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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. 
March 19, 2017     Off the Edge
Led Rev. Anya Johnston and Worship Associate Debra-Lynn Hook
There are moments when we slide into adventure by choice, and moments we are pushed or pulled by forces beyond us. Whether or not we choose the first step, change comes upon us and, if it's going to be an adventure, we do best when we leave room for the unexpected.

March 26, 2017      Music Sunday:  A Musical Awakening to Spring
Lifespan Learning
Teacher Teams for Sunday, March 19, 2017
 9:45 AM
Nursery:   Michelle Bores (Staff) and Sandy Bowers
Pre-K-Kindergarten:   Amanda Rome, Elisabeth Swango and Rebekah Swango
Grades 1-2:   Valerie Henry, Nicole Zvodney and Dan Hayes
Grades 3-5:   Cheryl Spoehr and Iris Mack
11:30 AM
Nursery:   Michelle Bores (Staff), Vivian Hogan and Natasha Swango
Middle School:    Tim Smith and Dan Flippo  (Meets in the Annex)
High School:    Mary Ann Kapser & Amy Breedon

Income Generation

Many thanks to those of you who have submitted your FY2018 pledge commitments.  Our current pledge total is $110,432!  
If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to make your pledge, help our Church “Step into the Future” by turning in your pledge card at the Stewardship table this Sunday  or the next--our FY18 Campaign ends on March 26--during Social Hour or following second service.   Pledge commitments can also be made by completing the form on our website,, or by turning your card in to the Church office.  Only all of us working together--making thoughtful and generous pledges--can make this year's Stewardship Campaign the success that we know it can be.  Thank you for supporting our beloved church and the many programs and ministries that benefit us all!

Community Within
Celtic Clan of Kent Concert - This Friday!
Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day and raise money for our Capital Campaign! 
Family friendly concert of traditional Irish Music with toe tapping jigs and reels and beautiful songs ( funny ones too).
Date:  Friday, March 17, 2017
Time:  8:00 PM
Location:  UU Church of Kent Sanctuary
Light refreshments.
Suggested adult donation $10 Children under 12 years  free.


The Board of Trustees would like your input! As part of on-going assessment of the health and function of the church, we are gathering feedback around Characteristic I from the UUCK Bylaws 6.5.2016: The Ability to Understand and Respond to Conflict and Change. Dani Beale (; 330-417-6932) and Shannon Osorio (; 330-348-0309) are collecting your thoughts. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this online survey, or email your responses to the questions below.  We would love to hear from as many lay leaders and members as possible. We will report back to the BOT at the April meeting. Don’t leave us hanging! Let us know what you think.
Congregational Study Questions:
  • How effectively are our leaders equipped to lead the congregation in times of conflict and change?
  • How do we support our leaders when they are challenged by conflict and change?
  • What resources are in place for the congregation to respond to conflict and change?
  • How effectively are those resources utilized?
Dani and Shannon
Retiree’s Lunch  -- Tuesday, March 21 at noon.
We’ll meet for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people who  attend so everyone has an opportunity to check in with the group. All retirees are welcome to join us. Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided. 
Writing Group 
The writing group will meet to explore spiritual autobiography, poetry, and creative writing.  The group will meet immediately following the Retiree’s Lunch on Tuesday, March 21 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM in Fessenden Hall.
The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Thursday, April 13 at 7 pm in Founder’s Lounge at the church. This month we are reading I Am Abraham (a novel of Lincoln and the Civil War) by Jerome Charyn. This portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War effortlessly mixes humor with tragedy to create an achingly human portrait of the sixteenth president. The author mixes historical figures and fictional extras centered around a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief whose relationship with his wife and his sons is explored with psychological insight and the compassion. Charyn’s President Lincoln comes to vibrant, three-dimensional life in a haunting portrait rarely seen in historical fiction.  Future reads include:
     May - Lilac Girls A Novel, by Martha Hall Kelly
     June - Truly Madly Guilty, by Laine Moriarty
     July - Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan
     August - Great Small Things, by Jodi Picoult
If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper at  All are welcome.

Notice:  Those Active Members interested in serving as a UU Church of Kent congregation delegate to the UUA General Assembly this June in New Orleans, please contact Kathie Slater ( or the Church Office ( by March 14.

Where’s Walden in the Spring
There will be a spring Walden camp out, May 12th – 14th at Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio. The group will share several sites (95 – 98) at the car campground there. There is electricity at the sites, and hot showers are available. This weekend is expected to near the peak of the spring warbler migration, so bring binoculars. There is a signup sheet and more information posted in Fessenden Hall. Dogs are allowed at Maumee Bay State Park, on the hiking trails at the state park, but NOT at Magee Marsh or the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
Please note that this is Mother’s Day weekend.

Activities include:
  • Hiking trails at Maumee Bay State Park (there several trails within the park).
  • Bird watching at Magee Marsh, visiting the nature center there.
  • Bird watching and hiking at the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge.
  • Visit Maumee Bay State Park Nature Center. Open Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday Noon to 4.
  • Pot luck dinner on Friday (camp food).
  • Pot luck dinner on Saturday (Italian).
  • Group breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning courtesy of the Walden Team.
Contact Randal Leeson (, 330-573-7625) with questions.

Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs
All annual reports to be included in the Annual Meeting Packet are due April 15, 2017. Please email reports to MaryBeth at Annual Meeting packets will be available to the congregation on Friday, May 5. The Annual Information Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 7 PM and the Congregational Voting Meeting will be held on June 4 @ 12:45 PM.

Social Justice and Community Outreach
What if…
Your next-door neighbor whispers to you that the neighborhood has really gone down since “those people” moved in (pointing to the new African-American family’s home).
What would you do?
The Living the Pledge to End Racism workshop is designed to help you develop the skills and confidence to confront such forms of everyday racism. 
The workshop’s organizing committee will have a table during social hour in Fessenden Hall this Sunday.  We encourage you to stop by to ask questions and/or to register for the workshop.  We suggest donations of $20 per registrant to help cover costs. 
The first 3 of 6 modules will be offered on April 29 (9:00-1:00) and the remaining modules will be offered on May 13 (9:00-1:00).  Each module builds on the preceding one and participation in all modules is encouraged.  Lunch will be served.

UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections
Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future by working for an end to fossil fuel dependency and promoting a paradigm shift to renewable energy.  Join us for our next statewide meeting on Saturday, March 18 at the UU Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, OH.  We will begin our day with a noon luncheon followed by a special program, “Protecting Health on a Warming Planet,” led by Dr. Alan Lockwood, MD. Dr. Lockwood is Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Nuclear medicine at the University of Buffalo and among his areas of expertise is environmental factors and neurological disease. 
RSVP to  For more information on FaCT, visit:

Bystander Training -- Friday, March 24 6-8pm
A bystander witnessing a harmful situation, has a choice to make. Do something? If so, what? Bystander Training helps participants prepare for these difficult situations and plan for how they can support their neighbors.
Hosted by UU Fellowship of Wayne County,
                 3186 Burbank Road,
Wooster, OH 44691
Childcare and refreshments provided
Open to the public with advance RSVP!
To RSVP or questions contact Danni Schantz
Training provided by OneEighty
Funding provided by the Romich Foundation
The national director of Move To Amend, Katlin Sopoci-Belknap, will be speaking on Monday, April 3, at 7pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, 2728 Lancashire Rd, Cleveland Heights.  Move To Amend is a national grassroots movement to end corporate rule.  It’s goal is to reject the US Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling and other related cases and to  amend our constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
Kent TimeBank Offers Expo!  Friday, April 7, 5-8 pm at the United Church of Christ (UCC 1400 E. Main St., Kent)

Join us for this fantastic look at what some of our members are offering in the timebank! Many members will be tabling their skills and resources with visual aids and presentations. Come chat with the computer tutor, the coffee roaster or the member who offers to help with financial aid forms! Witness a perfect pie crust being made in minutes and even take one home! Meet our resident fisherman and members of the Socially Responsible Sweatshop and much, much more! This is the event to invite your neighbors, friends, family and anyone who would like to learn a little bit more about our community.
We are also celebrating our 7th birthday and will have cake and a potluck which you are most welcome!

Pre-Pride Potluck at West Shore
Saturday, April 29, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Unitairian Universalist of Northeast Ohio are invited to bring a dish to share (beverages provided) and plan for our participation in the Pride in the CLE  June 3 and Cleveland PRIDE, June 24, 2017
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH
Sponsored by the Queer & Allies Task Force
Further information:  Jerry Knasel - 216.536.3073
        Kathy Little -
Upcoming Programs and Events
All-Church Clean Up  - April 8, 2017     Mark Your Calendar - your help is needed!

April 29 (9:00-1:00) and May 13 (9:00-1:00)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

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

March 8, 2017
  • Deep Stories – March 12
  • RE News
  • RE Teacher Teams – March 12
  • FY2018 Stewardship Campaign Underway!
  • Challenge to the Congregation
  • Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs — Annual Reports Due April 15
  • Notice: Active Members interested in serving as a UUCK GA delegate
  • Thank you’s
  • Where’s Walden in the Spring
  • Pat Pownall UU Book Group – March 9
  • Family Game Night – March 10
  • Celtic Clan Concert – March 17
  • Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs – Annual Reports due April 15
  • Special Collection Thank You
  • Hatti Larlham Seeking Volunteers
  • Play, Learn, Grow — Youth volunteer opportunity at Hatti Larlham
  • FaCT — Faith Communities Together State Meeting – March 18
  • Upcoming Events

March 1, 2017
  • Eye of the Storm – March 5
  • RE Teacher Teams – March 5
  • Stewardship Campaign Kicks Off on March 5!
  • Invitation Correction
  • Challenge to the Congregation
  • Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs — Annual Reports Due April 15
  • Celtic Clan Concert – March 17
  • Plant-based Potluck – March 3
  • Pat Pownall UU Book Group – March 9
  • Family Game Night – March 10
  • Special Collection Thank You
  • Community Sing – March 1
  • Hatti Larlham Seeking Volunteers
  • Play, Learn, Grow — Youth volunteer opportunity at Hatti Larlham
  • FaCT — Faith Communities Together State Meeting – March 18
  • Upcoming Events

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.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Celtic Clan of Kent!
Concert: March 17, 2017,  8:00 PM

UU Church of Kent Sanctuary 
Suggested donation of $10 for adults, children under 12 yrs. free.
Sunday Services:
9:45 and 11:30 AM
Nursery care available.
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