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An Apple for the Journey

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, gratitude and generosity, that help us make our life's journey more meaningful. We will gather as a community of all ages to give thanks for life's many...


Town Hall Meeting

On Sunday, October 6 the UUCK Board of Trustees held a Town Hall Meeting to to review and discuss this years Congregational Goals. Below is an audio recording of the meeting for those who were not able to attend. Click here to review the goals.


Begin Again in Love

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 learn from this centuries long tradition of atonement and new beginnings? This service will provide some insights to this high holy day and offer a...


Great Expectations

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 will explore various aspects of the month's Soul Matters theme of Expectation. Following the second service, there will be a theme discussion group...


Coming Home

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 been. During this service we will commission and bless our Religious Education teachers and leaders as we begin a new RE year. Sunday morning...


The Water Remembers

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, our struggles, our hopes and our dreams to this community and join our lives together once again. Please bring a small amount of water for the...


Poems of the Heart

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 to UUism, I missed this practice. "Living by Heart" offers a way to use memorized poems as a meditative and soulful substitute for traditional...


Let America Be America Again

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, and seek to find inspiration for our continued work of racial justice. During this service we will also bless backpacks and other bags to affirm...


The Road Trip as Spiritual Practice: A Choose Your Own Adventure

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 family rituals along the way? Could there be other wonders to discover? You decide what happens next in this interactive service. Summer services...


Turnings and Trim Tabs

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 highlights, experiences and learning from General Assembly, and invite us to lean into the work of helping our faith turn by being trim tabs, the...


Love for All

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 principles. As a denomination, how are we doing with people who do not fit the UU stereotype? We will examine this question through the lens of social...


Our Unitarian Universalist Values in Action: Reflections on Pulse

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 religious in times of crisis can be challenging. Joe offers ways in which our values can sustain us, guide us, and inspire us to action. Summer...


Sacred Generations

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.


Tarot as a Tool for Prayer

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 explore prayer and how reading tarot cards can be a means to connect to the Universe and a tool for prayer for those who ask for guidance. Summer...


Kenge Kenge: Music is a Universal Language

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 Kenge” in a very special and unique worship service this Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Kenge Kenge Orutu System isa unique Nairobi-based group whose...


Behind these Fences

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 that we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person returning to society. Using the creative work of incarcerated writers and artists as...


The Real Gay Agenda

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 with it, Unitarian Universalism's agenda: to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and continue our work to create a world free from...


Pro Faith, Pro Family, Pro Choice

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 toward a compassionate society where children are wanted and loved, and welcomed into of a safe community where we care for their needs. This...


To Remember

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, regardless if they wanted to or not. To Remember. One Sunday service at 10 AM with nursery care available.


The Once and Future Church

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 dream about who we might be in the years to come, holding before us a vision of the Beloved Community. ***One service at 9:45 am followed by social...