All ages are invited to enjoy this evening of fun together hosted by the Youth Group. With a Winter Wonderland theme, there will be a photo booth, refreshments and of course dancing. Youth will sell baked goods to fundraise to attend the General Assembly in June 2021. The dance is family friendly, runs from 7-10 […]
Special Collection—Sunday, January 12 The Special Collection on January 12th will benefit Open Doors, a non-profit organization that People’s Church is partnering with in our community. For more than 40 years, Open Doors has been helping families achieve housing success through programs, partnerships and advocacy. Open Doors began as a coffee house/drop-in center offering support […]
Curated by Tom and Lauri Holmes. On display from January 10 through the end of February. A reception is scheduled for February 9, after the Sunday Service. This exhibit features artists who fled Syria eight years ago for refuge in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan which houses about 60,000 people. Some were professional artists […]
Young Adult UU CONference All 18-35-year-olds are invited to participate in this inspirational and informative weekend. Enjoy a variety of hands-on workshops, meaningful worship experiences, games, laughter, connection and a fun coffee house. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AWBl2TD2Tc-Vk-bDeDdXH7npBTQ0LTZX6dwityBLqyA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0ipvgVbmI1OnqnJvTo7Aiofr89pcyFfjtZOiJyjPSriRHen19aJrheykg&edit_requested=true
Climate Forum in 2020 The tide is rising, and so are we. The task is mighty, and so are we. The land is holy, and so are we. This is where we are called to be. —Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Yotam Schachter 2020 is going to be a year for climate action, a time […]
When I agreed to join the Dismantling Racism Within People’s Church Steering Team last fall, I had a very specific idea of what the work would look like and be, relative to my experience as a former Board of Trustees member, Religious Education Committee member and volunteer, and my 20-year tenure as a participant and […]
Come ring in the New Year! Join us January 13th, 2020 for a dance held at the People’s Church in The Commons. Doors @ 6:30pm Lesson @ 7:00pm Dance @ 7:30pm $8 to dance or more if you can. ALL AGES! Caller: Mike Clark Band: Aaron Jonah Lewis and Friends
Article by Ardyce Curl. Suzanne B. Siegel grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she attended Reform Jewish Temple Emanuel. She said she became aware of Unitarianism while living in California in the 1960s where she attended the Unitarian church in Santa Barbara.
Dear People’s people, At the December board meeting, your board approved a sabbatical for me. I will be on sabbatical February 15 to July 15, 2021. Why sabbatical? A sabbatical is a rare and precious benefit that the church, as an employer concerned about the well-being of its staff, offers to program staff. Our religious […]
Reflection and Intentions The new year always provides an opportunity to reflect upon the previous year and take stock. I like to begin the new year by writing in my journal and setting goals and intentions of how I most wish to live. I often begin by recalling my deepest held values and ideals of […]
This year was even more successful than last year in gross sales and in a spirit of joy and teamwork that was palpable. Our Bazaar has become a beloved event in the community and a special way for us all to lean in and accomplish this miracle for our church. It is a profound teaching […]
Special Collections The November Special Collection for Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition – Fridays for the Future netted $1169. For more information about upcoming Friday events sponsored by the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition go to https://www.swmgsierra.org/mc-events/fridays-for-future-meet-the-kalamazoo-climate-crisis-coalition/. You can also check the Social Justice Kiosk where Community Social Justice Events are posted for the coming week. […]
Alternative Giving 2019 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, create your own original presents, purchase green products that express your values, or make a donation in someone’s name. Use your imagination! […]
Dates and Topics December 7: “America’s Goodly Veneer Was a Lie”, presented by Alan Parcells. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/americas-goodly-veneer-was-lie/601105/ December 21: Current Events, by Jeannine Willacker. Jeannine invites everyone interested to bring something to talk about. The Discussion Group meets each 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, during the regular church year, in Room 6/7. Anyone […]
Exhibit on display in The Commons through December 31.
Racist: A description instead of a judgment? How much easier would it be to talk about race if the word racist was a description of having been mis-shapened throughout our lives by a culture sick with oppressive policies and structures, instead of being a personal attack on our character? What if that word identified a […]
Two National Public Radio reporters created a podcast to document their reinvestigation the death of Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister who was killed in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Three men were tried and acquitted for the murder. This podcast ‘exposes the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncovers a story […]
Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate. Article by Ardyce Curl.
If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, the next opportunity to do so will take place on Sunday, December 15th. From 10:00-10:20 a.m., we will hold a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony in Room 19. We will also welcome and recognize our newest members during the service. If you’d like to participate […]
Dear People’s people, Some changes are ahead in how we manage the financial, administrative, and communications tasks necessary to keep People’s Church running smoothly. Our church has been well-served by a devoted team of volunteers who have kept our financial house in order for years. These dedicated folks include Allan Hunt, Barb Davis, Mary Carroll […]
Gratitude In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it is so important to occasionally pause and remember to express gratitude for our blessings. Meister Eckhart says “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” December often brings up a range of emotions in folks from elation and […]
Please join us for an intergenerational, fun, activity-centered party that will offer an opportunity for connections with other church members. This party is sponsored by the Membership/Connections Committee and the Social Justice Coordinating Committee. In addition to enjoying a fun event with other church members we are including a social justice component by requesting donations […]
Please join the People’s singers as they go caroling on Saturday, December 21st. We will meet at the church at 2:00 and carpool to visit and sing to members and church friends. We will end the event with cookies and hot chocolate back at church. All ages and singing abilities are welcome. Questions? Contact Rick […]
A Climate of Change: Creating a Net-Zero Church, by Tom Hackley What is Net Zero? If oil company A, natural gas company B, and coal company C provide 100% of the energy needed to operate your home, you are using 100% carbon based energy, or Net 100. But, if you can conserve 30% of your energy needs by […]
November Special Collection, Sunday, November 17 Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition—Fridays for Future The mission of the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition (KCCC) is to unite local climate action groups, share resources and information and sustain high levels of citizen mobilization to address the climate crisis. Their three primary goals are to: Drastically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, […]
Following is an interview with People’s people talking about why they came to People’s and why they continue to participate. Article by Ardyce Curl.
Dear People’s people, You might think that a community of about 450 people (roughly 250 church members, 150 kids, and 50 adults who have not signed the Bond of Union to become members), is too small to contain separate dialects. You would be wrong. Over the past few weeks, staff, lay leaders, and I have […]
Aligning our Beliefs, Values and Actions As Unitarian Universalists we have no creeds that unite us, instead we gather around shared values. When raising children in most religious traditions, they learn the common creeds and beliefs of the faith. Raising Unitarian Universalist children and youth can be a bit trickier – especially when they are […]
Peter Mayer is the singer-songwriter who created ‘Holy Now,’ ‘Everybody In,’ and the lyrics of ‘Blue Boat Home.’ We use his beautiful music in Sunday services regularly and hearing him in concert is sure to be a gift to us all and a wonderful way to find solace and rejuvenation after what is, for many […]
Members and friends of People’s Church have expressed an interest in having a time to go more deeply into specific topics of racism/anti-racism. This will be the first meeting in a series of monthly meetings that will be guided over time by attendees, and will always hover around a deeper understanding of our individual and […]
Over the summer and into the early fall we have begun implementing our new model addressing racism/antiracism transformation within People’s Church. The former ARAOMC Committee and newly named Dismantling Racism Within People’s Church Implementation Team met for their annual retreat on September 6th. We shared a meal and spent time in deep conversation continuing to […]
The Climate Strike Was Just the Beginning of Local Climate Action When a crowd of about 1,500 gathered at Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Festival Place on September 20, a number of People’s people were there to emphasize the need for significant and prompt action to combat climate change. There were inspiring and informative speakers, including several of […]
Special Collections A big thank you to all who donated to the Lincoln Elementary School Special Collection on September 15. We were able to raise $1,295 for the teachers and students. Our next Special Collection will be on October 13. Douglass Community Association has a mission to create a culture of equity and inclusion that […]
By Ardyce Curl. Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why he came to People’s and why he
continues to participate.
Enjoy time to play and relax with games, low ropes challenge course, gaga pit, wagon ride, campfire, archery, boating, fishing and carpet ball! October 11-13, 2019 REGISTRATION FEE: $95 per person. Either pay online here or make checks payable to People’s Church with Mystic Lake in the memo line and send to People’s Church […]
Dear People’s people, I mentioned in a recent sermon that our Transgender Inclusion in Congregations class has been a source of learning, reflection, and spiritual and personal growth for me over the last several months. The course consists of six video lectures by Zr. Alex Kapitan and Rev. Mychal Slack, trans UU religious professionals and […]
Children Leading the Way to a Better World I write this shortly after global climate strikes took place around the world. I felt encouraged by the level of involvement of people both in Kalamazoo as well as across the globe. Contemplating the enormity of climate change can be terrifying for adults much less for kids. […]
Ekphrastic Exhibit of Drawing and Poetry (Ekphrastic refers to a form of writing, mostly poetry, wherein the author describes another work of art, usually visual.) Artist Statement I close my eyes and start making marks randomly, with a pencilon paper- long and short, wavy and straight, continuous and dashed all without looking. I fill the […]
We are reading House Girl by Tara Conklin for our first discussion. Please join us on Thursday, October, 3, 5:30-7:30 in Room 12. All are welcome, whether you’ve finished it or not (but expect spoilers!) For more information, you may contact Pat Nelson.
For many years People’s people have been intertwined with the students and staff at Lincoln Elementary. We have had tutors and mentors there for as long as I can remember. We hold a special annual collection for them at the beginning of the church/school year (that will be on Sunday, Sept. 15th). We have done […]
Please join us after the service on Sunday, September 8 for a potluck lunch in The Commons. Please bring a dish to share. See you there!
Earlier this year I attended Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-racism seminar for White People, facilitated by Allies for Change and held at Peoples Church. I intentionally chose to explore racism and anti-racism with other white people. I wanted to confront my own denial, confusion, pain and anger about racism. If I/we felt resistance or […]
SAVE the DATE! People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 23rd will be the 18th Annual Bazaar, our all-church fun(d)raiser, welcoming all of our members, visitors, and friends. If you have helped or shopped, you know that this event fills the church and requires many hands. Please ask your friends to plan to join you to “shop local” for one-of-a-kind gifts and enjoy […]
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.
Open Doors Partnership: a team of eight church members donated their time,108 hours total, and skills to rehabilitate a one-bedroom apartment on Park Street for a new tenant: a grateful young mother who moved into her new home on August 26th. Refugee Resettlement: People’s Church housed a two-week Summer Enrichment Program in July for 18 […]
Dear People’s People, As we prepare for the beginning of the church program year, I wanted to let you know about two changes to your Sunday morning experience: the end of routine announcements during the service and the beginning of worship circles for children and youth. We will be ending routine verbal announcements in our […]
September Start Up And the cycle of the year turns yet again as it’s time for a new church year to begin. This begins my 19th year serving as your religious education director. We just completed our summer RE Committee retreat and I’m excited to have an enthusiastic and energetic group of folks serving our […]
9 a.m. – noon People’s people clearly said they want the church to do more justice work. How? What? Who? When? Join us for a morning of worship, learning, and conversation, as we reflect on what the church is doing now, explore what we as individuals and a congregation are called to do next, and […]
How much of your life is influenced by the environment in which you live? How much of your own perception is influenced by the people and attitudes around you? How does one small change grow and spread until it overtakes the hegemony? Come and join us in mulling over these brain-teasers and playing some games […]
Please express your interest in a Chalice Circle by writing your name and contact number on the sign-up sheet in the foyer. We will schedule Circles to accommodate those who sign up. Chalice Circles offer an opportunity to meet with others around a commitment to practice listening and sharing in ways that allow us to […]
The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the book The Portable Hannah Arendt. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was a renowned political thinker who has recently garnered renewed interest because of her analyses of totalitarian movements and thinking, and of the nature of […]
Our planning meeting for the upcoming church yearwill be on August 15, 1:30-3:30 in Room 19. We plan to meet monthly, usually the 3rd Thursday of the month. A schedule will be posted in the foyer. Newcomers are welcome to any meeting. Anyone who would like to review a book (optional) should try to bring […]
The following are the newsletter deadlines for the entire church year. Please email your newsletter articles to: email@example.com. Monday, September 23, 2019, noon Monday, October 21, 2019, noon Monday, November 18, 2019, noon Monday, December 16, 2019 noon Monday, January 20, 2020, noon Monday, February 24, 2020, noon Monday, March 23, 2020, noon […]
Equity and Justice Diversity asks, ‘Who’s in the room?’ Equity responds: “Who is trying to get in the room but can’t? Whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure?” Inclusion asks, “Have everyone’s ideas been heard?” Justice responds. “Whose ideas won’t be taken as seriously because they aren’t in the majority?” Diversity […]
Save The Date! September 7, 9 a.m. – noon In our Widening Our Welcome Survey last year, People’s people expressed that they want the church to do more justice work. Come to this gathering, led by Rev. Rachel and the Social Justice Coordinating Committee to talk about what issues we are most passionate about and […]
Rev. Rachel will be on study leave July 8 to August 4. During this time, she will be (mostly) away from normal duties to focus on research, learning, and planning for the upcoming program year. Her projects include planning the children’s worship circles that will launch in the fall; setting the schedule for service leaders […]
Help Available for Some with Lead-based Paint in their Homes Do you live in an older home? Do you have young children? Are you wondering whether you have lead-based paint in your home that may be putting your children at risk? The City of Kalamazoo has received a grant for lead-based paint hazard intervention. You […]
By Music Director, Savannah Ramsey This past July, I had the pleasure of attending the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries annual conference. The sessions are always inspiring, and I love bringing the things I learn back to Kalamazoo to incorporate into our worship. Of particular personal interest was Rev. Jason Shelton’s “Decolonizing Your Music […]
New discussion group begins – Fall 2019 As I write this, I’m feeling much gratitude for the increasing buzz and commitment within the congregation around understanding the many layers of oppression that exist in our culture – both “out there”, and within our own walls. It’s not that the people at People’s haven’t historically been […]
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) promotes wildlife habitats in many ways. One is through the Wildlife Habitat Certification Program. This involves the property owner surveying an area for elements that promote wildlife survival, such as sources of food, water, cover, and places animals could raise their young . The property owner also adds elements, if […]
Article by Ardyce Curl. Cybelle Shattuck grew up in Northern California where she was introduced to Buddhist meditation by her father and to Hinduism by her mother.
Dear People’s people, I write this note as I prepare to head to Spokane, Washington for Ministry Days, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (June 17-19) and the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, the annual meeting of our association (June 19-23). We are gathering for a week of learning, growing, connecting and […]
Summertime Sacred Summer Family Ritual Ideas Rest is an act of Resistance Summertime can often mean a different schedule for many families. Most kids are out of school and family vacations often take place in the summer months. July is the time when I really look forward to spending as much time outside in nature […]
Dear People’s People, My term as your Board of Trustees president has come to an end, and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished this year. Our new mission and vision has given us renewed purpose and clarity on what and how we want to be in this world and guided our […]
The Green Sanctuary and Building & Grounds Committees invite you to celebrate summer and help with stewardship of our church grounds. We’ll set up grills in the back yard, with separate space for vegetarian and meat options, and have a barbecue lunch after the Sunday service. Good company, good food, and time to walk the […]
Michiganders know we have to earn summer. Now that we have paid our winter dues, we are eager for that reward. Your Social Justice Coordinating Committee is anticipating a summer pilot project involving the children of our refugee community to use their out-of-school time to advance the basic knowledge that will help them move up […]
CHALICE CIRCLES 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 Circles, we focus on topics from our life […]
People’s Church is selling its van for $3,000 or best offer. If you are interested, please reach out to office administrator, Chris Schleuder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-375-3262.
Want a place for your kids to romp around before a Sunday service? Look no further than our own backyard! Join us at the People’s Church playground for playtime, good conversation, community building, and snacks on June 9. Muffins and juice will be provided; all you need to bring is the fun. Weather permitting; please check […]
Everyone is invited to stay after church to enjoy punch and cookies and offer gratitude to our RE volunteers. We are so grateful they are willing to serve our congregation by ministering to the youngest among us!
Which grocery bag leaves the smallest carbon footprint on the planet?
Article by Ardyce Curl. Allen Webb and Cynthia Pietras were married by Jill McAllister at the Kalamazoo Nature Center in 2006 and the couple began attending People’s in 2007.
Doing Our Own Work When I first heard about the anti-racism seminar for white people “Doing Our Own Work” (DOOW), lasting 6 days over a 3 month period, I thought, “what does that even mean?” I had participated in a 2.5 day ERACCE Anti-Racism training and several other seminars that always included white people and […]
Dear People’s people, At the end of this month, Sue Glenn is stepping down from her role as treasurer. She has served ably in this role for three years. She has brought to the church best practices from her career as an accountant and helped us keep better track of all the ways the church […]
Summer Religious Education Our RE summer program for children begins on June 16. It is different than during the church year in that kids from kindergarteners to teens participate in activities together. The nursery is available for younger children. We will be reading stories, playing games, and making crafts which relate to our 7th UU […]
Thank you, everyone who came to our annual meeting. It was the shortest one I’ve attended in recent memory! Your church leadership is thrilled that you all agreed with us that increasing staff salaries to at least the UUA minimum recommendations was of greatest importance. What a great way for us to truly live out […]
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 […]
ISAAC Banquet An amazing evening was attended by 525 people on May 18, with “Hold Fast to Love and Justice” as the theme. Mee Moua, keynote speaker and Principal of Interdependent Group, inspired us with her story as a refugee from Laos who rose to serve as chair of the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee, through […]
Based on a text by 15th-century master and founder of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, Je Tsong Khapa, this course explores the spiritual determination to be free, unlimited compassion, and the nature of reality. Intro Talk: June 11th, 7-8:30pm at People’s Church, room 9 Class/Study group: Starts June 25th, 7-8:30pm (same location) This class […]
The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the book The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View, by Tim Crane. Crane, a philosophy professor, attempts to bring more understanding to the various disputes over theism and atheism […]
Preparations are underway for the annual ISAAC Banquet to held Thursday evening, May 18th at WMU in the Bernhard Center. Tickets are available until May 6th at the ISAAC website. Being part of this inspiring event with 500 others from our diverse community who want to advance social justice in our County is […]
By Ardyce Curl. The following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate.
Dear People’s people, At the church, this is the busiest time of the year. Stewardship season is drawing to a close and your leaders and I are working to craft a budget. There are reports and other documents to prepare for the annual meeting. There are services and classes and events to prepare for and […]
Come participate in our democracy! In our annual meeting this year, we will be electing members of the board of trustees and the nominating committee, approving (and possibly amending) the church budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and voting on whether to authorize review and possible revision of the church constitution. All supporting members of […]
If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, the next opportunity to do so will take place on Sunday, May 19th. From 10:00-10:20 a.m., we will hold a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony in Room 19. We will also welcome and recognize our newest members during the service. If you’d like to participate […]
Looking for more social get-togethers? Hoping for more connections with the people of the church? We are a group of people who want to grow their circle beyond just their nuclear family and we’d love for you to join us at our Kinship Group meetings! Let’s learn about each other, support each other, and have […]
Our “Everybody In” stewardship campaign is well launched. As of March 28, we have 67 pledges for $148,202! And the great majority of these pledges were made online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRP3b0r8YoYUvRsiWojKV0CDgn-3sdE577gDKmubu35JkGbQ/viewform Or you can follow the link you received in an email from email@example.com Our goal is 100% participation (“Everybody In”) so we are […]
The Nominating Committee is proud to announce nominees for People’s Board of Trustees and nominees for the Nominating Committee. These nominees serve three-year terms and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting on May 19, 2019. Alternative Nominating Procedure If there are any members of the church who wish to self-nominate to the Board […]
By Ardyce Curl. Emily and Chris Sipsma first attended People’s in 2016. “Multiple friends recommended we come,” Emily said. Emily grew up in the First Congregational Church in Allegan. Chris said he was brought up in a very open-minded household.
Spring is here! And your Social Justice Coordinating Committee is looking forward to some uplifting action in People’s involvement. But first—the thank-yous. Special Collections Our response to the Center For Transformation’s appeal was $938.25. In addition, the Healthy Snack Drive was amazingly successful! Thanks once again for your generous support. On April 14 we will […]
The Heartland District’s Bridging CON 2019 will take place from 7:30 pm Friday May 3 to 9 am Sunday May 5 at People’s Church, 1758 N. 10th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. CONtinue is sponsored by the Heartland Area Youth Council in collaboration with People’s Church. The event is for youth in grades 9-12 or […]
By Allen Webb Join in on Kalamazoo Earth Day, Saturday April 20, noon to 5 pm in Bronson Park! Three years ago, myself and a group of people concerned about climate change decided to resurrect Earth Day in Kalamazoo and make it a fun and educational event where people could learn about the dangers facing […]
A survey of trans UU was recently conducted which reported that only 44% of trans people felt spiritually connected and nourished at their congregation, 72% did not feel that their congregation is fully inclusive of them and 42% regularly experience trans-related marginalization in Unitarian Universalist spaces. We are failing to live into our ideals. Let’s […]
Spring! Nothing gives me more hope than the turning of wheel from winter into spring. The return of blue skies and sunshine mixed with warmer temps and birdsongs lifts my spirits immensely. As we rejoice in the renewal found in the natural word in spring, Pagans and Christians alike are rejoicing in the rebirth of […]
If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church or would simply like to know more about the church and/or Unitarian Universalism , please plan to attend our Membership Orientation after the service on April 7th in Room L2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Rev. Rachel will be there, along with representatives from the Membership, Religious […]
This past summer, in our own church, many members of our congregation joined Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in support of a living wage of at least $12 for all employees in Michigan. And yet, several of our hourly staff members make less than this. Just as we were able to put our values into […]
There will be an Art Wall Reception for artist Catherine Niessink on Sunday March 17 at 12:15 p.m. in The Commons. Artist Statement I enjoy working with my hands and felting is most satisfying. Wool is the material that is used for felting–since wool shrinks when wet and ‘felted’ together, and when the hooks in […]