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All-Church Discussion on Racism/Anti-racism

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 […]

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Weekly Video Announcements

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Race Matters

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 […]

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Green Spot

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 […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

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 […]

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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 he came to People’s and why he
continues to participate.

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Mystic Lake UU Retreat for 6th-8th grade youth Oct. 11-13 2019

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 […]

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From the Minister

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 […]

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Religious Education Notes

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. […]

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“Accidental Marks” an Art Wall Exhibit by Michael Dunn

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 […]

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New Evening Book Club, Thu. Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.

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.

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Partnership with Lincoln School

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 […]

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People’s Potluck Sunday, September 8, 12:15 p.m.

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!

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Race Matters

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

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 […]

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From the Minister

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 […]

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Religious Education Notes

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 […]

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Church Strategy Session: Giving Life the Shape of Justice, Sat. Sept. 7

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 […]

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Young Adult CON, September 13-15

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 […]

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Chalice Circles Forming Now

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 […]

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Study Group, Mon. Sep. 16, 7:30 p.m.

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 […]

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Afternoon Book Club, Thu. Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m.

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 […]

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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 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 […]

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Religious Education Notes

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 […]

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Church Strategy Session: Giving Life the Shape of Justice, Saturday, September 7

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 […]

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Rev. Rachel on Study Leave

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 […]

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Green Spot

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 […]

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Race Matters—Thoughts on “Decolonizing Your Music Library”

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 […]

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Race Matters

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 […]

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Green Spot

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 […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

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.

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From the Minister

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 […]

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Religious Education Notes

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 […]

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Note From the Board President

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 […]

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Summer BBQ and Garden (Work) Party on Sunday, July 14

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 […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

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 […]

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What Are Chalice Circles?

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 […]

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Church Van For Sale

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  office@peopleschurch.net or 269-375-3262.

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People’s Playground Party, June 9, 9:30 a.m.

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 […]

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RE Volunteer Appreciation Reception, June 9

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!

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Green Spot – Plastic? Paper? Cloth?

Which grocery bag leaves the smallest carbon footprint on the planet?

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Getting to Know People’s People

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.

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Race Matters

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 […]

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From the Minister

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 […]

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Religious Education Notes

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 […]

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Note From the Board President

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 […]

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Child Dedication Ritual, Sunday, June 9

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

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

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 […]

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The Three Principles of the Path, Begins June 11

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 […]

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Study Group, Monday, June 10, 7:30p.m.

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 […]

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ISAAC Banquet, Saturday, May 18th

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 […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

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.

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From the Minister

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 […]

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Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday May 19

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 […]

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New Member Recognition Ceremony, Sunday, May 19th

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 […]

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Kinship Group Sunday, April 21, 4 p.m.

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 […]

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Stewardship Campaign Update

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 generosity.peopleschurch@gmail.com Our goal is 100% participation (“Everybody In”) so we are […]

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Notes from the Nominating Committee

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 […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

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.

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

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 […]

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CONtinue High School Bridging CON set for May 3-5

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 […]

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Help Save the Earth and Have Fun Doing It!

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 […]

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Transgender Inclusion in Congregations, 1st Wednesdays, 7-9pm

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 […]

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Religious Education Notes

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 […]

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Membership Orientation, Sunday, April 7, 12:30 p.m.

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 […]

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Note from Board President

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 […]

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Art Wall Reception for Catherine Niessink, Sunday, March 17, 12:15 p.m.

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 […]

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Social Justice Update

Special Collections The Social Justice Coordinating Committee is pleased to report that the response to the Special Collection on February 10 for Trans Lifeline was $1387.  Thanks to Cylise Snow and all those who helped make us aware of this organization and its need. Our next special collection will be held on March 17 for […]

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Note from the Board President

One of the tasks of the Board of Trustees is to make sure that our actions are fully in line with our highest values as a church. Since the congregation approved our new mission and vision last year, we’ve had clearer direction in this work. Stewardship season has provided us a great opportunity to align […]

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Green Spot

Using Food System Education to Promote Agroecology (a talk, with film clips), Sunday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. Join us in Room 19 at 12:30 pm on March 24 as Green Sanctuary presents Bruce Ferguson and Helda Morales discussing their work in agroecology at ECOSUR, a research center in Chiapas, Mexico. Using clips from their newly […]

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Race Matters

A Brief History of White Supremacy Culture in the U.S. White Europeans arrive on what is to become North America. They bring with them a particular way of being in the world, and a particular belief that their way is ‘best’ and therefore worthy of being imposed on other peoples. They begin to methodically construct […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl. Annie and Joe Hampel both grew up in the Catholic church. They began attending People’s early in 2017 after being invited by Michelle Weemhoff.

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, Like many things, the internet is both wonderful and terrible. It connects us, which depending on our motives, creates love and trust or pain and distrust. With my column this month, I’m bringing attention to one terrible thing and a few wonderful ones. First, there is a scam going around that I want […]

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Religious Education Notes

Building the Beloved Community This month our religious education classes are exploring how we can be good people and create a kind and just world. The Kindergarten through 7th graders will learn about forgiveness, mercy and peaceful conflict resolution using Jesus’ teachings about the Beatitudes, the Golden Rule, and the Prodigal Son. As RE class […]

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New Member Recognition, Sunday, March 24

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, the next opportunity to do so will take place on Sunday, March 24. From 10:00-10:30 a.m., we will hold a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony in Room 19. We will also recognize our newest members during the service. If you’d like to participate please sign […]

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Overcoming Homelessness, Sunday, March 3, 12:30-1:30pm, Room 19

Since last summer, there has been increased interest and determination to work to overcome homelessness in our community. The Social Justice Coordinating Committee and Rev. Rachel believe that partnership with Open Doors is our best way to help our friends, neighbors and fellow congregants who experience homelessness. Open Doors has suggested ways we can help […]

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New Class Starting Soon: Transgender Inclusion in Congregations

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 […]

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Study Group, Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.

The  Study Group  will be meeting next on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18.  We will be discussing the book Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, by American philosopher John Kaag. This 2018 book mixes biography, philosophy and autobiography, and was selected by NPR as a Best Book of 2018. […]

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Chalice Circle Facilitator Training, Sat. Feb. 23, 1-5 p.m.

There will be a Chalice Circle Facilitator Training at People’s Church on Saturday, February 23 from 1-5 p.m.  Please contact Christina Cusumano if you are interested in participating. For those planning to attend, here are several readings & meditations available for download: December 2012 November 2011 November 2010 October 2010 […]

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Viewing & Discussion, Tuesday, February 26, 7-8:30 p.m.

We’ll watch, and then discuss a short video. TV and Internet: Media environments structure our roles—what we see, how we feel and why we act as we do—and that is only a few of the buried assumptions! Do we have a problem here? We’ll meet in Room 19.  Retired WMU Communications Professor, Lyn Bartley, will […]

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Fay Smith Memorial Cabaret, Saturday, February 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

We will remember and celebrate the life of Fay Smith with food, music, and good company.  If you are interested in performing music at this event, please contact Margo Command-Heyman,  mcommand11@gmail.com.

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Audubon Society Meeting CANCELLED

Due to the weather, Audubon Society of Kalamazoo’s monthly meeting scheduled for Monday, January 28, is cancelled.  Thanks for your understanding.

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Race Matters

ARAOMC: New Name, New Structure by Cary Betz Williams Anti-Racism Anti-Oppresson Multi-Cultural committee. ARAOMC.  What a mouthful. And not very descriptive. Feedback from church members suggest that many don’t know what we do exactly in the church, which makes it difficult  for people to connect with our mission. So we are renaming ourselves. ARAOMC is […]

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Green Spot

The Styrofoam collection was a big success! Next drop-off date will be March 23 so plan to bring materials to church March 10 and 17. The Green Sanctuary Committee is presenting an Environmental Film Series over the next few months. We start with Paris to Pittsburgh on January 27. This documentary describes exciting climate actions […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Monet Everly first began attending People’s when she was ten years old. “My father started bringing me along with him,” Monet recalls. “He said it would be good for me to have some diversity in my life. At first, I came because my father made me, but then I became enamored with the philosophy of UU. I found my home in the People’s community so much that I now bring my daughters to church.

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From the Minister

Dear ones, In my sermon a few weeks ago, I mentioned that we have religious forbearers who died for the right to change their minds religiously, for the idea that ‘revelation is not sealed,’ that truth is forever making itself known in new ways. A few of you mentioned that you did not know that […]

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Religious Education Notes

Sharing and Caring This month our religious education classes for children and youth will focus on caring for others. The Kindergarten through 7th graders will learn the stories of the Good Samaritan and the Loaves and Fishes.  Using these stories as a guide, the children will explore the themes of generosity and sharing. They will […]

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Membership Orientation, Sun. February 10, 12:30p.m.

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, or would just like to know more about the church and/or Unitarian Universalism, please plan to attend our Membership orientation after the service on February 10th in Rm 19 from 12:30- 2:30p.m. Rev. Rachel will be there, along with representatives form the Membership, Religious Education, […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Boiling Point Collective, an emerging nonprofit founded by People’s Church members, was the recipient of Sunday’s Special Collection, totaling $954.44, which will go to support their continuing growth.  Thanks to all who contributed. Our next Special Collection will be on February 10 for Trans Lifeline.  Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Following a brief explanation of the work of Ministry with Community by Executive Director Kelly Henderson, $1327.29 was collected to support this effort on Sunday the 9th. Thank you for your generous contribution. On January 20, we will have the chance to support Boiling Point Collective, an emerging nonprofit […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Judy D’Arcangelis grew up attending Fountain Street Church, a non-denominational liberal church in Grand Rapids where she was active throughout her childhood in religious education programs, choirs and high school youth group.

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Religious Education Notes

January RE Lessons This month’s RE lessons for K-7th graders include important topics that will  get them thinking about the relevance Bible stories may have in their lives today. In addition to meaningful discussion questions, there is so much value in our children being introduced to ideas about Jesus and Jonah from a UU perspective. […]

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Race Matters

Heard over time in the halls of People’s Church: “When you think of it, really, anyone can be discriminated against in any situation.” One of my deeper daily practices for some decades now has been to work on shifting the events inside my own brain from a yes-no, right-wrong, either-or framework, to the exploration that […]

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How We Will Manage Our People’s Church Land

Our Board of Trustees has adopted a new policy, the Land Management Plan for People’s Church. The introductory paragraph states our vision and the goal of the plan. The grounds surrounding People’s Church form an outdoor church space that is important for the religious life of the church members. Unitarian Universalism encourages people to recognize […]

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Race Matters

By Nadine Godin-Nassaney The current political climate has caused me constant stress due to the dismantling of rights of marginalized populations in our country. As a woman, I have followed the #MeToo movement and the Larry Nassar hearings. I started to believe that sexual assault victims, particularly women, finally had a voice.  Then came the […]

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Green Spot

Styrofoam Recycling! Just in time for the holidays, there is a new option for dealing with polystyrene (brand name Styrofoam). Cooper Township has opened their quarterly foam recycling program to people outside the township. They accept peanuts, packing materials (e.g. the foam that protects electronics during shipping), egg cartons, and food containers that have been […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Interview and article by Ardyce Curl.

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