Emergent Community

Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke.

What does it mean to build Beloved Community when we don’t have a common identity? Creating a sense of belonging among diverse people takes intention and practice. We will explore ways we can transform our understanding of inclusion by engaging with our assumptions about what binds us together.

Sunday Services are offered at 10 AM both in-person (in Hobbs Hall) and via Zoom.  (Our Zoom meeting opens at 9:45 for weekly announcements). The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service on Zoom to please display your first and last name. 

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/97464785626
Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626

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e-nUUs – June 29, 2022

Click here to read this week’s announcements.

Topics include:

News from the Board of Trustees

  • First Sunday Board Listening Session – July 3

Community Building & Volunteer Opportunities

  • UUCK Game Night! – July 1
  • Sunday Slide Team Members Needed
  • Join the Music Ministry
  • Sunday Greeters Needed

Worship & Music

  • Multi-platform services offered each week in-person and via Zoom
  • We Hold These Truths – Sunday, July 3
  • Emergent Community – Sunday, July 10

Lifespan Learning

  • This Sunday in RE: Magic Summer
  • Nursery care on Sunday mornings
  • Overflow the Pool for School
  • KentHogwarts magic reignites

Community Within

  • Pastoral Care while Rev. Steven is on vacation
  • Creative Living Series: Centering, Conversing, & Coping – July 4

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • July special collection: Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Environmental Clean Up Opportunity August 27
  • Summer Institute
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We Hold These Truths

Photo by tom coe on Unsplash

Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 10 AM

A multi-platform service led by Vivien Sandlund with Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood.

The Declaration of Independence has long been understood to express the principles underlying the experiment that is the American republic: universal liberty and equality. These principles have always been aspirational. Americans have long sought to make liberty and equality real for all. How far have we come, and how do we move ahead to make this vision real? How can we as UUs work to ensure that all people are both free and equal?

Click here to view or download the Order of Service.

Sunday Services are offered at 10 AM both in-person (in Hobbs Hall) and via Zoom.  (Our Zoom meeting opens at 9:45 for weekly announcements). The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service on Zoom to please display your first and last name. 

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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Kenge Kenge Orutu System!

Kenge Kenge at UUCK 6/2019

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 10 AM.

A multiplatform service led by CLM Lori Mirkin-McGee and guests musicians Kenge, Kenge.

Here is the description for 6/26:

Kenge Kenge is back at UUCK!!  Kenge Kenge is a group of Kenyan musicians who travel the globe bringing the joy of African music with them wherever they go.  Come join us for a spiritual musical experience of drums, singing, and connection!  

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e-nUUs – June 16, 2022

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Topic included:

Community Building & Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sunday Slide Team Members Needed
  • Join the Music Ministry
  • Sunday Greeters Needed

Worship & Music

  • Multi-platform services offered each week in-person and via Zoom
  • Junteenth: Reclaiming Identity – Sunday, June 19
  • Kenge Kenge – Sunday, June 26
  • We Hold These Truths – Sunday, July 3

Lifespan Learning

  • RE News – Summer RE starts this Sunday
  • Nursery card on Sunday monrings
  • Nursery Assistant Needed
  • Congrats to our OWL Graduates!
  • Fill the Pool for School
  • Fellowship at Soulful Home Dinner

Community Within

  • June Auction Event Seats Available!
  • Newcomer Gathering – June 22
  • Pastoral Care while Rev. Steven is on vacation
  • Where are they?
  • New Dates! Creative Living Series: Centering, Conversing, & Coping

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • June special collection: Brady United Against Gun Violence

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Portage County Juneteenth Events
  • Visiting Professor needs housing July 1 – July 29
  • Summer Institute
  • Moving Sale
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Juneteenth: Reclaiming Identity

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 10 AM

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson with guest poet, guest poet, Mwatabu Okantah (KSU).

Juneteenth is a celebration of the resilience and culture of descendents of the enslaved people from Africa. With this grounding, we welcome guest poet and KSU professor, Mwatabu Okantah who, using poetry, storytelling and narrative, will share his search for identity as “an American from Africa.” We will lift up the importance of examining and understanding one’s identity as an individual within a racial/ethnic group.

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e-nUUs — June 9, 2022

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Topics included:

Community Building & Volunteer Opportunities

  • Congregational Re-Start Workshop: Part I information and recording
  • Sunday Slide Team Members Needed
  • Join the Music Ministry
  • Sunday Greeters Needed

From the Board of Trustees

  • UPDATE:  In Person Health & Safety Policy

Worship & Music

  • Multi-platform services offered each week in-person and via Zoom
  • Pride and Joy – Sunday, June 12
  • Junteenth: Reclaiming Identity – Sunday, June 19

Lifespan Learning

  •  RE News
  • Nursery Assistant Needed
  • Soulful Home Dinner – June 10

Community Within

  • Do you need more color in your life? – June 11
  • Meet & Greet – June 12
  • Newcomer Gathering – June 22
  • Pastoral Care while Rev. Steven is on vacation
  • Where are they?
  • Creative Living Series: Centering, Conversing, & Coping

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Gun Violence Social Justice Action Opportunity
  • June special collection: Brady United Against Gun Violence

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Moving Sale
  • Summer Institute
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Pride and Joy!

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Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 10 AM

A multiplatform service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with our UUCK Children and Youth.

This PRIDE Sunday we will gather as a community of all ages to lift up stories of Joy! Hannah Roberts Villnave asks,  “Why not Rejoice as we resist? Dance as we demand change? Celebrate as we create a community that delights in all of who we are?” and we couldn’t agree more! Join us Sunday June 12th as we celebrate our communities and share the love that we create when we come together with PRIDE and JOY!  

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e-nUUs – June 1, 2022

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Topics included:

Community Building

  • Congregational Re-Start Workshop – TONIGHT 7 PM

From Rev. Steven

  • Larry Cole Celebration of Life
  • Volunteer Sign-up for Larry’s reception
  • Sewer Update
  • Rev. Steven Away

From the Board of Trustees

  • UPDATE:  In Person Health & Safety Policy
  • Board Listening this Sunday – June 5

Worship & Music

  • Multi-platform services offered each week in-person and via Zoom
  • Finding Beauty – Sunday, June 5
  • Pride and Joy – Sunday, June 12
  • Join the Music Ministry
  • Sunday Greeters Needed

Lifespan Learning

  • No RE Classes this Sunday.
  • Nursery Care
  • Nursery Assistant Needed
  • Thank you to our RE teachers and leaders
  • Soulful Home Dinner – June 10

Income Generation

  • Buds in BlUUm Auction Events still available

Community Within

  • Creative Living Series: Centering, Conversing, & Coping

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Gun Violence Social Justice Action Opportunity
  • June special collection: Brady United Against Gun Violence

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • Summer Institute

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Congregational Re-Start Workshop

June 1, 2020 7 PM on Zoom

The UUCK Ministry Executive Team requests your participation

Re-Start Workshop: Part 1
facilitated by Rev. Sunshine Wolfe


Wednesday, June 1, 2022
at 7:00 PM

We are in a time when the future is very uncertain, and many of us are unwilling to plan far into the future. Resilience is down, and some are feeling burned out and unsure how to reengage in congregational life.  Our community is feeling the impact of this.  We are seeing fewer volunteers to support our ministries and operational needs.  We are beginning to socialize in pockets, but not always in inclusive and welcoming ways.  And we are a bit overwhelmed with our expanded campus and all that needs to be done, and all that it has to offer. 
 
Recognizing our challenges in these uncertain times, the Ministerial Executive Team has enlisted the help of Rev. Sunshine Wolfe, our regional UUA support staff to help us as we restart and emerge from our homes, and forge a new path forward.   This workshop will be done in two parts.  Part 1, led by Rev. Sunshine Wolfe will be  Wednesday, June 1, at 7 pm via Zoom.  Mark your calendars and save the date for Part II, also facilitated by Rev. Sunshine on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14.Part II will be held in multi-platform, in-person and via Zoom.
 
Your participation is requested and you are invited to attend both, or either as you are able. 

Update (6/2/2022): For those UUCK Members and Friends that were not able to attend Part I of the Re-Start Workshop, a video recording of the meeting is available by request. Contact MaryBeth at [email protected] to request a link.

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Finding Beauty

Sunday, June 5 at 10:00 AM

A multi-platform service led by Lori Mirkin-McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.

Throughout history, people have turned to art as a means of coping with crises. Whether it be painting, sculpting, writing, or making music, art helps us express and process our deepest emotions and our most true selves. In this service, we will hear from several guests about how and why they turned to art during the pandemic. We will explore what it means to find beauty in the struggle.

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e-nUUs – May 25, 2022

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Topic included:

Annual Meeting

  • Annual Meeting voting results
  • Annual Meeting recording

Save the Date

  • Hobbs Hall Dedication – This Sunday! Bring a Salad

From the Board of Trustees

  • A COVID update

From Rev. Steven

  • Vespers – Thursday, May 26
  • Larry Cole Celebration of Life
  • Hobbs Hall dedication weekend

Worship & Music

  • Vespers – Thursday, May 26
  • Multi-platform services offered each week in-person and via Zoom
  • The Living, Loving Church You Are Called to Be – Sunday, May 29
  • Finding Beauty – Sunday, June 5
  • Sunday Greeters Needed

Lifespan Learning

  • No RE Classes this Sunday.

Income Generation

  • Buds in BlUUm Auction Events still available

Community Within

  • Congregational Re-start Workshops – June 1 and August 13
  • Creative Living Series: Centering, Conversing, & Coping

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Sunday, May 29 special collection in celebration of Hobbs Hall
  • June special collection – Brady United Against Gun Violence

UU, Interfaith, & Community Connections

  • KIFA Film and Discussion: 400 Years without a Comb – May 26
  • Historic South End Association planting in the Thomas Anderson Memorial Garden – May 28
  • Summer Institute
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The Living, Loving Church You are Called to Be

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 10 AM

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent has a vital purpose in Kent and the larger community.  Today as we celebrate your amazing accomplishments as a congregation and dedicate Hobbs Hall, it is a good day to pause and reflect on how Hobbs Hall and all that you have and are together can help you live even more deeply into the living, loving congregation you are called to be.

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Annual Voting Meeting of the Congregation

Update: May 24, 2022, from the Board of Trustees

Voting Results from the Annual Meeting May 22, 2022.

The following motions passed with the required simple majority 

  1. Approve the May 23, 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the UUCK Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 as presented in the 2022 Annual Report.
  3. Elect the Slate of candidates for the terms specified as presented in the 2022 Annual Report. 

The following motion passed with the required 85% majority

  1. Endorse the 8th Principle to go before the UUA Article ll Study Commission.

Thank you to all who participated and voted.UUCK Board of Trustees

The meeting was recorded for those who were unable to attend.


We welcome you to the Annual Meeting – this Sunday at 11am on zoom and in-person at Hobbs Hall.

  • Learn about how the church remained viable during a pandemic and the building of our long-envisioned and patiently awaited new social hall.
  • Find out about financial challenges
  • Hear how we are tackling the plumbing issues that are preventing us from returning home to our historic and beloved sanctuary.
  • Participate in how we move forward as a community of smart, kind, playful, and creative people of all ages, living the legacy and the promise of our church ancestors.
  • Have a voice in the future of your church

We encourage you to read the Treasurer’s annual report to understand our financial realities. Help add your voice to our shared plans for growing in numbers, in ministries, and in service to each other and community.  We are co-creating our future together while practicing right relationship.  Join heart and minds to create solutions.

Your Board of Trustees

ANNUAL VOTING MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, May 22, 2022
11:00 AM

In person at Hobbs Hall and via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/97464785626
Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626

Calling ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS, your attendance at the Annual Meeting is important as a quorum will be required for voting matters. 

Click here for the eligible voter list.

A voting ballot will be provided for Active Members participating via Zoom for the May 22 meeting.

Click here to view or download the Annual Meeting Report.


Need an absentee ballot?  Ballots are available to Active Members of the Congregation,  contact MaryBeth at [email protected]

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