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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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Book Club, Thursday, Feb. 8, 1:30 pm

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout will be reviewed by Mary Lewis at our next meeting.  We’ll meet at Friendship Village, Room B-1.  Newcomers are always welcome. Copies of a flyer with all monthly selections for this church year (selected at an annual summer meeting) are available in the foyer.  This group leans toward quality […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, First, a small thing. After too many long emails exchanges trying to schedule meetings, I’ve recently started using the website Calendly. If you would like to meet with me, go to www.calendly.com/revrachel.  You will see my schedule, with all of the meeting possibilities listed. Then, you can pick a time that works […]

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World Religions: Judaism, Tuesday, January 16, 1:30 & 7pm

Our adult education class on world religions continues with an exploration of Judaism. Rabbi Matt Zerwekh of Temple B’Nai Israel will be joining us in the afternoon. Rev. Rachel will lead the class on her own in the evening.  We will meet in Room 19.  

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Social Justice Update

Special Collections We collected $1467 for Ministry with Community on December 10.  Thanks to everyone who donated.  The next Special Collection will be held on Sunday, January 14. ISAAC Update Three new task-forces are forming now to work on the selected social justice issues to address in our community over the next two years. This […]

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Forum on Church Finances, January 21, 12:15 p.m.

We heard you.  And it matters. Over the past few months, we’ve heard a number of our members expressing confusion about People’s Church finances – especially the phenomenon of having a deficit ‘crisis’, almost immediately followed by the news that seemed to express that we had a very large surplus.  Indeed … how could those […]

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Green Spot

How much risk should we take with the Great Lakes?  by guest author Rev. Deb Hansen When it comes to Enbridge’s Line 5, a broad section of businesses, local and tribal governments, organizations, editorial boards, and faith communities across the political spectrum are saying publicly — none.  As we’ve seen with lead in Flint’s drinking […]

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Religious Education Notes

Gratitude for Fellow Seekers on the Path As Unitarian Universalists, our beliefs vary about how we think the world works, where we come from and what happens after we die. Since we share no creeds about these matters we must each discern for ourselves what we do or don’t believe. As several members of our […]

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Happy Hour Gathering, 2nd Tuesdays, 5:30p.m.

We will have a family-friendly gathering on the second-Tuesday of the month at One Well Brewing from 5:30-8:30pm. Drop in when you can for friendly conversation, food and drinks, and an opportunity to play one of the dozens of board games they have available. In addition to their impressive collection of board games, they have […]

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Discussion Group for Parents of Young Children, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

A daytime, weekday discussion group for parents and caregivers of small children is now meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 10:00 am in Room 19. Nursery and childcare is available, and babies and small children are welcome. Please contact Zoë Valette (zoevalette@gmail.com) with questions.

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Race Matters

Two books have been selected for the 2017-2018 UUA Common Read. One of them focuses on the work of dismantling white supremacy culture within today’s Unitarian Universalism. This book is entitled Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Rev. Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017). In October 2015, a group of distinguished UU […]

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Anti-Racism Book Discussion, Sunday, January 28, 12:30p.m.

Facilitated by the ARAOMC Committee Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Room 19 Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry ed. Rev. Mitra Rahnema Chapter One – “Othering and Belonging” by Rev. Darrick Jackson Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious […]

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Study Group, Monday, January 22, 7:30p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the book Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, by Matthew Stewart. This book is an combination of history, historical biography, and philosophy that explores the radical religious and philosophical beliefs […]

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MONEY MATTER$

Tip for our pledgers who itemize on their federal taxes: For the 2018 tax year, the Republicans’ new tax plan increases the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers and to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. Since it may become law, and because of this change, many people will choose to use the standard […]

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Membership Orientation, Sunday, February 11

For those who are considering becoming members—or who just want to know more about People’s Church and/or Unitarian-Universalism—our next Membership Orientation is scheduled for after the church service on February 11 in Room 9.   Light lunch and childcare provided.  Sign up in the foyer.

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Megan Reynolds and Sarah Hill first attended People’s in 2009 looking for religious education and a church community for their daughters. The couple, who have been together 18 years, were married in 2015 by Jill McAllister after the Obergefell decision brought marriage equality to Michigan. Megan had attended Catholic schools in Wilmington, […]

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Feeding the Soul of the Resistance, Young Adult CON – Jan. 12-14

All 18-35-year-old young adults are invited to join us for a weekend Young Adult Unitarian Universalist Conference. Enjoy young adult worship, workshops & coffee house, as well as time to rest and relax in a welcoming and inclusive community. Opportunities abound to make connections and deepen relationships. As the climate is changing and the political […]

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Memorial Service for Bill Goodman

Sunday, December 17, 2:00 p.m. A memorial service celebrating the life of longtime member, Bill Goodman, will be held Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 pm at People’s Church.  A reception will follow the service.  You can read more about Bill’s life HERE.

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Meditation for Clarity and Insight, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., January 9 through February 27

This 8-week course is designed to help those new to meditation learn techniques in mindfulness and concentration that can provide the basis for a daily practice. Class is FREE but donations to cover costs graciously accepted.  The class meets in Room 9. Sponsored by Jewel Heart.  Call 734-368-8701 or 269-944-1575 to enroll now, or for […]

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Art Wall: “The Process of Change: Oil & Fiber” by Beth Bullmer

Exhibit displayed in The Commons from December 10, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Artist Statement: As a licensed massage therapist and colon therapist, the quest for my own health in my body, mind and spirit is also a driving force behind my artistic expression.  Understanding that health is a holistic process, I call on my […]

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Caroling, Friday, December 15, 5:00 p.m.

Please join the People’s singers as they go caroling on Friday evening, December 15th. We will meet at the church at 5:00, visit and sing to members and church friends, and possibly end the evening with cookies and hot chocolate. All ages and singing abilities are welcome. Questions? Contact Rick Johnson at 657-3460 or

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Green Spot

Citizen Science—Join a Christmas Bird Count! Each December and early January, birders help record the numbers and species of birds in specific areas by participating in a Christmas Bird Count project that began in 1900. This information is compiled to give researchers an idea of how many birds there are and where they are. The […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, In the service on November 5, I invited People’s people to start thinking about adding another service. I want to extend that invitation to all of you who might not have been in The Commons that Sunday. The reason to start considering this is that The Commons is really full most Sundays. On average, our […]

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Religious Education Notes

Savor the Moments Adding all the extra activities involved in the holiday sea- son on top of our already busy lives can often feel espe- cially hectic in December. The holidays offer us extra opportunities to connect with family and friends which often can be a blessing. And yet, I know when I pack too […]

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Christmas Eve Evening Service, 6:00 p.m.

December 24, 6:00pm “The (Re)Birth of Love: A Christmas Eve Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney In this lessons and carols style service, we will retell the Christmas story in song, poetry and prose. In keeping with our world religions focus this year, our sources will include Jewish and Muslim tellings of the […]

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Social Justice Update

The Social Justice Coordinating Committee is pleased to report the Special Collection taken November 12 for Burundian Unitarian Universalist refugees amounted to $1,463.20. Thank you for supporting these folks who have lost their homeland. At the ISAAC Issues Convention last month three challenges were chosen for the next two years of action and advocacy—Poverty, Housing […]

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Winter Solstice Celebration, Wednesday, December 20th, 6-8pm

Sponsored by Sangha Yoga The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of sunlight. It marks the returning of the sun and the transformation of darkness into light. Many cultures revere the Winter Solstice as a sacred time to gather for meditation and ritual. Join Sangha Yoga for a night of relaxation, chanting, meditation and candlelight […]

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Memorial Service for Christopher Bullmer, Saturday, November 25, 2:00 p.m.

There will be a memorial service in honor of Christopher Bullmer on Saturday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. Many volunteers are needed, so if you are willing to make coffee, help with clean-up, or bring food for the reception, your help is welcomed. Please sign up HERE. Members are […]

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“Doing Our Own Work”, an Antiracism Workshop for White People

About the Workshop The Rev. Dr. Melanie Morrison will be holding her intensive antiracism workshop for people who identify as white at People’s in early 2018. Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting white privilege and challenging racism in all its forms.  It seeks to […]

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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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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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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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New Member Joining Ceremony, Sunday, December 3

For anyone interested in joining People’s Church, our next New Member Joining Ceremony will be will be held on Sunday, December 3rd. The Joining Ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Room 19, with a recognition to take place during the Sunday Service later that morning. Attendance at these events is not required for […]

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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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