Finding Joy in Trying Times - July 31, 2016

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Colleen Norris was the winner of the raffle at our last service auction which gives her the opportunity to choose a subject upon which I will preach.  Collen has asked me to reflect on finding joy in trying times.  Why is finding joy amidst the struggle important?  How can we move past the obstacles that get in the way of choosing joy?

Our Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care for children…

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We Hunger for Justice - July 24, 2016

Led by Elaine Yehle Bowen and Worship Associate Becky Cline

The focus of July in our 150th anniversary year is hunger. We celebrate our congregations’ long history of supporting Kent Social Services food programs with Christmas in July to collect 150# of non-perishable food during the month and a special collection to assist KSS in its mission to serve those in need.

Our service will explore various aspects of hunger within our community….

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Many Voices of Inspiration - July 17, 2016

Led by Justin Czekaj and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

Do you have a favorite quote?  Words that remind you to stay the course, lift you up on a bad day, or drive you to action?  Inspiration can be found everywhere and sometimes the words of others can be enough to entice us to act or provide a moment of clarity.  We will seek to be inspired by these phrases through our worship.

Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care a…

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Podcast of the Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation and Justice Vigil - Sunday, July 10

If you were unable to attend the Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation and Justice vigil held on Sunday, July 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, consider listening to the podcast below.

This vigil was an opportunity for people to come together to express their grief resulting from the terrible violence in Baton Rouge, LA, Minneapolis, MN, and Dallas, TX and to honor the lives that were lost – the black ones and the blue o…

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June 2016 Chalice Flame Newsletter

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Sustained by Love - July 10, 2016

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Through transitions large and small, this congregation has been sustained by love for 150 years.  We gather this morning to celebrate that love.

 

Sunday Service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Spiritual Parenting - July 3, 2016

Led by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Lori McGee

A service about the challenges and the spiritual lessons of giving and receiving parenting.  This message is shared through music, personal anecdotes, readings, and humor.

 

Through the month of July, our Sunday service will be offered at 9:45 AM.  Nursery care is available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Tis a Gift to Be Simple - June 26, 2016

One service only today at 9:45 AM led by Worship Leader Andrew Rome

Busy! Busy! Busy! We often add new layers of complexity to our lives, turning joyful activities into burdens.  Let’s stop to enjoy a simple service. We’ll reflect on creating simplicity in our lives and try to experience a pause in the world’s chaotic energy.

 

Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Plain and Simple - June 19, 2016

Led by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel
Simplicity is not only a pleasant practice, it may well be an antidote to some of the soul sickness of our own time.  One of the simple rituals Unitarian Universalists keep is an annual Flower Ceremony.  With this ceremony we celebrate the beauty of unity in diversity.  Please bring a stem or two of any flower that appeals to you with you to the service this morning.

We will…

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Simple Idealism - June 12, 2016 at Plum Creek Park!

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

In the mid 19th century, Unitarians and Universalists started and became involved in a number of intentional utopian communities.  Often these communities began simply because the founders wanted to find a way to enact their lofty ideals.  What can we learn from their efforts in our own attempts to build and sustain community?

We will have one service only today and it wil…

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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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