Humanist Wisdom Today - August 28, 2016

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Becky Cline

Since the early 20th century, humanists have found a home within our faith tradition.  Contemporary Unitarian Universalism has been profoundly shaped by humanist wisdom, which is always growing and evolving.  Come celebrate this rich legacy as we lift up humanist wisdom that can help us understand and respond to some of the challenges we live with today.

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Ingathering Service: Invisible Threads - August 21, 2016

with Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport and Religious Education Coordinator Colleen Thoele

As children and teachers return to school, rhythms shift for families and even, sometimes subtly, for those of us no longer connected to academic calendars.  This morning we come together, children and adults, to celebrate our community uniting again after the adventures of summer.  We will honor the invisible thr…

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Lover or Fighter – Finding a Balance - August 14, 2016

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and members of the Committee on Ministry

In this world of constant news, we are all too familiar with instances of innocent people’s lives being profoundly altered by the intrusion of violence in some public place.  Closer to home, we could all tell stories of small scale disruption in a public place.  As a community that serves and welcomes the public, how do we balance our concern for hospitality and securi…

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Spiritual Journey with John Muir - August 7, 2016

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

Has your present theology or your understanding of the meaning of life changed compared to the beliefs you held as a child?  You will have an opportunity to reflect upon the influences that have shaped your religious beliefs as we explore the fascinating life and spiritual journey of John Muir, naturalist, conservationist and writer.

 

Services are offered at 9:45 an…

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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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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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