Coming of Age at Walden

Recently, many the UUCK congregation went camping at Walden, this fall located at Punderson State Park. During the camp-out, the youth in the High School Coming of Age class used the opportunity to further their curriculum. After a long rainy night and a cold fall morning, they conducted a survey. Consisting of five questions, the survey asked people about their religion and how they express it.  Here are some of the answers they heard.

Why do you go to church?

  • Cal: “Right now, that’s a damn good question.” (it was cold and raining)
  • Dan Flippo, Sr.: “Community. I enjoy a lot of the activities, and asking others about religion.”
  • Phyllis: “Inspiration”
  • Lois Weir: “Community, Inspiration, service”
  • Randy Leeson: “Fellowship”
  • Tanya Kahl: To renew my spirit, connect with people who have similar values, and to instill values in my children.
  • Kathy Kerns: “To help myself be a better person and be reminded of the good things in life. Also for my kids.”
  • Mary Leeson: “Because I like to be inspired by services and people. I grew up going to church, and I wanted to bring my children.”
  • Colleen Norris: “As a UU, I go because I love the messages and [the] people. You make lasting friendships. I like the idea of Unitarian Universalism, everyone is welcome.”
  • Blaine Vessely: “To be part of the music program, and for Nora.”

Do you consider yourself religious? / What is your definition of being religious?

  • Cal: “Somewhat. There are clearly some people hat get more deep interaction [with faith] than I grew up with.”
  • Kevin: “No, I don’t, but I respect other people’s religions.”
  • Phyllis: “ Yes, [to be religious is to] hope for a better community”
  • Lois: “No, to be religious implies dogma, my religion doesn’t [have this]”
  • Randy: “No, it implies believing in things without evidence”
  • Tanya: “I used to, but not so much anymore”
  • Kathy Herns: “Yeah, I think so. I identify with a faith.”
  • Colleen Norris: “Somewhat, I believe in a higher power. I believe that Jesus Christ may have existed, but that he may have been more ordinary.”

Do you consider yourself spiritual? / What is your definition of being spiritual?

  • Cal: “Yes, I have had some spiritual experiences, usually outside of church”
  • Kevin: “Yeah, more or less somewhat. I don’t consider myself spiritual, just more into science. I do get very spiritual sometimes.”
  • Phyllis: “No, not supernaturally spiritual at least”
  • Lois: “Yes, it is to believe in something bigger than ourselves”
  • Randy: “No, I’m not quite sure how that is different. Some people experience spiritual emotions”
  • Tanya: “Yes, I think, well not as much, more strong valued. I guess it [being spiritual] is someone who focuses on being spiritual”
  • Kathy Kerns: “Yeah, I could be doing more in terms of that, and it would help myself remain more grounded.”
  • Colleen Norris: “A little bit, but not too much. I believe in a higher being, but that’s about it.

What faith did you grow up with?

  • Cal: “United Methodist.”
  • Kevin: “Southern Baptist & Methodist. I was never really religious.”
  • Dan: “No church, my mom was atheist.”
  • Phyllis: “Disciples of Christ”
  • Lois: “Christian Scientist, but when I turned ten my parents started at a Unitarian church, and I am almost a life-long Unitarian”
  • Randy: “none”
  • Tanya: “Catholic”
  • Blaine Vessely: “Catholic.”
  • Kathy Kerns: “I grew up a UU. I lived in California until about age four, when we moved to Oklahoma. People started asking my parents about what church we attended. We never went to church before, but they started looking into it and so we found a UU church.”
  • Mary Leeson: “Methodist”
  • Colleen Norris: “Southern Baptist”

Why did you start attending our church?

  • Cal: “We were a family in crisis. We were looking for support.”
  • Kevin, while he doesn’t go to church, did say: “Many friends by at church.”
  • Dan: “I was shocked it existed. I wanted to know how they did things without dogma”
  • Phyllis: “My Children started to create their own religions from what they gathered from friends”
  • Lois: “Because of my parents, and we were looking for a community to be part of”
  • Randy: “My college roommate told me about it and said I might like it. We started coming here when we had kids.”
  • Blaine Vessely: “Because Vanessa got the piano position and we were ready for a change from our old church.”
  • Kathy Kerns: “When I moved here, I was pretty busy. I actually didn’t like it very much at first, so I went to the Akron church. But when they got a full-time minister at UUCK, I decided to come back.”
  • Mary Leeson: “I grew disillusioned with my previous church. I wanted my kids to have a community and I felt at home. And, being married to an atheist, it was a good option for all of us.”
  • Colleen Norris: “I tried the UU church of Akron too, but it was too upscale for me. So someone suggested UUCK.”
Share this:

Thanks-4-Giving Auction

ONLINE ACCESS FOR ALL YOUR AUCTION NEEDS!

Everyone can use the Auction web site at
www.togetherauction.com/kentuu to:

  • Find general information about the auction
  • Make a donation (or re-offer something you donated last year!)
  • Look at the catalog to see what’s already been donated
  • Look at the calendar to see when auction events are scheduled
  • See a complete statement showing your payment status, donations, and purchases
  • Find out who purchased your donated events and services
  • Send an email to purchasers of your event

Log in to our auction web site anytime at http://www.togetherauction.com/kentuu.

Simply click on the blue “login” link in the upper right corner of the screen. You will log in using your telephone number and the last 4 digits of your phone number as the PIN. If you’ve never logged in before, a blue “I’m New…” link will appear below. Click that link to proceed.

An ad in the auction program is a great way to publicize your business, congratulate someone, celebrate a milestone, or thank a person or group. And it’s inexpensive! Personal ads start at just $15 and business ads at $30. Simply complete the form located here.

Thank you for supporting the auction. We are looking forward to another wonderful event celebrating our amazing community!

Share this:

e-nUUs – October 16, 2018

Click to Open this week’s e-nUUs!  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM
    • The Promise and the Practice – Sunday, October 21
    • Safely Kept in the Heart – Sunday, October 28
    • Sermon References from Sunday, October 14
  • Annual Halloween Party
  • News from the RE Wire
    • This week in RE 
    • Save the Date:
      The Importance of Talking to Young Children about Race:
                 Workshop w/ Rev. Christie Anderson – November 16
    • Attention Youth (and the Adults who drive them around)
    • RE Teacher Teams – Sunday, October 21
  • The Lovers, The Dreamers, and UU – Thanks-4-Giving Auction – December 1
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • Gabriel Lopez Memorial – October 20
  • Parking Safety
  • Your Helping Hands Are Needed
  • Family Game Night – November 3
  • New to UU Classes Offered in November
  • Seeking a Thanksgiving Dinner Co-host
  • Special Collection in Support of BLUU – Sunday, October 21
  • Nuns on the Bus to Visit UU Church of Akron – October 21
  • Kent Environmental Council’s Hope for the Planet – October 22
  • Justice-pa-lUUza at West Shore UU Church –  Saturday, Oct. 27,
  • UUJO News
Share this:

The Promise and the Practice

Sunday, October 20, 2018

Led by Melissa Jeter and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association.  Click here for more information on the Promise and the Practice Campaign for Black Lives Unitarian Universalist (BLUU).

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

Share this:

The Promise and Possibilities of Shared Ministry

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee


Rev. Gordon McKeeman writes: “Ministry is a quality of relationship between and among human beings that beckons forth hidden possibilities.”  Ministry, once thought to be the work of ordained ministers, is the way we serve one another and the world.  This service will invite us to reflect on shared ministry as a promise all of us make to live out our values as Unitarian Universalists for the benefit of the congregation and the greater community.

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

Share this:

A Vigil of Lament, Healing and Hope

Monday, October 15, 2018  at 7 pm

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

The SCOTUS hearings, the divisiveness so evident in our politics and in our country right now, and the treatment of survivors of sexual violence have made the last few weeks difficult for all of us and especially painful for survivors of sexual violence.  We want to offer an opportunity for a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings, to participate in a ritual of healing, and to hear words of hope to sustain us in the times to come. 
Everyone is welcome to attend.  Childcare will be provided — no RSVP needed.

Share this:

e-nUUs – October 10, 2018

Click to Open this week’s e-nUUs!  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • From Rev. Steven
    • A Vigil of Lament, Healing and Hope- October 15
  • Board News
  • Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM
    • The Promise and the Possibilities of Shared Ministry – Sunday, October 14
    • The Promise and the Practice – Sunday, October 21
    • Safely Kept in the Heart – Sunday, October 28
  • Annual Halloween Party
  • News from the RE Wire
    • This week in RE 
    • RE Teacher Teams – Sunday, October 7
  • The Lovers, The Dreamers, and UU – Thanks-4-Giving Auction – December 1
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • “Meet at the Fair” Shared Ministries Fair – October 14
  • Second Sunday Meet & Greet – October 14
  • Retiree’s Lunch – October 16
  • Seeking Justice Warriors
  • UUJO News
  • Race Forward Akron – UU Church of Akron, October 20
  • Anti-Racism Events in Kent
  • Kent Environmental Council’s Hope for the Planet – October 22
  • Safer Futures — Hope in a Handbag Fundraiser – October 20 ​

Share this:

From Seed to Fruit

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Martin Luther once said that even if he knew the world were going to end, he would still plant an apple tree.  Today as we gather as a community of all ages to celebrate apple communion, we will give thanks for life’s many gifts, be reminded that apples are a symbol of spiritual gifts, including abundance, love, gratitude and generosity, and find inspiration in the way an apple tree begins as a small seed.

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

Share this:

e-nUUs – October 3, 2018

Click to Open this week’s e-nUUs!  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • From Rev. Steven
    • Your UU Elevator Speech
    • The Kavanaugh Hearings
  • Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM
    • From Seed to Fruit – Sunday, October 7
    • The Promise and the Possibilities of Shared Ministry – Sunday, October 14
    • The Promise and the Practice – Sunday, October 21
    • Safely Kept in the Heart – Sunday, October 28
  • Pastoral Care – Circle of Love and Care – October 8
  • Annual Halloween Party
  • News from the RE Wire
    • This week in RE 
    • RE Teacher Teams – Sunday, October 7
    • Social Media Policy reminder
  • Save the Date: The Lovers, The Dreamers, and UU – Thanks-4-Giving Auction – December 1
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • Olive Hobbs Celebration of Life – October 6
  • Plant-based (vegan) Potluck – October 5
  • “Meet at the Fair” Shared Ministries Fair – October 14
  • Attention All Committee and All Groups
  • Retiree’s Lunch – October 16
  • From the Library Team
  • Update: Fessenden Hall Restoration news
  • Fall Walden Camping Trip
  • Seeking Justice Warriors
  • Anti-Racism Events in Kent
  • Summer Institute Proposals Being Accepted
  • UUJO Annual Assembly — November 17
  • Safer Futures — Hope in a Handbag Fundraiser – October 20 ​

Share this:

Beyond Diversity: Rethinking Race and Our Congregations

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Led by Scott Piepho and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

The conversation among Unitarian Universalists about our churches and people of color tends to center on the advantages that racial diversity offers to our congregations.  That frame tracks the general conversation in our society about issues like civil rights and immigration. The more important conversation is how we guarantee equal access to institutions, including UU churches, as a matter of fundamental justice.

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

Share this:

e-nUUs – September 26, 2018

Click to Open this week’s e-nUUs!  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM
  • Beyond Diversity: Rethinking Race and Our Congregations – Sunday, September 30
  • From Seed to Fruit – Sunday, October 7
  • The Promise and the Possibilities of Shared Ministry – Sunday, October 14
  • News from the RE Wire
    • This week in RE
    •  Important Reminder: Social Media Policy
    •  RE Teacher Teams – Sunday, September 30
  • Save the Date: The Lovers, The Dreamers, and UU – Thanks-4-Giving Auction – December 1
  • Olive Hobbs Celebration of Life – October 6
  • Save the Date — Shared Ministries Fair – October 14
  • Attention All Committee and All Groups
  • From the Library Team
  • Update: Fessenden Hall Restoration news
  • Special Collection Thank you
  • Seeking Justice Warriors
  • Kent Environmental Council honors the late Rev. Harold Walker, Jr.
  • UUJO Annual Assembly — November 17
Share this:

You’re Uni-What?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Unitarian Universalism is one of America’s best kept secrets.  Even those who have heard of us don’t know much about our religion.  After a light hearted look at some of the common images and stereotypes people have of UUism, we’ll explore the “elevator speech” to discover ways we can tell people about our faith and invite them to join us.

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

Download Rev. Steven’s sermon here (includes examples of elevator speeches)

Image credited to All Souls UU , Sioux Falls, SD

Share this:

e-nUUs – September 19, 2018

Click to Open this week’s e-nUUs!  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • Rev. Steven’s schedule
  • Board News
  • Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM
  • You’re Uni-What? – Sunday, September 23
  • Beyond Diversity: Rethinking Race and Our Congregations – Sunday, September 30
  • News from the RE Wire
    •  RE Teacher Meet & Greet – Sunday, September 23
    • This week in RE
    •  Important Reminder: Social Media Policy
    •  RE Teacher Teams – Sunday, September 23
  • Save the Date — Shared Ministries Fair – October 14
  • Fessenden Hall Restoration news
  • Special Collection in support of the Minister’s Discretionary Fund
  • Kent Environmental Council honors the late Rev. Harold Walker, Jr.
  • UUJO Annual Assembly — November 17
  • United Christian Ministries Fall Fundraising Dinner – October 26
  • UUA Breakthrough Congregations — Stories for the future of Unitarian Universalism
Share this:

Wake Now, Our Vision

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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

Humankind once believed that the equator defined the end of the world.  Once this myth was proven untrue as navigators sailed beyond the equator, human progress occurred at an astonishing rate.  What is possible when we challenge our myths as human beings and a congregation and invite our vision to awaken and guide toward who we can be?  As part of the morning’s worship time, we’ll also commission and bless our Religious Education

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

Share this:

e-nUUs – September 12, 2018

Click to Open this week’s e-nUUs!  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)

Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM
  • Now Wake, Our Vision – Sunday, September 16
  • You’re Uni-What? – Sunday, September 23
  • Beyond Diversity: Rethinking Race and Our Congregations – Sunday, September 30
  • News from the RE Wire
    •  RE Teacher Meet & Greet – Sunday, September 16
    • RE begins on Sunday, September 16
    •  What to expect on Sundays
    •  RE Teacher Teams – Sunday, September 16
  • Fessenden Hall Restoration Cleaning Party – September 15
  • Retiree’s Lunch – September 18
  • Action Required for the Church Directory
  • Fall Walden Camping Trip – October 12-14
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • Special Collection in support of the Minister’s Discretionary Fund
  • UUA Breakthrough Congregations — Stories for the future of Unitarian Universalism
Share this: