The Art of Change – July 27, 2014

Art quoteLed by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Lori McGee
A service about ways the arts can change our lives on personal, spiritual, social levels. It will include personal reflection, findings from neurological research, and examples from history.

Quote: “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Spirit Voices – July 20, 2014

poetryLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy (with many other worship associates, too) - This special service will feature poetry. I have invited all of the worship associates who are available to choose a poem that moves them, to share the poem with us and to tell us a little bit about how that particular poem touches their spirit. Beautiful poetry and music are in store for you today. Come be filled up!

Bringing Inspiration Home – July 13, 2014

Inspiration2Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly - Every year I go to the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Ministry Days and then to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. After a full week of outstanding worship, workshops, public witness and stimulating conversation, I return filled with inspiration. This morning I hope to share some of that inspiration with you.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go – June 22, 2014

hot air balloonLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper – Summer is an excellent time for a journey. Whether the journeys you will take this summer will be trips to other places or journeys of your mind and heart, this Sunday will provide you with inspiration for your adventures.




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Generative Journeys – June 15, 2014

generative journeysLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith -How have the journeys you have taken shaped your life? What are the journeys that define the experience of a generation? What is it about a journey that creates new possibilities? Come explore these and other questions as we also lift up the celebration of fathers. If you would like to honor your own father or another person in your life who has been a father figure to you, please send a photograph to Melissa by the Saturday prior to this service for inclusion in our Father’s Day SlideShow.9:45 and 11:30 am

Walked By My Dog: Blessing of the Animals (9:45 ONLY) – June 8, 2014

blessing of the animals june 8Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Back by popular demand, we will once again have a Blessing of the Animals during our annual outdoor service at Plum Creek Park in Kent. We will have one service only beginning at 9:45 am at pavilion number 2. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and your cats or dogs or other pets on a leash or in a crate. If you don’t think your pet will do well around all those other pets and people, feel free to bring a photograph instead.

After the service we will enjoy a potluck picnic lunch. Please bring your own place setting and silverware and a dish to share. Bring any games you might like to invite others to play and come join in the fun. For directions to Plum Creek Park, visit

The Journey Through Childhood – June 1, 2014

The Children of the Church and their RE Teachers and RE Committee members serving as Worship Associates
Our annual Religious Education Sunday is the culmination of the church year. The children have prepared presentations to illustrate what they have learned. There
will be special music, teacher appreciation and at the 11:30 service, the Bridging Ceremony for our graduating high school seniors. Come join us on this joyful Sunday!

An Ethic of Beauty – May 25, 2014

John O'Donohue 2Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John MarfyThe late Irish philosopher John O’Donohue has argued that beauty is a defining aspect of God. How might beauty be related to divinity?  How can beauty inform our moral sensibilities? What might an exploration of beauty reveal to us about depth in ourselves and each other?

Color and Fragrance – May 18, 2014

Color&fragranceColorOoSLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Joel Slater

Perhaps the only uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual we celebrate is our annual Flower Ceremony. Though each flower is lovely on its own, together the flowers create a more expansive beauty. Come experience the ritual and consider the meaning of the metaphor in our beloved community. Bring a flower (or two) to share during the service.

Sowing Seeds of Justice and Growing Community – April 27, 2014

planting seedsLed by Matthew McHale, Intern Minister, West Shore UU Churchand Worship Associate Justin Czekaj – This spring, as signs of new life and new possibilities emerge all around us, we consider our relationship to one another and to the environment which sustains all life on this planet. Can planting a garden be a radical act? How can the way we grow and eat food help create communities that align with our liberal religious values—promoting justice and honoring the interconnected web of existence?

The Wonder of it All – April 20, 2014

path-in-a-flowery-field-303-600x340Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus, and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen – Where are we going?  And how shall we live the journey?  Wonderful music and uplifting worship await you this morning as we celebrate Easter together. Our first service will be multigenerational and designed to be especially welcoming for families with younger children to attend together. Our second service will be prepared with older youth and adults in mind. Our annual Easter egg hunt will be held after the first service.


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