Kenge Kenge Orutu System!

Kenge Kenge at UUCK 6/2019

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 10 AM.

A multiplatform service led by CLM Lori Mirkin-McGee and guests musicians Kenge, Kenge.

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Kenge Kenge is back at UUCK!!  Kenge Kenge is a group of Kenyan musicians who travel the globe bringing the joy of African music with them wherever they go.  Come join us for a spiritual musical experience of drums, singing, and connection!  

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Juneteenth: Reclaiming Identity

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 10 AM

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson with guest poet, guest poet, Mwatabu Okantah (KSU).

Juneteenth is a celebration of the resilience and culture of descendents of the enslaved people from Africa. With this grounding, we welcome guest poet and KSU professor, Mwatabu Okantah who, using poetry, storytelling and narrative, will share his search for identity as “an American from Africa.” We will lift up the importance of examining and understanding one’s identity as an individual within a racial/ethnic group.

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Pride and Joy!

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Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 10 AM

A multiplatform service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with our UUCK Children and Youth.

This PRIDE Sunday we will gather as a community of all ages to lift up stories of Joy! Hannah Roberts Villnave asks,  “Why not Rejoice as we resist? Dance as we demand change? Celebrate as we create a community that delights in all of who we are?” and we couldn’t agree more! Join us Sunday June 12th as we celebrate our communities and share the love that we create when we come together with PRIDE and JOY!  

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Finding Beauty

Sunday, June 5 at 10:00 AM

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

Throughout history, people have turned to art as a means of coping with crises. Whether it be painting, sculpting, writing, or making music, art helps us express and process our deepest emotions and our most true selves. In this service, we will hear from several guests about how and why they turned to art during the pandemic. We will explore what it means to find beauty in the struggle.

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The Living, Loving Church You are Called to Be

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 10 AM

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent has a vital purpose in Kent and the larger community.  Today as we celebrate your amazing accomplishments as a congregation and dedicate Hobbs Hall, it is a good day to pause and reflect on how Hobbs Hall and all that you have and are together can help you live even more deeply into the living, loving congregation you are called to be.

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Recalculating

Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Eric van Baars.

If you’ve ever used a GPS and missed a turn or gone the wrong way, it will say “recalculating”, letting you know that it’s finding another way. As we have our annual meeting and look back at a year that has been both exciting and challenging, we will reflect on how we’ve recalculated to adapt to changes and how we will continue to need to recalculate to live into this next chapter of our congregation’s life and work.

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Over the Rainbow

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and the UUCK Children’s Religious Education Committee.

Rev. Suzelle Lynch writes: “When we join hands to practice compassion, Beauty’s heart blooms like a flower”.  Today will be a festive service as we kick off our annual Treats and Talents Auction and celebrate flower communion.  The flower communion ritual, created by Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia in 1923, invites us to help  beauty bloom in the world by sharing it with others.  Please bring flowers to share for this festive service. 

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The service recording is currently unavailable. As soon as it’s available, the podcast will be posted.

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Beauty’s Heart Blooms

Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.

Rev. Suzelle Lynch writes: “When we join hands to practice compassion, Beauty’s heart blooms like a flower”. Today will be a festive service as we kick off our annual Treats and Talents Auction and celebrate flower communion. The flower communion ritual, created by Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia in 1923, invites us to help beauty bloom in the world by sharing it with others. Please bring flowers to share for this festive service.

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Idleness as a Spiritual Practice

Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by CLM Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Heidi Shaffer Bish.

Our culture is often very focused on time, with busyness often treated as a valued state of being. By contrast, Italians practice “Dolce Far Niente”, the sweetness of doing nothing, and spiritual practices like honoring the Sabbath are designed to help us slow down to have the time and space to connect with our values and to the people and the world around us. This service explores the wisdom and benefits of adopting idleness, or as the sweetness of doing nothing, as a spiritual practice.

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Every Day is Earth Day

Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 11 AM

A multi-platform service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and our UUCK Children and Youth.

DUE TO A POWER OUTAGE, THE SUNDAY SERVICE IS DELAYED AND WILL BEGIN AT 11 AM.

Our Unitarian Universalist principles affirm that, from fruit flies to giant sequoia trees, all life is interwoven and interconnected. That interdependence moves us to a sense of awe and invites us to care for the life that moves among us. Today as a community of all generations, we will celebrate the web of life and recommit ourselves to the care and keeping of our precious Earth home.

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Oh Day of Joy and Gladness

Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.

Spring is a season of rejoicing as life triumphs once again. It is also a time of many religious holidays that invite us to reflect on life’s power to renew itself. With a special spring character to lead us on an adventure of discovery, we will learn about Easter, a story of life overcoming death; Passover, the story of a people who arose and journeyed to freedom; and other celebrations of this joyful time of the year.

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Wake, Now, My Senses

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 10 AM.

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.

Hymn #298, Wake Now My Senses, set to the old Irish folk tune “Slane,” is a hymn that captures the essence of Unitarian Universalism. Some of the Seven Principles are even woven throughout the lyrics. Through singing and a series of readings and reflections we will explore how this hymn invites us to awaken and hear our call to work for justice, practice compassion, and discover our connections with all of life. During this service we will also commission Kathy Kerns as a Commissioned Lay Minister.

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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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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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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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