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From the Minister

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

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

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

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Social Justice Update

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

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

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

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Green Spot

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

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Religious Education Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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Race Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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MONEY MATTER$

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

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Membership Orientation, Sunday, February 11

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

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Getting to Know People’s People

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

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People’s Church Service Auction

Plans are underway for our annual Service Auction. “What is the Service Auction?” you might ask. It is an opportunity to offer and bid on services provided by People’s people, helps to build community by sharing our talents, and raises some money for the church. We will soon be soliciting your services to benefit our church. […]

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

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

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Memorial Service for Bill Goodman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Green Spot

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

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From the Minister

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

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Religious Education Notes

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

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

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

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Social Justice Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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People’s Potluck, Sunday, November 12, 12:15pm

Please join us after the service on Sunday, November 12 for a potluck lunch in The Commons. Please bring a dish to share!

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Conversation Between Generations, Saturday, November 11, 1:30pm

Last summer there was an interesting discussion between some of the various generations of People’s Church. The interaction piqued the interest of those involved, and we thought it should be continued. A follow-up meeting has been planned for November 11 from 1:30-3:00 pm at People’s in Room 19.  (Please note date change.) This is a […]

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Book Group, Thursday, November 9, 1:30 pm

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom will be reviewed by Lois Loeffler at our next book club meeting, Thursday, November 9, 1:30-3:30 at Friendship Village, B-1. Newcomers are always welcome at these monthly meetings, on the 2nd Thursday of the month in people’s homes or at Friendship Village. Copies of a flyer with the year’s calendar […]

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Discussion Group, Saturday, November 4, 10:30am

On November 4, Nicky Leigh will lead the discussion: “Restricted Gifts / Interface with the Democratic Process”. When an institution receives restricted funds, how does that effect the institution and the consumers of the institution’s services? For example, Kalamazoo’s Foundation for Excellence, or Planned Parenthood’s government money restriction on abortion. There will be no meeting […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

The school year is well underway and our Special Collection for Lincoln School on September 17 netted $1,319, a wonderfully generous amount. As a rule, we hear from teachers about how this gift is being used to enhance their teaching. Watch this space! The October benefit to the Hispanic American Council totaled $1,193, especially needed […]

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MONEY MATTER$

How’s your “giving” going?  Your pledge statement will be reaching you in the mail any day now.  Please review it for accuracy.  If you’re “up to speed” on your giving, we really appreciate your continued and consistent generosity. If you are not, please consider setting up automatic payments to make it easy for the church […]

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Anti-Racism

Race Matters

ARAOMC Committee 2017-2018 Goals The Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multi-Cultural Committee gathered for its annual retreat on September 20, 2017. We centered the meeting on Rev. Rachel’s question about what we would like to have in place by the end of this church year. After much discussion we came to consensus agreeing to focus on three areas. […]

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Green Spot

Alternative Giving This year you can resolve to have a greener, cheaper, more meaningful holiday season through alternative giving! Instead of just going to the mall and spending more than you should, be creative by creating your own original presents, purchasing green products that express your values, or making a donation in someone’s name. Here […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, As many of you have heard by now, I am pregnant. It was a joy to share the news with you on Sunday the 22nd and receive so many congratulations and good wishes. Thank you.  If all goes well, I will be welcoming a child into my family in the middle of April. […]

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Religious Education Notes

World Religions Our K-6th and 11-12th grade classes are exploring a variety of world religious traditions this year. As Unitarian Universalists, you may wonder why we study world religions. Our goals in learning about World Religions in our religious education classes include: To provide a window into the living process of religions To approach this […]

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Membership Orientation, Sunday, November 5, 12:15p.m.

If you are interested in knowing more about People’s Church or Unitarian Universalism, or are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, please plan to attend our Membership Orientation on Sunday, November 5, after the service (12:15) in Room 19. Reverend Rachel will be there, along with representatives from Membership, Religious Education, and Stewardship. A […]

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New Chalice Circle to Begin

Chalice Circles are a form of a small-group ministry.  They offer an opportunity to meet with others around a commitment to practice listening and sharing in ways that allow us to be real and honest, and have the kind of deeper conversations that can be difficult to make during coffee hour on Sundays. In Chalice […]

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A Celebration of Fair Share Giving

At People’s Church we have celebrated separately the many ways our members support our community: lunches for religious education volunteers or work groups, celebrations of coming of age, and parties organized by various subgroups in the church, such as the choir or chalice circles. On October 27, invitations to an open house were mailed to […]

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Notes from the October Board Meeting

In our continuing effort to have better communication with People’s people, here are some highlights of our last Board meeting. One of the Board’s primary goals this year is to help with the development of a second church service. Our discussion on the topic centered around leadership, the anxiety that change can cause, and how […]

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Getting to Know People’s People by Ardyce Curl

Richard Larsen began attending People’s in September 2016. While growing up he attended East Main Church of Christ in Kalamazoo. Richard learned about People’s through his mentors, Molly Fairbanks and Rick Johnson, who are counselors in a prisoner re-entry program. If Richard has a problem he can call Molly or Rick; and Rick often gives […]

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New Member Joining Ceremony, Sunday, December 3

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

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Study Group, Mon. Nov. 27, 7:30pm

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian, David McCullough, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. This latest book by McCullough pulls together selected speeches on historical topics […]

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Child Dedication Being Scheduled

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

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Religious Education Notes

Sunday Morning Expectations WOW! What a phenomenal start to the new church year.  We have 38 religious education leaders trained and working wonderfully with our children and youth already.  Our classes have kicked off with much excitement and enthusiasm. Our religious education classes are in session from the time the children “Go Now in Peace” […]

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The Bazaar is on its Way! Don’t Miss Your Chance to Help!

Saturday, November 18th will be the 16th Annual People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar! Each year our church gets transformed into a festive venue where 30 local artists sell their beautiful work, while we sell our trademark pasties and other People’s specialties, serve up savory fare from the People’s Café, and offer warm […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

The Social Justice Coordinating Committee met on September 12 to plan for the coming year’s events . The ongoing function of SJCC is to facilitate all efforts toward Social Justice by the various committees and organizations of People’s Church. The first of our monthly Special Collections took place on September 17. This year’s offering to […]

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Green Spot

Land Use Plan: Memorial Garden In 1988 the church designated that a section of the land north of the building would be the Caroline Bartlett Crane Memorial Garden. This land had been donated to the church with the stipulation that it be kept as a green buffer and would not be used for additional building […]

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10th Street Clean-Up on October 8

We are planning to clean the trash from both sides of 10th Street from West Main (M43) to H Avenue after the service on Sunday, October 8. Your help is needed! A light lunch will be provided for volunteers. Bring a reflective vest and protective gloves if you have them. We will follow MDOT guidelines […]

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Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths, Wednesdays, 7:00pm

Presented by Jewel Heart A 7-week course based on the teaching ‘The Four Noble Truths’ by Gelek Rimpoche.  Class takes place on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm, October 11 through November 29 (note: we will not meet on November 22), in Room L2 Cost: $60.00 – includes textbook In Buddha’s first instructions he taught us to examine […]

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Altyara Family Update

Much progress has been made this summer for the Altyara family.  They passed the one year mark of their arrival on June 29th. It has truly been an amazing year for all of us!  As we settle in to fall and the start of school, it is time for an update. While many churches or […]

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Coffee Cart is Now Open

Want an easy way to help you live your values? Make sure you buy and drink fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee. The coffee we sell and serve on Sundays is from Higher Grounds, a Michigan company that buys its beans from small farmer cooperatives thus helping them get a fair price for their labor.  […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Zoë Valette and Steve Dibble Zoë Valette and Steve Dibble met at People’s, were married in the Memorial Garden underneath Sarah Gertz’s tree and honeymooned in Peru. Zoë’s parents, Denise Valette and Mark Gernsback, also met at People’s through a single’s group and have been members for many years. Zoë attended religious […]

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Race Matters

Being Arrested While White and Middle-Aged So, I got arrested at a protest a few weeks ago.  The man currently in the White House had just rescinded the executive order President Obama had signed about the Dreamers and tossed the ball to Congress.  This means the protections for the over 800,000 young people brought here […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: “Shorelines of Mystery: The Land, the Light and the Water,” Interpretive Realist Paintings by Suzanne B. Siegel

There will be a reception to celebrate the artist and her work on Sunday, September 17 at 12:15pm in The Commons.  Please join us! Artist’s Statement This collection of images really constitutes the debut of a major new direction for me.  In the last few years, I’ve found my interest turning much more toward focusing […]

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Native American Ceremony, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:00pm

Medicine Wheel Free Event Once a month, around the time of the full moon, we gather to honor our earth mother with this ancient tradition. In this sacred space, we begin to remember that we are all part of a greater whole, and we begin to understand how our relationship with every other being on […]

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People’s Financial News

Good news!  2016/17 revenues exceeded expenditures by $45,000, with $18,000 uncollected pledges (86% of supplementary pledges and 94-95% of annual operating pledges were paid)—within normal range of uncollected pledges.  The Finance Committee is recommending to the Board that the $45,000 surplus should go into the Reserves, to bring those funds closer to the goal minimum […]

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SAVE the DATE! Saturday, November 18, People’s Church Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar

Please save the date and plan to participate! On Saturday, November 18, we will hold our 16th annual, all-church fun(d) raiser. Everyone is welcome to come and we look forward to seeing our members, visitors, and friends. Preparations have already begun, and we could use your help. Our goal is to repeat, or even surpass […]

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Come Make Music with Us, Starting September 7th!

No auditions, no cuts! Literally everyone welcome, no experience required! Even if you can’t join us on Sundays, we would love to have you at rehearsals. Bell Choir rehearses Thursdays in Room 12 from 6 to 7pm.  People’s Singers rehearse Thursdays in The Commons from 7 to 8:30pm. Are you interested in song leading? Don’t […]

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Race Matters

Charlottesville, White Privilege and White Supremacy By Cary Betz-Williams By now we have all seen it—the men marching in their polo shirts and khakis, carrying tiki torches from the local hardware store. The confederate battle flag, the flapping swastikas. The faces—not even covered—are white faces, white men. A group meets them and violence ensues.  The […]

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Library Corner

A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism Dan McKanan and his editorial committee of scholars have provided the Unitarian Universalist community with a marvelously useful access to its rich heritage… With curated writings from early Christianity to the twenty-first century, this collection offers the defining texts… (and) is of particular value for its inclusion of texts […]

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Facing Life, Facing Death, Tue. Sep. 26, 1:30pm

This month, the Facing Life, Facing Death group will explore the questions ‘what happens when we die? Is there an afterlife?’ Bring your ideas to share and listen to what other People’s people have to say. Facing Life, Facing Death is a group that meets monthly that explore issues of mortality, living and dying. New […]

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Young Adult Program Planning Meeting, Tue. Sep. 12, 7pm

Are you a young adult (age 18-35)? Do you have ideas for what People’s young adult program could look like this year? Come to this meeting in Room L2 to brainstorm and make plans with Diane Melvin and Rev. Rachel. Childcare is provided.  

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Discussion Group, Sat. Sep. 16, 10am

At our meeting on Saturday, September 16 (10am-12pm in The Commons), we will discuss topics for the coming church year.  What interests you that you would like to learn more about?   Each 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, a participant chooses a topic and shares some background reading  via email (usually a few popular […]

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Book Group, Thu. Sep. 14, 1:30pm

We will gather on Thursday, September 14th at 1:30 at Martha Beverly’s home, 529 Pinehurst Blvd. to discuss Colm Tóibín’s novel Nora Webster. Marj Lightner is the discussion leader. Our meetings are always on the second Thursday of the month in people’s homes. We love having newcomers. For more information contact Pat Nelson (269-521-4353) or […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Patty Playford Patty Pattison Playford grew up attending a Methodist church in Dowagiac in what she says was a religiously conservative family. Her uncle was a Methodist minister in Indiana. “I started hearing about People’s in the 1960s,” Patty said.  “I noted some members were active in the Civil Rights Movement as […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, Last spring, I had a chance to listen to Eboo Patel, the founder of Chicago’s Interfaith Youth Core, speak to a small group of Unitarian Universalist ministers and religious educators. He called on us to help people in our communities develop an appreciative knowledge of other religious traditions. He believes this helps us […]

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Religious Education Notes

Children & Youth Religious Education – We have an exciting lineup of programs for children and youth at People’s Church this coming church year. Preschool – The Rainbow Connection Our preschoolers will be using the seven UU principles to learn about justice, fairness, trust, responsibility and respect. Kindergarten – 6th grades – World Religions Hinduism, […]

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Church Newsletter Deadlines

The following are the newsletter deadlines for the entire church year.  Please email your newsletter articles to:  news@peopleschurch.net. Monday, September 25, 2017, noon Monday, October 23, 2017, noon Monday, November 27, 2016, noon Monday, December 18, 2017 noon Monday, January 22, 2018, noon Monday, February 19, 2018, noon Monday, March 26, 2018, noon […]

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People’s Potluck, Sunday, September 10th

Following the homecoming service on September 10th, we will enjoy a People’s Potluck in The Commons. Please bring a dish to share!

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Palmer Preserve Nature Walk, Sat. Sept. 9, 3pm

Come along for a guided tour of the Palmer Memorial Nature Preserve on Saturday afternoon. John Bagley, of the Michigan Nature Association will lead us through this rare prairie fen ecosystem, home to 25 percent of the state’s endangered plants, animals, and insects. We will get a chance to see how the native fire-adapted plants […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Tom and Karen Voigts Tom and Karen Voigts first attended People’s more than twelve years ago. They had been looking for a like-minded church with a strong emphasis on social justice issues; and friends had encouraged them that People’s was the place to come. Karen grew up in a Unitarian Church in […]

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Mahouts Needed for White Elephants at Holiday Bazaar

We need two energetic people to join the Bazaar Steering Committee and coordinate the White Elephant portion of this amazing event on November 18th that benefits our church. For details, contact Rochelle Habeck-Hunt at habeck@chartermi.net. Also, please search your closets now for all very nice items (please, no clothing or furniture) that you can […]

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The Library Corner

Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld Basketball legend and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores how the America of today is a fractured society, sharply divided along the lines of race, gender, religion, political party and economic class.  In Writings on the Wall […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, As I write this on the 20th of July, this month has been a time of rest for me. I took my furlough week—which helped balance the church’s budget—at the beginning of the month. A dear friend, DeForest, and I went up north and saw the Sleeping Bear Dunes and other beautiful sites. […]

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ISAAC Listening Engagement

Saturday, August 12th, 1:00-4:30 pm & Sunday, August 13th, 2:00-5:30 pm ISAAC is in need of volunteers to help connect with residents in neighborhoods to understand the most important issues for our next two years’ work. You and a partner go door-to-door to ask residents about their concerns and desires for their neighborhood. The voices […]

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Book Club Planning Meeting, July 20, 1:30 p.m.

Books for the upcoming church year will be chosen at a meeting on Thursday, July 20, 1:30-3:30, at the home of Lois & Roger Loeffler.  All are welcome to participate.  If you like, bring two or three titles you would recommend (this group leans toward quality fiction); or you can more simply provide your feedback […]

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Green Spot

Caring for Our Outdoor Church By Cybelle Shattuck This summer, the Green Sanctuary and Building and Grounds Committees are developing a land management plan for People’s Church. The grounds are a part of our church; they provide space for spiritual practices, religious education, remembering loved ones, and cultivating right relationships with animals, insects, and plants. […]

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Race Matters

By Cary Betz-Williams I went to the two and a half day ERACCE training, unsure of what to expect. I was a bit apprehensive, felt shy because I was going to be among strangers and kept reminding myself to think before I spoke since sometimes the most amazingly daft things come out when I don’t.  […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Julie and Brian Schneeberger are among the newest members of People’s Church, having first attended in February. They signed the bond of union soon after. Julie said, “I looked up People’s online while searching for an open-minded congregation to match up with my changing spiritual attitudes.” Brian, who grew up attending the […]

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The Library Corner

Dreamers; an Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream, by Eileen Truax Of the approximately twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., as many as two million came as children.  They grow up here, go through school, and then their home country won’t—in most states—offer financial aid for college or allow them to legally […]

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From the Minister

Dear Ones, At the annual meeting in May, members of People’s Church approved a budget that brought us closer to living within our means as a congregation. This included some painful cuts in staff positions and staff time. In the days following that meeting, a few People’s people approached me, wanting to increase their pledges […]

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Cross Generations Conversations, Tue. July 18, 6:30p.m.

Are you a young adult?  An elder?  Would you like to get to know People’s people of another generation?  Would you like to have few more people to talk to during coffee hour every week?  This will be an informal gathering with a few structured conversation starters.  This chance to know one another, organized by […]

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Summer Potlucks

People’s Church will be holding several informal potlucks throughout the summer.  These aren’t meant as anything other than an opportunity to get together with friends or meet someone new.  Please sign up HERE and let us know what food item you plan to bring!

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Social Justice Update

Special Collection We will hold a Special Collection for ISAAC on June 11. ISAAC, Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community, is the largest faith-based organizing group in Southwest Michigan. People’s Church is among the more than 20 congregations and other organization that work together through ISAAC to make our values real in […]

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News of the Altyara Family

It will be the one year anniversary of the arrival of the Altyara family on June 29th. Much has been accomplished in this initial year. People’s Church has been pivotal in their success as they resettle in their new county. Here is a brief update on each family member and what lies ahead for them. […]

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Green Spot

By Julia Kirkwood To Know Your Water Is to Love Your Water Michigan is blessed with water! MI is water rich.  You are within 5 miles of water anywhere in MI! Clichés about Michigan water but nevertheless true. By the numbers; MI is surrounded by 4 Great Lakes with 3,049 miles of shoreline, 10,000 inland […]

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Race Matters

By Nadine Godin-Nassaney On April 26-29, Carolyn Heineman and I attended the 18th annual White Privilege Conference (WPC) in Kansas City, MO entitled: “Organizing. Strategizing. Taking Action. Deconstructing the Culture of White Supremacy and Privilege: Creating Peace, Equity and Opportunity in the Heartland” along with about 2000 other people from the U.S. and other countries. […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl Sandy and John Steele both grew up in United Methodist churches. They began attending People’s in March 2016. “We were new to Kalamazoo and we were looking for a UU church,” John said. “Our daughter and granddaughters attend and we had visited the bazaar,” Sandy said. She added, “We were looking to […]

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Child Dedication, Sunday, June 11

People’s Church is holding its final child dedication ritual of the program year on June 11. This is a ritual where we welcome children into our community and the church promises to help support them—and their parents. If your family is interested in participating—or if you have questions, please contact Rev. Rachel.

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Book Club, Thu. June 8, 1:30p.m.

Four Souls by Louise Erdrich will be the focus on our June 8 meeting (1:30 – 3:30), facilitated by Mary Lewis.  This meeting will be at Friendship Village; someone will be near the main door to direct you to the meeting room. Anyone who enjoys talking about books is most welcome to join us!

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The Art of Living, Tuesdays through June 20th

The Art of Living Tuesdays through June 20th 7:00 to 8:30pm Room L2 Jewel Heart will present a six-week course based on Gelek Rimpoche’s book, Good Life, Good Death. Class teaches techniques and meditation to transform negative emotions and states of mind into the causes for lasting happiness. $45.00 includes a copy of the book. […]

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Summer Service Schedule

The theme for this summer’s services are “Stories That Inspire Us”. Our speakers will share with our community their stories about what experiences or events or people have been most important in helping them to a life of greater meaning. These stories or persons may come from their own personal life, or from history, or […]

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Jutta & the Hi-Dukes Concert and Dance, Sun. June 18, 1:30 p.m.

People’s Church is hosting an afternoon of world music, with Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, a Chicago-based, internationally known group.  You may hear them play music originating from Scandinavia, the Balkans, and Greece.   In addition, Klezmer, Gypsy, and Dixieland music are also included in their repertoire.  During their first set, they will play beautiful music for […]

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Spring Cleaning, Sun. June 4, 1:00pm

Volunteers needed for Spring Cleaning at People’s Church Sunday, June 4, 1:00-3:00pm Winter snows have melted and it is time to tidy our church grounds. Please come share the joy of time outdoors working alongside friends. Bonus benefits: build friendships, put down roots in the community, and gain a sense of accomplishment as our combined […]

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Medicine Wheel

Native American Ceremony Free Event 1st Wednesday of month @ 7:00 pm. Next Meeting: September 6, 2017 Room 9 (best to enter through back door from rear parking lot) The Medicine Wheel is laid in a ceremonial manner, with honor and respect. We are creating sacred space. We raise our vibration with singing, drumming and […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: 2017-18 Budget

People’ Church – Operating Budget for 2017-18 year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) Frequently asked Questions:   1. We heard that the preliminary budget data showed a $34,000 deficit. Is that correct? Yes.  The first wave of pledge and income projections fell short of what was needed to meet the total required and […]

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