e-nUUs: June 19, 2024

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Topics included:

e-nUUs Information

Messages from the Board

Short-term Ministerial Coverage Plan

Community Within

Last Out the Door?  

Coffee Volunteers Needed to support Social Hour

Income Generation

Auction Events Tickets Available

Grocery Cards

Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday Morning

Social Justice

Worship and Music

Sunday, June 23,  2024 – …

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Sunday, June 23, 2024 The Invisible People: UUYJ's Experiences with the Oglala Lakota

10 AM in Hobbs Hall

A multi-platform service lead by Youth Leader Ellen McWilliams-Woods, our UU Youth for Justice, and Director of Religious Education Colleen Theole.

Lakota people of South Dakota remain largely invisible to mainstream society in many ways.  Fifteen members of our high school youth group (UUYJ) just returned from a service/cultural immersion trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Through music, art, reflections, and spi…

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Introducing Rev. Kristina Church

Beloved Community,

The UUCK Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Kristina Church as our new Contract Minister.  Rev. Kristina will be joining us ¾ time effective September 1, 2024.

Rev. Kristina has most recently served the UU Congregation of Erie as its ¾ time Minister, and has also ministered to the UU Church of Hamburg, and the First Unitarian Society of Westchester.  Along with her ministerial training and…

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Sunday, June 16, 2024 Sui Generis

10:00 AM in Hobbs Hall

A multi-platform service led by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate CLM Kathy Kerns.

“Sui generis” is a Latin phrase that means “Of its own kind.”  It refers to people and ideas that are different from the mainstream.  This is a service about the inherent worth and dignity of people who do not fit well into society.  It includes personal stories and references through history.

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June 9, 2024 All Creatures, Great and Small

Join us for our annual Service in the Park and Church Picnic! 10 AM at Plum Creek Park, Pavilion #2

We regret that since the service will be in a remote location, Zoom will not be available.

All Creatures, Great and Small

Led by CLM Lori Mirkin-McGee, will begin at 10 AM and will include a pet blessing. Bring your folding chairs, picnic blanket, and your beloved pet(s)!

When I was young, I read the series by James Harriot called…

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June 2, 2023 Blooming Together: Flower Sunday

10:00 AM in Hobbs Hall an on Zoom

A multi-platform service (in-person and via Zoom) led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with Affiliated Minister Rev. Christie Anderson and Transitional Music Director Emily Hall.

This season calls us to life and invites us to create a flowering bouquet of community with love at the center. Join in celebrating our new members and the renewal of our commitment to our faith and each other…

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May 26, 2024

Dances of Universal Peace / Love and Loss are Interwoven

9:15 AM: Dances of Universal Peace (in Hobbs Hall)

Led by Alicia Patrice

To honor the seeking of peace that unifies us all and to celebrate our final two-service Sunday before our summer schedule changes, we will gather at 9:15am in Hobbs Hall for an interactive and music-filled experience of the Dances of Universal Peace!

After centering ourselves into a worshipful space,…

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May 19, 2024

Talking Across Differences / Finding Hope

9:15 AM: Talking Across Differences

An in-person all-ages service led by DRE Colleen Thoele with a reflection by Randy Bish.

One of our Unitarian ancestors, Frances Davíd, said that we need not think alike to love alike. How do we talk to each other when we have strong, opposing opinions?

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classr…

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Peace Vespers - 7:30pm Wednesday, May 22, 2024 in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom

Join us for an evening of lament, ritual, and singing for our wounded world, for hope in our connections to one another, and for our shared resilience as we lift up voices of peace. 

Led by Randy Bish, Transitional Music Director Emily Hall, and Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, with music from the UU Church of Kent Peace Choir.

Order of Service

Zoom Information:

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Open Minds, Helping Hands, Loving Hearts: RE Sunday / Open Minds, Helping Hands and Loving Hearts: RE and Bridging Sunday

9:15 AM: Open Minds, Helping Hands, Loving Hearts: RE Sunday / A Sacred Chord

An all-ages service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, RE teacher and the children of UUCK!

The children are leading the service! The children are leading the service! Each Spring we celebrate our children on Rel…

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Visitors

Welcome visitors! We hope that you will find a spiritual home here and that you will be enriched in the liberal religious practice and heritage of Unitarian Universalism. The members of this church take pride in the fact that we embrace people of all races, ethnicities, ages, creeds, sexual orientations, and abilities. Unitarian Universalism is a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles and many sources of wisdom. Our congregation is where we come together in religious community to discern our values and live lives in alignment with them. Ours is a living tradition and we put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world. In addition, we are a “Welcoming Congregation” which means we have taken part in a special program, designed by the UUA, for congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people. The congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Newcomers are always welcome to visit our congregation. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.

We invite you to explore our website, visit our congregation, and discover Unitarian Universalism!

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.

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