The Water Remembers

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele

What is it the water remembers?  What does water invite us to remember?  As we return from our summer adventures bringing water and stories to share, this festive all ages service of water communion and ingathering invites us to bring our lives, our struggles, our hopes and our dreams to this community and join our lives together once again.  Please bring a small amount of water for the water pouring ritual.   

This Sunday we return to two services offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available during both services.

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Poems of the Heart

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Led by Lori McGee and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Based on the spiritual practice taught in “Living by Heart,” a course that I will offer this church year, this service explores how poetry can be a doorway into prayer.  Unitarian Universalists don’t typically have memorized prayers as many other religions do.  When I came to UUism, I missed this practice.  “Living by Heart” offers a way to use memorized poems as a meditative and soulful substitute for traditional prayers.  

This Sunday, one service at 10 AM will be offered with nursery care available during the service. On September 8 we return to two Sunday services at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

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Let America Be America Again

Image by Adam Clay from Pixabay

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

Four hundred years after the first ships carrying slaves arrived in the American colonies, we will reflect on America’s long history of white supremacy culture, honor the contributions of African-Americans to our culture, and seek to find inspiration for our continued work of racial justice.

During this service we will also bless backpacks and other bags to affirm that we are with you in the spirit of love and care as a new school year begins.

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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The Road Trip as Spiritual Practice: A Choose Your Own Adventure

Sunday, August 18, 2019 — one service at 10 AM

Led by Kathy Walker and Saul Flanner

You have traveled to the UUCK in search of a new adventure. A mysterious invitation to take a road trip awaits you. Will you strike out on your own or bring along your family? How will you prepare for your journey? What will you learn about spiritual practice and family rituals along the way? Could there be other wonders to discover? You decide what happens next in this interactive service.

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Turnings and Trim Tabs

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

This year at General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association, held in Spokane, Washington, attendees were invited to participate in the work of turning our denomination toward justice and greater inclusion. Rev. Steven will share highlights, experiences and learning from General Assembly, and invite us to lean into the work of helping our faith turn by being trim tabs, the small part of a very large ship that helps it turn.

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Baking the Bread of Justice

Sunday, August 4, 2019 one service at 10 AM

Bertolt Brecht wrote that “justice is the bread of the people”. Together we will reflect on our need for bread and justice every day as we celebrate Lammas, a Pagan festival of the first harvest. This service will include Rev. Steven’s secret recipe for the bread of justice, a guided meditation that invites us to do a spiritual harvest, and sharing freshly baked bread (a gluten free option will be available).

Summer services are offer on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Love for All

Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Led by Kathy Kerns, CLM Candidate and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles advocate respecting the inherent worthy and dignity of all people and showing compassion in human relations.  Ideally, our congregations are inviting places for anyone who resonates to our principles. As a denomination, how are we doing with people who do not fit the UU stereotype?  We will examine this question through the lens of social class, and consider the critique of some UU ministers that we are not welcoming to people from working class backgrounds.  

Following the service, there will be an opportunity for discussion of the sermon topic. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.  Kathy Kerns will lead a conversation in the annex (light snacks provided, feel free to bring a bag lunch).

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Our Unitarian Universalist Values in Action: Reflections on Pulse

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Sunday, July 21, 2019 — one service at 10 AM

Led by Joe Donatone with Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

Seminarian Joe Donatone will share his reflections on the Pulse tragedy while examining how our Unitarian Universalist values can guide us through even the darkest of moments. Remaining liberal and religious in times of crisis can be challenging. Joe offers ways in which our values can sustain us, guide us, and inspire us to action.

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Sacred Generations

Sunday, July 14, 2019

One service at 10 AM led by Mike Hovancsek with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.

On this morning we’ll focus on seeing hope in the world by looking at the children in it.

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Tarot as a Tool for Prayer

Sunday, July 7, 2019

One service at 10 AM led by Nicole Penny and Worship Associate Lori McGee

The importance of prayer is discussed among many religions, but few help with how to pray. Often reading tarot cards as a practice or having the service done for a person is perceived as a way of looking towards the future. In this service we’ll seek to explore prayer and how reading tarot cards can be a means to connect to the Universe and a tool for prayer for those who ask for guidance.

Summer services are offered at 10 AM on Sunday mornings with nursery care available during the service.

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Kenge Kenge: Music is a Universal Language

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Led by Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge Kenge”

There has been a major change in our plan for this Sunday morning’s service.  A wonderful group of musicians from Kenya are in town for the week and they are looking forward to joining us and leading our Sunday morning service.Please join Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge Kenge” in a very special and unique worship service this Sunday morning at 10:00 am. 

Kenge Kenge Orutu System isa unique Nairobi-based group whose music draws on the traditional roots of the Luo people of western Kenya, giving ancient songs new life by infusing them with the spirit of benga, Kenya’s indigenous popular music form.

Since its formation in 1998, Kenge Kenge (whose name means “a fusion of small, exhilarating instruments”) has performed on five continents, at such venues and festivals as Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Folk Festival, WOMAD, WOMEX, the Rainforest World Music Festival, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

The 5-member ensemble uses such instruments as the orutu (1-string fiddle), nyatiti (8-string lyre), oporo (cow horn), and asili (end-blown flute), and a variety of traditional percussion instruments, along with joyful traditional singing and dancing.

Summer Sunday service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Behind these Fences

Sunday, June 23, 2019 One service at 10 AM

Led by Christopher Dum and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

The United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world.  Our criminal justice policies have created and exacerbated deep divisions in human relations.  Because 90% of people will eventually leave prison, it is important that we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person returning to society.  Using the creative work of incarcerated writers and artists as the readings and sermon, this service will create connections between the incarcerated and those on the outside.

Summer worship services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM. Nursery care is available during all services.

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The Real Gay Agenda

Sunday, June 16, 2019 One service at 10 AM

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lori McGee

Is there such a thing as the gay agenda?  Do GLBTQ people want “special rights”?  Is UUCK a “gay church” as some people have described it?  As our quest for truth continues and we celebrate Pride Sunday, the real gay agenda will be revealed and with it, Unitarian Universalism’s agenda:  to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and continue our work to create a world free from bigotry and hatred.

Summer worship if offered at 10 AM on Sunday mornings. Nursery care is available during the service.

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So Much Beauty

Holly at Plum Creek Garden, Church picnic 2008

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

The Quaker theologian Rufus Jones writes, “Beauty has no function, no utility… It is a gift of sheer grace, a gratuitous largesse.  Our joy in it shows that we are in some sense kindred to the giver and revealer of it.”  Surrounded by the natural beauty of Plum Creek Park, we will gather as a community of all ages to celebrate beauty.  Our service will include the child dedication of Declan and then a picnic. 

One service at 10 am in Plum Creek Park, Shelter #1   Please bring a dish to share and your own place settings and beverage.  The Church will provide water.

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Pro Faith, Pro Family, Pro Choice

UU Church of Kent vigil in support of
a woman’s right to choose.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

As Unitarian Universalists, we do not agree on the issue of abortion but our first principle calls us to affirm the right of every woman to make their own choices about their bodies and their families.  Our faith also calls us to work toward a compassionate society where children are wanted and loved, and welcomed into of a safe community where we care for their needs.  This service will examine what it means to be Pro Faith, Pro Family, Pro Choice.

One service at 10 am with nursery care available.

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