So Much to be Thankful For

Sunday, November 22, 2020

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

There’s a popular song with the words: “there’s so much to be thankful for.” In spite of the difficulties and losses of this year, we truly have much to be thankful for, including one another and this community. Together we will once again celebrate Thanksgiving by telling stories and singing songs that invite us to be grateful for all we have and to make the world better by sharing life’s gifts with others.

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Now is the Time to Raise Our Voice – Youth Sunday

Image by UnratedStudio from Pixabay

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Elie Wiesel  said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” As we continue to define our role in creating a world free of racism and oppression, we, the youth of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent invite you to join us. Now is the time to keep fighting. Now is the time to continue moving the needle toward justice. Now is the time to raise our voices, even if they are shaking. 

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A Song of Peace

Emma’s Revolution
L-R: Pat Humphries, Sandy O
Photo Credit: Irene Young

Sunday, November 8, 2020

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Randy Bish.

Poet Denise Levertov tells us that peace, like a poem, is not there ahead of itself, but must first be imagined and then created. During our annual peace service featuring special musical guests Emma’s Evolution we will reflect on and affirm our Sixth UU Principle, which asks us to work toward the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all, and renew our personal commitment to making peace.

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Peace, My Heart

Sunday, November 1, 2020

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

The poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote: “Peace, my heart, let the time for parting be sweet. Let it not be a death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.” In keeping with the many spiritual traditions of remembrance during this time of the year, we will once again remember and honor our beloved dead with music, rituals and stories as we invite love to melt into memory and pain into songs.

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I Sing of America

Sunday, October 25, 2020

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

Walt Whitman once called America “The Greatest Poem”. He believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to bring many different people and ideas together. As the election draws near, we will reflect on our Fifth Principle, the use of the democratic process, our Sixth Principle, the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all people, and our dream of a nation that may yet be one people.

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What I Learned at KentHogwarts

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Led by the KentHogwarts Board of Governors and Worship Associate Lady Lovemore

KentHogwarts is a program for children and youth where we use the magical universe of Harry Potter as a foundation to explore our Unitarian Universalist principles.  On October 18th, don your wizardly attire and have your wands (or pointer fingers) at the ready as we dig deeper into the lessons we have learned while offering KentHogwarts, a Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.

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We Can DUU It!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

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

Cultural icon Rosie the Riveter represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies while the men went off to war. To kick off our annual Treats and Talents auction with its theme of “We Can Duu It”, we will honor the life of Rosie and other women with songs and stories and reflect on how we join in the work we are called to do.

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All Creatures Great and Small

St. Francis statue in Italy
Image by Juliana Saldanha from Pixabay

Sunday, October 4, 2020

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

October 4th is World Animal Day and the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. Together we will affirm our seventh principle, the interdependent web of existence of which we are each a part, and celebrate our beloved companions who share life’s journey with us with a Blessing of the Animals. We also welcome Eric Noden as our special musical guest for this service.

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We Begin Again in Love

Sunday, September 27, 2020

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

UU minister Nancy McDonald Ladd argues that as UUs, we are too optimistic and that deepening our tradition will require a theology that includes traditional religious language such as sin and forgiveness. On this Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we will reflect on the Jewish yearly ritual of naming failures and mistakes and then seeking to make right the harm that has been done to others as a practice that can help us grow spiritually.

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Where Calls the Heart

Sunday, September 20, 2020

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee.

Unitarian Universalism claims at least one miracle, the story of how Universalist John Murray came from England and while his ship was stuck on a sandbar, was convinced to preach the message of Universalism in a local meetinghouse. Two hundred and fifty years later, we will reflect on the truth of Universalism as we celebrate Shared Ministry Sunday and ask, as John Murray did of life, where does our heart call us?

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Filling Up Your Bucket

Sunday, September 13, 2020

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

Eleanor Brownn says: “When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” September’s Soul Matters theme is renewal, which invites us to reflect on the need to care for our bodies and spirits with rest. Together we will reflect on some of the ways we can take time to renew ourselves so that we are strengthened for the journey. During this service, we will also commission and bless our RE teachers as a new year of religious education begins

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Play Is Radical Resistance

Sunday, September 6, 2020

A virtual service led by Elizabeth Reilly, CLM Candidate and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.

Who couldn’t benefit from some lightening of the spirit? The spiritual practice of play belongs to all of us, not just human children. What playful activity transports you, brings you joy, provides your spirit with respite and renewal?  Let’s celebrate playing for its radical power

to resist succumbing to the heaviness of our hurting world and time, while we explore why it is necessary to the well-being of body, mind and soul.

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Swimming to the Other Side

Sunday, August 30, 2020

A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Evian Rome.

The Pat Humphries song “Swimming to the Other Side” reminds us that we are all journeying together and that we are intimately connected with each other.  As we return from our summer adventures bringing water and stories to share, this festive service of ingathering and a virtual water communion invites us to bring our lives, our struggles, our hopes and our dreams to this community and join our lives together once again.

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Journey Toward Women’s Equality

Woman suffrage headquarters in Upper Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Sunday, August 23, 2020

A virtual service led by Rev. Christie Anderson, Kathy Kerns, and Vivien Sandlund.

The road to freedom and equality can be long, and the journey can yield both successes and disappointments.  Today’s service marks the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote nationally.  We present the exciting story of the women’s suffrage movement, and reflect on the longer women’s journey toward full equality in American society.

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Mary Alice Thompson Celebration of Life

Mary Thompson’s Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11 am.

Mary’s obituary may be found here:
https://www.record-courier.com/obituaries/20200417/mary-alice-thompson

Gifts in honor and in memory of Mary may be given to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent or the Woodlands Comfort Corner Activities, Ravenna, Ohio.

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