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Worship & Music
Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is available for children Preschool age and younger. 

We hope you'll join us this Sunday, February 5 during social hour (between services) for a special welcome to our new Interim Minister, Rev. Anya Johnston. 

February 5, 2017     How You See Me
Led by Rev. Anya Johnston and Intern Minister Dave Clements
Names have power and sometimes power is what we want to share.  Names also have power because they carry stories about who we are, how and we see ourselves and the world.  Come join us as we explore names and our individual identities.  Our new Interim Minister, Rev. Anya Johnston will be speaking and sharing with us.

Friday, February 10
Matt Watroba and Rev. Robert Jones in Concert
$12/advance - $15/Door - $5/under 21
Matt Watroba returns to Kent with the Rev. Robert Jones for a musical celebration of Black History Month. Their flagship program, "Music that Matters" celebrates diversity through the exploration of two centuries of American roots music. This concert will be as entertaining as it is educational. Everyone will leave with a strong sense of history and how we are all connected. Matt and Robert begin the story in the mid 19th century and bring it all the way up to the modern day. From spirituals to rap, the musical journey includes work songs, sing alongs, songs of struggle and songs of protest.
Lifespan Learning
News from RE...
What Can One Little Person Do to Change the World? 

During the month of January the RE kids (K-5th) worked to answer that question for themselves! We talked about the 7 principles and how to use them to go out and do good. Week two saw us focused on acts of kindness and empathy. Next we discussed Martin Luther King Jr's life and spent time meditating and discovering our own dream for the world. Finally we ended our time together by deciding how each of us can work toward our dream.  Make sure to take a look at the displays of their ideas and dreams for a better world! Displays are located in the stairwell leading to the 3rd floor and also in Fessenden Hall. 
For the middle and high school groups, we focused on anti-racism and social action. Each week we watched a short video or TED Talk and then had deep discussions regarding attitudes toward cultural diversity in the world today and how we might help bring people of different races and cultures together.
Regular RE Classes resume this coming Sunday Feb 5th. 

Youth Overnighter and Souper Sunday!
- Saturday, February 11 at UUCK
- 7pm Saturday to Sunday morning
- In addition to hanging out and spending the night, we'll be making soup to sell
   on Sunday morning. A portion of the proceeds will be donated and a portion
   will be used to fund future Youth Group activities.
- More details to come
- All 7th-12th graders are invited

Teacher Teams for Sunday, February 5, 2017
 9:45 AM
Nursery:   Michelle Bores (Staff) and Sandy Bowers
Pre-K-Kindergarten:   Laura McCrystal and Elisabeth Swango
Grades 1-2:   Patty Miller, Valerie Henry and Kim Homsher
Grades 3-5:   Cheryl Spoehr and Iris Mack
11:30 AM
Nursery:   Michelle Bores (Staff), Vivian Hogan and Natasha Swango
Middle School:    Liz Bright and Liz Wagoner (Meets in the Annex)
High School:   Laura Sinclair and Mary Ann Kasper

Income Generation
Kathy's Challenge for the Congregation!
Our Capital Campaign pledges continue to come in, but it would be great to have some extra cash on hand for our expansion. That's where you come in!  I will donate $100 for every fundraiser that is held for the Capital Campaign by June 30, 2017 (because early money is the most helpful).   If your fundraiser makes more than $1000 I will donate $200.  While all donations to the campaign are very much appreciated, this challenge is for fundraisers where 100% of the proceeds go to the capital campaign.   
Interested? Just submit an application for a church fundraiser (available on the church website, in the annex, or from MaryBeth Hannan) and submit  to MaryBeth.  Fundraisers do not have to be held in church or directed only to members of the congregation, so I encourage everyone to be creative.
Kathy Kerns (

Community Within

Plant Based Potluck & Presentation on The Environment and Modern Agriculture -- Friday, February 3
The next meeting of the UUCK Plant-Based Affinity Group will be held this week, Friday Feb. 3 in Fessenden Hall. We'll have our potluck meal at 6:30 -- please bring a plant-based/vegan dish to share. Your contribution can be as simple as a bowl of fresh fruit or a plate of steamed broccoli.
At 7:30 we'll have a presentation by Katie Medlock, a Humane Educator with the Ethical Choices Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, who will be presenting a 45 minute program on:
   The Environment and Modern Agriculture
   We will explore how raising farmed animals and related crops affect
   ecosystems and our health through climate change, the depletion of natural
   resources, the pollution of soil, water and air, the use of pesticides,
   antibiotics, soil erosion, deforestation and world hunger. Participants discuss
   alternative choices that can help protect our environment.

We hope you will join us for the potluck and stay for the presentation. If you're only able to attend one or the other, we welcome you for whichever part of the evening you can attend.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us.
Rhonda Richardson (
Trish McLoughlin (

Wrong Coat?
Last Sunday, someone inadvertently picked up the wrong coat following second service.  Dan Hayes owns a navy blue pea coat and when he looked for his jacket last Sunday it was missing – left behind was a similar jacket.  With the “return of winter” Dan is really missing the special comfort that comes from his very own favorite jacket.
If you have a navy blue pea coat would you please check inside for an Old Navy label?  If you find one, would you please contact the church office and we’ll make arrangements so that you both can once again find that special comfort that comes from your very own favorite jacket. 
Many thanks.


New UU Classes This Month!
Curious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but didn’t know where to go or whom to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you're curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, February 12, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday,February 19, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller

SNOW DAYS --  With winter weather upon us, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely, we may choose to have only the second service if the weather or the roads warrant a delay.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church. 
If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out. 
You can check in one of these places: 

Social Justice and Community Outreach
April 29 (9:00-1:00) and May 13 (9:00-1:00)
Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent
The Pledge is a commitment individuals make to work every day to end personal and institutional racism.  The workshop is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence to integrate The Pledge in daily life.
The first 3 of 6 modules will be offered on April 29 and the remaining modules will be offered on May 13.  Each module builds on the preceding one and participation in all modules is encouraged.  Lunch will be served.
More information will be provided at later dates.  For now, mark your calendar and plan to participate.  All members and friends of UUCK are welcome. 

UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections
Support Our Muslim Neighbors
Friday, February 3, 12:30 p.m.

Islamic Center of Cleveland
6605 W. 130th Street, Parma, Ohio

Members and friends of West Shore UU church, please join together in support of our Muslim neighbors by Standing on the Side of Love, as we gather at the Islamic Center of Cleveland to show our love and support for the 1:00 p.m. Friday Prayer at The Grand Mosque.
We will gather at 12:30 p.m. to greet them and stand through prayer as a sign of protection.  Afterwards, the prayer participants will join us on W. 130th Street for a   moment of unity and prayer for peace. 
The Mosque is very grateful for this sign of love and support during this most difficult time. Parking is available at the Mosque. Spread the word to your neighbors and friends to join in this outreach of peace.  Please feel free to bring signs of peace and support. 

Are You Concerned About Climate Change?
You can act locally – come and learn about Community Solar! 
The Kent Environmental Council will be hosting an informational meeting on  community solar cooperatives.
Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent
Stand up for Justice in Washington DC
Reversing Inequality Conference

Monday April 3 through Wednesday April 5, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St SE, Washington, DC
For conference and registration information, visit:
The rising tide of inequality, intolerance and racism makes it more important for UUs to stand up for their values. UUJEC and UUs for Social Justice in the National Capital Region (UUSJ) are organizing a spring conference in Washington DC to give UUs an opportunity to advocate for a vision of a fair and compassionate society directly to decision makers on Capitol Hill.  We cannot take a step back on progress in equality and human rights.  Now more than ever we must act…
Contact: Rachel Bennett Steury at 260-837-8938 Conference flyer can be found here.


Parent Council for Portage County Developmental Disabilities

Presents the Second Annual

5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll

Sunday, June 04, 2017    5k 8 am - Fun Run 9 am      

Parent Council has been an advocate for the needs of those with developmental disabilities and their families for over 50 years. 

Currently, we are working toward owning a building that would provide a full size basketball court, space for other social events, a refreshment option and wheelchair accessibility.

Similarly, we are also promoting events that will be enjoyable for the entire community.  This race is designed to embrace everyone with all abilities.  It is within the NEOMED Campus to provide safety for runners, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers and those with other challenges.

Register for the Race at the website:
     Click on - “Search for an event”,
     Type in - Portage County Parent Council
Hosted by Sequoia Wellness at The NEW Center on the NEOMED Campus, Rootstown OH 44272
Race Chair – Annette Dowling   Tel.  330-297-0302
 Email –

Upcoming Programs and Events

Winter Institute - February 17-20
A Look Back at the Last Few Weeks
Click on the date below to re-visit a previous e-nUUs.

Januaury 25
  • Walk the Walk – January 29
  • Submit your Women’s March pics for Sunday’s service
  • How You See Me – February 5
  • RE Teacher Training – January 28
  • Youth Event
  • Kathy’s Capital Campaign Challenge
  • Auction Supper Seats Available – Explore Sustainable Gardening
  • Remembering Rev. Melissa – January 29
  • Plant-based Potluck and Presentation on the Environment and Modern Agriculture – February 3
  • New to UU Classes – February 12 & 19
  • Snow Days
  • Living the Pledge to End Racism Workshop

January 18
  • Still We Dream – January 22
  • Walk the Walk – January 29
  • RE Teacher Training – January 28
  • Youth Event
  • RE Intersession
  • Kathy’s Capital Campaign Challenge
  • Acme Receipts Community Cash Back Program – Receipts Due!
  • Parents of Young Children – January 20
  • A Chorus of Voices: A Celebration of African American Writers (Readers Theatre)  – January 21
  • Auction Supper Seats Available – Explore Sustainable Gardening
  • Remembering Rev. Melissa – January 29
  • Plant-based Potluck and Presentation on the Environment and Modern Agriculture – February 3
  • Our Dear Aging Building
  • An Easy New Year’s Resolution
  • New to UU Classes – February 12 & 19
  • Snow Days
  • Kent Interfaith Alliance Rally – January 21


Unitarian Universalist
Church of Kent

228 Gougler Avenue
Kent, Ohio 44240

Phone: 330.673.4247

Our Mission:
To inspire love, to seek justice, and to grow in community.
Are you new to the Church?
Would you like more information on Unitarian Universalism? 
Consider attending our

New to UU Classes
February 12 & 19 from 9 - 11 AM
Sunday Services:
9:45 and 11:30 AM
Nursery care available.
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