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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Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24, 2019

One Night, One Star, One Child

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associates Elaine Bowen and Lori McGee

Rev. Victoria Safford writes: “Now is the moment of magic when an Eastern star beckons…to find an ordinary baby, born at midnight… and the baby’s cry makes people wonder as they wander through their lives what human love might really look like”. On this night as we welcome Christmas once again with joy and awe, we will tell stories and sing songs about the birth of a child who taught us what love really looks like.

On the podcast – Rev. Steven Protzman, Worship Associate Lori McGee, Worship Associate Elaine Bowen, Tone Chimers, Peace Choir.

Nursery care will be available for the 6:30 PM service only. Services will not be offered on Christmas Day.

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A Festival of Light

Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 10 AM only

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Donna Henes writes: “Lighting a light at the darkest time of the year is a pledge somehow. A promise. Such a small, symbolic gesture.” We will gather as a community of all ages to have a festival of light and rekindle the light of hope and possibility in our hearts and in our community with stories, songs and rituals that draw on some of the world’s light celebrations, including Solstice, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Yule.

Join us for this all-ages service at 10 AM only with nursery care available during the service.

Podcast people: Rev. Steven Protzman, Worship Associate Elena Kline, Worship Associate Lori McGee.

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The Stuff of Stars

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Sunday, December 15, 2019 Led

by DRE Colleen Thoele and Sandy Eaglen

This family friendly all-ages service will celebrate the stars! Through dance, song and story, the children of our beloved community will offer tales of Christmas magic and joy. 

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

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Blue Christmas

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join Lori McGee for our annual Blue Christmas vespers service at 7 PM on Tuesday evening, December 10. This service is open to all; however, those who have suffered pain or loss over the last year are especially encouraged to attend.  Through music, prayer, and ritual, we will honor our suffering and, perhaps, open ourselves to the joy of the season. 

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The Awe Effect

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

Awe is the feeling we get when something vast challenges our understanding of the world. Feeling awe can be a powerful spiritual experience because as Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner say: “it imbues us with a different sense of ourselves, seeing ourselves as part of something larger.” This service will invite us to reflect on awe and its power to help us grow spiritually by inspiring wonder and curiosity, reverence, kindness, and care for others and the world.

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

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What Does the Earth Require from Us?

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Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

Taking care of the earth is an important and almost universally shared value.  But  taking care of the earth is also a spiritual challenge as it may require at times that we be intentional and change our behavior so that we feel our actions are in alignment with our values.  This service considers how we can consider ways of “upping our game” in environmental stewardship, especially regarding plastic pollution and the environment.

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

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