Van Gogh Café – November 12, 2017

Led by Rev. Keith Kron with Worship Association Lori Fatchet-McGee, along with Rev. Rod Thompson

Miracles are always in the making at the Van Gogh Cafe in Flowers, Kansas: the small restaurant, housed in a renovated theater, has “magic enough to last forever in its walls.” Readers will share the wonder of 10-year-old Clara and her father Marc, the cafe’s owner, as they witness a series of serendipitous occurrences involving stranded sea gulls, aged film stars, magic muffins, lost pets and mysterious travelers. As effective as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s charms at curing all manner of ills, the enchanted cafe instills faith and good will in its patrons.

 

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

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Talking Death … with Cake — October 29, 2017

Led by Jeff Marsh and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Before the 20th century the experience of death was part of everyday life. Most medical care including terminal care occurred at home. Since the advent of large hospitals the experience has become more like a medical procedure shrouded in secrecy. This has had the adverse effect of making discussion of topics surrounding death one that many people are unaccustomed to and uncomfortable with.

In 2010, a movement began in England to openly discuss topics pertaining to death in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. They are called “Death Café’s.” People are invited to gather and share their thoughts, concerns and stories in a free-ranging conversation while sharing coffee or tea and, as is the custom, Cake. The movement has grown to over 20 countries and there have been hundreds in the U.S.

This service will delve into our own reluctance to face and discuss our own mortality and lessons learned about embracing life from those who are facing  imminent death. It will offer options for how to involve the one’s you love into the plan for your own end-of-life.

 

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

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We No Longer Have the Right to Remain Silent — October 22, 2017

Led by Caron Carnahan, CLM Candidate

“The prophetic liberal church is the church in which persons think and work together to interpret the signs of the times in light of their faith, to make explicit through discussion the epochal thinking that the times demand. The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history in place of being merely pushed around by it.” ~ James Luther Adams, The Prophethood of All Believers

The Unitarian Universalist Association selected Paul Rasor’s, Reclaiming Prophetic Witness:  Liberal Religion in the Public Square to be its Common Read for 2014-15.  Timely when written, and perhaps more so now, the author addresses head-on our UU tendency to avoid using religious references in our social justice work. This service will share the book’s premise that engaging in social witness through the lens of our UU principles and spirituality is as powerfully important as using evidence- and reason-based argument to support our beliefs in the public arena.

Please note that this will not be a time to debate public policy nor politics.  It will be a time to discern how your ethics, your religion and your spirituality will help you in your social justice work.  We celebrate each other’s inherent worth and dignity and nurture a free and responsible search for truth and meaning for all!

 

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

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More Alike than Different – October 15, 2017

Led by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

This service challenges the conflict-based logic that is constantly being forced on us (e.g. liberals vs. conservatives, red state vs blue state…).

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

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Blessings of Religious Community – October 8, 2017

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson with Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer  

What distinguishes participation in a church compared to participation in a civic organization?  We will explore the diverse reasons why we attend church and reflect upon what the UU Church of Kent means to us personally.

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

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Flawed to Perfection – September 24, 2017

Led by Rev. Anya Johnston

The Hebrew calendar tells us we have entered the new year 5778 this past week and we are headed for the most solemn and important Day of Atonement. We get to erase some mistakes as we enter the new year, and how we carry those eraser marks is key to how we move forward.

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

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Don’t You Need a Welcome? – September 10, 2017

Led by Lori Fatchet-McGee and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Our faith calls us to be welcoming to all those who seek answers to life’s big questions or to those who are in need of spiritual solace.  Feeling welcome is the first step to building new relationships in the church.  This service will explore ways we can be even more open and welcoming to all who enter our doors.

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

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Ingathering Sunday – August 27, 2017

One service at 10 AM at Plum Creek Park, Pavilion #2

Led by Rev. Anya Johnston and Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport

On August 27th we will return to Plum Creek Park as we unite for this exciting church year. This is a service where you are invited to bring water or soil that represents your travels, whether they have been travels of the world, the neighborhood, or of the heart. Experienced UUs will recognize this as “The Water Service” or a slight variation. Newcomers are particularly invited to attend, learn, and share into our community.

On this day we will worship together, at one-service only, starting at 10 a.m. It will be a joy to see families and folks of all ages together for a morning of welcoming and celebration.

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I Have a Voice – August 20, 2017

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Becky Cline

Expressing one’s voice can sometimes require overcoming fear.  Today we will honor the challenge of lifting up one’s voice and offering inspirational stories of courage.

Sunday’s services will be offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.

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Waking Up: What Could it Mean to be Spiritual Yet Not Religious? – August 13

Led by Cal Frye and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Another take on the question, “How does an Atheist go to church?” What sort of spiritual practice might a Humanist take up? And what is to be gained from such practice, if not a conversation with the Divine? What place can a poor SYNR find with us on a Sunday morning?

 

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

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