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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What Are You Wondering? – September 25, 2016

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Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Becky Cline

Come join together and reflect on the value and power of questions and share with me some questions you have about Unitarian Universalism, this congregation, our shared ministry, interfaith relationships, spiritual growth and development, faith formation, religious education or anything else that seems relevant.

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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September Spiritual Cinema – Forrest Gump – 9/25 @ 6 PM

forrest-gump-52196a490f7381Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Sunday, September 25 at 6:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Forrest Gump” (1994). The movie is 141 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:

Forrest Gump is a modern movie classic and has garnered across the board praise and awards including 6 Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Director, Writing, Editing, and Effects.  This month we watched a portion of Forrest Gump 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.  To me, spirituality is a sense of awe and wonder and I personally find this movie extremely moving.  Despite being differently abled, Forrest demonstrates that he is capable of great achievements, service, and love. The movie is beautiful in so many ways and I hope people will consider joining us for a community viewing.

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

Description from Amazon.com:

Stupid is as stupid does, says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ , Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis, meets Richard Nixon, discovers the break-in at the Watergate, opens a profitable shrimping business, becomes an original investor in Apple Computers, and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile, as the remarkable parade of his life goes by, Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved as a boy , who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field as Forrest’s mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people.

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Podcast of the Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation and Justice Vigil – Sunday, July 10

candle-1239970_1280If you were unable to attend the Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation and Justice vigil held on Sunday, July 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, consider listening to the podcast below.

This vigil was an opportunity for people to come together to express their grief resulting from the terrible violence in Baton Rouge, LA, Minneapolis, MN, and Dallas, TX and to honor the lives that were lost – the black ones and the blue ones.  Several people joined together to grieve and to pray and to recommit themselves to working together for peace and equity for all people.  This vigil was an opportunity for folks to witness the connections between us.  None of us are free until all of us are free.

 

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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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Northeast Ohio Clergy Release Statement

Standing on the Side of Love logoThe ministers in the North East Ohio portion of our district have released a statement in response to what is happening with Ferguson, Cleveland and New York. The statement is attached.

Download – Clergy Statement (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)
Finish Reading: Northeast Ohio Clergy Release Statement

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