Note: New Announcements are printed in blue.
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. 
January 22, 2017    Still We Dream
Led by Cal Frye and Worship Associate Jeff  Marsh
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Seen as a day “on” instead of a day off to many, MLK Day has been designated as a day to reflect upon the efforts made by Dr. King in the civil rights movement and to honor those efforts by finding ways of serving in the community.

January 29, 2017   Walk the Walk
Led by Dani Beale and worship associate Elaine Bowen
This service will reflect on the experience of the Women's March on Washington on January 21st, and will explore ways to engage more directly with our democracy in the days and years to come.

Lifespan Learning
Save the Date: Teacher Training Saturday, January 28
 The Religious Education Teacher Training is scheduled for Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 am -12:30 pm. There will be a special program, refreshments, and time to meet in teacher teams to map out schedules for the rest of the year, More information will be provided in the next few weeks.

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

RE Intersession continues through the month of January.  Through the use of songs, art, games and stories we hope to inspire our young UU Peacemakers to answer the question "What can one little person do to change the world?"   Regular religious education classes will resume on Feb 5th.  Questions? Contact Colleen at 
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 (


ACME RECEIPTS for the Community Cash Back Program are due this Sunday, January 22!
Please bring all receipts dated through New Year's Eve.  Drop-off spots are either the box on the grocery card table in Fessenden Hall OR Elaine Bowen's mailbox in the Annex.
Thank you for helping with this super easy fundraiser,
Elaine Bowen

Community Within
Parents of Young UU's Meet this Friday, January 20
"It's hard to join church groups when you are raising small people" 
If that statement rings true for you then this is the group for you! We are families with young children and we meet the 3rd Friday of each month for a family potluck dinner followed by a parent meeting with certified childcare providers on site. Come and enjoy dinner with us and then stay for the group discussion. For more information contact Colleen Thoele at

A Chorus of Voices:  A Celebration of African-American Writers
Please join our nine readers in the UUCK Sanctuary
this Saturday, January 21, at 7:00 for our readers' theatre tribute to African American authors.   In this week when we remember the work of Martin Luther King and other great American civil rights leaders, we're honored to share a wide range of hopes, concerns, dreams, memories, and love as expressed in selections from African-American poetry, prose, and drama.   This event, which is free and open to the public, is part of our 150th Anniversary celebration. Please encourage friends and neighbors to attend.
Desserts will be served in Fessenden at Intermission-- contact Sandy Eaglen if you would like to bring in a dessert to share.
For those of us who aren't going to be in Washington this Saturday, "A Chorus of Voices" is an opportunity to come together to celebrate the diversity of some of America's most beautiful and important voices.
Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm in Fessenden Hall - Join us for supper and exploring sustainable gardening (and life!).
This opportunity comes to you via the UUCK Auction where it was a sign-up item for $18 donation per person. So, if you missed it then - we have opened up more spaces now for only $50! JUST KIDDING about the $50.
Winter gotcha? . . . Sustainable Living with Perma - WHAT?
BREAK OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS OF WINTER with PERMACULTURE and enjoy an earth friendly vegan meal?! What is permaculture? How'd you do it? People been doin' this fer centuries? How does mother nature do it? Come to share your experiences, learn her secrets! Explore the what, who, where, when, hows, and whys of caring for Gaia's garden eco-systems.
Tempted?  To register, send an email to MaryBeth,,  with your contact information (email, phone), any dietary challenges, and number of people by Monday, January 23.
Remembering Rev. Melissa
Would you like to share memories of Rev. Melissa with other church members? Would you like a comforting space to express the sense of loss you're experiencing due to Melissa's absence?
As UUA consultant Midge Miles explained on Sunday, we are each at a different place in terms of our reaction to the ministerial transition. At one end of the spectrum are those who are eager to move forward and explore upcoming changes. At the other end are individuals who are deeply grieving Rev. Melissa's departure and need time to process their feelings. For these individuals, a gathering will be held for the open expressing of feelings about her departure. Bobbi Beale, clinical psychologist, will help facilitate this time of sharing and support.  She will lead us in some activities and strategies to identify, process and possibly release some of the grief that can seem stuck or overwhelming.
We will gather at l:00 pm on Sunday, January 29 in the sanctuary. Questions can be directed to Bobbi Beale at or Rev. Christie Anderson at

Plant Based Potluck & Presentation on The Environment and Modern Agriculture -- Friday, February 3
Come at 6:30 for the potluck or 7:30 for the speaker.
Whether curious or committed, all are welcome to join us for our next potluck on Friday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Fessenden Hall. 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.
On this evening we will welcome Katie Medlock, a Humane Educator with the Ethical Choices Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  At 7:30 PM Katie will be presenting a 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.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of us.
Hope to see you in a few weeks,
Rhonda Richardson
Trish McLoughlin

New UU Classes Next 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: 

UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections
Kent Interfaith Alliance Rally - January 21
Join us in Kent Ohio along with millions around the nation and around the globe to declare in no uncertain terms that we will stand in the way of criminalization, mass deportation and hatred. We stand for bringing togehter all of America, and for just action for all.
The Kent InterFaith Alliance (KIFA) and all in the community wishing to support this effort will be assembling at the Portage Count Court House in Kent. 
We will come from all over town from worship centers, meeting halls, campus and businesses.  The meeting at the courthouse steps will:
  1. Show united support for all of our elected officials to unify our country in waging, ”liberty and justice for all”.
  2. To call on them and ourselves to respect all people while representing all irrespective of race, gender, religion, income, or orientations.
  3.  To take action on policies to bring about this reconciliation and justice, and reject policies which will divide us and/or promote some citizens over others.
Weather depending, people will walk by faith or groups from their houses of worship to the steps in symbolic action. We encourage the carrying of signs identifying your self, and your justice issues.  Those too distant may meet first at another’s closer center. Those who may be fearful, or just want a bigger group can ask others over to join them. Those who don't want to walk can just meet at the Kent Courthouse steps at 2PM for the flash mob assembly.
Elected officials appearing are asked to share briefly their work for reconciliation and justice. We will express support of our elected officials doing this mixed back and forth with individuals calling to be represented in all official work. 
We will then walk together to the nearby Gateway center. Short action presentations will be exchanged with action ideas to take home. Music shared will uplift our spirits. The event can lead us to become a more united engaged community enacting America’s founding ideals for all.
The Trump team has already announced that some of their first acts will be to lash out against immigrants and Muslims. They want to deport millions of immigrants, rip families apart and drive tens of millions of immigrants, refugees and friends into silence out of fear.
The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as a President, it is critical that the majority stand up and say NO to Trump’s promised negatives and YES to his other statements about reconciling the country. We say YES to community, love for one another, shared strength and human dignity. It is time for us to link arms, call for justice and as needed stand as a line of defense.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Pancake Sunday -- January 29
Cuyahoga River Concert: Matt Watroba and Rev. Robert Jones -- February 10

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.

January 12
  • Moving Right Along – January 15
  • Still We Dream – January 22
  • RE Teacher Training – January 28
  • Youth Events
  • RE Intersession
  • Meditation Boot Camp – January 14 (Sign-up requested)
  • Grocery Card Fundraising Program
  • Acme Receipts Community Cash Back Program
  • A Chorus of Voices: A Celebration of African American Writers (Readers Theatre)  – January 21
  • Our Dear Aging Building
  • An Easy New Year’s Resolution
  • All-Church Clean Up Day – April 8
  • Snow Days
  • Winter Institute Registration
  • Kent Interfaith Alliance Rally – January 21
  • New to UU Classes – February 12 & 19

January 4

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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