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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The Way of the Heart

Led by Lisa Thiel and Worship Associate Cal Frye

Descartes may have done humanity a disservice with his axiom, ‘I think therefore I am,’ keeping us all in our heads. Today we will explore living from the heart as an essential part of the path toward wholeness.

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

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A People Who Choose

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Unitarian Universalists are proud to be labeled heretics (from the Greek word hairesis, which means “to choose”).  We are a people who choose- we choose what we believe, knowing that truth and meaning are not fixed or final, but that new understanding and new revelation is always possible.  In this Auction service purchased by Carol Gould, we will explore what it means to be a people who choose.  

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

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An Oasis on the Journey

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

There has been a lot of news lately about the struggle for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in faith communities continues, including the Methodist Church’s debate about marriage equality and LGBTQ clergy. To complete our month’s Soul Matter theme of journey, we will reflect on the call of Unitarian Universalism to create a spiritual oasis free from bigotry and hate where everyone is welcome, including LGBTQ people and others who have been denied a place at life’s table.

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

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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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