Community Sunday: Building Blocks

Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 11 AM

A poet named Natasha wrote: “Build a plane,  Build a dragon, Build whatever you can imagine with…”  As we gather for our monthly Community Sunday to build and deepen connections with each other, our time together will invite us to be creative.  Along with lots of Legos, there will be jigsaw puzzles and other activities after a brief opening service.  Our Community Sunday will start at 11 am in Hobbs Hall.

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Shari Ptaszek Memorial

Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 2 PM.

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

Join Shari’s family in Hobbs Hall for visitation from 1:00 – 2:00 PM followed by a service of memory and celebration for the life of Shari Ptaszek (sister of UUCK member Val Norfolk). Everyone is invited to greet the family at a reception immediately following the service.

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Forget Not, My Heart

Photo by Julia Kadel on Unsplash

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 7 PM.

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

The Sufi poet Hafiz wrote “Forget not, my heart, your ancient friends”, an invitation to remember those who loved us and whom we love that are no longer with us.  In this solemn Vespers service, we will once again remember and honor our beloved dead with rituals and songs, love and tears, engraving their memories yet again in our hearts.  This vespers service will be at 7 PM in the Sanctuary and live streamed on Zoom.

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Spirits, Saints, and Souls 

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Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 11 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood.

Around the world, many cultures have festivals to remember the dead this time of year.  Some of these festivals such as Samhain are linked to the change of seasons and the harvest, while others are spiritual in nature, including All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead.  With stories and songs and the help of a colorful Hallowe’en character, we will explore some of these festivals and reflect on the eternal cycle of life and death.  Everyone is welcome to wear Halloween costumes for this service.

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Marcia Segesman Jewett Memorial

Marcia Segesman Jewett
May 25, 1936 – September 8, 2022

Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 3:00 PM.

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

Join us in Hobbs Hall for a service of memory and celebration for the life of Marica Segesman Jewett (mother of UUCK member Lois Weir). Everyone is invited to greet the family at a reception immediately following the service.

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Join us for multi-platform service.  We’ll gather both In person (in Hobbs Hall) and via Zoom.  For those joining via Zoom, you will be admitted into the Zoom room just prior to the service.. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

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Rekindle the Magic!

Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 11 AM in Hobbs Hall

A multi-platform service led by the KentHogwarts team.

This is a service for all ages! The UU Church of Kent invites you to spend a day at Hogwarts. After a long pause due to “You-Know-What”, KentHogwarts is back and needs your help to rekindle the magic! Adults can finally find out what happens behind those castle doors. The train leaves Platform 9 ¾ precisely at 11:00am, Sunday, October 23. Wands and robes are optional but very welcome! Wear your own or visit Madam Mendum’s Closet on your way in. For those attending remotely, please have a piece of paper in the shape of a square at the ready for your Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson. And lastly, mind the staircases as they have a habit of changing when you least expect it…

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100 Steps to Freedom

Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11 AM.

A Multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Randy Bish.

In Ripley, Ohio, a person’s journey of freedom from slavery began after crossing Ohio River and climbing the 100 steps to Rev. John Rankin’s house. We will learn about Ohio’s leading role in the Underground Railroad from the 1830’s to the Civil War, hear some of the stories of freedom and courage by people who sought to escape slavery as well as those who assisted them, and reflect on the unfinished work of creating freedom for all people.

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The Courage to Come Out                            

Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 11 AM

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

National Coming Out Day is observed on October 11th of each year.  It is a day of awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community and a recognition that coming out and living openly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or non-binary is an act of courage.  To honor National Coming Out Day, our service will be one of telling stories of coming out and reflecting on how our congregation can continue its work to be welcoming and inclusive.

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COMMUNITY SUNDAY: ACTS OF LOVE

Sunday, October 2, 2022  at 11 AM in Hobbs Hall

A multi-platform event led Kathy Kerns, with help from the church village.  Because it takes a village!

This will be our multi-generational community service worship for October.  We will have a short service, followed by a chance to choose one of 4 activities in which you can share your love with the world. Perhaps you want to walk a nearby neighborhood to collect canned goods? Or send caring cars to people from our church?  Maybe you would rather watch and then discuss a short video on racial justice. Or, in the spirit of Yom Kippur, watch a guided meditation on forgiveness with time afterwards for reflection.  Although these activities may be enhanced by in person service attendance, all except the food collection will be available via zoom.After the service, stay as we enjoy a shared snack. Please bring a finger food to share, as well as a food item for donation to Kent Social Services (cereal, peanut butter, or a canned good).

Note: an Order of Service is not available for this event.

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The Church of Our Dreams

Cover created by Judy Brannan: church photo by Dan Flippo.

Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 11 AM.

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Ginny Horvarth.

Starhawk writes: “Community… a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.” During our recent workshop with Rev. Sunshine Wolfe, we were invited to think about the church of our dreams. As we welcome new members into our community, we will reflect on creating the church of our dreams, a place of belonging, inclusion and deep connections with one another.

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Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thing

Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 11 AM.

A multi-platform service led by our UUCK Youth Group.

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” ~ Jana Stanfield

Each year the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV assists families in need through their Service Work program. Church and civic groups come to the Folklife Center to learn about Appalachia while performing volunteer work for folks in the area who are facing hard times.Join our High School youth as they share through story and song, of the week they spent together immersed in Appalachian culture and repairing the home of a woman who needed them. In transforming her home they found themselves transformed.  

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The Impossible Principle

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11 AM.

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

We often sing “Whoever you are, we welcome you.” But can we welcome someone who has caused serious harm to us or others, or whose values do not align with ours? Is our First Principle, which affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person, realistic or even possible to practice in a world where people are not always good? Together we will explore the theology of and reflect on the challenges of living out our First Principle.

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Gathering the Waters

Sunday, August 25, 2022 at 11 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and DRE Colleen Thoele.

Tom Rhodes writes: “Now is the time of gathering.  From the scattered drops and rivulets of our individual lives we come together.”  As we return from our summer adventures, this festive service of ingathering, rededicating the sanctuary, and water communion invites us to bring ourselves with our gifts and passions, our hopes and dreams to this community and join our lives together once again.  Please bring a small amount of water for the water communion ritual.

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Celebrating Our Connections

Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 11 AM

A multi-platform service led by Worship Associates Randy Bish and Heidi Shaffer Bish and Commissioned Lay Minister Kathy Kerns.

Unitarian Universalists recognize the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part. Today we acknowledge and celebrate our connections to the natural world and to each other. We begin with a short service in which we consider our connections to the natural world. We will then have a shared community meal and many social activities as we renew our connections with one another.

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