Love for All

Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Led by Kathy Kerns, CLM Candidate and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles advocate respecting the inherent worthy and dignity of all people and showing compassion in human relations.  Ideally, our congregations are inviting places for anyone who resonates to our principles. As a denomination, how are we doing with people who do not fit the UU stereotype?  We will examine this question through the lens of social class, and consider the critique of some UU ministers that we are not welcoming to people from working class backgrounds.  

Following the service, there will be an opportunity for discussion of the sermon topic. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.  Kathy Kerns will lead a conversation in the annex (light snacks provided, feel free to bring a bag lunch).

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Our Unitarian Universalist Values in Action: Reflections on Pulse

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Sunday, July 21, 2019 — one service at 10 AM

Led by Joe Donatone with Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

Seminarian Joe Donatone will share his reflections on the Pulse tragedy while examining how our Unitarian Universalist values can guide us through even the darkest of moments. Remaining liberal and religious in times of crisis can be challenging. Joe offers ways in which our values can sustain us, guide us, and inspire us to action.

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Sacred Generations

Sunday, July 14, 2019

One service at 10 AM led by Mike Hovancsek with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.

On this morning we’ll focus on seeing hope in the world by looking at the children in it.

Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Tarot as a Tool for Prayer

Sunday, July 7, 2019

One service at 10 AM led by Nicole Penny and Worship Associate Lori McGee

The importance of prayer is discussed among many religions, but few help with how to pray. Often reading tarot cards as a practice or having the service done for a person is perceived as a way of looking towards the future. In this service we’ll seek to explore prayer and how reading tarot cards can be a means to connect to the Universe and a tool for prayer for those who ask for guidance.

Summer services are offered at 10 AM on Sunday mornings with nursery care available during the service.

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Kenge Kenge: Music is a Universal Language

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Led by Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge Kenge”

There has been a major change in our plan for this Sunday morning’s service.  A wonderful group of musicians from Kenya are in town for the week and they are looking forward to joining us and leading our Sunday morning service.Please join Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge Kenge” in a very special and unique worship service this Sunday morning at 10:00 am. 

Kenge Kenge Orutu System isa unique Nairobi-based group whose music draws on the traditional roots of the Luo people of western Kenya, giving ancient songs new life by infusing them with the spirit of benga, Kenya’s indigenous popular music form.

Since its formation in 1998, Kenge Kenge (whose name means “a fusion of small, exhilarating instruments”) has performed on five continents, at such venues and festivals as Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Folk Festival, WOMAD, WOMEX, the Rainforest World Music Festival, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

The 5-member ensemble uses such instruments as the orutu (1-string fiddle), nyatiti (8-string lyre), oporo (cow horn), and asili (end-blown flute), and a variety of traditional percussion instruments, along with joyful traditional singing and dancing.

Summer Sunday service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Behind these Fences

Sunday, June 23, 2019 One service at 10 AM

Led by Christopher Dum and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

The United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world.  Our criminal justice policies have created and exacerbated deep divisions in human relations.  Because 90% of people will eventually leave prison, it is important that we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person returning to society.  Using the creative work of incarcerated writers and artists as the readings and sermon, this service will create connections between the incarcerated and those on the outside.

Summer worship services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM. Nursery care is available during all services.

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The Real Gay Agenda

Sunday, June 16, 2019 One service at 10 AM

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lori McGee

Is there such a thing as the gay agenda?  Do GLBTQ people want “special rights”?  Is UUCK a “gay church” as some people have described it?  As our quest for truth continues and we celebrate Pride Sunday, the real gay agenda will be revealed and with it, Unitarian Universalism’s agenda:  to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and continue our work to create a world free from bigotry and hatred.

Summer worship if offered at 10 AM on Sunday mornings. Nursery care is available during the service.

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So Much Beauty

Holly at Plum Creek Garden, Church picnic 2008

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

The Quaker theologian Rufus Jones writes, “Beauty has no function, no utility… It is a gift of sheer grace, a gratuitous largesse.  Our joy in it shows that we are in some sense kindred to the giver and revealer of it.”  Surrounded by the natural beauty of Plum Creek Park, we will gather as a community of all ages to celebrate beauty.  Our service will include the child dedication of Declan and then a picnic. 

One service at 10 am in Plum Creek Park, Shelter #1   Please bring a dish to share and your own place settings and beverage.  The Church will provide water.

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Pro Faith, Pro Family, Pro Choice

UU Church of Kent vigil in support of
a woman’s right to choose.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

As Unitarian Universalists, we do not agree on the issue of abortion but our first principle calls us to affirm the right of every woman to make their own choices about their bodies and their families.  Our faith also calls us to work toward a compassionate society where children are wanted and loved, and welcomed into of a safe community where we care for their needs.  This service will examine what it means to be Pro Faith, Pro Family, Pro Choice.

One service at 10 am with nursery care available.

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To Remember

Sunday, May 26, 2016

Led by Cal Frye and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Memorial Day may be one of the most personal of our American holy days.  It is born out of the human need to make sense of life and death.  To make meaning out of what we have been given and what we will do with it; to remember all those sons and daughters who did their duty, regardless if they wanted to or not.  To Remember.

One Sunday service at 10 AM with nursery care available.

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The Once and Future Church

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Eric van Baars

Once again we gather to do the work of this covenantal community through worship and our annual meeting.   Together we will reflect on who we’ve been this past year, how UUCK has been living out our mission to inspire love, seek justice, and grow in community, and dream about who we might be in the years to come, holding before us a vision of the Beloved Community.

***One service at 9:45 am followed by social hour.  Congregational Annual Meeting at 11:30 am and an all congregation potluck to follow.

Nursery care will be available for both the Sunday service at 9:45 AM and the Annual Meeting which will follow.

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Lessons from the Flowers

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

What do the flowers have to teach us about life? As a community of all ages, we will gather for our annual celebration of flower communion. This tradition, created by Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia in 1923, invites us to see the beauty all around us in each other and in the world and to learn from the flowers. Please bring cut flowers to share for this festive service.

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

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Religious Education Sunday!

Sunday, May 5, 2018

First Service 9:45 AM The Journey of Childhood  

Led by DRE Colleen Thoele and Worship Associate Mary Leeson

Each year we commemorate the end of the regular religious education year by celebrating the voices of our children.  Join us as we celebrate the joy, creativity and wonder that is childhood and rejoice in the community we have created together.

Listen to the first service with the younger students here.

Second Service 11:30 AM
Coming of AgeThey Journey has Just Begun

Led by UUCK High School Youth and  Worship associate Colleen Thoele

All year long our high school youth have been questioning and investigating their faith. Now they have completed the Coming of Age program and will present to you, their community, what they have discovered. This service will honor their journey, lift up their voices and celebrate a new stage in their lives- one with diverse meanings and endless promise. 

Listen to the second service with the older students here.


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The Promise of Peace

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Led by Music Director Hal Walker and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

In our annual Music Sunday, we will explore a variety of expressions of Peace through music. Music Director Hal Walker, worship associate Christie Anderson, the UU church of Kent Peace Choir, the Fallow Time Folk orchestra and the Tone Chimers will lead the congregation in a Sunday morning celebration of the musical pulse that is so prominent in our community and our world.  The tone chimers will debut a large work for handbells and solo violin called “Peace in our Time” by Cathy Moklebust which includes three movements, with each movement based on a quote by Mother Teresa, Mohandas Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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The Promise of Easter

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with Worship Associate Eric van Baars

The hymn “A Promise through the Ages Rings” says that: “a green shoot always, always springs, and something always, always sings”, affirming life’s resilience and ability to renew itself. On this Easter Sunday, we will gather as a community of all ages to welcome new members, to sing and rejoice together as we hear Easter’s message of hope and possibility, and to celebrate Earth Day.

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

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