Here We Grow!

Sunday, March 24, 201

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

As a community of all ages, on this Sunday we will rejoice and celebrate the arrival of spring with stories and songs. As we welcome the spring and its optimism and we watch as the world around us comes to life once more with renewed energy and the promise of warm days and things growing and blooming, we are invited to find the spirit of the child within us, a spirit that finds wonder and wants to grow just like the seeds in the ground.

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

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Brigid: From Goddess to Saint

By John Duncan (1866-1945) – http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/full.php?ID=27479,
Public Domain

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we will explore the feminine aspect of the Divine by celebrating Brigid, who is both the mother goddess and a saint of Ireland. With songs, stories, and rituals, we will reflect on Brigid’s journey from goddess of fire, poetry, childbirth and healing, to patron saint of scholars and poets, midwives, babies, and travelers, and invoke her healing power and wisdom for our own life journeys.

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

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Nourishing Our Hearts for Social Justice: A Revival

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Led by Chris Crass and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

As the veils continue to fall and the horrors of white supremacy, sexual assault, and systemic oppression are exposed and challenged through social justice movements like Black Lives Matter, MeToo, and the struggles for immigrant, reproductive and LGBTQ rights, we must nourish our hearts, minds, bodies and souls to continue to rise, to meet the day with love and courage, to live our values in our congregation, communities and country.  Join us for a social justice revival service to help nourish us in these times.

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

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A Single Step

Sunday, March 3, 2019

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” –Laozi in the Tao Te Ching. 

Every journey, of course, must begin at the beginning but why is that beginning so often the hardest part?  What keeps our feet rooted in place?  This service will explore the ways we can overcome the difficulties of that first step.

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

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The Courage to Give

Sunday, February 24, 2019

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

James Baldwin says: “It is rare indeed that people give… One can give nothing whatever without giving oneself.” As we begin our annual Budget campaign, we will ask you once again to continue generously sharing your gifts of money, time, and your unique self with all your skills, talents and passions so that together we can continue to be a vital, vibrant congregation that offers many opportunities for each of us to grow and to serve others.

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

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A Crisis of Trust

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

There’s a saying that goes: “In God we trust. All others we polygraph.” In this age where fake news, divisive politics, and increasing alienation has led to what author Robert Morley calls a “crisis of trust” in our leaders, our government, our institutions, and each other, what does it mean for us to be a community of trust? How might Unitarian Universalism inform the larger conversation about trust and accountability?

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

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The Greatest Magic of All

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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

In honor of our Kent Hogwarts program, today as a community of all ages we will gather with our wands, our wisdom, our compassion and our seven principles to battle four horcruxes- immigration, hunger, racism, and climate change using the greatest magic of all- love.  This Sunday will also be a special collection for NICE, Kent Neighborhood Community and Enrichment, a community organization that helps struggling students with lunch debt and other fees.

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

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Say a Little Prayer

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

Prayer is a practice of people around the world, in diverse cultural contexts.  What might be the meaning of prayer for Unitarian Universalists?  This service will explore different meanings of prayer.  

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

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Like A Mighty Stream – Sunday, January 27, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Colleen Thoele with Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

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 a mighty stream.” As we begin the UUA Thirty Days of Love, this service for all ages will be an invitation to live out our faith in the next month as we work toward building a promised land where there is justice and peace.

One service at 10 AM followed by a congregational town hall meeting.   Nursery care will be available during both the service and the meeting.

This service, originally planned for January 20, has been moved to Sunday, January 27. 

 

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The Spirit of Yes – Sunday, January 13, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lori McGee

One of the tasks of religion is to explore life’s deepest questions, including “what is our purpose in life?” One possible answer is found in the words of Rev. Frederick Buechner, who speaks of the spiritual place where our passions meet the needs of the world. As life calls us into meaningful lives of service where we share our gifts, talents, and passions, how does the Spirit of yes invite us to respond with our whole lives?

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

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Installation Service of Rev. Steven Protzman – January 12, 2019

Beloved UUCK Members and Friends,

Covenant is at the heart of our commitment to each other and our faith community. When we covenant together, we agree to hold ourselves and each other in love, compassion, and right relationship. Oftentimes this is informal in our work together, and occasionally we have the joyful opportunity to celebrate and formalize these commitments.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, I would like to cordially invite all in our community to covenant with Rev. Steven Protzman, and formally install him as our Settled Minister. It will be a ceremony full of grace and love, honoring his and our commitment to each other and our beloved UUCK community. There will also be time to connect and celebrate!

Installation of
The Rev. Steven Protzman
as Settled Minister

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
at 2 p.m.

At the United Church of Christ, Congregational
1400 E. Main Street
Kent, Ohio 44240

Reception to follow in the UCC Church Social Hall (lower level)

Childcare will be provided
Children are welcome and are invited to participate in the service.

As always, we are asking our community to help provide for this event with their time and treasure. We are looking for greeters/ushers, setup and cleanup for the reception, as well as drinks (non-alcoholic) and desserts. Please use the following link to indicate how you would like to participate!  https://goo.gl/LXuX9T

With gratitude for all of you,

Dani Beale, Moderator

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On the Brink of Everything – Sunday, December 30, 2018

One service at 10 AM    

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Parker Palmer writes: “I stand on the brink of everything.  I’m old enough to know that the world can delight me, so my expectation is not of the world but of myself: Delight in the gift of life and be grateful.”  As we bid the old year farewell and we stand on the brink of a new year with its promise and possibilities, through songs, stories and rituals we will express our hopes for the new year.

Nursery care will be available during the service for children Pre-school age and younger.

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Christmas Eve Service Schedule

Christmas services will be offered on Monday, December 24 only.  Everyone is invited to attend.

As we welcome Christmas once again, we will tell stories and sing songs about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.  Together we’ll share the beauty and wonder of this special time with its promise that amid the struggles, problems, and suffering of life, all is calm and all is bright.  Please note that we will not be offering nursery care on Christmas Eve this year.   Since the introduction of our Young Family Friendly Service, we have found that families  have not been using nursery care for these services.

4:30 PM — Young Family Friendly Service

Led by Director of Religious Education Coleen Thoele with Michelle Bores. This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children.

6:30 PM – All is Calm, All is Bright  

A family-friendly service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer – Candle light service created with families in mind.  The podcast is from this service.

8:30 PM – All is Calm, All is Bright  

An adult-oriented service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen – A meditative candle light service created with adults and older teens in mind.

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The Promise of Light – Sunday, December 23, 2018

One Service at 10:00 AM

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Christie Anderson

Victoria Safford writes: “At this time of year, during these darkening days, every ancient story that we have ever told  from the solstice fire, to the lights of the menorah, to the advent candles — whispers the same message: ‘The light will return, but you must go out and meet it.'”  We will gather as a community of all ages to celebrate the Winter Solstice and its promise that the light will return.

Nursery care is available during the service for children preschool age and younger.

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