A Vespers of Grieving and Healing

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7 PM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman.

With the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID raging, there are yet more losses we’re experiencing as well as anxiety, fear and uncertainty. This Vespers service at 7 pm on Zoom will be an opportunity to care for one another, to express our losses and grief, and to find comfort through ritual, silence, music and the care of one another.

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The Intelligence of the Heart

Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 10 AM.

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

Dawna Markova writes that to live a life with passion and with purpose requires entering an expansive and untamed country that has its own rhythm. It is in this place where we encounter the intelligence of the heart, a place of meaning-making, wisdom, and creativity. As we continue to explore January’s theme of “Living With Intention”, we will reflect on our first source of spiritual wisdom and the spiritual practice of listening to
the still, small voice within.

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Fulfilling the Dream

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Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele.

The dream that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had is unfinished, a dream of true equality and an end to the triple evils of war, poverty and racism. We will once again honor the memory of Dr. King, learn about the justice work our children and youth have chosen for this year, and set our intentions as a congregation and individuals for continuing the work of creating a world where there is justice and peace.

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The Power of Ritual

Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 10 AM.

A virtual service by CLM Candidate Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Eric van Baars.

Religions around the world all have religious practices that have been sustained over centuries, often with very little change over time.  What gives these practices their power?  How might our participation in a religious community and these practices affect us?

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The Best Intentions

Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 10 AM.

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Shaffer Bish.

What if instead of creating resolutions for this new year we set intentions instead?  What if we had clarity about our passions and our true purpose in life instead of setting goals to correct things we think are wrong or need fixing?  As we welcome 2022, this service will be a time of songs, readings, reflection and ritual to let go of the old year and welcome the new year with intention, passion, joy and purpose.  

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Opening to Joy

Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Henri Nouwen says, “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”  As we enter a new year with COVID and other challenges still here, how can we find joy? What spiritual practices can help us choose joy?  Come consider these questions in a service prepared by a team of Commissioned Lay Ministers and Candidates from the Central East Region, with a story read by Kevyn Breedon and some music from our church members

Service leaders: Cathy Carnahan, Ginger Hill UUC of Slippery Rock PA; Jeff Donahue, UU Congregation of Binghamton; Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, Community Church of New York; Kathy Kerns, UU Church of Kent; Susan Odessky, UU Fellowship of the Poconos; Barbara Walker, West Shore UU Church

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My Grown Up Christmas List

Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele.

Have you ever written a letter to Santa Claus, asking for some very special things?  Some of us aren’t children anymore, but as the song says, “our hearts can still dream”.  What is on our Christmas list?  What do our hearts most wish for this time of year?  Together we will reflect on the gifts we have to give and what our world most needs from us.  

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The Christmas Quilt

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021 at 7 PM.

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with DRE Colleen Thoele and Worship Associate Randy Bish.

There is a legend about a village of people who weren’t really a community.  That changes on a Christmas Eve when they are brought together by a magic quilt made by an old woman who lives outside the village.  As we once again welcome Christmas and celebrate the gifts this season brings, we will share candlelight, sing the songs and tell the stories of this night and reflect on what it means to be a community.  We will have one all ages multi-platform service at 7 pm.

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A Different Kind of Christmas

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 7 PM

What if you need a different kind of Christmas this year? What if it’s a time to reflect, a time to remember, a time to grieve the year’s losses, a time to simply sit and be? This special Vespers service on Zoom at 7 pm will be a meditative service that will provide space for grief, for reflection and remembering, for taking the time to simply be and seek out healing stillness.

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Opening Up to Joy

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by the UUCK Middle School Youth and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele.

Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all.” ― Robert Louis Steveson. 

Join our middle school class as they lead a service dedicated to finding joy and embracing laughter. This time of year can get overwhelming fast. This service aims to remind us all to stop and enjoy the little things that bring joy to our hearts. If you find that watching kitten videos on YouTube is just as good a spiritual practice as any, this service might be for you! 

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Christmas: The Unitarian Holiday

Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 10 AM.

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Shaffer Bish.

Many Christmas traditions we enjoy in the United States would not exist without Unitarians. We’ll learn about how this holiday was celebrated (or not) in the early history of this country, how it became popular again in the mid 1800s after Unitarian Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” and meet some of the Unitarians who composed the songs and started some of the many holiday traditions we still enjoy today.

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Light One Candle

Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 10 AM.

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

The hymn “Light One Candle” tells us “Don’t let the light go out.” This hymn is about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, which begins this evening and recalls the story of a military victory and the miracle of a sacred lamp that burned for eight days even though there was only enough oil for one day. As we tell this story, we will promise to keep the light burning brightly, the light of hope, justice, and peace.

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Vespers for the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7 PM

A virtual service hosted by the UUCK Welcoming Congregations Renewal Team.

November 20th of each year is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of violence.  The UUCK Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team will offer a special Vespers service that includes readings, music, ritual and reflection as we remember and grieve the trans lives lost to violence and recommit ourselves to make the world a safer place for trans and non-binary people. 

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A Picture of Gratitude

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 10 AM.

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

What would gratitude look like if you could capture it in a picture? What if it was a puzzle of many pieces, each of them something we’re grateful for? We’ve created a gratitude picture, made up of the many pieces of gratitude you’ve each shared. As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, we will tell stories, sing songs, and reflect with thanks and joy on the many blessings life gives us.

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A Road Divided

Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 10 AM

Led by Rev. Dave Clements and Worship Associate Eric van Baars

Robert frost in his famous poem speaks of a traveler who comes to a place on his path where he encounters two roads. He makes a decision as to which one to take. This poem has always had meaning to me.  During this service we will explore those times in our lives when we are faced with choices and how when we look back the big difference that choice made. I invite you to join me as we explore together “A Road Divided.”

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