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Scholarship Opportunity for “Doing Our Own Work”, an Antiracism Workshop for White People – Deadline December 8

The Rev. Dr. Melanie Morrison will be holding her intensive antiracism workshop for people who identify as white, Doing Our Own Work, here at People’s in early 2018.  Although the workshop will be held in our building, it is not a church-sponsored event. We have, however, been given the gift of 2 full-time equivalent scholarships […]

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People’s Potluck, Sunday, November 12, 12:15pm

Please join us after the service on Sunday, November 12 for a potluck lunch in The Commons. Please bring a dish to share!

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Conversation Between Generations, Saturday, November 11, 1:30pm

Last summer there was an interesting discussion between some of the various generations of People’s Church. The interaction piqued the interest of those involved, and we thought it should be continued. A follow-up meeting has been planned for November 11 from 1:30-3:00 pm at People’s in Room 19.  (Please note date change.) This is a […]

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Book Group, Thursday, November 9, 1:30 pm

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom will be reviewed by Lois Loeffler at our next book club meeting, Thursday, November 9, 1:30-3:30 at Friendship Village, B-1. Newcomers are always welcome at these monthly meetings, on the 2nd Thursday of the month in people’s homes or at Friendship Village. Copies of a flyer with the year’s calendar […]

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Discussion Group, Saturday, November 4, 10:30am

On November 4, Nicky Leigh will lead the discussion: “Restricted Gifts / Interface with the Democratic Process”. When an institution receives restricted funds, how does that effect the institution and the consumers of the institution’s services? For example, Kalamazoo’s Foundation for Excellence, or Planned Parenthood’s government money restriction on abortion. There will be no meeting […]

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World Religions Class, Tuesday, November 21, 1:30 & 7pm

This month, the world religions class will explore Confucianism. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read a chapter on Confucianism from a comparative religions text before the class and send Rev. Rachel any questions they have in advance. Please let her know if you need childcare.  We meet in Room 19.  

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

The school year is well underway and our Special Collection for Lincoln School on September 17 netted $1,319, a wonderfully generous amount. As a rule, we hear from teachers about how this gift is being used to enhance their teaching. Watch this space! The October benefit to the Hispanic American Council totaled $1,193, especially needed […]

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MONEY MATTER$

How’s your “giving” going?  Your pledge statement will be reaching you in the mail any day now.  Please review it for accuracy.  If you’re “up to speed” on your giving, we really appreciate your continued and consistent generosity. If you are not, please consider setting up automatic payments to make it easy for the church […]

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Anti-Racism

Race Matters

ARAOMC Committee 2017-2018 Goals The Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural Committee gathered for its annual retreat on September 20, 2017. We centered the meeting on Rev. Rachel’s question about what we would like to have in place by the end of this church year. After much discussion we came to consensus agreeing to focus on three areas. […]

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Green Spot

Alternative Giving This year you can resolve to have a greener, cheaper, more meaningful holiday season through alternative giving! Instead of just going to the mall and spending more than you should, be creative by creating your own original presents, purchasing green products that express your values, or making a donation in someone’s name. Here […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, As many of you have heard by now, I am pregnant. It was a joy to share the news with you on Sunday the 22nd and receive so many congratulations and good wishes. Thank you.  If all goes well, I will be welcoming a child into my family in the middle of April. […]

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Religious Education Notes

World Religions Our K-6th and 11-12th grade classes are exploring a variety of world religious traditions this year. As Unitarian Universalists, you may wonder why we study world religions. Our goals in learning about World Religions in our religious education classes include: To provide a window into the living process of religions To approach this […]

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Fine Art Sale and Holiday Bazaar

COMING SOON – Saturday, November 18th, People’s Church 2017 Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar The 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 […]

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Membership Orientation, Sunday, November 5, 12:15p.m.

If you are interested in knowing more about People’s Church or Unitarian Universalism, or are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, please plan to attend our Membership Orientation on Sunday, November 5, after the service (12:15) in Room 19. Reverend Rachel will be there, along with representatives from Membership, Religious Education, and Stewardship. A […]

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New Chalice Circle to Begin

Chalice Circles are a form of a small-group ministry.  They 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 […]

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A Celebration of Fair Share Giving

At People’s Church we have celebrated separately the many ways our members support our community: lunches for religious education volunteers or work groups, celebrations of coming of age, and parties organized by various subgroups in the church, such as the choir or chalice circles. On October 27, invitations to an open house were mailed to […]

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Notes from the October Board Meeting

In our continuing effort to have better communication with People’s people, here are some highlights of our last Board meeting. One of the Board’s primary goals this year is to help with the development of a second church service. Our discussion on the topic centered around leadership, the anxiety that change can cause, and how […]

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Getting to Know People’s People by Ardyce Curl

Richard Larsen began attending People’s in September 2016. While growing up he attended East Main Church of Christ in Kalamazoo. Richard learned about People’s through his mentors, Molly Fairbanks and Rick Johnson, who are counselors in a prisoner re-entry program. If Richard has a problem he can call Molly or Rick; and Rick often gives […]

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Study Group, Mon. Nov. 27, 7:30pm

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian, David McCullough, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. This latest book by McCullough pulls together selected speeches on historical topics […]

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Child Dedication Being Scheduled

In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, our ritual for welcoming children and babies into our community is a child dedication. In the ritual, the church community dedicates itself to children and babies, promising to love and support them as they grow and learn here. We share each child’s name with the community, dedicate their thoughts, words […]

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Religious Education Notes

Sunday Morning Expectations WOW! What a phenomenal start to the new church year.  We have 38 religious education leaders trained and working wonderfully with our children and youth already.  Our classes have kicked off with much excitement and enthusiasm. Our religious education classes are in session from the time the children “Go Now in Peace” […]

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The Bazaar is on its Way! Don’t Miss Your Chance to Help!

Saturday, November 18th will be the 16th Annual People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar! Each year our church gets transformed into a festive venue where 30 local artists sell their beautiful work, while we sell our trademark pasties and other People’s specialties, serve up savory fare from the People’s Café, and offer warm […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

The Social Justice Coordinating Committee met on September 12 to plan for the coming year’s events . The ongoing function of SJCC is to facilitate all efforts toward Social Justice by the various committees and organizations of People’s Church. The first of our monthly Special Collections took place on September 17. This year’s offering to […]

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Green Spot

Land Use Plan: Memorial Garden In 1988 the church designated that a section of the land north of the building would be the Caroline Bartlett Crane Memorial Garden. This land had been donated to the church with the stipulation that it be kept as a green buffer and would not be used for additional building […]

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10th Street Clean-Up on October 8

We are planning to clean the trash from both sides of 10th Street from West Main (M43) to H Avenue after the service on Sunday, October 8. Your help is needed! A light lunch will be provided for volunteers. Bring a reflective vest and protective gloves if you have them. We will follow MDOT guidelines […]

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Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths, Wednesdays, 7:00pm

Presented by Jewel Heart A 7-week course based on the teaching ‘The Four Noble Truths’ by Gelek Rimpoche.  Class takes place on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm, October 11 through November 29 (note: we will not meet on November 22), in Room L2 Cost: $60.00 – includes textbook In Buddha’s first instructions he taught us to examine […]

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Altyara Family Update

Much progress has been made this summer for the Altyara family.  They passed the one year mark of their arrival on June 29th. It has truly been an amazing year for all of us!  As we settle in to fall and the start of school, it is time for an update. While many churches or […]

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Coffee Cart is Now 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 fair price for their labor.  […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Zoë Valette and Steve Dibble Zoë Valette and Steve Dibble met at People’s, were married in the Memorial Garden underneath Sarah Gertz’s tree and honeymooned in Peru. Zoë’s parents, Denise Valette and Mark Gernsback, also met at People’s through a single’s group and have been members for many years. Zoë attended religious […]

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Race Matters

Being Arrested While White and Middle-Aged So, I got arrested at a protest a few weeks ago.  The man currently in the White House had just rescinded the executive order President Obama had signed about the Dreamers and tossed the ball to Congress.  This means the protections for the over 800,000 young people brought here […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: “Shorelines of Mystery: The Land, the Light and the Water,” Interpretive Realist Paintings by Suzanne B. Siegel

There will be a reception to celebrate the artist and her work on Sunday, September 17 at 12:15pm in The Commons.  Please join us! Artist’s Statement This collection of images really constitutes the debut of a major new direction for me.  In the last few years, I’ve found my interest turning much more toward focusing […]

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Native American Ceremony, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:00pm

Medicine Wheel Free Event Once a month, around the time of the full moon, we gather to honor our earth mother 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 […]

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People’s Financial News

Good news!  2016/17 revenues exceeded expenditures by $45,000, with $18,000 uncollected pledges (86% of supplementary pledges and 94-95% of annual operating pledges were paid)—within normal range of uncollected pledges.  The Finance Committee is recommending to the Board that the $45,000 surplus should go into the Reserves, to bring those funds closer to the goal minimum […]

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SAVE the DATE! Saturday, November 18, People’s Church Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar

Please save the date and plan to participate! On Saturday, November 18, we will hold our 16th annual, all-church fun(d) raiser. Everyone is welcome to come and we look forward to seeing our members, visitors, and friends. Preparations have already begun, and we could use your help. Our goal is to repeat, or even surpass […]

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Come Make Music with Us, Starting September 7th!

No auditions, no cuts! Literally everyone welcome, no experience required! Even if you can’t join us on Sundays, we would love to have you at rehearsals. Bell Choir rehearses Thursdays in Room 12 from 6 to 7pm.  People’s Singers rehearse Thursdays in The Commons from 7 to 8:30pm. Are you interested in song leading? Don’t […]

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Race Matters

Charlottesville, White Privilege and White Supremacy By Cary Betz-Williams By now we have all seen it—the men marching in their polo shirts and khakis, carrying tiki torches from the local hardware store. The confederate battle flag, the flapping swastikas. The faces—not even covered—are white faces, white men. A group meets them and violence ensues.  The […]

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Library Corner

A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism Dan McKanan and his editorial committee of scholars have provided the Unitarian Universalist community with a marvelously useful access to its rich heritage… With curated writings from early Christianity to the twenty-first century, this collection offers the defining texts… (and) is of particular value for its inclusion of texts […]

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Facing Life, Facing Death, Tue. Sep. 26, 1:30pm

This month, the Facing Life, Facing Death group will explore the questions ‘what happens when we die? Is there an afterlife?’ Bring your ideas to share and listen to what other People’s people have to say. Facing Life, Facing Death is a group that meets monthly that explore issues of mortality, living and dying. New […]

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Young Adult Program Planning Meeting, Tue. Sep. 12, 7pm

Are you a young adult (age 18-35)? Do you have ideas for what People’s young adult program could look like this year? Come to this meeting in Room L2 to brainstorm and make plans with Diane Melvin and Rev. Rachel. Childcare is provided.  

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Discussion Group, Sat. Sep. 16, 10am

At our meeting on Saturday, September 16 (10am-12pm in The Commons), we will discuss topics for the coming church year.  What interests you that you would like to learn more about?   Each 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, a participant chooses a topic and shares some background reading  via email (usually a few popular […]

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Book Group, Thu. Sep. 14, 1:30pm

We will gather on Thursday, September 14th at 1:30 at Martha Beverly’s home, 529 Pinehurst Blvd. to discuss Colm Tóibín’s novel Nora Webster. Marj Lightner is the discussion leader. Our meetings are always on the second Thursday of the month in people’s homes. We love having newcomers. For more information contact Pat Nelson (269-521-4353) or […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Patty Playford Patty Pattison Playford grew up attending a Methodist church in Dowagiac in what she says was a religiously conservative family. Her uncle was a Methodist minister in Indiana. “I started hearing about People’s in the 1960s,” Patty said.  “I noted some members were active in the Civil Rights Movement as […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, Last spring, I had a chance to listen to Eboo Patel, the founder of Chicago’s Interfaith Youth Core, speak to a small group of Unitarian Universalist ministers and religious educators. He called on us to help people in our communities develop an appreciative knowledge of other religious traditions. He believes this helps us […]

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Religious Education Notes

Children & Youth Religious Education – We have an exciting lineup of programs for children and youth at People’s Church this coming church year. Preschool – The Rainbow Connection Our preschoolers will be using the seven UU principles to learn about justice, fairness, trust, responsibility and respect. Kindergarten – 6th grades – World Religions Hinduism, […]

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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 25, 2017, noon Monday, October 23, 2017, noon Monday, November 27, 2016, noon Monday, December 18, 2017 noon Monday, January 22, 2018, noon Monday, February 19, 2018, noon Monday, March 26, 2018, noon […]

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People’s Potluck, Sunday, September 10th

Following the homecoming service on September 10th, we will enjoy a People’s Potluck in The Commons. Please bring a dish to share!

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Palmer Preserve Nature Walk, Sat. Sept. 9, 3pm

Come along for a guided tour of the Palmer Memorial Nature Preserve on Saturday afternoon. John Bagley, of the Michigan Nature Association will lead us through this rare prairie fen ecosystem, home to 25 percent of the state’s endangered plants, animals, and insects. We will get a chance to see how the native fire-adapted plants […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Tom and Karen Voigts Tom and Karen Voigts first attended People’s more than twelve years ago. They had been looking for a like-minded church with a strong emphasis on social justice issues; and friends had encouraged them that People’s was the place to come. Karen grew up in a Unitarian Church in […]

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Mahouts Needed for White Elephants at Holiday Bazaar

We need two energetic people to join the Bazaar Steering Committee and coordinate the White Elephant portion of this amazing event on November 18th that benefits our church. For details, contact Rochelle Habeck-Hunt at habeck@chartermi.net. Also, please search your closets now for all very nice items (please, no clothing or furniture) that you can […]

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The Library Corner

Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld Basketball legend and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores how the America of today is a fractured society, sharply divided along the lines of race, gender, religion, political party and economic class.  In Writings on the Wall […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, As I write this on the 20th of July, this month has been a time of rest for me. I took my furlough week—which helped balance the church’s budget—at the beginning of the month. A dear friend, DeForest, and I went up north and saw the Sleeping Bear Dunes and other beautiful sites. […]

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ISAAC Listening Engagement

Saturday, August 12th, 1:00-4:30 pm & Sunday, August 13th, 2:00-5:30 pm ISAAC is in need of volunteers to help connect with residents in neighborhoods to understand the most important issues for our next two years’ work. You and a partner go door-to-door to ask residents about their concerns and desires for their neighborhood. The voices […]

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Book Club Planning Meeting, July 20, 1:30 p.m.

Books for the upcoming church year will be chosen at a meeting on Thursday, July 20, 1:30-3:30, at the home of Lois & Roger Loeffler.  All are welcome to participate.  If you like, bring two or three titles you would recommend (this group leans toward quality fiction); or you can more simply provide your feedback […]

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Green Spot

Caring for Our Outdoor Church By Cybelle Shattuck This summer, the Green Sanctuary and Building and Grounds Committees are developing a land management plan for People’s Church. The grounds are a part of our church; they provide space for spiritual practices, religious education, remembering loved ones, and cultivating right relationships with animals, insects, and plants. […]

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Race Matters

By Cary Betz-Williams I went to the two and a half day ERACCE training, unsure of what to expect. I was a bit apprehensive, felt shy because I was going to be among strangers and kept reminding myself to think before I spoke since sometimes the most amazingly daft things come out when I don’t.  […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Julie and Brian Schneeberger are among the newest members of People’s Church, having first attended in February. They signed the bond of union soon after. Julie said, “I looked up People’s online while searching for an open-minded congregation to match up with my changing spiritual attitudes.” Brian, who grew up attending the […]

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The Library Corner

Dreamers; an Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream, by Eileen Truax Of the approximately twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., as many as two million came as children.  They grow up here, go through school, and then their home country won’t—in most states—offer financial aid for college or allow them to legally […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, At the annual meeting in May, members of People’s Church approved a budget that brought us closer to living within our means as a congregation. This included some painful cuts in staff positions and staff time. In the days following that meeting, a few People’s people approached me, wanting to increase their pledges […]

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Cross Generations Conversations, Tue. July 18, 6:30p.m.

Are you a young adult?  An elder?  Would you like to get to know People’s people of another generation?  Would you like to have few more people to talk to during coffee hour every week?  This will be an informal gathering with a few structured conversation starters.  This chance to know one another, organized by […]

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Summer Potlucks

People’s Church will be holding several informal potlucks throughout the summer.  These aren’t meant as anything other than an opportunity to get together with friends or meet someone new.  Please sign up HERE and let us know what food item you plan to bring!

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Social Justice Update

Special Collection We will hold a Special Collection for ISAAC on June 11. ISAAC, Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community, is the largest faith-based organizing group in Southwest Michigan. People’s Church is among the more than 20 congregations and other organization that work together through ISAAC to make our values real in […]

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News of the Altyara Family

It will be the one year anniversary of the arrival of the Altyara family on June 29th. Much has been accomplished in this initial year. People’s Church has been pivotal in their success as they resettle in their new county. Here is a brief update on each family member and what lies ahead for them. […]

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Green Spot

By Julia Kirkwood To Know Your Water Is to Love Your Water Michigan is blessed with water! MI is water rich.  You are within 5 miles of water anywhere in MI! Clichés about Michigan water but nevertheless true. By the numbers; MI is surrounded by 4 Great Lakes with 3,049 miles of shoreline, 10,000 inland […]

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Race Matters

By Nadine Godin-Nassaney On April 26-29, Carolyn Heineman and I attended the 18th annual White Privilege Conference (WPC) in Kansas City, MO entitled: “Organizing. Strategizing. Taking Action. Deconstructing the Culture of White Supremacy and Privilege: Creating Peace, Equity and Opportunity in the Heartland” along with about 2000 other people from the U.S. and other countries. […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Sandy and John Steele both grew up in United Methodist churches. They began attending People’s in March 2016. “We were new to Kalamazoo and we were looking for a UU church,” John said. “Our daughter and granddaughters attend and we had visited the bazaar,” Sandy said. She added, “We were looking to […]

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Child Dedication, Sunday, June 11

People’s Church is holding its final child dedication ritual of the program year on June 11. This is a ritual where we welcome children into our community and the church promises to help support them—and their parents. If your family is interested in participating—or if you have questions, please contact Rev. Rachel.

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Book Club, Thu. June 8, 1:30p.m.

Four Souls by Louise Erdrich will be the focus on our June 8 meeting (1:30 – 3:30), facilitated by Mary Lewis.  This meeting will be at Friendship Village; someone will be near the main door to direct you to the meeting room. Anyone who enjoys talking about books is most welcome to join us!

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The Art of Living, Tuesdays through June 20th

The Art of Living Tuesdays through June 20th 7:00 to 8:30pm Room L2 Jewel Heart will present a six-week course based on Gelek Rimpoche’s book, Good Life, Good Death. Class teaches techniques and meditation to transform negative emotions and states of mind into the causes for lasting happiness. $45.00 includes a copy of the book. […]

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Summer Service Schedule

The theme for this summer’s services are “Stories That Inspire Us”. Our speakers will share with our community their stories about what experiences or events or people have been most important in helping them to a life of greater meaning. These stories or persons may come from their own personal life, or from history, or […]

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Jutta & the Hi-Dukes Concert and Dance, Sun. June 18, 1:30 p.m.

People’s Church is hosting an afternoon of world music, with Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, a Chicago-based, internationally known group.  You may hear them play music originating from Scandinavia, the Balkans, and Greece.   In addition, Klezmer, Gypsy, and Dixieland music are also included in their repertoire.  During their first set, they will play beautiful music for […]

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Spring Cleaning, Sun. June 4, 1:00pm

Volunteers needed for Spring Cleaning at People’s Church Sunday, June 4, 1:00-3:00pm Winter snows have melted and it is time to tidy our church grounds. Please come share the joy of time outdoors working alongside friends. Bonus benefits: build friendships, put down roots in the community, and gain a sense of accomplishment as our combined […]

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Medicine Wheel

Native American Ceremony Free Event 1st Wednesday of month @ 7:00 pm. Next Meeting: September 6, 2017 Room 9 (best to enter through back door from rear parking lot) The Medicine Wheel is laid in a ceremonial manner, with honor and respect. We are creating sacred space. We raise our vibration with singing, drumming and […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: 2017-18 Budget

People’ Church – Operating Budget for 2017-18 year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) Frequently asked Questions:   1. We heard that the preliminary budget data showed a $34,000 deficit. Is that correct? Yes.  The first wave of pledge and income projections fell short of what was needed to meet the total required and […]

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Full Moon Drum Circle CANCELLED

The Full Moon Drum Circle set to meet on Wednesday, May 10 has been CANCELLED.  Thanks for your understanding.

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Funeral Service for Ben Ciuffa, Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.

There will be a funeral mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish for People’s member Ben Ciuffa on Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.  A lunch gathering will follow the service at the Parish.  If you wish to make donations in Ben’s honor, the family requests sending contributions to Clean […]

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May Special Collection

Our May Special Collection, which will be collected on Mother’s Day, May 14 and will support the work of Cradle Kalamazoo, formerly the Kalamazoo Infant Mortality Community Action Initiative. This multi-agency initiative is focused on reducing infant mortality in Kalamazoo, especially in community of color. In Kalamazoo, babies of color are four times more likely […]

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Social Justice Update

Books for Lincoln With much excitement the Social Justice Coordinating Committee and the Religious Education program at People’s report a great victory in the battle with the Illiteracy horcrux!  Your overwhelming response to our plan to give every child at Lincoln School a book of their own surpassed our expectations.  We will be presenting the […]

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The Library Corner

Witnessing Whiteness: the Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It provides a compelling look at what it means to be white in America, bringing insight for white people as well as being a valuable tool for people of color.  Using rich storytelling and frank self-reflection, author Shelly Tochluk  has created a powerful […]

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Getting to Know People’s People – By Ardyce Curl

When Susan Stafford retired from nursing in 2016, she suddenly had Sundays off to search for churches. “I found the website of People’s to be the most interesting and appealing of all the sites I searched,” Susan said.  “It sounded like what I was looking for—social justice work, inclusive and multi-cultural. It had 150 years […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s People, One of the major themes of my life in recent weeks is remembering that I am not always at the center of my own story. I have learned that from the shifting conversation about sanctuary—where I encouraged us to explore one idea only to learn that some of the people we were […]

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New Member Recognition, Sunday, May 21

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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Budget Hearing, Sun. May 14

At the request of Rev. Rachel, the church leadership has been working on redesigning the annual budget process.  In the past, we constructed a hypothetical budget prior to the Stewardship campaign, and then had to adjust all of the numbers based on the actual results of pledging. This year, we are experimenting with reversing that […]

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Nominees for Board of Trustees

Cary Betz Williams Cary Betz Williams, 55, has been attending People’s Church for 8 years. She has one son, Nicholas, who is 17; he also attends People’s. Cary is currently finishing her second term on the RE Committee, has taught kindergarten/1st grade RE class, written curriculum, assisted in OWL classes, is an RE greeter on […]

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Faster EFT, Sat. April 29, 10am-12pm

Presentation by Chip Brown on Faster EFT (Emotionally Focused Transformations) Are you creating the wealth, health, relationship and career you want?  Have you tried “The Law Of Attraction” but something seems missing? THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU!  Successful creation is achieved by recognizing what you want, addressing any obstructing beliefs and knowing what to […]

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Peace and Nature Camp 2017

Peace and Nature Camp is a one-week day-camp at People’s Church that runs M-F, June 19-23, 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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Tibetan Buddhism for Modern Life

Tuesday, May 9th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm Room 19 Jewel Heart presents a discussion on how the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism can be applied to our lives today through meditation and mindfulness to develop compassion and wisdom that leads to true happiness.  This event is free and open to everyone.  Call 734-994-3387 for more info […]

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Study Group, Monday, April 24, 7:30pm

The Study Group will be meeting on April 24 at 7:30, in room 18. We will be discussing the book The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, by Harvard Professor Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh. This book summarizes for a broad popular audience some of the contents of a […]

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Spring Road Clean-Up, Sun. April 30, 1:00 pm

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is sponsoring a Spring Clean-Up of 10th Street from West Main to H Street on Sunday, April 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. All necessary gear and material will be provided along with the MDOT safety training video. Youth are encouraged to volunteer, but parental permission is required […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

By now everyone knows that we have joined forces with RE children to challenge the horcrux of ILLITERACY.  $700 was collected Sunday the 12th toward the purchase of books for Lincoln School!  But there is still some distance to go to purchase 320 books, which cost about $7 per book—and our goal is to win […]

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April Special Collection

Sunday, April 9 Just imagine going on a free six day/five night residential camping experience next summer. That’s what Pretty Lake Camp in Mattawan will provide for 700-800 area youth most of whom face significant challenges. They have been providing this experience to disadvantaged kids since 1916. Applications are distributed online and through area public […]

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Money Matters

How Are Your Finances Going? Did you get your taxes done and have your refund now?  Are you breathing a sigh of relief because the winter was not as cold as usual, and your heating bills are and will be, less than expected?  The church’s fiscal year ends in June, so if you have paid […]

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Financial Planning and Philanthropy Workshop

On Sunday, April 2nd from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, we will be offering a Financial Planning Workshop designed to familiarize you with the various options that exist for a perpetual gift to People’s Church. We have not devoted any attention to this important subject in several years. Depending on the amount of interest, we may […]

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Religious Education Notes

Our 2nd through 12th grade Religious Education classes are teaming with the Social Justice Coordinating Committee this month to fight the Illiteracy Horcrux. Our children and youth are using a social justice curriculum based on the Harry Potter books in which they learn about a new social justice issue each month and work on a […]

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Committee Annual Reports Due Sunday, May 7

The time of year is upon us where committee chairs should begin thinking about turning in their annual committee reports. Committee reports are due to the church office no later than Sunday, May 7. Reports should include: Names of members and chairs The purpose of the committee What the committee has done this year Future […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s People, Quaker educator and writer Parker Palmer is one of my sources of wisdom. Over the last months I have been turning to his Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit as I try to understand how I—and we—are called to be in this […]

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Exploring Immigration and Sanctuary at People’s Church

Undocumented People Share Their Stories Sunday, April 9, 12:30 Room 9 An important opportunity to listen to several undocumented people from our community speak about their experiences and answer questions. Light snack provided. Sanctuary: Learning from Other Congregations Sunday, April 30, 12:30, Room 19 Leaders from sanctuary churches will speak and answer questions about what […]

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Antiracism Gathering, Sun. April 23, 12:30pm

Doing Our ‘Inside’ Work On Sunday, March 19, we listened to the Rev. Dr. Melanie Morrison speak on the necessity of white people doing their own work “beyond good intentions.”  Her self-reflective examples pointed us to a level of personal and organizational accountability that are needed in order to break down structural racism. Then, on […]

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Membership Orientation, Sun. April 9, 12:30pm

For those considering membership or anyone just wanting to learn more about People’s Church, there will be an orientation on April 9 at 12:30 pm in Room 19.  Light snacks will be provided and child care upon request.  Please sign up on the table in the foyer, and let us know your childcare needs by […]

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Campaign Pledges Due April 16

The 2017 stewardship campaign is asking members and friends to consider commitments that extend beyond just the year ahead.  In addition to your continued generous support for our operating budget, we are asking people to consider a separate pledge to our capital campaign to finish funding our 2011 expansion project. Link to printable version […]

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