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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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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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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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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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Getting to Know People’s People

When Kelly Henderson and her husband Scot were looking for a scouting experience for their son Jeremy they met several People’s people, including Diane Melvin, who shared information about their church experiences at People’s. That was in 2005. Kelly and her family were in search of community. She said her father was part of a […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, I write this on the first morning of study leave, three weeks of intentional planning, studying, and reading. It’s not vacation, but a slower pace of work, with sustained attention on planning, which is often set aside in the day-to-day work of the church. Here are some of the things I hope […]

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Religious Education Notes

This year all the children and youth from kindergarten through high school will be exploring the Jewish and Christian scriptures from a Unitarian Universalist perspective in our religious education classes. What this means is that rather than examining the bible as a literal truth, we recognize that the bible contains the stories of a people […]

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Crafting a Worship Mission, Saturday, August 25

Why do we worship together? What do we aim to experience and give each other? How can worship advance our commitment to build and live into the Beloved Community? Join Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Julica Hermann de la Fuente for an experiential workshop where we will worship together and explore the challenges and opportunities […]

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Palmer Nature Sanctuary Hike, Saturday, August 19

The Green Sanctuary Committee, along with the Michigan Nature Association, is sponsoring a hike through parts of the Palmer Sanctuary on Sunday, August 19. The hike will be led by a Michigan Nature Association naturalist, and is sure to be a great time. Following a bring-your-own sack lunch after the Sunday service, we will carpool […]

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ArtWall Exhibit: Legacy Paintings by Marcia Wood

There is currently a silent auction of Marcia Wood’s paintings happening at People’s Church, with proceeds going to benefit the Marcia J. Wood Scholarship Fund at Kalamazoo College.  Place your bids on the bid sheets at church or contact Dave Curl at oakwoods@net-link.net, for more information. As a prolific artist, teacher, and mentor, Marcia […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Jana Watson and Ben Jones began attending People’s in 2011. Jana grew up in St. Peters, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and moved to Kalamazoo when she was 14. She said, “My mother was United Methodist, but we rarely attended church.  I attended a Baptist Church with my friend in 8th grade, but I […]

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Race Matters

This month has been one of zero compassion on the part of the administration. Children taken from their parents. Little ones put in “tender age” facilities. Older kids housed in a repurposed Wal-Mart as if they were nothing more than merchandise. The constant call from those who follow Trump: “They came here illegally.” The sad […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, As I write this, I’ve been back at work for nearly a month after my parental leave. It’s been a good month—catching up with many of you, attending the youth service, leading the flower service and the first summer service, and generally getting back into work routines. I am so grateful for […]

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Religious Education Notes

Our Jewish and Christian Heritage This past year our religious education classes explored World Religions. They learned about the basic beliefs, rituals and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Paganism, Taoism, Judaism and Christianity. Our 11th & 12th graders enjoyed field trips to various houses of worship to experience these faiths first hand. (See bulletin board […]

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Summer Religious Education

Our summer RE programming, led by Mary Kate Webster and Cary Betz Williams, is off to a great start. We are using various storybooks to help children learn about kindness and empathy for themselves and each other. The titles include We’re All Wonders, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and I’m Gonna Like Me. Through […]

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Green Spot

Help the Homeless While Recycling! St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on West Lovell Street in Kalamazoo has a very interesting social justice program called “Partners in Housing Transition.” It provides basic home furnishings for formerly homeless families after they have secured access to housing. They work with 11 partner agencies who provide referrals of families with […]

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Making Jams, Salsas, and Canned Items for Bazaar

Our most profitable “department” at November’s Holiday Bazaar is called People’s Specialties. It takes place in the foyer and features your handmade jams, salsas, breads, frozen entrees, cookies, candies, and small hand-crafted items (knitted items, small quilted items, etc.).  While fresh produce is plentiful, now is a great time to start canning jams or salsas, […]

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The Library Corner

In Our Own Best Interest; How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All, by William F. Schultz Sierra Leone, Kosovo, East Timor, the Bronx. The nightly news brings vivid images into our homes of the mistreatment of people all over the world. In the secure comfort of our living rooms, we may feel sympathetic to the […]

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation/Study Group, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Room 9

For July and August we will be studying one of the foundational practices in Gelukpa (the tradition of the Dalai Lama) Tibetan Buddhism called Ganden Lha Gyem. Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm ongoing (July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 ) People’s Church, 1758 10th St. N, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Room 9 […]

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TED Talks Discussion, Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.

Our 2nd TED Talks Discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 26, 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 19.  Sign up in the foyer if you would like to be notified in advance of the TED Talks presentation that will be shown and discussed at the meeting, or if you need childcare.  Lyn Bartley (retired WMU Professor […]

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Syrian Refugee Family Update

We are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Altyara family’s arrival to the U.S. These two years have seen remarkable progress for the family.  They received their green cards this spring, which are important as they travel the path to citizenship. The family continues to live in the home People’s Church Refugee Resettlement Team found […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Lincoln School Lincoln School volunteers began winding down the year with a final gathering on May 17th to share experiences and celebrate one more successful year of this wonderful project.  Mary Lewis, who has been its coordinator and backbone since inception, is retiring.  Next year Jeme Baker will assume leadership, hoping to continue the successes […]

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Bazaar Pre-Planning Meeting, Wednesday, June 20, 6:30pm

Our People’s Church 2018 Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 17th. If you might be interested in becoming more involved in the preparations for the Bazaar, please join us to find out more. We will meet from 6:30-8pm, Wednesday evening, June 20th in Room L1. If you can’t make that […]

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Green Spot

Citizenship Advocacy Opportunity: Changes to Michigan Environmental Policy The Michigan State Legislature is about to pass some bills that affect the Department of Environmental Quality’s ability to protect our environment. The House just passed bills creating an Environmental Rules and Review Committee and a permit appeal panel that would have authority over the DEQ. The […]

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Race Matters

This winter I participated in an anti-racism seminar for white people called Doing Our Own Work, because I won a scholarship through People’s Church and I was curious. But as the days drew closer, I began to panic. Why will I be putting myself through six days of guilt and shame? This sounds scary and […]

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Getting to Know People’s People by Ardyce Curl

Eunice Jennings grew up Methodist. “I attended People’s in the mid ‘80s because I wanted my children to have some religious experience,” Eunice said. She continued attending until the mid ‘90s. “I stopped coming because of some family issues,” Eunice said, “but I returned recently because I was told that Rachel was wonderful and dealt […]

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Religious Education Notes

Youth Bridging Service – June 3 The high school youth will plan and lead this service where we will bridge our 8th graders up into Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) and we will bridge our Seniors out. I have mixed emotions about the youth bridging out of YRUU. Of course I am extremely happy for […]

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Social Justice Update

April Special Collection We collected $1041 for April’s Special Collection for Peace House was $1041.  Thanks for supporting this wonderful haven for eastside kids.  Keep up with their busy summer on their Facebook page. May Special Collection In May we will turn our attention to Cradle Kalamazoo.  Kalamazoo County has one of the highest […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Bobby Goldstein Bobby Goldstein heard about People’s from several folks including Sarah Hill, Megan Reynolds, Sonja Dean, Tim Bartik and Deb Wickman who live in his former neighborhood. He joined People’s softball team the summer of 2016, and started attending People’s services soon after. He became a member in December 2016. “My life was changing, […]

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Religious Education Notes

The Wheel of the Year  While spring is finally blooming in Michigan, we celebrate the season of new beginnings and fresh starts in nature. Concurrently in RE we are celebrating and getting ready to wind down our religious education programing for the church year. Our Kindergarten – 6th and 11-12th graders are all wrapping up […]

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Green Spot

Sustainable Living with Building and Grounds The Building and Grounds crew at People’s Church continuously looks for ways to be good earth stewards while caring for our nearly fifty-year old church. Much of this work takes place behind the scenes and may not be obvious, but it is vital to our congregation’s efforts to live […]

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Race Matters

One of the primary goals of the Board is to encourage and lead continued anti-racism work within People’s Church. As one small step in what will be a long and continuing journey, the Board participated in a training with facilitators from ERACCE (Eliminating racism and claiming/celebrating equality) in February. Unfortunately, I came down with the […]

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Peace & Nature Camp Registration

Peace and Nature Camp 2018 Peace and Nature Camp is a one-week day-camp at People’s Church that runs M-F, June 18-22, 9am – 4pm and is open to all children ages 7-12 years old.   This includes an all-day field trip to the Kalamazoo Nature Center on Thursday of that week.  Camp provides an opportunity to […]

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Establishing a Daily Spiritual Practice, Begins Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.

Learn Tibetan Buddhist meditative techniques including concentration, contemplative analysis, visualization, mantras and prayers applied daily in a structured format. This class is oriented toward giving students a solid set of practices to be engaged in daily. We will be going through the basic preliminaries such as setting up an altar, stabilizing our mind, setting […]

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Stewardship Campaign Deadline – APRIL 15

The deadline for the Keep on Moving Forward stewardship campaign is Sunday, April 15. Please return the pledge form you received in the mail by this Sunday or pledge now online. If you do not have a pledge form, you can get one at church on Sunday, but please come prepared to make your […]

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Social Justice Update

While the Social Justice Coordinating Committee does not DO social justice per se (although all committee members participate in other community work) our function is to keep People’s people informed of many opportunities available to our members who wish to live out UU values in the community. This Update is one way our congregation is […]

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MONEY MATTERS

How do we make a budget? Is it like a cake…or not? Well, there are steps involved, of course. First you start with the ingredients, or inputs, as some might say. That began, for most of the congregation, on Sunday, March 18, when pledge materials were given out after church, and then mailed to other […]

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Brené Brown Discussion, Wednesdays in May

We will hold an exploration of Brené Brown’s recent book, Braving the Wilderness:  The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone in three sessions:  Wednesdays, May 2, 9 and 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Sign up in the foyer to reserve your place. The workshop is a joint project of the Membership/Connections and RE […]

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Visit with Rev. Jill McAllister, Monday, April 30, 10:30 a.m.

Minister Emerita Jill McAllister will be hosting an open-house session on Monday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 19. Feel free to come by and say hello.

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Green Spot

As part of our commitment to the 7th principle—caring for all life—People’s Church worked through the process to become certified as a Green Sanctuary. Now there is another certification on the horizon! Within the next year, the church property will be certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Green Sanctuary Committee […]

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Study Group, Monday, April 16, 7:30p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the book American Philosophy: A Love Story, by John Kaag. This book was picked by both the New York Times and NPR as a book of the year in 2016. The book is an […]

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Book Club, Thursday, April 12, 1:30p.m.

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin will be the focus of our meeting on Thursday, April 12 (1:30 – 3:30), at the home of Barb McCrea, who will also review the book. Flyers with our schedule for this church year are in the church foyer. Newcomers are always welcome. If you have any questions, feel […]

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New Evening Book Club?

If you are interested in starting a People’s Church evening book club, please write your name, contact info, and best times for you on the sign-up sheet on the foyer table. The current coordinators of the Thursday afternoon book club (Marj Lightner & Pat Nelson–patnelson@btc-bci.com) would be glad to share what has been working […]

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Race Matters

The Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural (ARAOMC) Committee would like to thank the people of People’s Church for their donations to the Promise and the Practice campaign to fund Black Lives UU. Together we did reach the goal of $2500 needed for a matching grant. Thank you also to the members of the Social Justice Coordinating Committee […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Emily Searles grew up attending a UU church in Elkhart, Indiana. When she moved to the Kalamazoo area in May 2001, she sought out People’s. She said, at first, she came to services only occasionally because she was working the third shift as a desk clerk in a hotel at that time. […]

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Discussion Group, 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 am

Upcoming Topics April 7: “12 Rules for Life” David Heinrich will lead this discussion based on Jordan Peterson’s new book. Limited attention will be paid to the controversies surrounding this University of Toronto Psychology Professor; mostly, Dave wants to explore this book’s content. One background piece with glimpses of content and character, can be found […]

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From the Minister

Dear ones, As I write in late March, with less than a month remaining in my pregnancy, I am over-whelmed with gratitude to all of you. People’s people are supporting my growing family in so many ways. A few people’s people have asked me, “Is there anything we can do to help you as you […]

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Religious Education Notes

With Deepest Gratitude With 160 children and youth registered in Religious Education, our RE teachers are the backbone of our program. Their dedication is imperative for creating meaningful experiences for these kids each week. Each week they review lesson plans and prepare to lead their classes with interesting and engaging stories, questions and activities.  People’s […]

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Newcomer Orientation, Sunday, April 8

If you are interested in knowing more about People’s Church or Unitarian Universalism, or are considering becoming an official church member, please plan to attend our Newcomer/Membership Orientation on Sunday, April 8, after the service (12:15) in Room 9. Representatives from Membership, Religious Education, and Stewardship will be present, and a light lunch and childcare […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, One of my colleagues likes to joke that people are called to the ministry because God thinks they need extra supervision. While I might argue with some of that, there are times when I wonder if I am called to this work so you all can teach me the things I need […]

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Religious Education Notes

Mindfulness and Meditation I offered a Mindfulness and Meditation class on Thursday nights in February. I was very surprised that 45 people registered for the class and that very few of those folks were from People’s Church. The event seemed to go viral on Facebook and there was much demand. The class sessions ended up […]

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Drafts of People’s Church Mission & Vision Statements

Draft of People’s Church Mission Statement (outward facing, aspirational phrase) People’s Church strives to serve as a welcoming community where all are valued, inspired and supported as we embrace our diverse world—TOGETHER!   Draft of People’s Church Vision Statement (detailed, inward guiding) Aligning with the Principles of the UUA, People’s Church serves Southwest Michigan by: Fostering diversity […]

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New People’s Church Video

Filming of Sunday Services happening on March 11 and March 18. We are so fortunate to have the professional team of Ella Swift Redding (Burly Mermaid) and Majken Ruppert (Spiderlegs Media) volunteering to produce a People’s Church video. We’ll use this in our New Member Orientation; plus a shortened version for our webpage. […]

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World Religions Class: Islam, Tuesday March 20, 1:30pm & 7pm

Our explorations of world religions continues this month with Islam. To prepare for the class, please read a chapter in a world religious text about Islam. Send any particular questions you want answered to Rev. Rachel in advance. We will meet in Room 19. (Childcare is available upon request.)

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Money Matters

Sunday March 18 will be the kick off for our “Keep On Moving Forward” stewardship campaign. It is time to reflect on what People’s Church means to you and your family. The annual stewardship campaign solicits the critical pledges of time, talent, and treasure that make possible all the activities at People’s Church. We need […]

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Green Spot

Update on Kalamazoo River Superfund Site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named the ”Allied Paper Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River site” as a Superfund Site in 1990. This site includes 80 miles of the Kalamazoo River from Morrow Dam to Lake Michigan and 3 miles of Portage Creek between Cork Street and the Kalamazoo River. The […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Deb Beyer was raised in Grand Rapids in a large Presbyterian Church.  At about age 12 she began questioning portions of the teachings, especially when an older sister became a Roman Catholic, causing a great upheaval in her family, she said. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Deb reconnected with a small […]

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New Member Recognition, Sunday, March 11

People’s Church, like all UU churches, is a religious community with no creed. There is no one thing that we all have to believe in order to join. If you think that you can find religious and spiritual nurture here and be challenged to grow, and if you want to help make People’s a strong […]

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Social Justice Update

Special Collections Fantastic results for the February 11 Special Collection.  We are THIS CLOSE to meeting the goal of $2500 to achieve the 100% matching funds–$2424!  Since the deadline has been extended until the end of February, we surely will get there. Well done, everyone! March 11th’s Special Collection will be for the Kalamazoo Drug […]

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Basic Tibetan Buddhist Principles, Tuesdays, March 6-April 24, 7pm

According to the Buddha, everybody wants happiness and nobody wants suffering, pain, or dissatisfaction.  This course examines the relevancy of this ancient observation to our current lives and explores Buddha’s essential points to achieve happiness and liberation from suffering. $40 or free for Jewel Heart members. Scholarships available. 8-week course, Tuesdays evenings, 7-8:30 pm, March […]

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Save the Date for 2018 Peace and Nature Camp

Peace and Nature Camp is a one-week day-camp at People’s Church that runs M-F, June 18-22, 9am – 4pm and is open to all children ages 7-12 years old.   This includes an all day field trip to the Kalamazoo Nature Center on Thursday of that week.  Camp provides an opportunity to play and explore in […]

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Child Dedication Ritual, Sunday, February 11

The February 11 service will include a child dedication ritual. A child dedication ritual is our Unitarian Universalist ritual for celebrating the children in our community and promising to support them and their families as they learn and grow. If your family would like to participate (and you haven’t made this known already), please

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Volunteers Needed for People’s Church Video

The Membership/Connections Committee would like to create a new People’s Church video to use in our Newcomer Orientation.  We’re looking for volunteers willing to be videotaped who have a message to share about why you decided to join this church; what made you feel connected here; what is it about the church which has proven […]

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Widening Our Welcome, Feb. 4, 12:15pm

Second Service Information Session Everyone is invited to a presentation in The Commons on February 4th following the Sunday Service where we can learn about our size as a congregation and share ideas for how to grow from here. This is only the start of a series of conversations about little changes we can make […]

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Legacy Giving, February 18, 12:15pm

After church on February 18, we are going to hold a discussion of legacy giving options at People’s Church in Room 9. This will be an informational gathering where you can explore the wide range of options that exist today. If you have wondered what charitable gift annuities and IRA distributions are, this is the […]

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The Library Corner

Healthy Aging; a Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being is a unique book by Dr. Andrew Weil that draws on the science of biogerontology as well as the secrets of  longevity. Although aging is an irreversible process, there are myriad things we can do to keep our minds and bodies in good working […]

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Race Matters

The Promise  and Practice of Our Faith: The Quick History of a Broken UU Promise “The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long […]

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Green Spot

Palmer Memorial Nature Sanctuary The Palmer Memorial Nature Sanctuary is maintained by the Michigan Nature Association (MNA), and is located west of Schoolcraft.  Its land was donated by the Palmer Family; Reverend Palmer was minister at People’s Church from 1934-1956.  This land provides a great place to hike, learn, and practice stewardship. A large part […]

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Social Justice Committee Update

Special Collections Our January Special Collection for Open Doors garnered $1625 .  Thanks to everyone who contributed!  The Special Collection for February will be for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. Please click here for more information. Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation People’s is a member of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Written by Ardyce Curl Mary Montgomery Clifford Mary Montgomery Clifford has been attending People’s since the summer of 2016. She was raised a Catholic, and three of her father’s sisters were nuns. These women were and continue to be strong role models for her; however, experiences in junior high and high school led her to […]

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From the Minister

Child Dedication Ritual, Sunday, February 11 The February 11 service will include a child dedication ritual. A child dedication ritual is our Unitarian Universalist ritual for celebrating the children in our community and promising to support them and their families as they learn and grow. If your family would like to participate (and you haven’t […]

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Religious Education Notes

Anti-Racism I am currently participating in Doing Our Own Work, an anti-racism training for white people. This training is designed to aid white people in doing our own work of educating ourselves, holding each other accountable and practicing the skills of interrupting racism as we seek to become more effective anti-racist allies. Working with twenty […]

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People’s Church Silent Auction

Building Community One Bid at a Time We invite you to participate in our annual Silent Auction (formerly the Service Auction), an opportunity to offer and bid on services and items donated by People’s people. Join us as we build community one bid at a time by sharing our talents and treasures and raising money […]

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Mindfulness and Meditation, Thursdays in February, 6:00 pm

6:00 -7:30 PM Room 19 Led by Diane Melvin This class includes: An introduction to mindfulness and exercises designed to adopt this way of being into everyday life An introduction to meditation and time sitting in silent meditation each session Mindful art activities including Zen Tangles, gratitude mandalas and making mala beads A variety of […]

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World Religions Class: Taoism, Tues. Feb. 20, 1:30pm

Our explorations of world religions continues this month with Taoism. To prepare for the class, please read a chapter in a world religious text about Taoism. Send any particular questions you want answered to Rev. Rachel in advance. We will meet in Room 19. (Childcare is available upon request.)  

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