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Antiracism Discussion Group

Open dialogue for People’s members and friends. Every 2nd Sunday after worship on Zoom.  (December 13 will begin at 1:00p.m.) Contact Carolyn Heineman for the Zoom link (carolynheineman@aol.com) And beginning Tuesday, January 5, we will add a weekday AR-Discussion time every 1st Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Please join us!!

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Race Matters

The Spiritual Work of Leaning In Competition.  All-or-nothing.  Ranking.  Goods guys v. bad guys.  Us v. them. All of these things are parcels of the worldview called White Supremacy Culture (WSC), and reside under the umbrella of Either-Or thinking – which is one trait of WSC.  WSC is that broad way of being in the […]

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Stuffie Sleepover, December 4-6th

Bring your stuffed animal to church on Friday, Dec. 4 between 5:30-7:00 p.m. in a brown paper grocery sack with their information written on it. We’ll take pictures of each child with their stuffie for identification purposes. The stuffies will spend the first night safely tucked into their paper bag for quarantine purposes. Then they’ll […]

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Green Spot: Alternative Giving

  “OMIGOSH!  It’s December, and I haven’t even thought about holiday gifts!” –Anonymous If this is you, you’ve come to the right place.  The Green Sanctuary Committee can help you out with our 2020 edition of Alternative Giving: Earth-Friendly Ideas. This is an unusual year by just about any standard, so why not make it the […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, During the service on November 15, I told a story of how my friends supported me through post-partum depression by sending me lists of things that bring them joy. Not all of their sources of joy worked for me, but the act of trying to find joy was valuable. In the service, […]

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Religious Education Notes

Coping in these COVID Times We are living amidst scary times with this pandemic affecting so much of our lives as COVID cases are rising. How do we find ways to cope with the challenges we are facing? Of course the challenges are different for each of us depending on our situations. Those working at […]

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Evening Book Club, Dec. 10, 6:00 p.m.

We will discuss “The Women of the Copper Country” by Mary Doria Russell, reviewed by Kay Spade. We Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m.  The group plans to continue meeting the 2nd Thursday of the month. Interested participants take turns choosing a book to be discussed, with input from the group. Anyone is welcome to attend any […]

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

December 5 – Leaving the ‘soap opera’ behind, we are going to talk about Winter Holidays traditions and celebrations…current or historical…from around the world. Costumes optional. Everyone interested should share info about whatever they would like. December 19 – TBA We Zoom on 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, from 10:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. For […]

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Study Group, Mon. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday, December 21 at 7:30, via Zoom, to discuss a book by Michael Lewis: The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy. Lewis, a well-known journalist, in this 2018 bestselling book takes on explaining, through personal stories and interviews, what various federal agencies actually do for Americans — and how that […]

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Film Discussion Group, 1st Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.

For November and December we are moving our regular 4th Tuesday meeting to the 1st Tuesday of the following month (3-4:30).12/1, Martha Beverly will lead the discussion of “Frida” (director Julie Taymor). The film is available for rental on Amazon.com, as well as from theKalamazoo Public Library.Newcomers are welcome.  For Zoom invite, contact Pat Nelson […]

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From the Board President

What Is in the Box?!? One building block in the north wall of the foyer is different; it has the number 1969 carved into it. That reminds us that it’s 50 years since we started building our building. I got to thinking that there must be a time capsule in there. I asked some members […]

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From the Board President

Back in 1970, when I was at Kansas State University, Connie and I were active in the Manhattan UU fellowship.  That fellowship had no paid staff; everything was done by volunteers.  Worship services were led by members or visitors.  There was even a rotation to clean the building. In the old days at People’s, the […]

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People’s Church to Hire Bookkeeper—Apply Now

People’s Church will be hiring a Bookkeeper to accurately and efficiently manage the church’s finances. The Bookkeeper will track income and expenses, process payments, and compile reports. The Bookkeeper will report to the Treasurer of the church and work closely with the Minister (Lead Administrative Officer) and the Finance Committee. This position is 10-15 hours/week […]

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People’s Perpetual Coffee Hour

The church is creating a new Facebook group called “People’s Perpetual Coffee Hour” for any interested congregants, but especially for those who may not have the time or desire to be part of a regularly scheduled once-a-month Chalice Circle, but who still want to be connected to other church members. Group leaders will post conversation […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

This fall, People’s Church has been prioritizing comprehensive sexuality education for our youth, as the middle school Our Whole Lives class meets in-person weekly to finish the program cut short last spring. With this special collection, we extend that commitment to education and personal agency to everyone in our community through support of Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

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Race Matters

In my younger and more vulnerable years, as I met the major milestones in my life – college matriculation and graduation, first automobile, first real job, graduate degree, second real job, first new automobile, first home, second home – I realized how blessed I was to have such good fortune. Sure, I knew that I […]

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Making Meals for People’s People

We know for some people this is a time of the fullest days you have ever had. Others have more time on their hands than usual.  As a way of nurturing connection in a time when it can be harder, People’s Church is encouraging those who can provide a meal for a People’s person or […]

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From the Minister

Dear ones, When this newsletter reaches you, the November election will be just a few days away. Between the election, the ongoing pandemic, remote schooling, isolation, financial uncertainty, and other stressors, many of us are dealing with anxiety and overwhelm. It is a hard time to be human. In the days ahead, I encourage you […]

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Religious Education Notes

Pandemic RE I miss seeing you all in person and I really miss real hugs! While I am grateful that we can still “see” each other at Zoom church and in Zoom RE, I still really miss in person interactions! In an effort to make the best of things the way they are, we are […]

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Rose, Thorns, & Buds Virtual Together

People’s Church will host a virtual social events on Saturday, November 7th and November 21st from 2:30-4:00p.m.  Join People’s people for an afternoon of checking in on the week.  The first fifteen minutes will be open, and then participants will take turns sharing. We will use the format of “Rose, Thorn, & Bud” to share […]

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Zoom Karaoke Party, Friday, Nov. 6, 7-9 p.m.

Come sing and be silly together at this Zoom karaoke night hosted by Rev. Rachel. Come to sing or cheer on People’s people of all ages. (Singing talent not required.) The program we will use tends to work best on tablets or larger laptops (rather than phones). If it is possible for you to join […]

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Church Finance Information Session, Sun. Nov. 15, following the service

Do you have questions about the church’s finances in this unprecedented time? Want to hear an update from Allan Hunt, our treasurer, and members of the board and finance committee? This is the gathering for you. If there are particular topics you want to learn about during this gathering, please let Rev. Rachel or Allan […]

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Green Spot

Green Sanctuary Committee Eco-Forum Series

The Green Sanctuary Committee’s 2020-2021 Eco-Forum Series begins soon!  The monthly presentations will start at 12:30 p.m. on the noted Sundays, giving just enough time after church to participate in “coffee hour” and to grab a quick bite to eat while listening. Each presentation or video will be followed by a discussion. These have been well-received in past years, so we hope to keep the momentum going, albeit virtually.

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Film Discussion Group, Oct. 27, 3:00 p.m.

At our next meeting, ww will be discussing the film Moonlight by director, Barry Jenkins.  Amy Meyer is our reviewer. We are tentatively continuing to meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 3:00-4:30p.m. (This could be adjusted to meet newcomer needs. Watch the weekly email for reminders.) We watch films suggested by participants, with […]

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Shop Local & Support Artists in 2020

As you likely know, we will not be able to hold our traditional Bazaar event in-person this fall. It is a disappointment. However, we have been working to construct a virtual event to support our local artists and vendors and nurture our Bazaar tradition and date until we gather for it in person again. From […]

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Sitting Together: Weekly Mindfulness and Meditation Sessions for Adults, Sundays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation and Buddhist Teachings Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87292923320?pwd=ZElxcDZJL0hxcGZWcjlFVEpHQVNwQT09 All are invited to participate in this weekly online class for adults to learn, grow and practice together. Contact Diane Melvin at re@peopleschurch.net with questions. For more detailed information CLICK HERE.

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Note from Board President

We want to keep you up to date on the Churches financial situation.  At the October meeting, the Board reviewed the Treasurer’s report for last fiscal year and estimates for the current year. The previous fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, so the budget was affected by the onset of the coronavirus crisis.  We received […]

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Memorial Service for George McCrea, Oct. 10, 2:00 p.m.

A memorial service for George McCrea will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2:00 p.m.  The service will be available to watch via Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/77061724245?pwd=ZWNia3h0TjRBY295dlZsc0tmeXBJQT09 Meeting ID: 770 6172 4245 Passcode: 977883

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Social Justice Update

Our October Special Collection will be for Loaves and Fishes. In March, Loaves and Fishes decided to go to a curbside model. They prepackage everything and plan to continue that format for at least the next 6 months. Perishable and non-perishable food is packed based on the size of the family and they are able […]

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From the Minister

Dear ones, Sometimes, you find some words that make struggle easier to bear. I recently found some good words and want to share them with you. They are from Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, who serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, MO. She recently preached a sermon on navigating uncertainty, which included the following passage. […]

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Religious Education Notes

Parenting as a Spiritual Path Parenting under normal circumstances is extremely challenging. For many families today trying to parent in the midst of a pandemic can feel impossible. Of course the circumstances are made even more trying for those who are also attempting to work from home and help children with online education offerings. Those […]

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My Ballot Is Here – What Do I Do Next?

Michigan Absentee Ballots will be in the mail next week if you are registered and have requested one.  Remember that all Michigan voters are now able to vote by mail, but you need to be pro-active about it.  Don’t delay, make sure that your vote counts, and BE A CLIMATE VOTER!  Here’s a how-to guide […]

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ISAAC Virtual 2020 Public Meeting, Oct. 22

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Chalice Circle Openings

During this time of uncertainty in the midst of this global pandemic, connection with other people looks different than we could have possibly imagined just months ago. Our People’s Church small group ministry program is opening up new Chalice Circles to help folks experience meaningful connections with fellow church members. As with much else in […]

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Tech Support Needed?

Is technology a barrier to your participation in church life right now? Please let the church help you overcome it. The church has tablets available for loan, Zoom experts to help you figure out how to connect, funds to help pay for wifi or data charges related to church participation, and wifi at the church […]

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September Styrofoam Collection

People’s Church will be collecting foam for recycling on Wednesday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the back parking lot, near the shed.

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Revised Plan for 2020 Holiday Fine Art Sale & Bazaar During COVID

Dear People’s People and Friends, As you have likely anticipated, we will not be able to hold our traditional Bazaar event this fall. It is a disappointment. However, we have been working to construct a virtual event to support our local artists and vendors and nurture our Bazaar tradition and date until we gather for […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, As fall approaches, we continue to face the challenges of life amid pandemic. While our individual struggles are not the same, so many of us are living lives marked by too much. Too much isolation. Too much distance between us and the people we love. Too much time with our partner, housemates, […]

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Religious Education Notes

Cultivating Spiritual Resilience Have you noticed a constant undercurrent of stress that runs through everything these days? How do we best cope with these surreal times? As we cautiously proceed into autumn where many of us begin new routines and schedules, may we remember to offer as much grace as possible to ourselves and others. […]

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A Water Service like None Other

Every fall, we pour our small containers of water into a larger vessel as the symbolic kickoff of our program year. All People’s people are invited to co-mingle water from a place that holds meaning to them (The kitchen sink is just fine.) in the week before the water service on September 13. We will […]

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Social Justice Update

The Social Justice Coordinating Committee will be meeting on the first Mondays of the month from 3:00-4:30 p.m. via Zoom in the coming church year as we all try to navigate the restrictions we encounter with coronavirus mitigation.  Anyone who is interested in attending our meetings is welcome. Contact Ann Feldmeier at feldtrow@aol.com to […]

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Race Matters

New Definition of Doing For White People One of the things I’ve noticed about white people beginning to get more serious about dismantling racism, and beginning to see things they’ve never seen before, is that they invariably want to DO SOMETHING(!).  We feel the urgency.  Right away.  Now. So first, let me thank you for […]

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How to Do the Works of Love (and Justice) Now

During the service on August 23, one of our discussion questions was ‘How have you continued to make a difference in your community even with the recent pandemic? What ideas can you share?’ So many good ideas were shared, that I was inspired to share them with our whole community. – Rev. Rachel Here are […]

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Green Spot

Is People’s Church ready to be a Cool Congregation ? Cool Congregations is a stewardship program developed by Interfaith Power and Light that provides certification for congregations that achieve different levels of greenhouse gas reductions in their facilities. It offers a structured approach and support resources, and also includes a challenge to individual congregants to engage in lowering […]

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Special Collection for ISAAC

Now more than ever, the inspiring leadership that ISAAC is providing to end racial injustice in our community is definitely worth supporting!  As such, the Social Justice Coordinating Committee with Rev. Rachel has selected ISAAC to be the recipient of the offering Sunday, August 30. As a result of COVID, ISAAC will not benefit as […]

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Art Wall Fundraiser in Memory of Dave Curl

Framed 18” X 24” pictures are $50 each with all proceeds going to People’s Church.  If you are interested in purchasing a picture, please reach out to Chris Schleuder at office@peopleschurch.net.

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Join the Virtual Journey to DC for Racial Justice!!

From August 15th–September 20th, our Beloved Community members are being asked to log their steps, distance, and time traveled as we collectively make a virtual journey to Washington, D.C. 

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People’s Church Seeking to Hire Interim Religious Education Assistant

People’s Church is a beloved community embracing and serving our diverse world. As Unitarian Universalists, we are a liberal religious congregation committed to bringing forth more love, hope and positive change into the world. POSITION TITLE: Interim Religious Education Assistant POSITION HOURS: Approx. 5-6 hours/week (with the possibility of an additional 10 hours per week […]

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From the Board President

A few months ago, back when we were meeting in person, the Board of Trustees heard a report from the Investments Committee.  Our investments had grown so much that we actually had more money than we need for a prudent financial reserve.  They suggested that we take some of our earnings and spend them to […]

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Statement on Large Gatherings at People’s Church

The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with Rev. Rachel, has decided that People’s Church will host no large in-person gatherings, including Sunday services, until these gatherings pose a minimal risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.  Reasonable safety may result from widespread vaccine use, effective treatment, low disease incidence in our community combined with […]

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Green Spot

What Do We Know About Our Solar Panels After (nearly) 2 Months? The People’s Church solar photovoltaic system was fully installed on June 1, and the first full day of generating electricity was June 2.  We now have a lot of data, and 1 ½ billing cycles to help us begin to understand the impact […]

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Race Matters

What I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know I was that proud UU who felt all 7 principles applied to my personal experiences and understanding I was not racist.  I hope to share my own path of what I don’t know, I don’t know. My mom’s family roots are from the Mayflower period and my dad […]

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Evening Book Club, Thursday, August 13, 6:00 p.m.

Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott will be reviewed by Donna Ross on Thursday, August 13, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom.  Newcomers are welcome. Contact Pat Nelson at patnelson348@gmail.com for a Zoom invite; also if you have trouble finding a copy she may be able to arrange a share.

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Study Group, Monday, August 3, 7:30p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday August 3, at 7:30, via Zoom, to discuss the book A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us, by Todd May. May, a philosophy professor at Clemson, as well as a philosophy advisor to the TV show The Good Place, argues that most philosophical theories set […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Class, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to participate in this class to practice both silent and guided meditations in addition to discussions of how to bring more mindfulness into our lives. We will gather on Zoom.  Please contact Diane Melvin for the link or for more information at re@peopleschurch.net

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, This is a season of surviving and reimagining. So many of us are learning new ways to cope with the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. We are creating new ways to be together – physically distanced and virtual. We are discovering new sources of joy – or […]

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Religious Education Notes

Cultivating Wisdom & Skillfulness I write this in the midst of some time off in July where I am dedicating time to home improvement projects and gardening. A couple of camping trips are providing precious family times as well as some much needed R&R. Widespread social uprisings and the pandemic continue to spread globally. As […]

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Note from Board President

People’s Church applied for and received a grant through the Payroll Protection Program. Before we applied for this grant, the Board had a thorough discussion about accepting a Federal grant and honoring our dedication to the principle of the separation of church and state. It was the unanimous consensus that it would be ethical for […]

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ISAAC News

ISAAC led a Housing Ordinance presentation and discussion with its housing partners at the last City Commission meeting on June 15th.  To watch, please go to https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCity/videos/642501933279087/. (This can also be found on ISAAC’s Facebook page.) Connectedly, please read and consider adding your name to a letter to commissioners regarding housing equity: https://isaackalamazoo.org/add-your-voice-support-the-housing-equity-ordinance/ […]

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Green Spot

The Regenerative Neighborhood By Daniel Z. Bair Sometimes it seems so close at hand. I can feel it under my feet in the wooded edge of my backyard. Below I’m presenting a small part of my vision for what I’m calling the regenerative neighborhood. This idea stems primarily from my 14 years working in agriculture, […]

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Race Matters

Myself, and All of Us Recently I’ve been involved in several conversations in which a tension was revealed between the needs and journey of an individual antiracist activist, and the vast needs of the movement.  (I will note that I am white, and these conversations were with other white folx.  So in this writing, I […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, During our reimagined flower service a few weeks ago, we offered words of blessing to one another & added them to a word cloud. You can see the image below. I encourage you to keep this image with you this summer, keep the blessings that we offered one another close – even […]

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Religious Education Notes

Pandemic + Uprising = Revolution One of the results of the “shelter in place” orders in response to the COVID19 pandemic is that many people stepped off from the hamster wheel of the rat race for the first time. Some folks refer to this spring as #TheGreatPause. With the cancellation of so many activities combined […]

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Study Group, Mon. July 6, 7:30 p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday July 6 , at 7:30, via Zoom, to discuss the book Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises, by Jodie Adams Kirshner. Kirshner, a research professor at NYU, follows seven Detroiters as they live through the Detroit bankruptcy of 2013. The Study Group meets […]

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Evening Book Club, Thu. July 9, 6 p.m.

“Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed, via Zoom, on July 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m. The protagonist, a young rural woman, suggests to a scientist drawn to her part of the world to investigate a natural anomaly, proposes that where one stands on Climate Change largely depends upon ‘which team you are on’. Newcomers are […]

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Statement from Board of Trustees & Minister

At the board meeting on June 9, the Board of Trustees and Rev. Rachel Lonberg adopted the following statement: As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us to speak to this moment: We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. We believe in […]

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Drusie Rosegrant Memorial Service, Sunday, July 19, 1 p.m.

Join together (virtually on Zoom) to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Drusie Rosegrant. The connection details for this service are the same as for our Sunday services: To join online, follow this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 To join by phone, dial 646-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 552 766 7326

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Church Building Slowly Reopening

The People’s Church building is slowly reopening for People’s Church staff who cannot work remotely, small gatherings, and for People’s people who need to be in the building to access WiFi. Gathering virtually remains the safest option, and we encourage all groups to do that if possible. The next safest option is to gather outdoors […]

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Film Discussion Group, Tue. June 23, 3 p.m.

“The Children Act” (novel and screenplay by Ian McEwan; starring Emma Thompson), the first movie to be discussed by this new group, will be moderated on Zoom by Kay Spade, on Tuesday, June 23, 3-4:30. We are tentatively planning on continuing at the same time on the 4th Tuesdays of each month; but this could […]

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Green Spot

Coronavirus and Climate Justice by Cybelle Shattuck In the midst of this pandemic, while home-bound and spending (too much) time online, people are excitedly sharing videos of nature “recovering” in the absence of humans. We marvel at majestic mountains unobscured by air pollution and delight at wild animals romping through towns. Our hearts lift—we feel […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, In the middle of March, when we stopped gathering in person on Sundays, I thought it would only be for a short time. I had visions that there would be a triumphant ending, a time when we could all rush back into the streets, hug each other, and be done with precautions. […]

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Religious Education Notes

“Comfortable with Uncertainty” This is the title of one of my favorite books by Pema Chodron. It feels especially relevant in these times! As I look toward fall, all I see is uncertainty. I am unsure how to plan for our RE program. I’ll make a variety of plans and depend on a large dose […]

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Coronavirus and Racism

“This virus doesn’t discriminate” I’m sure many of you have been hearing these words on the news from medical professionals.  And thankfully, as we write this on April 8, we are beginning to hear deeper analyses on the racial disparities embedded in this crisis, where something IS discriminating. From Milwaukee we hear that “26% of […]

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Climate Corner

How you can fight the climate crisis. HOW TO STAY AT HOME AND SAVE THE EARTH Friday, April 24 is Arbor Day – PLANT TREES FROM HOME!  For a small donation, ArborDay.org and 8Billiontrees.com will plant 10 trees for you in a part of the world where deforestation is causing the climate to […]

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Annual Congregational Meeting – May 17 following the service

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing everything we do, including the congregational annual meeting. The People’s Church board and other leaders are finding new ways to do things that preserve our commitment to democracy and keep each other safe. To this end, we will hold the annual meeting online immediately following the May 17 service. Members […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, These are challenging times–and each of us face our own particular challenges. Some of us are directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through our work in healthcare, because people we love are sick or have died, or because we are especially vulnerable and are taking precautions. Some of us are struggling with […]

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A Proposal: People’s Church Should Join the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition

The Green Sanctuary Committee recommends that People’s Church join the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition (KCCC) to affirm our commitment to work actively toward alleviating and remediating Climate Change.  Part of the business at the People’s Church annual meeting on May 17 will be to consider and vote on this proposal. This aligns well with much […]

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How to Zoom

Many church programs from Sunday services to committee meetings are currently taking place using the Zoom Cloud Meeting program. Here is how to join in Sunday services and other gatherings: By phone: call 1-646-876-9923 and enter meeting ID: 552 766 7326. (note: this is a long-distance call.) By video: Download the Zoom Cloud Meeting App […]

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In Memoriam

We celebrate the life and mourn the death of two People’s people who died in March. Drusie Rosegrant died on March 14. You can read her full obituary at: https://www.avinkcremation.com/obituaries/Ruth-Rosegrant/#!/Obituary Edmund Tsang died on March 11. He died at Rose Arbor Hospice with his children by his side. Services for Drusie and Edmund—as well […]

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Administrative Staffing Project Update

Over the last few months, board and finance leaders and Rev. Rachel have been working hard to redesign administrative staffing. A draft plan will be discussed at the board meeting in early April and shared with the congregation shortly thereafter. Please check emails from the church for the latest about all of this. Our communication […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

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

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, The last few weeks have brought unprecedented changes to our life together – a ban on large gatherings, shelter-at-home orders, cancelled schools, lost jobs, the challenges of working from home or continuing to work as an essential employee, worry, fear, isolation, and uncertainty. It is a challenging time and I anticipate that […]

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Religious Education Notes

Wisdom for Surreal Times I am acutely aware of how quickly life can change beyond comprehension in such a short period of time. All of the events I was busy planning for have now been cancelled. I find myself struggling to keep up with the pace of the enormous changes that have occurred this past […]

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ISAAC in Need of Five Minutes of Your Time

Please click this link to add your voice to this community letter that will be sent to all members of the City Commission. The letter is written already, you can fill in your information in 5 or so minutes or write more if you’d like. Either is great. For more information on ordinances please […]

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Opportunities to Connect Virtually

In need of connection?  Meet up virtually with People’s people this week.  All of these gatherings can be accessed through the livestreaming app and website Zoom by following this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 Or by calling 1-646-876-9923 and entering the code 552 766 7326 at the listed time. Tuesday, […]

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Calling One Another

One of the ways we are hoping to check in with one another during this time of social distancing and isolation is to make sure every People’s person gets a phone call from another church person every week. If you would like to be one of the folks who helps to make these calls, please […]

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Sunday Services Cancelled, Will Be Livestreamed

The Sunday service and Sunday morning religious education classes are cancelled through April 12.

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Memorial Service for George McCrea

The memorial service for George McCrea has been postponed.  A new date will be announced in the near future.

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This Week at People’s Church

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Update From the Bylaws Committee

Last fall you may have heard about a large undertaking of a group of dedicated People’s people:  Rewriting our church Bylaws (sometimes called a Constitution).  It’s been 10 years since this foundational document was reviewed and tweaked to fit who we are today.  So the Bylaws Committee wanted to take a moment to update you […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: The Photosynthesis Project, II

The Photosynthesis Project was an invitational endeavor for artists and writers who reside in SW Michigan, conceived by Linda Rzoska – owner of Ninth Wave Studio in Kalamazoo. Participants were asked to consider and explore the subject of photosynthesis and respond to it artistically. The first exhibit of this project was at the November Art […]

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Study Group, Monday, March 9, 7:30p.m.

At our next meeting, the Study Group will be discussing the book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by the late Hans Rosling and collaborators. Rosling, a well-known public health expert, argues in this 2018 book on the side of optimism about many global trends. The […]

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

Dates and Topics March 7:  Bob Friedel will lead a discussion on ‘Alternatives to GDP’.   An introduction can be found here:  https://medium.com/@designforsustainability/gdp-as-an-insufficient-economic-indicator-some-more-systemic-alternatives-91d2e8c093df March 21:  Kay Spade will lead a discussion on ‘Multi-tasking:  good or bad for you?   Bring your own examples.”  Recommended reading: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/11/the-autumn-of-the-multitaskers/306342/ The Discussion Group meets each 1st and 3rd Saturday […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

February Special Collection We collected $1,496 for the UUA as part of our February 16th Special Collection.  Thanks to everyone who contributed. Special Collection for March Our March 8th Special Collection will benefit Keystone Vets Transitional Housing, a program of Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission (KCPHC). ISAAC Housing Task Force has partnered with KCPHC since […]

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Green Spot—Update on Net Zero

Last year the Green Sanctuary Committee created the Net Zero Task Force to work with the Finance and Building & Grounds Committees, to explore the possibilities for People’s Church achieving net zero carbon emissions. After several months of discussions, interviews with outside experts and contractors, and examination of the church building components, a plan of […]

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Race Matters

Reflections I wonder if the lens through which I see the world is clear and wide enough to “Let Everyone In” as Peter Mayer encourages us. I wonder if I have enough self-awareness to know when I am honoring the dignity and self-worth of others. I know that it is a dance, and that my […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article 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.

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, Every week in the service, we give thanks for all that sustains us. We say, ‘From the countless gifts we each have been given, gifts of life and love and sustenance, we bring these small portions to share in the works of love which none of us can accomplish alone.’ This sharing […]

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Religious Education Notes

Anti-Bias & Anti-Racism Race Prejudice + the misuse of power by systems and institutions = Racism I was fortunate to attend a training in Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism education recently. As we offer religious education for all ages at People’s Church, it is important for us to recognize that this currently occurs within the framework of white […]

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