Weekly e-nUUs, April 11, 2012

Congregational Information Update this Sunday April 15 Between the first and second services this Sunday the Board of Trustees will offer an update to the congregation on the progress we have made related to our on-site expansion exploration and our plans for a capital campaign.  We have lots of good news to share!

Please be aware, however, that due to the sensitive nature of some of our plans and the limited time between services, this will be a preliminary report designed to keep the congregation appraised of the big picture as it stands at this point.  We expect an additional report with many more details will be delivered at our annual congregational information meeting on May 31, 2012.

 

Sunday, April 15, 2012     Whole-Hearted Living

Led by Deb Chaney and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen –  How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness?  Deb Chaney is the , Commissioned Lay Leader of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton.  While Deb is leading our services, our minister the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer will be leading worship in Canton.  We are pleased to make this exchange and we hope you will enjoy the experience.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION REMINDER – Join us Sunday mornings at 11:15 in Fessenden Hall for a discussion session focusing ona variety of Social Justice topics.  Please check out the website for a more detailed description – All are welcome!  www.kentuu.org

 

Hydraulic Fracturing: What Every Citizen Needs to Know!

The League of Women Voters of the Akron Area invites you to look at both sides of the issue.  Thursday, April 19th, 5:30 pm at Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron.  Issues to be discussed:

  • The Fracking Process and the Role of ODNR presented by, ODNR
  • The Fracking Boom and the Need for Energy presented by, Mike Chadsey of Energy in Depth Ohio
  • Fracking and Impacts on Health presented by Dr. Ted Voneida, retired professor of neuro-anatomy at NEOMED
  • Fracking and Our Future: Environmental Concerns presented by Cheryl Johncox, Buckeye Forest Council

This event is co-sponsored by the Green Team and the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church.  Refreshments will be served.


 

What are your thoughts about UUCK worship?  Who are we theologically?  Take the survey today!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UUchurchofKentWorshipSurvey

The deadline for completing the survey is April 15, 2012

 

Art Reception for April 15th Cancelled

Please join us on April 22nd for the Beth Sholtis art retrospective at 1:00 pm.

 

“Harvest Your Power: Learning your Leadership Potential” Workshop  – April 21

Leadership development is very important at UUCK and our hope is to grow great leaders through on site training.  In this workshop, we will explore various themes related to leadership, including what it takes to be in leadership and how to better your skills if you already are in a leadership role.  The workshop will be held in the Annex on April 21st from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  RSVP to uukent@sbcglobal.netby 4/18.

 

THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER

The April Special Collection on Sunday, April 22nd is for Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC) Justice Sunday. The theme is “Justice Is the Human Right to Water.”  Please see the Sunday Thread for more information.

 

Earthday Gardening Project

On Earthday, Sunday, April 22, The Green Sanctuary Committee is planning to brighten up the gravel-covered area behind the church. We must leave the gravel, as it protects the edge of the pavement behind the church.  Children with their parents and others of all ages are invited to help put some plantings in this, our traditional gathering area.  With the goal of bringing back flowers and greenery, we will plant sugar snap peas in the ground and pansies in pots.  Later we will add other flowers and plants.  The activity will take place right after the second service.  Please come to help and bring your trowels and shovels.  We also need adult volunteers to make some necessary preparations during coffee hour and the second service.  For any questions or suggestions please contact Swanny or TedVoneida, Patty Miller, Angela Barzizza-Young, or Larry Cole.

 

A GENTLE REMINDER………

That on Saturday, April 28th, at 7 p.m., there will be a performance of “Give ‘Em  Hell, Harry”, with Ted Voneida as Harry Truman.  After intermission, there will be a few James Thurber skits, and as a grand finale, special guest Julia Childs will make an appearance to cook up a few ‘bon appetits’.  Some of you purchased auction tickets; for others, there will be tickets at the door.  Cheap – a heck of a deal.  Come, have fun while supporting our church.

 

Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs

All Annual Reports to be included in the Annual Meeting packet are due April 30th.  Please submit or email reports to MaryBeth at uukent@sbcglobal.net.  Thank you. Annual Meeting packets will be available to the congregation on May 13th.

 

May Spiritual Cinema:  The Man From Earth

Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 PM. We will watch the independent motion picture, “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth” (2007). The movie is 89 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 14 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236

Producer’s Description:   What would you think if you found out that someone you knew had been around since the dawn of man? What questions would you ask and what mysteries could they unmask? Join seven skeptical scholars on a riveting journey as they uncover the history of man through one of their close friends, who reveals he was born 14 millennia prior.