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Study Group, Mon. Oct. 16, 7:30pm

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing a book by noted Buddhist scholar and teacher Stephen Batchelor, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.  Batchelor is a well-known proponent of agnostic or secular Buddhism. The Study Group regularly […]

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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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World Religions Class, Wednesdays 1:30 & 7pm

In this, our first in a yearlong series on World Religions, we will attempt to answer the question ‘what is a religion?’ and explore the theology, practices, worldview, and history of Hinduism. If you have specific questions that you want addressed—or need to request childcare—please contact Rev. Rachel.  This class will meet in Room 19 […]

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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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Sustaining Democracy: Habits of the Heart, Tuesdays

People’s Church will be offering a new adult religious education class beginning in April. Sustaining Democracy: Habits of the Heart will begin on Tuesday, April 18 and run for five consecutive weeks. The class will meet at 3:30pm and 7:00pm. The afternoon and evening sessions will be the same—Rev. Rachel is double scheduling the class […]

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What Is ISAAC?

Our Social Justice Work Through ISAAC Increase affordable housing!   Address the disparate rate of black infant mortality in Kalamazoo County! Expanded bus service on Sundays!   Advocate against school closures in our school district!   Increase access to high quality preschool!     Address youth violence and racism!  These are issues People’s Church is helping to achieve through our […]

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Study Group, Monday, March 20, 7:30 pm

The next meeting of the Study Group will be on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. All are welcome. We will be discussing The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.  This book is the UUA “Common […]

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Friday Sing-Along, March 17, 7:00 pm

We will meet in Room 19 at 7:00pm on March 17 to sing popular and familiar songs—many in the folk tradition. As this is St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll plan to sing many Irish songs at this sing-along.  Words will be projected up on the wall to make them easier to read. Please bring an instrument […]

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Book Club, Thursday, April 13, 1:30pm

In place of A Man Called Ove (which still has so many “holds” in local libraries that we don’t foresee being able to get enough copies), our April 13 meeting will focus on:  Commonwealth by Ann Patchett; Susan Stafford reviewing.   The schedule in the church foyer is correct for the remainder of the year.

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Immigration 101, Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm

On Sunday, March 26th at 12:30 in Room 19, there will be an opportunity to learn more about immigration law fundamentals. Megan Reynolds will present Immigration 101, which is a curriculum developed by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center for non-legal audiences to become familiar with immigration law. While this presentation is related to our congregational […]

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Update on Burundi Unitarian Refugees

Help with Relief Fund Efforts: https://www.faithify.org/projects/burundi-unitarian-refugee-relief-fund/ For the Burundi Unitarians from Rev. Ndagijimana Fulgence on Vimeo. The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) is working with Burundi Unitarians to raise funds for a Burundi Unitarian Refugee Relief Fund. The original emergency funds raised to support the Unitarian refugees have now […]

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Race Matters

By Missy Howse-Kurtz As an out lesbian activist, I felt that there wasn’t that much for me to learn about racism.  I had sensitivity, I knew racism existed, and I knew it was wrong.  Then I joined the ARAOMC committee and then went to an anti racism training. I felt and still feel like I’m […]

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Climate Ready Kalamazoo: Working for a Safe, Healthy, and Sustainable Community

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7PM Schneider Hall, Room 2000, WMU Haworth College of Business Communities in Michigan are developing Climate Action Plans (CAPs), in which they assess the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that destabilize the global climate and plan ahead so they are ready to protect citizens from the effects of […]

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Social Justice Update

The battle against the third horcrux, Animal Cruelty, waged by our Religious Education program, has three fronts: the offering received Sunday, February 12th which amounted to $812, the collection of supplies needed by the SPCA (ongoing), and the volunteer effort by our youth taking place March 12.  There is still time to bring dog and […]

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Getting to Know People’s People – by Ardyce Curl

Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate. Cary Betz-Williams Cary Betz-Williams and her son Nicholas Betz-Thorn, have been coming to People’s since 2008. “It was mostly out of the need for community after the death of my parents and husband,” she […]

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Become a Member, Sunday, March 5

On Sunday, March 5th we will recognize our newest members to People’s Church during the Sunday service.  New and joining members are welcome to attend a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony that will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room L1.   If you are interested in joining People’s on this day, please fill out and […]

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March Special Collection

Are you ready to help challenge the NEXT Harry Potter horcrux?  Kids in Religious Education (RE) are.  The target is ILLITERACY and the attack is scheduled to start on March 12th with our SPECIAL COLLECTION.  Our goal is to provide a book for every child at Lincoln School.  We will need to have 320 books […]

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Workshop: “How Do We Live Our Values Now?”, Sat. March 25

Saturday, March 25, 2:00 pm, Room 19 Join Rev. Rachel and Rev. Jill McAllister, our minister emerita to explore the challenges and opportunities we face as people who affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person in the current political climate.

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Service Auction Update

The Service Auction held on Sunday, February 19, whose purpose was to help folks get to know one another and to donate funds for the church, resulted in fun, of course, and bid awards on 171 items or services, for a total of over $7,000!   Thanks to those who donated and to those who engaged […]

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Green Spot

Composting 101 Recap On Sunday, January 15, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a composting workshop presented by Tomme Maile and Amy Newday.  About a dozen People’s people attended. Composting involves layering carbon sources (leaves and other brown, woody material); wet, fresh vegetable scraps; and dirt.  This helps the food scraps decompose, and results in rich […]

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Race Matters

By Doug Ferguson It was around 2002 when my state of Michigan came out with the first report cards on schools, measuring what they called Adequate Yearly Progress, a mandate of No Child Left Behind. Our school district earned top grades for all of our schools. We advertised it as a point of pride and […]

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Getting to Know People’s People – by Ardyce Curl

Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate. Michelle Scott Michelle Scott first attended People’s in October 2014. “I was looking for a church that challenged my mind, had people who also wanted to challenge their minds and a church that could […]

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Game Time!, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-5p.m.

We had such fun at our January game afternoon that we decided to do it again. Bring your favorite board or card game and a snack to share, if you like.  We’ll meet in Room 19.

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Green Spot

Composting 101 Recap On Sunday, January 15, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a composting workshop presented by Tomme Maile and Amy Newday.  About a dozen People’s people attended. Composting involves layering carbon sources (leaves and other brown, woody material); wet, fresh vegetable scraps; and dirt.  This helps the food scraps decompose, and results in rich […]

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Nonviolent Communication Class, Thursdays at UUCC

Rev. Gy and Christina Cusumano will be offering a class on nonviolent communication on Thursdays, starting January 26th. The class will be held at UUCC with one class being held at 2 p.m. and another being held at 6:15 p.m. If you are interested in attending this class please e-mail uucommunity@gmail.com to obtain the […]

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Membership Orientation, Sun. February 12

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 Sunday, February 12, after the service in Room 19.  Reverend Rachel will join us, along with representatives from the Membership, Religious Education, and Stewardship Committees. Light […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: Pastels by Tracy Klinesteker

Show runs from January 22 through February 26 Artist Statement: What are Pastels? Pastels are almost pure pigment, which makes the colors positively glow.  Very little binder is added to hold their shape. Today, pastels come in many sizes and shapes: thick and thin sticks, pencils, and pots.  One can also add water for transparent […]

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Memorial Service for John Walker, Sunday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.

A service in celebration of the life of John Walker will be held on January 15 at 7:00 p.m. at People’s Church.  John passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016 at Rose Arbor Hospice following a short and intense battle with cancer. Donations in his name may be made to Kalamazoo Numazu Sister City Committee […]

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People’s Potluck – Sunday, January 15

Following the service this Sunday, January 15, we will enjoy a People’s Potluck in The Commons.  Please bring a dish to share, and plan to stay and have lunch!

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Job Posting – People’s Church Music Director

People’s Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Kalamazoo, MI is seeking candidates for the position of Music Director to begin February 2017. We seek a Music Director to inspire, motivate, and minister to our people in music. The Music Director works closely with the Minister to select and lead music for worship, prepares music, leads […]

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Study Group, Mon. February 13, 7:30pm

The next meeting of the Study Group will be on Monday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. All are welcome. We will be discussing A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, by William Irvine. The book is a highly readable, personal account by an American philosophy professor of […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

We have three Special Collection totals to report. In October, besides the 514 pounds of food donated to Loaves and Fishes, People’s people gave $932.18 to support their wonderful work in the community.  In November the Hispanic American Council received $1414.41 from our Special Collection.  On Sunday December 11, $1076 was the amount donated to […]

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