e-nUUs — July 28, 2021

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Topics included:

From the Board of Trustees

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom! 
  • Get On Board the Freedom Train – Sunday, August 1
  • From Many Sources: Part I – Sunday, August 8
  • Music participation survey

Lifespan Learning

  • Summer RE Classes – Sunday, August 1

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • August Special Collection

Community Within

  • Hobbs Hall Landscape Work Day! – July 31

Opportunities for Social Connections

  • Retiree’s Group

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • UUJO presents: Connecting the Dots: Planet, People, Power – August 7
  • Head Start and Early Head Start enrollment  is open
  • UUCK drive-thru collection for school supplies – July 31
  • School supplies drive
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From the Board of Trustees — In Person Health and Safety Policy

July 24, 2021

Dear UU members, friends and visitors to the UU Church of Kent,

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the UUCK has implemented our ‘In Person Health and Safety Policy’ (IPHSP) for meeting in person on the UUCK campus.

The IPHSP takes into consideration the many concerns of the congregation that were expressed in the congregational survey that was conducted this summer.  An overwhelming 80% expressed a strong desire to again have in person services and activities. A majority of the congregation expressed a desire to continue offering virtual services and of these, 51% planned on attending both in-person and virtual services.  While most of our members sincerely desire to return to more traditional services, nearly everyone voiced their concerns about safety, including their concerns about virus variants and unmasked individuals.  It is with safety and the desires of the members that this health and safety policy was created.  The IPHSP applies to anyone using our campus be it special interest groups, fellowship groups, rentals, staff meetings or our Sunday services. The IPHSP is subject to revision as needed.

An opportunity to discuss the IPHSP will be available at the Board Listening session on August 1st.

Please be aware that at this time, we Do Not have a date set for resuming in-person service.  There are many details that still need to be worked out by our staff to

Implement this policy.  We are all working to make this happen as soon as possible.

An outdoor service may be held on August 29th, on the UUCK campus. All attendees will need to comply with the IPHSP. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, and we look forward to being able to meet in person.

Sincerely,

Don Gregg, Moderator with the Board of Trustees

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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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Join us Sunday, August 1, 2021 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

NEW ZOOM LINK FOR SUNDAY SERVICES!
Join Zoom Meeting:
  https://zoom.us/j/97464785626
Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626

Dial by your location:
    1 646 558 8656 (New York)
     Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acCRYGAKdV

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e-nUUs — July 21, 2021

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Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  • Rev. Steven Away

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom! 
  • Music participation survey
  • A Global Ethic – Sunday, July 25
  • Get On Board the Freedom Train – Sunday, August 1
  • From Many Sources: Part I – Sunday, August 8

Lifespan Learning

  • Summer RE Classes – Sunday, July 25

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • July’s Special Collection

Community Within

  • A bit of UU humor . . .
  • Weekly Announcements
  • Minister and Staff summer schedules
  • We did it!  TREX Recycling program

Opportunities for Social Connections

  • Retiree’s Group

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Head Start and Early Head Start enrollment  is open
  • School supplies drive
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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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e-nUUs — July 14, 2021

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Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  • Bill Eldredge Memorial – July 21
  • Rev. Steven Away

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom! 
  • Radical Acceptance – Sunday, July 18
  • Music participation survey
  • A Global Ethic – Sunday, July 25
  • Get On Board the Freedom Train – Sunday, August 1

Lifespan Learning

  • Summer RE Classes – Sunday, July 18

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • July’s Special Collection

Community Within

  • Weekly Announcements
  • Minister and Staff summer schedules
  • We did it!  TREX Recycling program

Opportunities for Social Connections

  • Retiree’s Group

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Head Start and Early Head Start enrollment  is open
  • School supplies drive
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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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e-nUUs – July 7, 2021

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Topics included:

From Rev. Steven

  • Bill Eldredge Memorial – July 21
  • Rev. Steven Away
  • Scammers posing as Ministers

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom! 
  • The Hard Truth about our Search for Truth – Sunday, July 11
  • Radical Acceptance – Sunday, July 18

Lifespan Learning

  • Summer RE Classes – Sunday, July 11

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • UUCK racial justice T-shirt design contest
  • July’s Special Collection

Community Within

  • Weekly Announcements
  • Minister and Staff summer schedules
  • TREX Recycling program – We’re close!

Opportunities for Social Connections

  • Retiree’s Group

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • CER Summer Institute
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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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e-nUUs — June 30, 2021

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Topics included:

From the Board

  • 1st Sunday Board Listening – Sunday, July 4

Worship & Music

  • Services offered each week via Zoom! 
  • Democracy as Theology – Sunday, July 4, 2021
  • The Hard Truth about our Search for Truth – Sunday, July 11
  • Radical Acceptance – Sunday, July 18

Lifespan Learning

  • No RE this Sunday

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • UUCK racial justice T-shirt design contest
  • July’s Special Collection

Community Within

  • Minister and Staff summer schedules
  • TREX Recycling program

Opportunities for Social Connections

  • Retiree’s Group

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • CER Summer Institute
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Journey of Belonging Session 7: Stewardship and Membership

Perhaps you are you considering membership in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. This Journey of Belonging session explores expectations and benefits of membership.  Supporting a community reflects your values and nourishes your soul and can make giving a spiritual act.   Learn why membership is important and steps to becoming a member. 

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Journey of Belonging Session 5: Children’s Religious Education

Religious Education of our UU Children and Youth Are is a way to nurture our young UU’s on their spiritual journey. Curious about how to support and develop intergenerational relationships?  During this session, Colleen Thoele, Director of Religious Education and Amanda Rome, chair of the Religious Education Committee, will discuss these topics and answer questions.

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Journey of Belonging Session 4: Social Justice

Learn more about this important mission of Unitarian Universalist denomination and the Kent church.  Dr. Vivien Sandlund shares how we support a variety of methods of engagement including identifying opportunities for action, facilitating learning and creating pathways for service and growth. This program explores both current Task Groups as well as the history of social  justice at the UU Church of Kent. 

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Journey of Belonging Session 3: Life of the Church

Our congregation relies on our individual passions, talents, and commitment to fully live our principles.   During this session, Rev. Christie Anderson highlights some of the many ways to become involved in the life of the church. Perhaps you’ll discover opportunities that intersect with your passions.  Or, perhaps your passion and vision will create new opportunities.

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Journey of Belonging Session 6: Governance and the Wider UU Church

What sets Unitarian Universalism apart from other denominations such as Lutherans or Episcopalians?  (Hint:  It’s the way we govern ourselves and our denomination.) Rev. Steven Protzman explores how we make decisions about our shared life and work and the role of the Unitarian Universalist Association along with some history that will take us back to the earliest days of this country.

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