Buddha: “I Am Awake!”

Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori Mirkin-McGee.

The Buddha was asked by someone who noticed there was something about him: “What are you?” he replied “I am awake”. What did the Buddha mean? What does it mean to be awake? As the world continues to awaken around us and we continue to emerge from the long winter of COVID, we will reflect on April’s Soul Matters theme of Awakening by examining what Buddhism teaches us about being spiritually awake.

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e-nUUs – March 23, 2022

Click here to read this week’s announcements.

Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  • Multi-platform services continue

From the Board

  • Revised In-Person Health & Safety Policy

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom
  • Spirit of Life – Sunday, March 27
  • Buddha: “I Am Awake!” – Sunday, April 3
  • Wake, Now My Senses – Sunday April 10
  • Sunday Greeter sign-up

Job Posting Extended

  • Music Director Pro Tempore – Application deadline extended

Lifespan Learning

  • RE Classes via Zoom Sunday, March 27
  • RE Classes returns to in-person, Sunday, April 3
  • Our Whole Lives (OWL) Parent/Child Orientation – Sunday, March 27
  • An opportunity to Invest in our Youth

Income Generation

  • Roots & Wings: Pledge drive update
  • Save the Date for the Service Auction!

Community Within

  • Thank you!
  • ALL LEADERS: Annual Reports due 4/10
  • Congratulations, Ellen!

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Community Hot Lunches – Join the UUCK Team
  • Environmental Justice Book Read
  • Race4Justice Book Club – April 20
  • March’s special collection: United Help Ukraine
  • April’s special collection: International Institute of Akron
  • Votes have been tallied for the organizations to receive special collections

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Freedom Summer: A KIFA virtual film and discussion – March 24
  • The “T” in LGBTQIA+ – March 24
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Spirit of Life

Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori Mirkin-McGee.

The story behind the creation of the beloved UU hymn “Spirit of Life” is the story of Carolyn McDade’s renewal of faith and how she was inspired to write this song prayer for transformation. Using the hymn Spirit of Life, we will reflect on March’s theme of “Renewing Faith” and this beloved hymn’s powerful invitation to the Spirit of Life to renew us and to help us live out our Unitarian Universalist faith more fully.

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e-nUUs – March 16, 2022

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Topic included:

From Rev. Steven

  •  Return to multi-platform services

From the Board

  • Revised In-Person Health & Safety Policy

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom
  • We Need a Little Springtime – Sunday, March 20
  • Spirit of Life – Sunday, March 27
  • Sunday Greeter sign-up

Lifespan Learning

  • No RE Classes this Sunday
  • Our Whole Lives (OWL) returns this spring

Income Generation

  • Roots & Wings: Did you pledge packet arrive?
  • Save the Date for the Service Auction!

Community Within

  • ALL LEADERS: Annual Reports due 4/10
  • Cookies Needed for March 20
  • Oh, what a Moving Day it was! 

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Environmental Justice Book Read
  • TONIGHT – Race4Justice Book Club – March 16
  • March’s Special Collection: United Help Ukraine

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Freedom Summer: A KIFA virtual film and discussion – March 24
  • The “T” in LGBTQIA+ – March 24

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We Need a Little Springtime

Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman.

The cold, the snow, and the ice have held us in their grip for months.  After a long winter, including a spiritual winter due to the pandemic, we need a little springtime- sunny days, flowers breaking through the soil, trees and grass turning green.  This service will welcome the return of spring with stories, songs, and rituals that invite us to join in the renewal of life and open our hearts to joy once again.

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e-nUUs – March 9, 2022

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Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  •  Return to multi-platform services
  •  Thank you

From the Board

  • Revised In-Person Health & Safety Policy

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom
  • Patrick, Pagans, and No Snakes – Sunday, March 13
  • We Need a Little Springtime – Sunday, March 20
  • Spirit of Life – Sunday, March 27
  • Sunday Greeter sign-up

Lifespan Learning

  •  RE Classes this Sunday
  • Our Whole Lives (OWL) returns this spring

Income Generation

  • Pledge Drive 2022-2023
  • Save the Date for the Service Auction!

Community Within

  • Moving Day! – March 12
  • Cookies Needed for March 20

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Cast Your Vote! UUCK Special Collections
  • Race4Justice Book Club – March 16
  • March’s Special Collection: United Help Ukraine
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Patrick, Pagans, and No Snakes

Sunday, March 13, 2022

A virtual service led by Elaine Bowen and Worship Associate Lori Mirkin-McGee.

St. Patrick’s Day is yet another misunderstood holy day / holiday with myths, legends and misinformation galore. It has been spectacularly secularized from its origins and has grossly stereotyped Irish culture. Let’s look through a UU lens at this holiday and how we may reframe our “celebration” with respect, dignity and no green beer. 

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e-nUUs — March 2, 2022

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Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  • A Pastoral Note

From the Board

  • First Sunday Board Listening

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom
  • A Leap of Faith – Sunday, March 6
  • Patrick, Pagans, and No Snakes – Sunday, March 13

Lifespan Learning

  •  RE Classes this Sunday

 Income Generation

  • Save the Date for the Service Auction!

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Cast Your Vote! UUCK Special Collections
  • Race4Justice Book Club – March 16
  • March’s Special Collection: United Help Ukraine
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Leap of Faith

Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Eric van Baars.

A leap of faith means having trust in a vision of the future without knowing all the details.  As we begin our annual pledge drive, we will invite each other to reflect on times in our own lives when we have taken a leap of faith and to reflect on how our congregation is taking an enormous leap of faith with our new social hall and our vision of expanded ministry to one another and to the Kent community.

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e-nUUs – February 23, 2022

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Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  • We’re planning our return to in-person, multi-platform services
  • A Pastoral Care Team update

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom
  • Widening the Circle – Sunday, February 27
  • A Leap of Faith – Sunday, March 6
  • Worship Proposals for summer and fall are being accepted.
  • Service reference from Sunday, February 20

Job Posting

  • Music Direct Pro Tempore Job Posting

Lifespan Learning

  •  RE Classes this Sunday

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Understanding Trans Kids Workshop – February 27
  • Cast Your Vote! UUCK Special Collections
  • Climate Justice Letter
  • Race4Justice Book Club – March 16
  • February’s Special Collection: The Anti-Defamation League of Cleveland

Community Within

  • Welcome our New Staff!

UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections

  • Film & Discussion: Black Wall Street and Beyond – February 24
  • CERSI – Summer Institute Info Sessions
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Widening the Circle

Image created by Peg Green for the 8th Principle Project. Used with permission.

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 10 AM.

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood.

The proposed Eighth Principle calls us to “journey toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and in our institutions”. This service will be an opportunity to learn about the Eighth Principle. Why is this proposal so important? Why have other UU congregations endorsed it? How can we can join in the movement to create a Unitarian Universalism that is truly multi-cultural and inclusive?

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e-nUUs – February 16, 2022

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Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  • Helping Hands video
  • Our Shared Ministry of Pastoral Care

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom
  • Still Seeking a Way – Sunday, February 20
  • Widening the Circle – Sunday, February 27
  • Worship Proposals for summer and fall are being accepted.

Job Posting

  • Music Director Pro Tempore Job Posting

Lifespan Learning

  •  RE Classes this Sunday

Income Generation

  • 2021 Tax Donation Statements

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Understanding Trans Kids Workshop – February 27
  • Race4Justice: The 8th Principle
  • Nominate an organization for 2022 Special Collections
  • Your generosity makes a difference!
  • February’s Special Collection: The Anti-Defamation League of Cleveland

Community Within

  • Welcome our New Staff!
  • Innate Health and Self-Compassion: A Conversation for UUs – February 22
  • Hobbs Hall Year-end Fundraising
  • Hal’s recordings have moved

UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections

  • CERSI – Summer Institute Info Sessions
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Job Posting: Music Director Pro Tempore

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is seeking to hire a part-time Music Director Pro Tempore to lead the church’s music ministry.  Candidates must have strong interpersonal and effective communication skills; will collaborate with the worship team; accompany hymns; collaborate with other musicians; conduct the choir and other music ensembles; oversee the music program budget and program administration.  

As a Welcoming Congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent’s mission calls us to build community through inclusion.  People of all ages, classes, colors, ethnicity, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions are encouraged to apply.

The base salary is $18,720 for 20 hours per week depending on experience and qualifications.  This is a temporary one-year position.  The UU Church of Kent requires a criminal background check for employment or volunteer work purposes.

Click here to view the job description.   Click here to print the job application.  To request a hard copy job application, call 330-204-4473.  Send completed applications to: [email protected] or mail to: UU Church of Kent, 228 Gougler Ave., Kent, OH 44240.   Application deadline is March 1, 2022.

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Still Seeking a Way

Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Heidi Shaffer Bish.

In spite of our commitment to social justice, liberal religion has failed many times when it comes to living up to a vision of racial equality and inclusion. As we continue February’s theme of Widening the Circle, this service will be an opportunity to learn about some of the black trailblazers in our denominational history and to reflect on our hopes for a more racially aware and integrated future for Unitarian Universalism.

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