Town Hall Sessions - March 3 and 4

The Board and the Finance Committee will be hosting two Town Hall Sessions to provide the congregation with an overview of our transitional ministry options and related FY25 budget implications, and to begin to collect your feedback as to our future priorities.  These Town Hall sessions are aligned with the Pledge Campaign Kickoff and will provide important context as you consider your pledge level for the next fiscal year.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Justice Unfinished / Stories from the Shadows

9:15 AM: Justice Unfinished

An in-person all-ages service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renée Ruchotzke. Reflection by Ellen

The work of dismantling racism and oppression is everyone’s to do. How can we work together for a better world when the systems in place are broken? How do we build a better way?

10:00 AM L…

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Order your 2024 spring flowers for Easter!

Help decorate the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent’s Sanctuary for Easter Sunday and support the UUYJ Community Meal.

Spring flowers (various colors) come 6” pots and are $10 each.  Available flowers are: Easter Lily, Daffodil, Mini Daffodil, Hyacinth, and Tulips.

Flowers will be available to take home on Sunday, March 31 following the 11 AM service.

CLICK HERE to print the order form. 

Order deadline is February 26, 2024.

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Seeds of Justice / The Legacy of Howard Thurman

9:15 AM: Seeds of Justice

An in-person all-ages service led by Director of Religious Exploration Colleen Thoele and Affiliated Community Minister Renée Ruchotzke with a reflection by Benny Hovancsek.

Chief Seattle of the Duwamish tribe said, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”. This morning we will center justice for our beloved Earth …

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Who Are Our Leaders?

During this time of transition, it may be helpful for folks to know who our official leaders are, and what areas they cover.We have a Board of Trustees, led by Moderator Kara Kramer. The board members are our elected leaders and have been given the authority by us to make decisions about the future (with opportunities for members to give input).We also have a Ministry Executive Team (MET) which includes our Administrator MaryBeth Hannan, our…

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Sad and Difficult News

We are saddened to share the news that our beloved minister, Reverend Steven, died Monday evening in the hospital following an unrelated complication, after surgery.  We know this is shocking news and we are all processing it and holding each other in love and care as we face this time of difficulty and uncertainty.  Please take a few moments to care for yourself as you receive this news. 

His obituary is available on the Bissler Funeral …

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e-nUUs: January 31, 2024

CLICK HERE to read this week’s announcements.

Topics included:

Information for church closing due to winter weather.

e-nUUs Information

New Sunday Service Schedule

From Rev. Steven

Pastoral Care During Rev. Steven’s Sick Leave

Community Within

Adult Religious Exploration – Peace in the Middle East  – February 12, 2024

Small Group Facilitator Training – February 6, 2024

Drum Circle – February 9…

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

9:15 AM: Be Kind To Yourself

An in-person all-ages service led by Director of Religious Exploration Colleen Thoele, Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renée Ruchotzke, and Transitional Music Director Emily Hall.

Before we can have Peace in the world, we must have Peace in our hearts. How might our kindness start with ourselves? Reflection by Kyotē Youst.

10:00 AM Lifespan Religiou…

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Drawing of a woman hugging herself surrounded by heart-shaped flowers

Sunday, February 4, 2023

On February 4, we return to two services offered at 9:15 AM and 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary. Additionally, all-ages religious exploration opportunities will be offered at 10:00 AM. Our Children and Youth will participate in their RE classes while facilitated discussions in small groups will be offered for adults in Hobbs Hall. Social hour will also be available from 10:00 -11:15 AM in Hobbs Hll. Click here to learn more about our “new” Sunday…

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e-nUUs: January 24, 2024

CLICK HERE to read this week’s announcements.

Topics included:

Winter weather church/program cancellations.

e-nUUs Information

New Sunday Service ScheduleFrom Rev. Steven

Pastoral Care During Rev. Steven’s Sick Leave

Community Within

All Church Potluck Dinner – February 25, 2024

Town Hall Sessions – March 3 and 4, 2024

Board Games Afternoon – January 27, 2024

Small Group Facilitator Training – January&n…

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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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