Weekly e-nUUs – September 10, 2014

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Worship & Music

Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 with Nursery Care available for all services.


September  14, 2014 – We Pledge Our Hearts

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith tradition. The word covenant is a religious word to talk about promises. When we become members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation we are making a promise to ourselves, to one another and to that which is larger than ourselves. What is that promise?


From the Library

Rev. Melissa’s reference for last Sunday’s service, “To be Human is to Promise” is the Soul Matters packet which will be used by for Chalice Groups and worship these. The packet is available on our website at http://www.kentuu.org/soul-matters-packet/


U.U.’ve Got Talent!  “We know you’ve got it, it’s time to let it out!”

On Saturday, October 11, the UU Church of Kent music committee is hosting a musical fundraiser. WE ARE IN SEARCH OF TALENT. This is your opportunity to perform solo or to invite other members of the congregation and friends to create a small ensemble. This is your chance to release that creative spark within you. Before Sunday, September 21, please contact Hal Walker with your idea. We are looking for a diverse range of 3 to 5 minute musical selections that express your unique talent. Only a limited number of spots are available, so start getting ready now!   All ages welcome!


Lifespan Learning

Sample Chalice Groups Offered in September

If you have thought about participating in a Chalice Group but haven’t been sure it is right for you, consider coming to one of the two sample groups Rev. Melissa will be offering this month.

Sunday, September 21 from 2 to 4 pm in the Founders Lounge

Tuesday, September 23 from 7 to 9pm in the Founders Lounge

Before you come to the sample group, please read through the September Soul Matters packet which you can find on our website http://www.kentuu.org/soul-matters-packet/  Give yourself a little time to try out one of the spiritual practices included in the packet.  Click here to download the The Chalice Group brochure and Sign-up form; please know that the deadline to register is September 24.


Religious Education Registration
Parents and caregivers of all children and youth are asked to complete the annual registration form each fall.  It allows us to keep your contact information up-to-date, to know if your child or youth has any special needs and to get your permission for participation.  Forms will be available in Fessenden Hall during social hour for the next several weeks.  Blank forms are in each of the RE classrooms, as well.  Please return completed and signed forms to Colleen Thoele, Religious Education Assistant.

2014-2015 Religious Education Classes Begin on September 14th

At 9:30 we offer:
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5

Children in grades K-5 start the morning in the sanctuary with their families.  Younger children start at 9:45 in the classroom

At 11:30 we offer:
Middle School
High School

Children in the School-Aged class start the morning in the sanctuary with their families.  Younger children as well as the Middle School and High School Youth start at 11:30 in their classrooms.


The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life

The UUA has developed a new program on the topic of money and spirituality that will be offered at our church this year for the first time.  As the program materials note, “Money plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives.  Depending on how we understand it, our relationship with money can enhance or limit our ability to live our lives to the fullest.  In this program, participants join together to give this important aspect of our lives due attention in a religious community.  The heart of this program is an exploration of the relationship between money and spiritual values, specifically our Unitarian Universalist values.”

Participants will explore money and values through conversation and activities that allow them to consider their own stories and different perspectives on money, help them feel better equipped to make money decisions, and encourage them to consider whether they want to pursue changes to bring their financial choices in better alignment with their values.

The 12 sessions will be offered as 3 topical series.  Although members can drop into any session, you will get the most out of the program if you attend regularly.  The first series, on Money and Self, is an introduction to the program in which participants explore their own attitudes and experiences with money.  The 3 sessions in this series will meet on Thursday nights September 11, 18, and 25 at 7PM.

After a short break, the second series will meet every other week starting mid-October (on a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, depending on the preferences of those attending the first session).  This series of 5 sessions, on Money, Spirit, and Life, will guide participants toward taking actions that align with their personal values.  The last series, Money and Society (4 sessions), explores how our financial ways of being affects others.  The last series will meet in January and February.

Questions?  Want more information? Please contact Kathy Kerns.



The connection between nature, wilderness, and spirituality goes back to the very origins of humanity.  The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will host a program entitled “A Wilderness Icon: America’s Red Rock Canyonlands” on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm.

The speaker will be Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Chairperson of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlands and Wilderness Committee.  Daughenbaugh will address the topic of faith and the land while promoting the national campaign to protect America’s red rock wilderness.  The program includes a multi-media slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This 15-minute journey through red rock splendor, narrated by Robert Redford, invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands.  Comprehensive legislation is pending in Congress and administrative decisions by the Department of Interior are ongoing.

The national campaign to protect the Red Rock Canyonlands has been endorsed by the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly and by the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth.


Community Within

Please join us on Sunday, Sept. 14 when we highlight the many programs and ministries here at the Church at our annual Ministry Fair. Following each of the services, representatives from each team and committee will be available to help you explore varied opportunities to get involved.  We hope you’ll find something that both interests you as well as helps build both your faith and sense of community here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.


This is the Church of the Helping Hands

This phrase is part of the chalice lighting we teach the children in our church.  But, have you ever  paid attention to the number of  helping hands you see each week?  The hands making coffee, greeting, passing out orders of service, lighting  the chalice, leading worship, making music, running soundboards, caring for our infants, teaching our children, baking for coffee hour, washing dishes . . .     How about the hands that aren’t so visible,  the hands  fundraising, working for social justice, assisting with the library, creating art, preparing classes and worship experiences, decorating, mowing, weeding, scrubbing, painting, repairing, organizing, updating websites, counting money, providing transportation, making phone calls, writing articles, attending meetings, creating newsletters, mentoring youth, arranging social events . . .    The lists are endless, but the number of hands are finite.

To help us match the right hands for the right jobs, the church maintains a volunteer database.  Individuals indicate areas where they may be able to help. When a need arises, we then have a list of people to contact. Members and friends are asked to visit the church website, www.kentuu.org.   Click under “Members” and bring up the “Volunteer Form”.  You can fill out and submit this form on line, or you can pick up a paper form from the membership table at the Ministry Fair this Sunday.

Thank you for volunteering your hands this year!

Questions, concerns, suggestions?      Contact Mary Leeson.


Retiree’s Lunch –  Tuesday, September 16 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.


Attention New Members – Sunday, September 21 is New Member Sunday!

The congregation will recognize and welcome our newest members at the services on September 21.  To best plan, if you have joined the Church since June 9, 2013, please RSVP to MaryBeth at uukent@sbcglobal.net or 330.673.4247.  We strongly encourage all New Members to participate in this service, please include the number of adults and children and which service you plan to attend with your RSVP.

Have you have been thinking about joining and want to participate in this service? Claudia Miller will have the Membership Book available for signing Sundays, September 7 and 14.  Look for Claudia in the Founders Lounge, outside the Sanctuary, after both services.  Please remember following your signing of the Book to RSVP.


From the Library

Do mark your calendars for Gingr Vaughan’s lectures on Islamic Art, Wed. Sept 24th and W Oct. 22nd at 7:30 in the Sanctuary. Knowing a culture’s art deepens our understanding of that culture, and this is a special opportunity to go deeper into the world of Islam. Gingr will answer questions after the lectures, and refreshments will be served.


The Lost & Found is once again overflowing!

Please check the Lost and Found, located on the coat rack shelf outside of Fessenden Hall, for any items that you may have recently left at the Church.  After Sunday, September 28 any remaining items will be donated


Join the UUCK greeter team!

We are actively recruiting greeters for the 2014-15 church year. No experience required! It’s one of the easiest ways for new friends and members to get involved, serve the church, and learn who everyone is. It’s also a wonderful way for established members to share their enthusiasm for the community.

If you are interested in committing to this ministry as a new or returning greeter, please contact Jen Fisette or Andrea Case to get signed up!


Church Campout

It’s time once again for the “Where’s Walden” fall camp-out.   We’ll be gathering the week-end of October 3-5th at the Loleta Recreation Area in the Alleghany National Forest in Pennsylvania.  The campground is about two hours from Kent.   This is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome, but there is a limit on the group size, so sign up soon on the form posted downstairs in Fessenden Hall.   We’re staying at the group site which can accommodate tents.  If you wish to bring a camper you’re welcome to reserve a site in the adjoining campground.    Dinners are pot luck style, everyone brings their own table ware and food and drink to share.  The theme Friday night is American cookout, Saturday’s theme is comfort food.   Randy Leeson cooks pancakes, bacon and eggs for all on Saturday and Sunday morning.   Everyone furnishes their own lunches and snacks.  Activities to choose from include: hiking; canoeing; kayaking;  exploring the stream; and relaxing around the campfire.  The cost for the weekend is $5 per person with a maximum of $15 per family.  This fee covers the cost of the campground and firewood,  there is an additional cost if you wish to rent a canoe or kayak.


Outreach and Social Justice

Kent Social Services is in need of a video baby monitor for the new Emergency Winter Shelter.  If you have one and are interested in donating it, please contact Kent Social Services at 330.673.6963.


In Our Own Backyard: The Immigration Crisis in Ohio

Saturday, September 13 from 9:30AM to 3:30PM, the UUCA congregation will host this very important conference, co-sponsored by UU Church of Akron, UU Church of Kent, West Shore UU Church, UU Justice Ohio and Immigrant Worker Project.   What makes this news especially exciting is that the conference will be attended by the Rev. Peter Morales, who is the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). President Morales will preach the sermon at the opening worship service and participate in the rest of the program, which will include panel discussions and presentations coordinated by our partner organization, the Immigrant Worker Project (IWP). Jeff Stewart from IWP will bring several guests from the immigrant community who will share powerful stories about their experience, including first-hand testimony about the recent migration of children from Central America. In addition to President Morales, the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ (UCC), the Rev. Geoffrey Black, will also be in attendance.  The conference is free; everyone is welcome to attend both the morning worship service and the conference. A free will offering will gratefully be accepted to cover the expenses of child care and lunch.  Registration deadline Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 9 PM.



Income Generation

Looking for a great way to support the Church?  Use GoodSearch and GoodShop!  

GoodSearch is an internet search engine powered through Yahoo! and the site donates about a penny for each search made.  Simply go to www.GoodSearch.com  and choose the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent as your charity to support.  The pennies will add up quickly if many people use this free tool.  While on the site check out www.GoodShop.com and www.GoodDining.com also.  If you’re an online shopper or like to eat out, many stores and vendors will donate a percentage of your purchase back to the Church and the Good Dining participating restaurants will donate a percentage of your tab to the Church.  This is truly fundraising made easy!  Last year, the Church received $213.00 from Good Search and GoodShop based on the use of a few of our members and friends.  Thank you!


2014-2015 Church Year Religious Education Program Begins on September 7th


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September 7th ~ Ingathering Sunday. Preschool RE starts this day @ 9:45 for children age three by 9/1/14 to those 5-year-olds who are not attending Kindergarten in the fall. All children and youth, Grades K-12, will be in the sanctuary for the entire service.

September 14th ~ RE starts for everyone else. At 9:45, we have classes for preschool, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. At 11:30, we have our school-aged RE class, Middle School and High School Youth Group.



Religious Education Registration 

Parents and caregivers of all children and youth are asked to complete the annual registration form each fall.  It allows us to keep your contact information up-to-date, to know if your child or youth has any special needs and to get your permission for participation.  Forms will be available in Fessenden Hall during social hour for the next several weeks.  Blank forms are in each of the RE classrooms, as well.  Please return completed and signed forms to Colleen Thoele, Religious Education Assistant.


2014-2015 RE Program for Children and Youth

Regular RE classes begin on Sunday, September 14th.

At 9:30 we offer:



Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

 At 11:30 we offer:



Middle School

High School

In Our Own Backyard: The Immigration Crisis in Ohio – Sept. 13, 2014

“In Our Own Backyard: The Immigration Crisis in Ohio”

featuring The Rev. Dr. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Saturday, September 13, 9:30-3:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd, Akron

The immigration crisis is not something that happens just at America’s borders- it is happening right here in Ohio and affects us all. Our current immigration policies are not working; the flood of children coming into this country brings with them a myriad of social, political, moral and spiritual issues. What can we in a northeast Ohio learn about immigration and what can we do about it? UUA President Peter Morales has been on the foreground of immigration concerns since becoming UUA president. He is convening this emergency conference of Northeast Ohio UU’s with our faith and community partners to consider how we can support immigration reform and respond to the humanitarian crisis of the new refugee immigrant children here among us.

Pres Peter MoralesPresident Morales will be the keynote preacher at the Opening Worship event that will start the day. President Morales and United Church of Christ General Minister Geoffrey Black are inviting our area faith leaders to join them at this event to speak as one voice on the immigration crisis.

Jeff Stewart of the Immigrant Worker Project is leading the panels and workshops, and Carol Temerson of UU Justice Ohio will convene our conversations about organizing strategy. Rev. Tim Temerson and members from our Akron Church have organized the most effective outreach program to the immigrants among us and will be telling us their story. Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer will share news of the national strategy to pressure President Obama to stop the deportations.

Child Care will be available and Youth participation is encouraged. There is no charge for conference program, although a donation for lunch and child care will be requested. We will also be inviting an offering for the Immigrant Worker Project during our morning worship. To register please visit the Ohio Meadville District website at:  http://ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/772-akronimmigration


The morning will include a panel presentation during which we will be able to hear from immigrants whose lives have been directly affected by this crisis including:

  • A child who has recently crossed the border
  •  A mother who has recently crossed the border in hopes of family reunification
  •  A person who has recently been detained by Border Patrol

Please help spread the word about this important and unique opportunity for learning and growing in our capacity to live our faith!


 Sponsored by:

UU Church of Akron          West Shore UU Church          UU Church of Kent

UU Justice Ohio          Immigrant Worker Project


May We Be Love’s Defenders: Take Action for Families Today!

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“Children should not have to carry the burden of our broken immigration system.”

              ~ Bishop Minerva Carcaño, United Methodist General Council

Bishop Carcaño gets right to the point.  Children, families and parents are suffering because our immigration system is badly broken.  With every deportation of a parent, another child is traumatized, another family fractured and left in a swirl of grief, confusion, fear and trouble.  In the last five years, over two million people have been deported with devastating consequences.  Now, some elected officials want to deport the thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at our borders.  That point of view is hard for us to comprehend. The children are coming here to save their lives.  According to the United Nations, the majority of the children likely would qualify for international protection if they had access to attorneys.  The thought of vulnerable children deported back to the violent and resource poor circumstances they fled breaks our hearts.

That is why we went to Washington, DC to participate in the “Pray for Relief : Not One More Family Separated” Action and Faith Summit on Stopping Deportations.  We were there to urge President Obama to stop the deportations. Please support our action and add your name to this petition to the President. We brought our nine month old son with us to the rally because we know that we would cross a border to save his life, if we felt that were our only choice.  Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform want to say this is a story about crime.  We believe this is a story about love.  We believe this is a story about parents, children and families who love one another so much they are willing to take incredible risks so that their families might thrive. As a queer couple, we know the fear of losing our child if something happened to one of us because we still are not seen equally in the eyes of the law.  Our hearts break for the parents who have been deported away from their children. Our work for immigration justice comes from our faith that all families should know both justice and mercy and be held with love.

We saw that love in action at the Faith Summit and Not One More Deportation march.  Evin was arrested in front of the White House with 111 other immigration justice activists and faith leaders from a variety of religious traditions.  It was the largest ever civil disobedience at the White House for immigrant justice. Across the street, I, Melissa, and our son joined 600 supporters who sang, chanted, prayed and witnessed in support.  I know that for Evin and some of the other faith leaders, the civil disobedience was a small risk.  But, for the undocumented immigrants who participated, the risk of arrest was a bold one with so much more at stake. Many more undocumented people marched on Saturday under the banners of Not One More Deportation and Deferred Action for All and were joined by a Standing on the Side of Love contingent of 50 people.  These banners were raised by pole climbers at Freedom Plaza in a bold action of civil disobedience.

Standing with the undocumented immigrants risking arrest moved me, Evin, to tears. Before our action, a Mexican man from Philadelphia stopped me with tears in his own eyes to say thank you. He said, “For so long we thought we were all alone.” The point of us being there was to join with courageous immigrants caught in a broken system and take a stand to let them know they are not alone.

C Howe








Carolyn Howe


It was a privilege for us to be in the company of so many passionate, faithful and courageous people last weekend.  We know that there were lots of folks who were with us in spirit. An action like this is the work of so many. Carolyn Howe from First Parish Northborough in Northborough, MA was also arrested. On her shirt and hat she carried the name of each person who helped make it possible for her to be there so she could be wrapped in their energy. Each of us has a vital role to play—whether financially assisting others, spreading the news on social media, organizing meetings at home, or making coffee for those meetings. It truly takes everybody and there is a role for all, because none of us can do everything.

President Obama has signaled that he will consider taking executive action on immigration in light of congress’ failure to act by the end of this month. Please sign this petition to the President calling for Not One More Deportation. We must continue to join others in raising a moral voice in defense of children, parents, workers and families.  Look for ways that you can reach out in love.  Contact your congressional representatives and attend Town Halls while they are on recess to let them know what you think. Join actions at detention centers in your area. And if leaders in your community are considering offering shelter to unaccompanied immigrant children, we hope you will speak out to say they are welcome and find a way to make your welcome and support visible.  Love is under attack.  May we be love’s defenders.

In faith,

MCZ ECZ  8.2014 DC








Evin and Melissa Carvill-Ziemer

Evin is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts of the UUA

Melissa is the Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

P.S. Funds are still needed for the fines that were paid to release people who participated in the civil disobedience at the White House.  Help support SSL’s ongoing immigration work by donating here.