious holidays with celebrations that invite us to reflect on life’s power to renew itself. With songs, stories, and readings we will tell stories of Easter, a story of life overcoming death; Passover, the story of a people who arose and journeyed to freedom, and Spring, which invites us to rejoice as the earth awakens itself once again. As part of our celebration, we will have a virtual Easter bonnet parade.
Join us Sunday, April 4, 2021 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name. Thank you!
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman along with Jacob Nash and Kevyn Breedon.
As we begin our year long program of renewing our status as a UUA Welcoming Congregation, today we will celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility. UUCK member Kevyn Breedon and guest speaker Jacob Nash, co-founder and President of Margie’s Hope, will share some of the stories of their life’s journeys with us, tell us about some of the issues transgender people face every day, and invite us to join in the work of seeking equality for transgender people.
Generosity Campaign Raises $260,000 Towards $300,000 Goal
We would like to share a wonderful quote from Reverend Steven to all of you who share in the care of our beloved community,
“I have good news and bad news. The good news is ….. we have all of the funds that we need for next year’s budget, ensuring that the cost of running Hobbs Hall is fully covered, that our opportunity for newly expanded programming will be adequately funded, and that our staff will receive a small cost of living increase, along with covering a 10% increase in health insurance costs effective this July. The bad news is …… $40,000 of that money is still out there in your pockets.”
We raised a lot of money during this campaign, but we need your further help in order to meet our budget goal for FY22. The plain truth is that it is going to take more money than we’ve raised thus far. This is an historic year as we prepare to open Hobbs Hall, a dream we’ve had for many years for expanded facilities so that we are better equipped to carry on our historic legacy and embrace our potential for connection, service, programming, and outreach. As Rev. Steven mentioned in a sermon recently, this substantial addition to our facilities will allow us to offer expanded ministries that will sustain our own community and the community at large, but it means additional operating costs that include more staff hours and utility and maintenance expenses.
We’ve not done this in several years, but we feel that this historical year warrants a second ask by the Generosity Team.
Do you have room in your budget to increase your giving by $7/week?… $30/month?
Are you able to increase your annual pledge by 1%?… 2%… 5%?
Can you give a one time donation of $100.. $200…. $500…. that will help us through this transition year of opening Hobbs Hall?
If you’ve not made a pledge and want to be part of this historic time, please do so,
Thank you for considering our appeal. Please e-mail your information for your gift, a new pledge, or an addition to your pledge to MaryBeth at [email protected].
We are on the verge of a new era in the 155 year history of the UU Church of Kent. Let’s start this new chapter together fully funded and ready to serve our congregation and our community!
Thank you for your generosity and support of UUCK! The Generosity Team: Kay Eckman, Claudia Miller, Marion Yeagler, and Rev. Steven