Justice Assembly: Get Smart on Organizing

UUJOThe November 8 UU Justice Ohio Justice Assembly in Columbus will feature Democratic State Rep. Nickie Antonio, West Shore UU, and lobbyists from UUJO allies and partners such as the ACLU and Equality Ohio offering guidance on how to impact issues before the Ohio General Assembly. Issue Group workshops on Immigration, Economic Justice, Criminal and Racial Justice, LGBTQ, Environment, Voting Rights, and Reproductive Freedom will promote education, service and advocacy through lobbying, litigation, media, public witness, and civil disobedience. Lunch work groups include a Ministers’ Caucus and a Youth Caucus.

Program workshop details and a flyer are posted on the UUJO website. http://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/?page_id=600

Voting delegates will approve Bylaws and elect the UUJO Co-Chairs and Board of Directors.

JA online Registration.  https://ohiomeadville.wufoo.com/forms/q1koa89q1mbqj65/

You are invited – Nov. 2 at 12:30 PM

socialjusticeXchaliceThe Social Justice Council invites all church members and friends to join us on Sunday, November 2nd immediately after the second service in Fessenden Hall to learn about our social justice activities.

Find out how you can get involved in social justice efforts that interest you and make a difference in our community and our world.  We promise a lively discussion.

Pizza will be served.

Are you a knitter or a crocheter or a needler??

knittingWe’d like to form a group at church on Wednesday afternoons at  2 pm. We’d like people to donate or bring their old yarn, unfinished projects and patterns. We’d like to make baby blankets, small lap blankets for our ill members and friends, items that could be sold at the annual auction or you could make things that you would like for yourselves. We’d be happy to teach anyone of any age or gender how to knit, crochet or needlepoint. Please call Carol Gould with suggestions, questions or comments. Please appear at our first get-together on Wednesday, November 5. We will have fun doing this together.

Recharge Your Spirit – October 19, 2014

RechargeXYourXSpiritX-X2Led by Rev . Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

As UUs, the ways in which we seek spiritual renewal varies among us. We will explore how our personality characteristics influence our spiritual practice preferences and why this awareness can help provide individual guidance as well as improve our understanding of others.

Permaculture Garden Tour


For all those interested in learning (some or more) about permaculture and how we might garden and live in greater harmony with nature, we have a great opportunity to tour some permaculture gardens before winter puts them to sleep. If you would like to join Tom Gibson, our guest permaculture expert from Cleveland Heights, and members of the Green Sanctuary team at UUCK, please contact Mary Lou Holly: marylululight@gmail.com. Tom will also be offering a course on Permaculture later this fall. Information on that will follow.

Halloween Party and Haunted House

20101030-churchXhalloweenX-XleesonsEveryone is invited to the 30-something annual Church Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 25th. The party will begin in Fessenden Hall at 6 p.m. with finger foods and drinks; please bring something to share. We’d love to see your costume! At 7 p.m. the mild version of the youth haunted house will open followed by the wild version at 7:30. There will be fun for the WHOLE family with games, crafts and lots of tricks and treats! Hope to see you there for this UUCK tradition!  jack-o-lantern1


Library Symposium #2: Art and Allah

Symposium 2, with Gingr Vaughn, Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary. 

islamicXartGingr will continue her presentation on Islamic art with a discussion of 2-D images in public vs private art, painting media with watercolor and tempera, representation of space using the “new” oblique perspective and she will conclude with a discussion of the work of contemporary women artists.  Gingr’s first lecture was fascinating and illuminating, a very special opportunity to learn about Islamic culture through the visual arts. We hope you will be able to attend her final lecture on the 22nd of this month.

The Youth Need Your Old Electronics!

oldXelectronicsOur middle and high school youth will again be creating scary scenarios for the Haunted House portion of the Halloween Party.  They are looking for old and/or broken electronic devices, including TVs, computers, radios, sound equipment, etc.  Please deliver the items to their RE classrooms on the upper level of the church by October 25th at 1:00 pm or notify Karen Lapidus or Colleen Thoele.

Call for Special Meeting and Vote: Resolution to Support Issue 21

ConcernedXaboutXfrackingThe UUCK Social Justice Council has approved a resolution supporting ISSUE 21 which allows residents to stop hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and injection wells in the City of Kent. Furthermore, we call for a congregational vote in support of this resolution, taking a position supporting Issue 21: Kent Charter Amendment (Community Bill of Rights).

Informational sessions were held Sundays, September 28th and October 5 during both services, in the church Annex.  An additional Information Meeting was held on Sunday, October 12 in between services in th Sanctuary.

The vote will be held immediately following the 2nd service on October 26 in the Sanctuary, in which a quorum and super-majority will be required for passage.

Please contact Lee Brooker, Bonny Esparza, or Andrew Rome for more information or visit http://www.kentenvironmentalrightsgroup.org/.


Download –  Resolution to Support the Kent Community Bill of Rights: Issue 21 (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer)
Finish Reading: Call for Special Meeting and Vote: Resolution to Support Issue 21

What to Do When You are Waiting for a New Day – October 12, 2014

eckhart-quoteLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

Remember the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? When you have a day like that, what do you do? This morning we’ll share some ideas in this multigenerational worship service about how you can make a bad day new instead of just waiting for a new day. !

Jumping Into the Fire – October 5, 2014

flameLed by Lisa Thiel and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

Many traditions, particularly from the East, hold that difficulties are our greatest teachers. Yet, much of the time, we try and avoid them by running away. It is only when we courageously embrace our difficult experiences or relationships, that we can grow deeply and experience wholeness.

Annual Thanks 4 Giving Auction – November 8, 2014

SAVE THE DATE – ANNUAL THANKS 4 GIVING AUCTION – November 8, 2014Thanks4giving logo  11.2011

Our annual Thanks 4 Giving auction will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Kent United Church of Christ.

Our theme, as you may have noticed at the Ministry Fair, is Kountry Kent!  We think you will be very happy with some of the changes we have planned this year!  Look for new and improved auction flow….that means MORE room folks, more room to move around and more room while eating!  We already have some great donations and we’ll have yummy food and lots of fun.  Mark your calendars now for this not to be missed event.

We are accepting your donations now; see our table in Fessenden Hall.  Do you have a new item you can’t use?  Donate it!  Do you have an idea for a great dinner party? Offer it!  Do you handcraft?  Make it!

If you would like to join our auction committee, please let me know.  This is a GREAT way to get to know folks and give back to this wonderful community.  As they say, many hands make for lighter work!  It’s a fun and rewarding way to get involved.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun please contact Meg Milko at msmeg1@gmail.com or 216-406-2946.

Thank you!

Thanks 4 Giving Auction Committee

Meg Milko, Chair