Come Out, Come In

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team.

LGBTQIA+ people have long been excluded, from the wider society, from churches, and from families.  October 11th of each year is National Coming Out Day, an opportunity to raise awareness for individuals who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community .  As we honor Coming Out Day, we will renew our call to be a welcoming congregation, a place where LGBTQIA+ people are not merely tolerated but are called in and embraced and celebrated for who they are.

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Among the Wild Things

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson.

We live among wild animals every day.  They’re all around us every day if we just stop and notice them!  In honor of World Animal Day and the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology, we will appreciate the animals we share our planet with, reflect on our Seventh Principle, and celebrate our beloved animal companions who share life’s journey with us with a Blessing of the Animals.

A drive through animal blessing will also be available at the church from 12 pm to 1 pm this Sunday.  You can bring your pet(s) or a picture of them for a brief blessing and treat.

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A Vision of Ministry Clear

Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman.

In the hymn “Wake Now My Senses” we sing of “having a vision of ministry clear”. As we prepare to begin a new chapter of UUCK’s story, we have ideas about our future, but do we have a clear vision of what we will do together? As we celebrate our annual Shared Ministries Sunday, we will reflect on how we are called to serve each other and the world. We will also commission Rev. Christie Anderson as an Affiliated Community Minister of UUCK.

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Not a Clue and . . .

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.

How have you coped with the pandemic?  Has your answer to the questions of what to do or how to manage life sometimes been “not a clue”?  Together we will reflect on the last eighteen months as (at the suggestion of a congregation member for a sermon) I share with you some of my joys, struggles, and ways I’ve sustained myself and draw on our faith as a source of strength and hope in the uncertain days to come.

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A Never Ending Story

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele.

“Reach the stars, fly a fantasy, dream a dream, and what you see will be”. As we
celebrate ingathering, bless backpacks, and begin our Fall Religious Education program,
the title song from “A Never Ending Story” invites all of us to share our creativity and
adventurous spirits to create our unique story together. Weather permitting, we will have
an in-person service outdoors on the church campus plus the option to attend via Zoom.

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And By Union

Photo of Chavez by Michael Cornelius, Wikipedia 1972

Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Andrew Rome.

Although we think of Labor Day as the end of summer with a long weekend, picnics, parades, and time to go back to school, Labor Day is a day set aside to honor workers. We will reflect on the history of Labor Day, how unions and organized labor struggled for fair wages, good working conditions, and a better quality of life, and how our UU Principles and values inform our understanding of Labor Day.

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Where Many Waters Meet

Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele.

Any place where waters meet is known as a confluence.  A confluence is also a metaphor for coming together as a congregation, bringing the gifts of our lives, our struggles, our hopes and our dreams in order to move forward together.  As we return from our summer adventures, we will celebrate our confluence with a virtual water sharing service that will offer a ritual of healing, and opportunities for remembering, celebration, and being a community.

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From Many Sources: Part II

Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood.

Our UUA Statement of Principles says: “The living tradition we share draws from many sources.  Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision.”  In this second part of our two-part series on the Sources, we will explore through readings and music the third, fourth and fifth Sources as we continue to learn about our rich and diverse theological heritage and how it helps shape our spiritual lives.

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Who are UUs: Remembering, Identity, and Community

Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 10 AM

A virtual service led by Melissa Jeter and Worship Associate Lori Mirkin-McGee.

Who are Unitarian Universalists?  We bring ourselves to this faith with many different experiences. So, we interpret Unitarian Universalism through a variety of lenses. The symbols we use, the stories we tell, the information we gather from various sources, and the narratives about our faith ancestors as well as theologians convey meanings about our identity and community. In this sermon, seminarian Melissa Jeter will use symbols, stories, as well as narratives about faith ancestors and ideas from current theologians to re-member identity and community in Unitarian Universalism.

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From Many Sources: Part I

Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman.

In 1985, five sources of spiritual wisdom were added to the Principles to preserve the religious heritage of both the Unitarians and the Universalists and to acknowledge the diverse theologies that inform our religious pluralism. A sixth source was added in 1995. In this first part of a two-part series, we will explore through readings and music the first,
second and sixth Sources to help us understand our rich theological heritage and how it informs our faith and our spiritual lives.

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Get On Board the Freedom Train

Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.

In his poem “Freedom Train”, Langston Hughes names the Freedom Train that is yours and mine, a train bound for the Beloved Community, where everyone will be free. To complete our summer services on the Seven Principles, we will reflect on the proposed Eighth Principle, which invites us to travel toward freedom and spiritual wholeness together “by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

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A Global Ethic

Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Lori Mirkin-McGee.

The sixth principle that Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote is: The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. What might this look like? We will explore the theological roots of this principle, and how the Parliament of the World’s Religions has addressed this principle in their statement of a global ethic.

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Radical Acceptance

Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led by Randy Bish and Heidi Shaffer Bish.

Our UU Third Principle invites us to accept one another and encourage each other’s spiritual growth.  What does this Principle mean and how do we live it out?  Please join us for this service as Randy Bish & Heidi Shaffer Bish hold a conversation on experiences relating to the 3rd Principle of Unitarian Universalism.

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The Hard Truth about our Search for Truth

Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 10 AM.

A virtual service led Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.

What “truth” is the UU 4th principle referring to in calling us to engage in the “responsible search for truth?” We will examine truth through the framework of a 14th century European fable about the “naked truth,” a Billy Collins poem about unlimited truths, and a folk dialogue from India about rational thinking vs. faith. Come explore the principle grounding both our diverse beliefs and our unknowing.

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