e-nUUs – November 15, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Together We Gather – November 19
  • UU’ve Got Talent – November 18
  • Join us this Sunday for a multigenerational service
  • RE Teacher Teams – November 19
  • Service Auction Program Guide Closes Nov. 19
  • Holidays Are Fun to Share
  • Change for Change
  • Pastoral Care Update
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Host Needed
  • Parking Safety
  • New to UU Class – November 19
  • Retiree’s Lunch – November 21
  • Writing Grou – November 21
  • Deck the Halls – November 26
  • Undeck the Halls – December 31
  • Special Collection to Be Taken November 26
  • Holiday Gift Giving
  • Restorative Practices for Faith Communities – December 2 (First UU Shaker Heights)

 

 

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Children’s Religious Education Ministry

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent has a vibrant Religious Education ministry with almost 90 children and youth registered as of September 2017.  We have a strong Children and Youth Religious Education Committee and teams of dedicated volunteer teachers.

For more information, please contact leaders below:

Director of Religious Education:  Lily Rappaport

Religious Education Coordinator: Colleen Thoele

Nursery Staff: Michelle Bores

RE Committee Chair: Mary Leeson

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Van Gogh Café – November 12, 2017

Led by Rev. Keith Kron with Worship Association Lori Fatchet-McGee, along with Rev. Rod Thompson

Miracles are always in the making at the Van Gogh Cafe in Flowers, Kansas: the small restaurant, housed in a renovated theater, has “magic enough to last forever in its walls.” Readers will share the wonder of 10-year-old Clara and her father Marc, the cafe’s owner, as they witness a series of serendipitous occurrences involving stranded sea gulls, aged film stars, magic muffins, lost pets and mysterious travelers. As effective as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s charms at curing all manner of ills, the enchanted cafe instills faith and good will in its patrons.

 

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

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e-nUUs – November 8, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Update for our Care Team
  • The Van Gogh Café – November 12
  • UU’ve Got Talent – November 18
  • RE Teacher Teams – November 12
  • Grocery Card Fundraising Program
  • The Auction is Almost Here! – December 2
  • Change for Change
  • Coloring Meditation – November 14
  • Deck the Halls – November 26
  • Second Sunday Meet & Greet – November 12
  • New to UU Classes – November 12 & 19
  • Looking for UUCK Writers
  • Help Brighten the Holidays for Children in Need
  • Restorative Practices for Faith Communities – December 2 (First UU Shaker Heights)

 

 

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Coloring Meditation

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Annex

Need a respite from busyness or stress? Relax with calming music, tea, and good company while coloring with colored pencils and markers. Participants can select an inspirational picture and experience the mindfulness of simple creativity in a quiet setting. You can bring your own pencils and markers if you desire, but it is not necessary as facilitator Christie Anderson will provide all materials. This is session 2 of the Care Team’s 6 part “Peace and Connection” series.

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Cuyahoga River Concerts

The Cuyahoga River Concert Series began in 2011 and brings top quality professional performers from the folk and world music scene to the greater Kent area at an affordable price. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is a wonderful, intimate venue offering some of the warmest, friendliest acoustics around.

More information on performances and musicians can be found at https://www.facebook.com/cuyahogariverconcerts/

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e-nUUs – November 1, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Daylight Savings Ends Sunday, November 5
  • Update for our Care Team
  • Thanks for What?  – November 5
  • Cuyahoga River Concerts Present: Escaping Pavement – November 4
  • RE Teacher Teams – November 5
  • Annual Thanks4Giving Auction – December 2
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • Second Sunday Meet & Greet – November 12
  • New to UU Classes – November 12 & 19
  • Looking for UUCK Writers
  • Plant-based (vegan) Potluck Dinner – November 3
  • Beyond Categorical Thinking  Workshop – November 11
  • Restorative Practices for Faith Communities – December 2 (First UU Shaker Heights)
  • Tutors Needed

 

 

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Thanks for What? – November 5, 2017

Led by Guest Leader Rabbi David M. Horowitz with Worship Associate Cal Frye

This time of the year brings holidays both to the Jewish community and to the people of America celebrating our “thanksgiving.” The question is, for what are we really grateful?

 

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

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Talking Death … with Cake — October 29, 2017

Led by Jeff Marsh and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Before the 20th century the experience of death was part of everyday life. Most medical care including terminal care occurred at home. Since the advent of large hospitals the experience has become more like a medical procedure shrouded in secrecy. This has had the adverse effect of making discussion of topics surrounding death one that many people are unaccustomed to and uncomfortable with.

In 2010, a movement began in England to openly discuss topics pertaining to death in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. They are called “Death Café’s.” People are invited to gather and share their thoughts, concerns and stories in a free-ranging conversation while sharing coffee or tea and, as is the custom, Cake. The movement has grown to over 20 countries and there have been hundreds in the U.S.

This service will delve into our own reluctance to face and discuss our own mortality and lessons learned about embracing life from those who are facing  imminent death. It will offer options for how to involve the one’s you love into the plan for your own end-of-life.

 

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

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e-nUUs – October 25, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • A Message for the Board of Trustees
  • Taking Death . . . with Cake – October 29
  • RE Teacher Teams – October 29
  • Save the Date: Service Auction – December 2
  • Did You Know? Some gracious employers  . . .
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • Creative Living with Stress Workshop – October 28
  • Plant-based (vegan) Potluck Dinner – November 3
  • Beyond Categorical Thinking  Workshop – November 11
  • Special Collection this Sunday – October 29
  • Tutors Needed
  • Peter Mayer in Concert (Akron UU Church) – November 4

 

 

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We No Longer Have the Right to Remain Silent — October 22, 2017

Led by Caron Carnahan, CLM Candidate

“The prophetic liberal church is the church in which persons think and work together to interpret the signs of the times in light of their faith, to make explicit through discussion the epochal thinking that the times demand. The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history in place of being merely pushed around by it.” ~ James Luther Adams, The Prophethood of All Believers

The Unitarian Universalist Association selected Paul Rasor’s, Reclaiming Prophetic Witness:  Liberal Religion in the Public Square to be its Common Read for 2014-15.  Timely when written, and perhaps more so now, the author addresses head-on our UU tendency to avoid using religious references in our social justice work. This service will share the book’s premise that engaging in social witness through the lens of our UU principles and spirituality is as powerfully important as using evidence- and reason-based argument to support our beliefs in the public arena.

Please note that this will not be a time to debate public policy nor politics.  It will be a time to discern how your ethics, your religion and your spirituality will help you in your social justice work.  We celebrate each other’s inherent worth and dignity and nurture a free and responsible search for truth and meaning for all!

 

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

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e-nUUs – October 18, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • We No Longer Have the Right to Remain Silent – October 22
  • RE Teacher Teams – October 22
  • Halloween Party and Haunted House – October 21
  • Parents of Young Children Potluck – October 20
  • REPEAT Information Session – October 22
  • Creative Living with Stress Workshop – October 28
  • Peter Mayer in Concert (Akron UU Church) – November 4
  • Save the Date: Beyond Categorical Thinking – November 11

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  • Small Group Conversations — Register Now!  — Deadline October 24
  • Thanks4Giving Auction – December 2

 

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More Alike than Different – October 15, 2017

Led by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

This service challenges the conflict-based logic that is constantly being forced on us (e.g. liberals vs. conservatives, red state vs blue state…).

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

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Blessings of Religious Community – October 8, 2017

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson with Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer  

What distinguishes participation in a church compared to participation in a civic organization?  We will explore the diverse reasons why we attend church and reflect upon what the UU Church of Kent means to us personally.

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

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