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ISAAC Banquet, Saturday, May 18th

Preparations are underway for the annual ISAAC Banquet to held Thursday evening, May 18th at WMU in the Bernhard Center. Tickets are available until May 6th at the ISAAC website. Being part of this inspiring event with 500 others from our diverse community who want to advance social justice in our County is […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl. The following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate.

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, At the church, this is the busiest time of the year. Stewardship season is drawing to a close and your leaders and I are working to craft a budget. There are reports and other documents to prepare for the annual meeting. There are services and classes and events to prepare for and […]

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Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday May 19

Come participate in our democracy! In our annual meeting this year, we will be electing members of the board of trustees and the nominating committee, approving (and possibly amending) the church budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and voting on whether to authorize review and possible revision of the church constitution. All supporting members of […]

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New Member Recognition Ceremony, Sunday, May 19th

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, the next opportunity to do so will take place on Sunday, May 19th. From 10:00-10:20 a.m., we will hold a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony in Room 19. We will also welcome and recognize our newest members during the service. If you’d like to participate […]

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Kinship Group Sunday, April 21, 4 p.m.

Looking for more social get-togethers? Hoping for more connections with the people of the church? We are a group of people who want to grow their circle beyond just their nuclear family and we’d love for you to join us at our Kinship Group meetings!  Let’s learn about each other, support each other, and have […]

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Stewardship Campaign Update

Our “Everybody In” stewardship campaign is well launched. As of March 28, we have 67 pledges for $148,202! And the great majority of these pledges were made online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRP3b0r8YoYUvRsiWojKV0CDgn-3sdE577gDKmubu35JkGbQ/viewform Or you can follow the link you received in an email from generosity.peopleschurch@gmail.com Our goal is 100% participation (“Everybody In”) so we are […]

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Notes from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is proud to announce nominees for People’s Board of Trustees and nominees for the Nominating  Committee.  These nominees serve three-year terms and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting on May 19, 2019. Alternative Nominating Procedure If there are any members of the church who wish to self-nominate to the Board […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl. Emily and Chris Sipsma first attended People’s in 2016. “Multiple friends recommended we come,” Emily said. Emily grew up in the First Congregational Church in Allegan. Chris said he was brought up in a very open-minded household.

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Spring is here! And your Social Justice Coordinating Committee is looking forward to some uplifting action in People’s involvement. But first—the thank-yous. Special Collections Our response to the Center For Transformation’s appeal was $938.25. In addition, the Healthy Snack Drive was amazingly successful! Thanks once again for your generous support. On April 14 we will […]

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CONtinue High School Bridging CON set for May 3-5

The Heartland District’s Bridging CON 2019 will take place from 7:30 pm Friday May 3 to 9 am Sunday May 5 at People’s Church, 1758 N. 10th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. CONtinue is sponsored by the Heartland Area Youth Council in collaboration with People’s Church. The event is for youth in grades 9-12 or […]

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Caregiver Coffee Time, Fridays, Twice a Month , 9:30 a.m.

Caregivers of young children are invited to join us to share experiences, listen without judgement, and support one another through this challenging and rewarding season of life. We meet twice a month on Friday mornings at the church in one of the downstairs rooms; our next two meeting will be April 12th and 26th from […]

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Help Save the Earth and Have Fun Doing It!

By Allen Webb Join in on Kalamazoo Earth Day, Saturday April 20, noon to 5 pm in Bronson Park! Three years ago, myself and a group of people concerned about climate change decided to resurrect Earth Day in Kalamazoo and make it a fun and educational event where people could learn about the dangers facing […]

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Transgender Inclusion in Congregations, 1st Wednesdays, 7-9pm

A survey of trans UU was recently conducted which reported that only 44% of trans people felt spiritually connected and nourished at their congregation, 72% did not feel that their congregation is fully inclusive of them and 42% regularly experience trans-related marginalization in Unitarian Universalist spaces. We are failing to live into our ideals. Let’s […]

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Religious Education Notes

Spring! Nothing gives me more hope than the turning of wheel from winter into spring. The return of blue skies and sunshine mixed with warmer temps and birdsongs lifts my spirits immensely. As we rejoice in the renewal found in the natural word in spring, Pagans and Christians alike are rejoicing in the rebirth of […]

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Membership Orientation, Sunday, April 7, 12:30 p.m.

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church or would simply like to know more about the church and/or Unitarian Universalism , please plan to attend our Membership Orientation after the service on April 7th in Room L2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Rev. Rachel will be there, along with representatives from the Membership, Religious […]

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Note from Board President

This past summer, in our own church, many members of our congregation joined Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in support of a living wage of at least $12 for all employees in Michigan. And yet, several of our hourly staff members make less than this. Just as we were able to put our values into […]

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Dates For 2019 Peace and Nature Camp Has Changed! New Dates: June 24-28

Camp was formerly scheduled for the week of June 17th and will now be moved back one week. Peace and Nature Camp is a one-week day-camp at People’s Church that runs M-F, June 24-28, 9am – 4pm and is open to all children ages 7-12 years old. This includes an all day field trip to […]

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Art Wall Reception for Catherine Niessink, Sunday, March 17, 12:15 p.m.

There will be an Art Wall Reception for artist Catherine Niessink on Sunday March 17 at 12:15 p.m. in The Commons. Artist Statement I enjoy working with my hands and felting is most satisfying. Wool is the material that is used for felting–since wool shrinks when wet and ‘felted’ together, and when the hooks in […]

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Social Justice Update

Special Collections The Social Justice Coordinating Committee is pleased to report that the response to the Special Collection on February 10 for Trans Lifeline was $1387.  Thanks to Cylise Snow and all those who helped make us aware of this organization and its need. Our next special collection will be held on March 17 for […]

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Note from the Board President

One of the tasks of the Board of Trustees is to make sure that our actions are fully in line with our highest values as a church. Since the congregation approved our new mission and vision last year, we’ve had clearer direction in this work. Stewardship season has provided us a great opportunity to align […]

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Green Spot

Using Food System Education to Promote Agroecology (a talk, with film clips), Sunday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. Join us in Room 19 at 12:30 pm on March 24 as Green Sanctuary presents Bruce Ferguson and Helda Morales discussing their work in agroecology at ECOSUR, a research center in Chiapas, Mexico. Using clips from their newly […]

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Race Matters

A Brief History of White Supremacy Culture in the U.S. White Europeans arrive on what is to become North America. They bring with them a particular way of being in the world, and a particular belief that their way is ‘best’ and therefore worthy of being imposed on other peoples. They begin to methodically construct […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl. Annie and Joe Hampel both grew up in the Catholic church. They began attending People’s early in 2017 after being invited by Michelle Weemhoff.

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, Like many things, the internet is both wonderful and terrible. It connects us, which depending on our motives, creates love and trust or pain and distrust. With my column this month, I’m bringing attention to one terrible thing and a few wonderful ones. First, there is a scam going around that I want […]

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Religious Education Notes

Building the Beloved Community This month our religious education classes are exploring how we can be good people and create a kind and just world. The Kindergarten through 7th graders will learn about forgiveness, mercy and peaceful conflict resolution using Jesus’ teachings about the Beatitudes, the Golden Rule, and the Prodigal Son. As RE class […]

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New Member Recognition, Sunday, March 24

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, the next opportunity to do so will take place on Sunday, March 24. From 10:00-10:30 a.m., we will hold a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony in Room 19. We will also recognize our newest members during the service. If you’d like to participate please sign […]

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Overcoming Homelessness, Sunday, March 3, 12:30-1:30pm, Room 19

Since last summer, there has been increased interest and determination to work to overcome homelessness in our community. The Social Justice Coordinating Committee and Rev. Rachel believe that partnership with Open Doors is our best way to help our friends, neighbors and fellow congregants who experience homelessness. Open Doors has suggested ways we can help […]

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New Class Starting Soon: Transgender Inclusion in Congregations

A survey of trans UU was recently conducted which reported that only 44% of trans people felt spiritually connected and nourished at their congregation, 72% did not feel that their congregation is fully inclusive of them and 42% regularly experience trans-related marginalization in Unitarian Universalist spaces. We are failing to live into our ideals. Let’s […]

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Study Group, Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.

The  Study Group  will be meeting next on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18.  We will be discussing the book Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, by American philosopher John Kaag. This 2018 book mixes biography, philosophy and autobiography, and was selected by NPR as a Best Book of 2018. […]

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Chalice Circle Facilitator Training, Sat. Feb. 23, 1-5 p.m.

There will be a Chalice Circle Facilitator Training at People’s Church on Saturday, February 23 from 1-5 p.m.  Please contact Christina Cusumano if you are interested in participating. For those planning to attend, here are several readings & meditations available for download: December 2012 November 2011 November 2010 October 2010 […]

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Viewing & Discussion, Tuesday, February 26, 7-8:30 p.m.

We’ll watch, and then discuss a short video. TV and Internet: Media environments structure our roles—what we see, how we feel and why we act as we do—and that is only a few of the buried assumptions! Do we have a problem here? We’ll meet in Room 19.  Retired WMU Communications Professor, Lyn Bartley, will […]

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Fay Smith Memorial Cabaret, Saturday, February 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

We will remember and celebrate the life of Fay Smith with food, music, and good company.  If you are interested in performing music at this event, please contact Margo Command-Heyman,  mcommand11@gmail.com.

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Audubon Society Meeting CANCELLED

Due to the weather, Audubon Society of Kalamazoo’s monthly meeting scheduled for Monday, January 28, is cancelled.  Thanks for your understanding.

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Race Matters

ARAOMC: New Name, New Structure by Cary Betz Williams Anti-Racism Anti-Oppresson Multi-Cultural committee. ARAOMC.  What a mouthful. And not very descriptive. Feedback from church members suggest that many don’t know what we do exactly in the church, which makes it difficult  for people to connect with our mission. So we are renaming ourselves. ARAOMC is […]

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Green Spot

The Styrofoam collection was a big success! Next drop-off date will be March 23 so plan to bring materials to church March 10 and 17. The Green Sanctuary Committee is presenting an Environmental Film Series over the next few months. We start with Paris to Pittsburgh on January 27. This documentary describes exciting climate actions […]

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What Are Chalice Circles?

CHALICE CIRCLES offer an opportunity to meet with others around a commitment to practice listening and sharing in ways that allow us to be real and honest, and have the kind of deeper conversations that can be difficult to make during coffee hour on Sundays. In Chalice Circles, we focus on topics from our life […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Monet Everly first began attending People’s when she was ten years old. “My father started bringing me along with him,” Monet recalls. “He said it would be good for me to have some diversity in my life. At first, I came because my father made me, but then I became enamored with the philosophy of UU. I found my home in the People’s community so much that I now bring my daughters to church.

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From the Minister

Dear ones, In my sermon a few weeks ago, I mentioned that we have religious forbearers who died for the right to change their minds religiously, for the idea that ‘revelation is not sealed,’ that truth is forever making itself known in new ways. A few of you mentioned that you did not know that […]

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Religious Education Notes

Sharing and Caring This month our religious education classes for children and youth will focus on caring for others. The Kindergarten through 7th graders will learn the stories of the Good Samaritan and the Loaves and Fishes.  Using these stories as a guide, the children will explore the themes of generosity and sharing. They will […]

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Membership Orientation, Sun. February 10, 12:30p.m.

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, or would just like to know more about the church and/or Unitarian Universalism, please plan to attend our Membership orientation after the service on February 10th in Rm 19 from 12:30- 2:30p.m. Rev. Rachel will be there, along with representatives form the Membership, Religious Education, […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Boiling Point Collective, an emerging nonprofit founded by People’s Church members, was the recipient of Sunday’s Special Collection, totaling $954.44, which will go to support their continuing growth.  Thanks to all who contributed. Our next Special Collection will be on February 10 for Trans Lifeline.  Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving […]

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Medicine Wheel, 1st Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Each month we gather to honor our earth mother and all our relations with this ancient tradition. In this sacred space, we begin to remember that we are all part of a greater whole, and we begin to understand how our relationship with every other being on this earth truly matters. Bring your drums and […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Following a brief explanation of the work of Ministry with Community by Executive Director Kelly Henderson, $1327.29 was collected to support this effort on Sunday the 9th. Thank you for your generous contribution. On January 20, we will have the chance to support Boiling Point Collective, an emerging nonprofit […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Judy D’Arcangelis grew up attending Fountain Street Church, a non-denominational liberal church in Grand Rapids where she was active throughout her childhood in religious education programs, choirs and high school youth group.

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Religious Education Notes

January RE Lessons This month’s RE lessons for K-7th graders include important topics that will  get them thinking about the relevance Bible stories may have in their lives today. In addition to meaningful discussion questions, there is so much value in our children being introduced to ideas about Jesus and Jonah from a UU perspective. […]

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Race Matters

Heard over time in the halls of People’s Church: “When you think of it, really, anyone can be discriminated against in any situation.” One of my deeper daily practices for some decades now has been to work on shifting the events inside my own brain from a yes-no, right-wrong, either-or framework, to the exploration that […]

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How We Will Manage Our People’s Church Land

Our Board of Trustees has adopted a new policy, the Land Management Plan for People’s Church. The introductory paragraph states our vision and the goal of the plan. The grounds surrounding People’s Church form an outdoor church space that is important for the religious life of the church members. Unitarian Universalism encourages people to recognize […]

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Race Matters

By Nadine Godin-Nassaney The current political climate has caused me constant stress due to the dismantling of rights of marginalized populations in our country. As a woman, I have followed the #MeToo movement and the Larry Nassar hearings. I started to believe that sexual assault victims, particularly women, finally had a voice.  Then came the […]

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Green Spot

Styrofoam Recycling! Just in time for the holidays, there is a new option for dealing with polystyrene (brand name Styrofoam). Cooper Township has opened their quarterly foam recycling program to people outside the township. They accept peanuts, packing materials (e.g. the foam that protects electronics during shipping), egg cartons, and food containers that have been […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Interview and article by Ardyce Curl.

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Caroling, Saturday, December 15, 1:00 p.m.

Please join the People’s singers as they go caroling on Saturday, December 15th. We will meet at the church at 1:00 and carpool to visit and sing to members and church friends. We will end the event with cookies and hot chocolate back at church. All ages and singing abilities are welcome. Questions? Contact Rick […]

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Holiday Bazaar Recap

THANK YOU to ALL for a Beautiful and Successful Bazaar.  This year was our best-ever Bazaar—not just in financial terms and participation, which were tremendous—but in a special spirit and joy that seemed to fuel all the work we did together from start to end. Although the Bazaar is just a single event and a […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, First, I know many are eagerly awaiting the results of the Widening Our Welcome Survey. I am. At press time, we have not yet compiled the surveys. We will have results to share in January. In August, a few dozen People’s people gathered for a ‘Crafting a Worship Mission’ workshop. Julica Hermann […]

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Holiday Party, Sunday, December 16th, 3–5 p.m.

Please join us for an intergenerational, fun, activity-centered party that will offer an opportunity for connections with other church members. This party is sponsored by the Membership/Connections Committee and the Social Justice Coordinating Committee. In addition to enjoying a fun event with other church members we are including a social justice component by requesting donations […]

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New Member Recognition, Sunday, December 16

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, the next opportunity to do so will take place on Sunday, December 16.  If you’d like to participate please fill out a membership form and return it to the church office by December 9. On the 16th, we will hold a Bond of […]

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TED Talk Viewing & Discussion, Tue. Nov. 26, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26, from 7-8:30 in Room 19, we’ll watch “We’re Building a Dystopia Just to Make People Click on Ads” by Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Istanbul, Turkey. In case you’d like to watch it in advance, here’s the link: https://www.ted.com/talks/zeynep_tufekci_we_re_building_a_dystopia_just_to_make_people_click_on_ads It is not humanoid […]

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Audubon Society Meeting CANCELLED

Due to the weather, Audubon Society of Kalamazoo’s monthly meeting scheduled for Monday, November 26, is Cancelled.  Thanks for your understanding.

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Dave Curl Prints for Sale with all Proceeds to Benefit People’s Church

Original framed photographs by Dave Curl, Kalamazoo Photographer, are displayed on the Art Wall at People’s Church (until the end of December) and are for sale as a fundraiser for People’s Church. Prints may be prepaid ($50 each) and ordered for pickup at the church within 7-10 days. Please fill out an order form […]

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Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar

The Holiday Bazaar is a signature event for our church—where everyone—members, friends, and family members—can play a part in making it happen. We hope for over 700 people to come through our doors that day. The pasty making is nearing completion—thanks to many teams of choppers, assemblers, wrappers and their faithful leader and dough makers. […]

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Dennis McCarty Book Reading, Sunday, Nov. 25, 12:15p.m.

Rev. Dennis McCarty, now retired from parish ministry will be reading from his new book Reflections: On Time, Culture, and Spirits in America and answering questions.  Rev. Rachel has begun reading this book and recommends it highly. Copies will be available for purchase.  We will gather in Room 19. Rev. McCarty serves as Minister Emeritus […]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance, Sunday, Nov. 18, 4:00 p.m.

Join us November 18th as we remember those lost due to hate and violence against the transgender community. Together we will mourn, honor, and celebrate their authentic lives.  All are welcome. Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of hate and violence […]

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Study Group Monday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The  Study Group will be meeting will be meeting next on Monday, November 26th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the memoir Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference, by Mark Edmundson. Edmundson, who is now a well-known professor of English at the University of Virginia, tells the story of how […]

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Energy Well, Fridays, 6:30p.m., Room 9

Anchoring Yourself in Times of Stress: Special Help for the Helpers An Invitation to the Energy Well Pond Scum. That’s what your energy is like when it’s loaded down with grief, depression, fear and anger.  Dip a cup through that mess and the water isn’t fit to drink.  Now look deep beneath the surface, and […]

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Holiday Party, Sunday, Dec. 16, 3p.m.

On Sunday, December 16 from 3-5 p.m., People’s Church will host a Holiday Party where we will prepare gifts to give to the women and children staying at the Domestic Assault Shelter of the YWCA.

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

ISAAC Public Meeting People’s Church has long been an active member of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community).  At the 2018 ISAAC Public Meeting held October 25 at Mt Zion Church, we exceeded our pledge of 40 attendees in thanks to our young people in attendance, like Dorothy Lonberg. After a […]

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Race Matters

My work with the Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural Committee is an important way for me to discover, develop, and disseminate ideas about our Unitarian Universalist values pertaining to the worth and inherent dignity of all people.

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Getting to Know People’s People

Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate. Article by Ardyce Curl.

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Membership Orientation, November 4, 12:30p.m.

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, or just want more information about Unitarian Universalism, please join us for an orientation being offered November 4 in Room 19, after the Sunday service.  Representatives of key committees will be present, and there will be opportunities to have any questions you may have answered.  […]

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Religious Education Notes

Making Connections There are so many opportunities for religious growth and learning as well as deepening connections for all ages at church this fall. In RE classes our K-7th graders have learned about Adam and Eve, Noah, and Joseph. While we continue to explore Bible stories from a UU perspective, November brings opportunities to learn […]

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Widening Our Welcome Update

Over the past year, the Widening Our Welcome team (Sandy Steele, Cylise Snow, Chris Semelbauer, Susan Moerdyk, Marj Lightner, Jeanne Leadley, Connie Ferguson, Greg Feldmeier, Sonja Dean, Gordon Bolar, Andrew Alm, and Rev. Rachel) have asked you about your dreams for People’s Church. The conversation began with a focus on adding a worship service, but […]

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K.N.O.W presents Songs of Peace Concert & Sing-Along, Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m.

Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War presents Steve Deasy Songs of Peace Concert & Sing-Along Saturday, October 6th at People’s Church Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Concert from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This is event is FREE and open to all who believe in peace and justice.  Donations welcome.  For more information call 269-548-8918.

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Discussion Group, 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

October 6 –  “Phone People” (people who have a better relationship with their phone than with real people), led by Bob Hardin.A cartoon comment: https://www.cs.wmich.edu/~rhardin/Moby.mp4 October 20 –  “The Suicide Epidemic”, led by Jeannine Willacker The Discussion Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., in Room […]

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Afternoon Book Club, Thu. Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell will be the topic of our next meeting, October 11, 1:30 – 3:30.  Marj Lightner will review; and Mary Tift will host.  Call Mary for the location. Newcomers are always welcome. A flyer with book choices through this church year is available in the church foyer/newsletter rack.

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Study Group, Mon. Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18.  We will be discussing the biography How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Sarah Bakewell.  This book won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. […]

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Kinship Group, Sun. Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Looking for more social get-togethers? Hoping for more connections with the people of the church? Join us at our Kinship Group meetings! We are a group of people who want to grow their circle beyond just their nuclear family. We meet monthly to grow a network of social relationships and connect to each other in […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate.

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Lincoln School September has whizzed by and your Social Justice Coordinating Committee is fully engaged in keeping up with the many involvements serving the causes of social justice in our community.  As always, our first activity in the fall is our support of Lincoln School. The Special Collection on September 16th netted $1090. Teachers who […]

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Green Spot

The Coffee Cart is Open Want an easy way to help you live your values? Make sure you buy and drink fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee. The coffee we sell and serve on Sundays is from Higher Grounds, a Michigan company that buys its beans from small farmer cooperatives thus helping them get a […]

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Race Matters

The Beloved Community by Cary Williams Here is the phrase: “the Beloved Community”.  We have adopted the term for use in the People’s Church mission statement, and I found myself  growing curious about its meaning. I needed more information. And since getting more information for me almost always means digging into the history of something, […]

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10th Street Cleanup, Sun. Oct. 14, 1:00 p.m.

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is sponsoring the Fall Clean-Up of 10th Street from West Main to H Street on Sunday, October 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Come and pick up trash along the road to help beautify our church neighborhood. A light lunch will be provided as well as materials needed […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, With the program year underway, there is a flurry of activity around the church. I want to take this space to highlight a few goings on that I am particularly excited about: The Shared Pulpit: A Sermon Seminar for Laypeople begins this month. This class is a chance to reflect theologically on […]

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White Tara Workshop, Sunday, October 28, 12:30p.m.

A workshop on the practice of White Tara—a deity associated with compassionate action and in particular physical healing and longevity. Learn visualization techniques associated with balancing the body’s elements and rejuvenating one’s energetic life-force. Workshop is FREE and open to all with a suggested donation of $15.00. A 1/2 hour reception and registration with refreshments […]

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2018 Ballot Initiatives Public Meeting, Sun. Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m.

Voters will be deciding on some important ballot initiatives this year.  On Sunday, October 7, from 2-4 p.m., People’s Church will be hosting a public meeting to provide information on the issues to those in the community (especially those who are still undecided). Honoring the work the ballot initiative groups have put in (especially all […]

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ISAAC 2018 Public Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:45 p.m.

Build the Beloved Community! Come show our public officials your support for building the Beloved Community—a place in which our deepest values of abundance, equity, community, hope, and most of all, love, are infused into our policies and practices so that every person is held as beloved. Anti-Racism Anti-Poverty Affordable Housing 6:00 p.m. – Registration […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: Transformations II, Opens September 23

Art Wall Reception will be on Sunday, September 23, 12:15 p.m. Exhibit: “Transformation II” Maryellen Hains invited artists from Southwest Michigan to each create a piece that expresses his/her connection with the theme TRANSFORMATION. The theme was suggested in a conversation between Gay Walker and Maryellen about how our lives change as we grow older […]

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Green Spot

PFAS 101 New stories about PFAS contamination in Michigan seem to be in the news every week, so here is a brief introduction to the issue. PFAS is short for per- and poly-fluoroalkyls, a large collection of chemical compounds that repel moisture and resist heat. Two subgroups mentioned in news reports are PFOA and PFOS. […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Following is an interview with People’s people talking about why they came to People’s and why they continue to participate. By Ardyce Curl

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SAVE the DATE! People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please save the date and plan to participate! On Saturday November 17, we will hold our 17th annual, all-church fun(d)raiser. Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to including all our members, visitors, and friends. Preparations have already begun, and we could use your help. Our goal is to sustain our stellar success of last […]

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Jan Park Open House and Celebration, Saturday, September 22, 2-5 p.m.

All members are welcome to join us on Saturday, September 22 in Room 19 to celebrate Jan Park’s 90th birthday and wish her well before her move out of state. Light refreshments, beverages, and cake will be served. There will also be a table of memorabilia/photos, and a microphone available for people who would like […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, As we approach the beginning of the program year, I am thinking about what this year might hold for us as a church community. Some plans are already in place: Religious education volunteers and Diane Melvin, our director of religious education, have been hard at work preparing curricula for the coming year. Most […]

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Religious Education Notes

September Musings As summer winds down and the season heads toward fall, school is beginning and RE at church is beginning our new year. We are excited to gather together again for religious growth and learning for all ages in our church community. The Religious Education committee has had their annual retreat and is excited […]

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New Community Social Justice Calendar

Do you care about justice? Are you having trouble learning about the various rallies, vigils, important city and county council meetings, and educational opportunities happening in our community? Do you know about events that would interest other People’s people? Justice-minded folks, including members of the Social Justice Coordinating Committee, are stepping in to help us […]

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The Shared Pulpit: Sermon Seminar for Laypeople

New Adult Religious Education Offering Meets monthly on the second Monday, 6-9pm and second Tuesday, 1-4pm October 2018 through May 2019 Do you have a story or an idea you think would make a great sermon? Do you want to hear other people’s stories? Do you want to learn how to reflect theologically? This is […]

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Church Newsletter Deadlines

The following are the newsletter deadlines for the entire church year.  Please email your newsletter articles to:  news@peopleschurch.net. Monday, September 24, 2018, noon Monday, October 22, 2018, noon Monday, November 26, 2018, noon Monday, December 17, 2018 noon Monday, January 21, 2019, noon Monday, February 18, 2019, noon Monday, March 25, 2019, noon […]

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All-Church Floor Cleaning, July 30 through August 3

People’s Church will be having its floors cleaned during the week of July 30, and access to the building will be limited. Please try to take care of on-site church business before or after this week.

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Kinship Group Kickoff Event, August 5, 5:30 p.m.

What is a Kinship Group? A Kinship Group, in this case, involves developing an extended family.  An extended family, in this case, means a group that extends beyond the nuclear family. A nuclear family forms the Core of the extended family group.  Kinship groups share cultural similarities. They grow a network of social relationships connecting […]

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Book Club, August 9, 1:30 p.m.

Our planning meeting for the upcoming church year is August 9, 1:30 – 3:30, at Martha Beverly’s home. If you’d like to review a book this year, bring your suggestions (preferably, at least two that you’d be happy to review, to give others a chance to express a preference).  Or, come just to share your […]

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Social Justice Update

ISAAC Core Team to Meet with Executive Director People’s ISAAC Core Team will be meeting with ISAAC’s Executive Director, Dr. Charlae Davis on Monday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Room L1.  Anyone who would like to learn more about ISAAC and our People’s Church core team are welcome to come and meet with Dr. […]

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