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Image by TC Perch from Pixabay Sunday, April 12, 2020 A virtual Easter service led by Rev. Steven Protzman, Colleen Thoele, and Hal Walker Rev. Sarah York says: “Roll the stone away from in front of your hearts.” She invites us to realize that parts of ourselves may be shut away, especially in this time of fear and anxiety. As we celebrate Easter w…
 
Sunday, April 5, 2020 A virtual service at 10 AM led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood. Bill Gates recently wrote a reflection on what the coronavirus is teaching us about life and the need to reprioritize. In this time when we are so aware of life’s fragility and the truth that life is a precious gift, what really mat…
 
Sunday, March 29, 2020 Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser In this difficult time where we are physically distanced from one another and we need to stay home to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus, how do we care for one another and stay connected? What…
 
Join us Sunday, March 22 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service can be found below. Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and DRE Collen Thoele, and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen The song “Rising Green” reminds us that the energy of the earth flows through us as well as through all of life …
 
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Sunday, March 8, 2020 Led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman Underneath the surface of the world that many of us grew up in is another world, a world of interconnection, of beauty, and of resilience that we yearn for. How might Unitarian Universalists be partners with indigenous and…
 
Image by John Hain from Pixabay Sunday, February 23, 2020 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee As Unitarian Universalists, we are held together by covenant, the promises we make to each other about how we will journey together as a people of many diverse theologies and ways of making meaning of life. But how do we actually l…
 
Image by Marc Pascual from Pixabay Sunday, February 16, 2020 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman Christine Valters Paintner writes: “Perhaps this is life’s most exalted and exacting task, holding the hard edges against the soft wonder.” After one of life’s struggles or losses, in the face of adversity and the divisive times we find ourselves living in, how…
 
Image by Werner Moser from Pixabay Sunday , February 2, 2020 Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Randy Bish “Hate cannot drive out hate, only light can do that. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only love can do that.” This proclamation by Dr. Martin Luther King calls on us to employ unconditional love when trying to build bridges…
 
Image by John Hain from Pixabay Sunday, January 20, 2020 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood May Sarton wrote: “Now I become myself. It’s taken time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken, worn other people’s faces.” As we continue exploring January’s Soul Matters theme of integrity, we’ll reflect …
 
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Sunday, December 15, 2019 Led by DRE Colleen Thoele and Sandy Eaglen This family friendly all-ages service will celebrate the stars! Through dance, song and story, the children of our beloved community will offer tales of Christmas magic and joy. Sunday morning services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nurser…
 
Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood Awe is the feeling we get when something vast challenges our understanding of the world. Feeling awe can be a powerful spiritual experience because as Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner say: “it imbues us with a different sense of ourselves, seeing ourselves as part of something larger.”…
 
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser Taking care of the earth is an important and almost universally shared value. But taking care of the earth is also a spiritual challenge as it may require at times that we be intentional and change our behavior so that we feel our actions are in alig…
 
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay Sunday, November 17, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee Poet Mary Oliver once said: “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” In her poem “Gratitude” Oliver poses eight questions that invite us to be fully present and to pay attention to the world around us. We will reflect on the…
 
Sunday, November 10, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen Poet Judyth Hill invites us to “Wage peace”, to use our breath and our ears and our hands and our hearts to not only actively work for peace, but to act as if peace is already a reality. As we thank and honor our veterans for their service to our country on thi…
 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Jennifer May Commissioner Steven has turned on the Chalice Signal: calling all UU Superheroes! In honor of our Treats and Talents auction with its theme of “SUUperheroes” this year, this service will be an invitation to bring your UUnique superpower and join other “SUUperher…
 
Sunday, October 27, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser “So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.” The words of this Reformed Jewish prayer remind us that our loved ones live on in our hearts as long as we remember them. In keeping with the many spiritua…
 
Sunday , October 20, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns Unitarian Universalists often use the phrase “Beloved Community”, a concept which was coined by Josiah Royce, who spoke of a community of memory and hope, and then enlarged by Martin Luther King Jr. How does this vision of the world challenge us as a community t…
 
Image by Ralf Kunze from Pixabay Sunday, October 13, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Elena Kline The apple, a symbol of autumn, has long been associated with the body, especially healing and good health, but it also represents spiritual gifts, including abundance, love, gratitu…
 
Sunday, October 6, 2019 Led by Lori McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen Yom Kippur is the holiest of days for the Jewish people. During Yom Kippur, Jews around the world will spend their days fasting, praying in atonement and repentance, and asking for forgiveness from God for wrong-doings over the past year. What can Unitarian Universalists l…
 
Sunday, September 22, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman How often do our expectations of ourselves, our lives, and one another and society’s expectations of us get in the way of living more fully and authentically? As a community that is held together by covenant rather than creed, what can and should we honestly expect of each other? The service wi…
 
Sunday, September 15, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman Starhawk says: “We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been.” If Unitarian Universalism is to truly be a spiritual home, we need to both give and receive radical hospitality, offering to one another what we need to become more fully human and creating a place we have never be…
 
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele What is it the water remembers? What does water invite us to remember? As we return from our summer adventures bringing water and stories to share, this festive all ages service of water communion and ingathering invites us to bring our lives, o…
 
Sunday, September 1, 2019 Led by Lori McGee and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns Based on the spiritual practice taught in “Living by Heart,” a course that I will offer this church year, this service explores how poetry can be a doorway into prayer. Unitarian Universalists don’t typically have memorized prayers as many other religions do. When I came …
 
Image by Adam Clay from Pixabay Sunday, August 25, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser Four hundred years after the first ships carrying slaves arrived in the American colonies, we will reflect on America’s long history of white supremacy culture, honor the contributions of African-Americans to our culture…
 
Sunday, August 18, 2019 — one service at 10 AM Led by Kathy Walker and Saul Flanner You have traveled to the UUCK in search of a new adventure. A mysterious invitation to take a road trip awaits you. Will you strike out on your own or bring along your family? How will you prepare for your journey? What will you learn about spiritual practice and fa…
 
Sunday, August 11, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Kathy Kerns This year at General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association, held in Spokane, Washington, attendees were invited to participate in the work of turning our denomination toward justice and greater inclusion. Rev. Steven will share hi…
 
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM Led by Kathy Kerns, CLM Candidate and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles advocate respecting the inherent worthy and dignity of all people and showing compassion in human relations. Ideally, our congregations are inviting places for anyone who resonates to our princi…
 
Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Sunday, July 21, 2019 — one service at 10 AM Led by Joe Donatone with Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman Seminarian Joe Donatone will share his reflections on the Pulse tragedy while examining how our Unitarian Universalist values can guide us through even the darkest of moments. Remaining liberal and religi…
 
Sunday, July 14, 2019 One service at 10 AM led by Mike Hovancsek with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen. On this morning we’ll focus on seeing hope in the world by looking at the children in it. Summer services are offered on Sunday mornings at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.By Mike Hovancsek, Elaine Bowen, Abby Kuras, Mark Allender, Benny Hovancsek
 
Sunday, July 7, 2019 One service at 10 AM led by Nicole Penny and Worship Associate Lori McGee The importance of prayer is discussed among many religions, but few help with how to pray. Often reading tarot cards as a practice or having the service done for a person is perceived as a way of looking towards the future. In this service we’ll seek to e…
 
Sunday, June 30, 2019 Led by Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge Kenge” There has been a major change in our plan for this Sunday morning’s service. A wonderful group of musicians from Kenya are in town for the week and they are looking forward to joining us and leading our Sunday morning service.Please join Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge …
 
Sunday, June 23, 2019 One service at 10 AM Led by Christopher Dum and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson The United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world. Our criminal justice policies have created and exacerbated deep divisions in human relations. Because 90% of people will eventually leave prison, it is important tha…
 
Sunday, June 16, 2019 One service at 10 AM Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lori McGee Is there such a thing as the gay agenda? Do GLBTQ people want “special rights”? Is UUCK a “gay church” as some people have described it? As our quest for truth continues and we celebrate Pride Sunday, the real gay agenda will be revealed and wit…
 
UU Church of Kent vigil in support of a woman’s right to choose. Sunday, June 2, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman As Unitarian Universalists, we do not agree on the issue of abortion but our first principle calls us to affirm the right of every woman to make their own choices about their bodies and their families. Our faith also calls us to work to…
 
Sunday, May 26, 2016 Led by Cal Frye and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns Memorial Day may be one of the most personal of our American holy days. It is born out of the human need to make sense of life and death. To make meaning out of what we have been given and what we will do with it; to remember all those sons and daughters who did their duty, rega…
 
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Eric van Baars Once again we gather to do the work of this covenantal community through worship and our annual meeting. Together we will reflect on who we’ve been this past year, how UUCK has been living out our mission to inspire love, seek justice, and grow in community, and d…
 
Sunday, May 12, 2019 Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel What do the flowers have to teach us about life? As a community of all ages, we will gather for our annual celebration of flower communion. This tradition, created by Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia in 1923, invites us to see the beauty all around…
 
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Led by Music Director Hal Walker and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson In our annual Music Sunday, we will explore a variety of expressions of Peace through music. Music Director Hal Walker, worship associate Christie Anderson, the UU church of Kent Peace Choir, the Fallow Time Folk orchestra and the Tone Chimers will …
 
Sunday, April 21, 2019 Rev. Steven Protzman and Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with Worship Associate Eric van Baars The hymn “A Promise through the Ages Rings” says that: “a green shoot always, always springs, and something always, always sings”, affirming life’s resilience and ability to renew itself. On this Easter Sunday, we wil…
 
Led by Lisa Thiel and Worship Associate Cal Frye Descartes may have done humanity a disservice with his axiom, ‘I think therefore I am,’ keeping us all in our heads. Today we will explore living from the heart as an essential part of the path toward wholeness. Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available during both …
 
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