Letting the Light In: Transforming Your Pain into Power – October 23, 2016

sunlight-923125_1280Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

How do you create the most powerfully fulfilling life? Go where the pain is and come through on the other side.  Our experiences in life and our movement through them allow us to grow and evolve. Our pain can be a great informant of what we want to be aware of moving forward, so we want to give it voice and listen and learn how to transform our pain into power.

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available for both services.

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November Spiritual Cinema – Contact – 11/5 @ 7 PM

Contact Movie Poster

This year the middle school youth group will be studying “Popcorn Theology” and we are going to use our monthly Spiritual Cinema as an opportunity to watch some of the movies in their entirety. Our movie nights have always been open to people of all ages but we strongly encourage youth to attend with their parents.

For our next Spiritual Cinema on Friday, November 5 at 7:00 PM, we will watch the motion picture, “Contact” (1997) which was written by the late Dr. Carl Sagan. The movie is 150 minutes, rated PG, and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 20 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236. Please RSVP to Dan at djf13@cornell.edu.

Comments by Dan:

One of the key themes in “Contact” is the conflict between science and religion. In the movie, a message discovered by radio telescope immediately causes conflict between scientists who would learn more about the message and others who find their beliefs threatened.  At the conclusion I believe the protagonist realizes that even science might require an element of faith.

“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”

– Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Description from Amazon.com:

The opening and closing moments of Robert (Forrest Gump) Zemeckis’s Contact astonish viewers with the sort of breathtaking conceptual imagery one hardly ever sees in movies these days–each is an expression of the heroine’s lifelong quest (both spiritual and scientific) to explore the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life. The movie begins by soaring far out into space, then returns dizzyingly to earth until all the stars in the heavens condense into the sparkle in one little girl’s eye. It ends with that same girl as an adult (Jodie Foster)–her search having taken her to places beyond her imagination–turning her gaze inward and seeing the universe in a handful of sand. Contact traces the journey between those two visual epiphanies. Based on Carl Sagan’s novel, Contact is exceptionally thoughtful and provocative for a big-budget Hollywood science fiction picture, with elements that recall everything from 2001 to The Right Stuff. Foster’s solid performance (and some really incredible alien hardware) keep viewers interested, even when the story skips and meanders, or when the halo around the golden locks of rising-star-of-a-different-kind Matthew McConaughey (as the pure-Hollywood-hokum love interest) reaches Milky Way-level wattage. Ambitious, ambiguous, pretentious, unpredictable–Contact is all of these things and more. Much of it remains open to speculation and interpretation, but whatever conclusions one eventually draws, Contact deserves recognition as a rare piece of big-budget studio filmmaking on a personal scale. –Jim Emerson

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October Spiritual Cinema – Bruce Almighty – 10/14 @ 7 PM

brucealmighty2Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Friday, October 14 at 7:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Bruce Almighty” (2003). The movie is 102 minutes, rated PG-13, and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 20 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236. Please RSVP to Dan at djf13@cornell.edu.

Comments by Dan:

Bruce Almighty is a comedy about a TV reporter (Jim Carrey) who is convinced that the world is stacked against him.  After questioning the job that God is doing, God (Morgan Freeman) endows Bruce with divine powers and challenges Bruce to take on the big job to see if he can do it better.  Not surprisingly Bruce wildly underestimates how complex it is to try to answer everyone’s prayers and we are left with a relatively UU notion that people need to answer their own and each other’s prayers.  This month we will watch a portion of the movie in our Middle School RE class and I will be showing the movie it its entirety for both the Middle School students and the rest of our UUCK community.

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Capital Campaign Kickoff Video – September 27, 2015


September 27, 2015 marked the kickoff of Capital Campaign here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.  The day began with inspiring worship services, continued with a celebration lunch, a gathering at the KSU 1910 lounge and finished with a fundraising concert at The Kent Stage featuring Hey Mavis and Hal Walker!

Many thanks to Debra Lynn Hook for creating and sharing  the following video!

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Visualizations of our Proposed Expansion

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Members,

We now have visualizations of the site and floor plans for the proposed expansion of our church facilities.  This visualizations will also be available for viewing on Sunday, March 29 at our Congregational Voting Meeting.

The Voting Meeting will be held between services at 10:50 AM in the Sanctuary.  We encourage all active members to come in order to establish quorum and vote on the motion to authorize the Capital Campaign Team of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent to proceed with a capital campaign to fund the expansion and improvement of our facilities.  If you are not able to be present, an absentee ballot can be requested through the Church Office by calling 330.673.4247 or emailing uukent@sbcglobal.net by 4 PM on Friday, March 27.  Absentee ballots must be submitted to Moderator Max Grubb twenty-four hours prior to the vote to ensure that they will be counted.  A simple-majority 51% affirmative vote of the active members present and those who have submitted absentee ballots will be required for this motion to pass.  Absentee ballots do not count towards determining quorum.

Site Plan

Fellowship Hall Floor Plan

Fellowship Hall Main Entrance Visualization

Fellowship Hall Rear Patio Visualization

Fellowship Hall Visualization

Classroom Visualization – Fellowship Hall

Church Sanctuary Floor Plan

Sanctuary – Balcony View

Sanctuary – Floor Level View

Sanctuary – Floor Level Rear View

Church Lower Level Classroom Site Plan



Unitarian Universalist Vision Statement: 

Our vitality and passion call us to restore and expand our space to equal the energy of our dreams.

As we do, we are better equipped to carry on our historic legacy and embrace our potential

for connection, service, programming and outreach.

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