The Lion’s Whisker

Sunday, March 29, 2020

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A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

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In this difficult time where we are physically distanced from one another and we need to stay home to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus, how do we care for one another and stay connected?  What lessons can we learn from this time that help us provide a safe haven for each other?  Using a folk tale from Africa, we will reflect on the gifts of compassion, patience, and kindness that can help us through challenging times.

Join us Sunday, March 29 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below.

Time: Mar 29, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
          Every week on Sunday until further notice
          Mar 29, 2020 09:45 AM

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Rising Green

Join us Sunday, March 22 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service can be found below.

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and DRE Collen Thoele

The song “Rising Green” reminds us that the energy of the earth flows through us as well as through all of life and with it is the promise of a new day full of possibilities.  We will gather as a community of all ages to welcome the return of spring and celebrate the Spring equinox with stories, songs, and rituals that invite us to join in the renewal of life.

Also particicpating today was Elaine Bowen, Worship Associate.

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To Join the Zoom Gathering:

Time: Mar 22, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

         Every week on Sunday until further notice

          Mar 22, 2020 09:45 AM

Click here to Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/764615105?pwd=SitTNUpMZDIvMUtqQk83Rk52a3kyQT09

Meeting ID: 764 615 105 Password: 980570

You can also join by phone using one of these numbers:

+1 646 876 9923
+1 669 900 6833
+1 408 638 0968  

Meeting ID: 764 615 105

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A Timeless Wisdom

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 10 AM

A virtual service via Zoom Video Conferencing

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman.

It has been said that one of the indications of wisdom is that it remains true through time, translations and the test of each generation reinterpreting it for meaning and relevance.  The 23rd Psalm, an ancient Hebrew text, will be presented in a variety of versions, including sung settings, as we explore the timeless message of hope and comfort this ancient poetry offers and reflect on how it is meaningful for us in the 21st century.

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For the Beauty of the Earth

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

Underneath the surface of the world that many of us grew up in is another world, a world of interconnection, of beauty, and of resilience that we yearn for. How might Unitarian Universalists be partners with indigenous and other marginalized communities to live into transformed way of living that invites all of humanity to participate.

Additional participants this week were Hal Walker, Colleen Norris, and Sandy Bowers, Blaine and Vanessa Vesely.

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

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Together We Shine

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Wood

“Add your light to mine, and together we’ll shine.”  Hal Walker’s words invite us to share our individual light with one another so that together we can share our light of hope and love with the world.  In order to keep this light shining brightly, it is time once again for our annual pledge campaign in which we will ask you to generously share your money, time, and energy so that together we shine.

Other participants today were The Tone Chimers and Hal Walker with Saunis Parsons, Blaine Vesely, and Vanessa Vesely.

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

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A Tender and Courageous Connection

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee

As Unitarian Universalists, we are held together by covenant, the promises we make to each other about how we will journey together as a people of many diverse theologies and ways of making meaning of life.  But how do we actually live out our covenant?  In preparation for our Covenant of Right Relations workshop today, this service will invite us to reflect on how we can interact with each other in ways that create a community of integrity, honesty, curiosity and spiritual growth.

Other participant today was the Kent Peace Choir.

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

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Hard Edges and Soft Wonder

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

Christine Valters Paintner writes: “Perhaps this is life’s most exalted and exacting task, holding the hard edges against the soft wonder.”  After one of life’s struggles or losses, in the face of adversity and the divisive times we find ourselves living in, how do we go on?  This service will explore February’s Soul Matters theme of resilience and invite us to reflect on how we not only survive life’s difficult times but learn to thrive.

Other participants today were Worship Associate Dani Beale, RE Director Colleen Thoele, Allison Voneida (cello), Vanessa Vesely (piano), and Shirley Kiernan (violin).

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

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The UU Hallows

Sunday, February 9, 2020

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

After careful research, we have discovered that there are four UU Hallows that can be used to make the world a better place.  In honor of our Kent Hogwarts program, today as a community of all ages we will gather to learn about and find the four UU Hallows and figure out we can use them together.  Be sure to bring your wands, your capes, your wisdom, compassion, and your curiosity for this interactive and adventurous service!

Participants today were Rev. Steven Protzman, RE Director Colleen Thoele, Hal Walker, and UUCK children.

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

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Answering the Call of Love

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Sunday , February 2, 2020

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Randy Bish

“Hate cannot drive out hate, only light can do that. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only love can do that.” This proclamation by Dr. Martin Luther King calls on us to employ unconditional love when trying to build bridges with those who hold values that oppose our own strongly held beliefs. We will explore true stories of incredible transformation resulting from the bestowing of love, rather than angry words or facts. Love is more than a cliché. It is a powerful force for social change if we have the strength and skills to manifest it.

Speakers today were Rev. Christie Anderson, Randy Bish, Brad Bolton, and Hal Walker.

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

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Brigid’s Golden Thread

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, is the pagan festival that celebrates the coming of spring.  In the Celtic tradition, this feast belongs to Brigid, the goddess of fire, poetry, childbirth and healing, who also made the first piece of cloth in Ireland and wove healing threads into it.  As we await the return of spring, we will invoke Brigid’s blessing to heal ourselves and our world and reflect on the golden threads of the web of life that connect all of us together.

Today’s participants were – Rev. Steven Protzman, Worship Associate Elaine Bowen, RE Director Colleen Thoele and the Celtic Clan.

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

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Build Me a World

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech Martin Luther King Jr. invoked the words of the Hebrew prophet Amos: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.”  We will gather as a community of all ages to honor the memory of Dr. King, to learn about the justice work our children and youth have chosen for this year, and to reflect on how we are all called to build a world where there is justice and peace. 

Worship leaders today were Rev. Steven Protzman, Worship Associate Kathy Kerns, RE Director Colleen Thoele, Raylynn Rome, and the Golden Tones.

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Now I Become Myself

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Sunday, January 20, 2020

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood

May Sarton wrote: “Now I become myself.  It’s taken time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken, worn other people’s faces.”  As we continue exploring January’s Soul Matters theme of integrity, we’ll reflect together on how seeking to live with integrity and creating greater wholeness within ourselves helps us become more fully ourselves.  Our services will also include a naming ceremony that affirms and celebrates Kevyn Breedon’s journey of becoming more fully themselves.

Other contributors today were Colleen Thoele, Kevyn Breedon, and Hal Walker.

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

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Living with Integrity

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Led by Worship Associates Kathy Kerns and Elaine Bowen

Rainer Maria Rilke says, “May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”  One of the times we may feel in flow with how we want to live is when we feel we are living our life with integrity, when we feel we are acting in concert with our true selves.  We invite you to come and hear members and friends, Elaine Bowen, Andrew Rome, Randy Bish, and Krsnaa Fitch share their thoughts on living with integrity.

Speakers today were Worship Associate Kathy Kerns, Worship Asociate Elaine Bowen, Colleen Thoele, Randy Bish, Elaine Bowen, Andrew Rome, Krsnaa Fitch, and Hal Walker.

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

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Standing at the Threshold

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Sunday, December 29, 2019 one service at 10 AM only

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

Rev. Kathleen McTigue writes: “We stand at a threshold, the new year something truly new, still unformed, leaving a stunning power in our hands: What shall we do with this great gift of Time, this year?” As we stand at the threshold of a new year, through music, rituals and readings we will reflect on this opportunity before us and ask what we will do with the gift of a new year with its promise and possibility.

Other participant in today’s service was Hal Walker.

One service at 10 AM will be offered with nursery care available.

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