Working Spirit – April 15, 2018

Led by Rev. Thomas Bodie and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

All faith traditions challenge adherents to consider what “right livelihood” might mean in practice.  This morning, our guest in the pulpit, Rev. Thomas Bodie, will lead us through a consideration of spirituality and our professional identities–do you feel “called” to your work?

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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I Am Not a Robot – April 8, 2018

Led by Justin Simons and Worship Associate Eric van Baars

This Sunday we will take a look at the relationship between aliveness and the state of loving.

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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The Green Blade Riseth – April 1, 2018

Led by Rev. Renee Ruchtozke and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

Underneath our forest floors lies an actual network of mutuality and connection that gives birth to new life again and again. Likewise, underneath our culture of force and exploitation lie seeds of human mutuality that also offer renewal. All ages will celebrate this Eastertide with stories and songs of hope for a better future for both people and planet.

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Change Our Words, Change the World – March 18, 2018

Led by Rev. Joan Van Becelaere and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

There is power in our words and our stories. Our words can tear down and destroy, or they can impart grace and hope to support all who hear them.   We have a choice of which kinds of words to use and which kinds of stories to tell as we speak with to our spouses, children, colleagues, and strangers.  Destructive language can damage lives.  Grace-filled language can transform lives for the good.   How can we use the power of words wisely?

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere is a UUA Congregational Life Consultant and the new Executive Director/Administrator of UU Justice Ohio.  Prior to working with the UUA, she was the vice-president for student services at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, where she also taught UU polity to seminarians.  She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her spouse, Jerry, and two felines (Hezekiah and Zachariah).

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Many Voices, One Song – March 11, 2018

Music Sunday!   Led by Music Director, Hal Walker.

This is Hal’s 22nd Music Sunday and he will be joined by Worship Association Rev. Christie Anderson as they celebrate our “Many Voices.”

What a great opportunity to invite a neighbor or a friend to visit the UU Church of Kent!

 

Sunday services are offered 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Opening Our Doors Together – March 4

Led by Rev. Tom Chulak and Worship Associates Marion Yeagler, Claudia Miller and Sandy Eaglen

“From you I receive, to you I give.

Join us in celebrating the start of the annual Stewardship Campaign.  We have the opportunity to create together the kind of church we want to be in order to live our mission…To inspire love, to seek justice, and to grow in community.  We will reflect on what we receive from this beloved community and how we can give back to achieve that mission.

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

 

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Building Community in Times of Turmoil – February 25, 2018

Led by the Summer Institute Committee on Ministry and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

We make — or break — our relationships through our words and actions. In some situations, community members who felt unheard or hurt during personal conflicts may have left our community. As people who have made promises to each other, how can we respond more skillfully to the needs of all? Building Beloved Community requires many tools. In this worship service, we will lift up the basic practices required for community building within and across our home congregations. This worship service will be presented by members of the Summer Institute Committee on Ministry (SICoM) who are charged with building awareness of covenantal practices at SI and within our congregations.

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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The Doors of Our Lives – February 18, 2018

Led by Gail Woosley and Worship Associate Eric van Baars

We will explore the decisions we make on a daily basis and those doors we choose to go through or avoid, both real and metaphorical.

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available during both services.

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Friendship as a World View – February 11, 2018

Led by Jafar Mahallati and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

Dr. Jafar Mahallati is currently a Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies at Oberlin College.  He studied in Iran, the US, and Canada and holds degrees in fields as varied as Islamic theology, civil engineering, and political economy.  He has worked at the UN in the area of conflict resolution. As Iranian ambassador to the UN from 1987-89, he helped broker peace to end the Iran-Iraq war.  His multidisciplinary and multicultural peace-building experience has increased his interest in the importance of friendship among both individuals and cultures.  His students laud his superb storytelling talents that make every topic come alive.

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Empowered Gratitude – January 28, 2018

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Research indicates that possessing a meaningful sense of gratitude enhances our well-being. One effective way to cultivate gratitude is to express gratitude in words and deeds. Learn the story of an individual whose life was transformed by the practice of gratitude and consider how this practice can be applied to enhance your life.

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Intentions not Resolutions – January 21, 2018

Led by Lisa Thiel and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Intentions are a Buddhist practice that is more like reminders of what is ‘right’ rather than the western tradition of ‘resolving’ to change ourselves and focusing on what is wrong

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