Neighborhood Improvement Opportunity

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is again sponsoring the Fall Clean-Up of 10th Street from West Main to H Street on Sunday, October 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Come and pick up trash along the road to help beautify our Church neighborhood. Youth are encouraged to volunteer, but parental […]

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Special Collection: Sunday October 16 : YWCA Kalamazoo Reproductive Health Fund

The YWCA Reproductive Health Fund enables all Kalamazoo County residents to access reproductive, sexual, and gender-affirming health care services – especially those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), undocumented people, low-income people, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. The Fund eliminates financial and transportation barriers and increases access to […]

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Environment and Citizenship

Fall is in the air, the season of pumpkin spice, bright leaves, and elections. As we prepare to participate in one of the most vital acts of citizenship, voting, it is important to locate information that can help us make informed choices. For those seeking information on environmental and justice issues, here […]

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Report on Afghan Resettlement Co-Sponsorship

People’s Church, in partnership with the Congregation of Moses and Temple B’nai Israel, two synagogues in the Kalamazoo area, has been busy helping to resettle seven Afghan families who are seeking asylum status in the United States. These families began arriving in November 2021 and through February 2022. Below is a summary of what our […]

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Religious Education Notes

All Our Contributions are Needed It is that time of year when the seasons are changing. The temperature is dropping and the leaves are demonstrating the majesty of turning beautiful colors and letting go. This autumn, our RE leaders are excited to be gathering together with our children and youth each week for religious learning […]

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From the Minister

Dear ones, Recently, I participated in Congregational Conversation #3. One of the groups I facilitated focused on our mission statement: ‘People’s Church: a beloved community embracing and serving our diverse world.’ Someone asked, ‘what is beloved community, anyway?’ Here is an extended answer, cribbed from a sermon I preached in October 2018, when the current […]

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ISAAC Public Meeting Watch Party

ISAAC Public Meeting Watch Party October 25—6:30pm Please Save the Date and please spread the news! Please plan to be part of our People’s Church people virtually attending the ISAAC Public Meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 pm. This very important public gathering occurs only on even-numbered years close to the November […]

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People’s Church Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar Returns November 19th!

SAVE the DATE! People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s back! Saturday, November 19th will be the 20th 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 […]

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Mystic Lake Middle School Retreat 2022

Mystic Lake Middle School UU Retreat For 6-8th grade youth November 4-6, 2022 Enjoy time to play games, Gaga ball, challenge course, archery, wagon ride & nature hike, wilderness survival skills, campfire & s’mores! REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 17, 2022. Register online HERE! REGISTRATION FEE: $135 per person. Either pay online at https://bit.ly/2lSUZOj or […]

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Congregational Conversation #3

Congregational Conversation #3 In person: Sunday, September 18 at 12:30pm, with a “half-potluck” – please bring a side dish or dessert to share Online: Monday, September 19 at 7pm For our third congregational conversation, we will not be using the fishbowl format, but will have small group conversations using questions developed by the Unitarian Universalist […]

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Special Collection for Lincoln School—September 18th

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. We have done things like book collections so EVERY student […]

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Green Spot: Individual Actions for Climate Change

All of us know Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s the mantra for an individual’s responsibility in lowering personal carbon emissions and living more sustainably. But how do we do more? Should we do more? Yes, it is vital to do more. Individuals cannot lower or reverse the emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG) by their own actions. […]

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Afternoon & Evening Book Clubs 2022-2023

The full schedule of dates and book selections are now available for both Afternoon and Evening Book Clubs. Click to see the full list!

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Green Spot: Bike and Build

On July 3rd we hosted folks from Bike and Build! Twenty young adults joined this group at a variety of life stages: on break from school, in between jobs, or just for an adventure as they decide what comes next. Starting in Pennsylvania, they are biking across the northern part of the U.S. to raise […]

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Racial Equity Scorecard For Kalamazoo County Commission

Judicial Candidates Racial Equity Scorecard For Kalamazoo County Commission June 2022 About Group The Equity Collective created this document and our goal is to bring more transparency and awareness about candidates on the ballot for the upcoming elections in Kalamazoo County. The Equity Collective has a focus on racial equity and we aim to educate […]

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New Study Announcement

Study Title: “Religious-Secular Liminality: Faith, Doubt, and Transition in Worldview Construction.” Principle Investigator: Jesse M. Smith, PhD Time/Place: Choice of virtual or in-person interview at a time and location convenient to the study participant. Study details: I am conducting a study of religious and secular beliefs and the transitions individuals make between the two. The […]

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Year End Special Collections Update

People’s People are generous. Over the last year, we have been able to raise a total almost $10,000 in our monthly Special Collections to help out so many different wonderful organizations! Thank you to everyone’s generosity!! September 2021: Lincoln School Kalamazoo Public Schools opened with in-person learning for those students who opted for that format. […]

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In Memoriam: Diane Downing

In Memoriam: Diane Downing We celebrate the life and mourn the death of People’s Church member Diane Downing, who died on Sunday June 19. In accordance with her wishes, a celebration of life gathering was held before her death, which she took great joy in attending.  

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Congregational Conversation #2: Exploring the ‘Generations’ within People’s Church

Congregational Conversation #2: Exploring the ‘Generations’ within People’s Church In-person: Sunday, July 10, 12:30pm, gather in The Commons There will be a lunch following the service. Sandwich fixings will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able. Childcare will be provided. On Zoom: Monday, July 11, 7pm, gather […]

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Green Spot: Michigan’s Healthy Climate Plan

The State of Michigan Healthy Climate plan is very ambitious. By using a multi-pronged approach it plans to reduce carbon emissions 28% by 2025, and 52% by 2030 from a baseline of 2005. And it plans on Michigan being carbon neutral by 2050. By being multi-pronged, various departments and organizations can be specializing and concentrating […]

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ISAAC Family Annual Meeting

ISAAC Family Annual Meeting Tuesday July 12 7:00-9:00pm You are warmly invited to join this celebration on Zoom of all the Beloved Community work that we, the ISAAC Family, were able to do together in 2021! Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89667052808 Meeting ID: 896 6705 2808 One tap mobile +13126266799,,89667052808# US (Chicago) […]

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Board Update

At the end of June, three Board members are completing their terms. Thank you, Susan Moerdyk, Denise Hartsough, and Karen Friedel for your leadership over the past three years! When they agreed to join the board in early 2019, the had no idea what was in store. The three board members elected by the church […]

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The Inquirer’s Series Continues!

Visitors, newcomers, members, and anyone who wants more information about People’s Church are invited to participate in the Inquirers Series. The Inquirers Series meets at 12:30pm on Sundays outside, under the manta ray tent on the east side of the church building, weather permitting. (Rain location: Room 19) A light lunch will be provided and […]

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Bike and Build – July 3-4

People’s to Host Bike & Build July 3-4 The Green Sanctuary Committee will be hosting about 25 members of a Bike & Build crew Sunday afternoon, July 3, to Monday morning, July 4.  They “engage young adults in service-oriented, cross-country cycling trips to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.” This summer, 100 riders will […]

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Summer Religious Education

Summer Religious Education: Our UU Principles Sundays @ 10:45AM Nursery care available each week All ages are invited to participate in our summer RE program which is geared for elementary aged kids. We are learning about our UU principles and how we use them to make the world a better place. Each week, we gather […]

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Living Wage Special Collection

At our Annual Meeting in May, the congregation proposed: “Shall the board direct the treasurer to calculate the amount needed to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15.98/hour for 2022-23, communicate that amount to the congregation as soon as possible, ask the congregation to contribute to a special collection in an effort to collect that […]

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Special Collection: June 12 – Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center

The June Special Collection will be held on Sunday June 12th to benefit the Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center (KDCCC). The Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Center established in 1990, provides free, part-time child care for income eligible families with children ages six weeks through five years old. The objective of KDCCC is to enable parents with […]

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Summer Services

This year, as we emerge from two years of pandemic, our broad theme for summer services is “Reclaiming, Reweaving, Redefining, Recovering, Rebuilding.” People’s People will speak on this theme in a variety of ways. Each service will include a ten-minute reflection from a speaker followed by group discussion. This summer, our services will be multi-platform, […]

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Election Results are in!

We are glad to report that we received return ballots from over 40% of People’s members.  This is 10% more than required in the Bylaws for a successful election as passed in February this year. Tom Hackley, Bob Friedel, and Dan Bair served as tellers to conduct the count, along with Barb Davis as Parliamentarian […]

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Annual Meeting Information: Sunday May 22

Up to date information for everything you need to know for the May 22, 2022 Annual Meeting

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Kalamazoo Pride 2022

Three great events put on by Outfront Kalamazoo!

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White Elephant Sale— Tomorrow Saturday, May 14

  Our HUGE Outdoor White Elephant Sale is happening tomorrow, Saturday May 14!! They are calling for a chance of rain and storms in the afternoon tomorrow so we recommend coming to shop in the morning so you don’t miss out if the sale has to end early!!! Please help spread the word, tell your […]

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Listening Across Generations

We are planning a series of Congregational Conversations over the next several months. We know that there is a collective wisdom that we find when we are together–curious, listening, and speaking our truths. The first Congregational Conversation will be focused on Listening Across Generations. We were inspired to begin here because of the generational divisions […]

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May Special Collection: Red Birth Green: May 8

Red Birth Green (RBG) provides accessible, full-spectrum reproductive care to the Kalamazoo area. Our Women of Color-founded and led team offers all-embracing community care for the modern age.  Our birthwork philosophy combines traditional healing practices and collectivism with a modern standard of care.  We meet our clients where they are, without judgment or opinion. Our goal is to […]

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Open House with Jill McAllister

Open House with Jill McAllister Thursday May 12, 3-5pm On the church grounds, weather permitting (rain location: Room 19) Rev. Jill McAllister, People’s Church’s minister emerita, will be in Kalamazoo! All People’s people are invited to come and visit with her. If the meeting is indoors, masks will be required.  

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Stewardship Update

We are in the clean-up phase of our annual pledge drive. If you are new to People’s Church you might have What and Why Questions:  Because we don’t charge dues, but rely on voluntary gifts, we need a way to predict what cash we will have on hand next year. While it is true that we […]

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Invitation to join People’s Music Groups!

Have you ever wanted to sing with our choir? How about ringing bells with us? You can! We are always accepting new members. Contact Savannah at music@peopleschurch.net for more details.  

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Meal Train: Help support one of our families

Like so many others, Zoe and her family are struggling to keep up with life in general. In addition to havinga young child who can’t yet be vaccinated, Zoe is going through long-term treatment of a large tumor in her right shoulder and back (more info below, from her Facebook post). It causes a great […]

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City of Kalamazoo Community Sustainability Plan

In line with the City’s Climate Emergency Resolution, the city of Kalamazoo has recently released a draft version of its Community Sustainability Plan (CSP) for public review and comment.  The Sustainability Team is taking comments until June 1, and they are planning to present the plan to the City in June. They are really looking […]

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DRUUMM Worship Service & Reflection

Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries is holding an online worship service on Wednesday May 4 at 8:30pm. All are invited to attend. Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) is collective for Unitarian Universalists and UU-adjacent people of color. Please register HERE to receive the Zoom link for the service:   On Thursday […]

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ISAAC – Healing Whiteness through Cultural Somatics

ISAAC – Healing Whiteness through Cultural Somatics E. Wolff and Team Members Please read below and if you are interested, please fill out this form by May 4th. Why: “White-body supremacy trauma” is a trauma that we all – including white identified individuals, communities and systems – integrate into our bodies and structures. We need to address […]

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Facing Life, Facing Death

Facing Life, Facing Death Tuesday, April 26 1:30-3:00pm on Zoom  For this month’s session, we will be joined by a representative from the body donation program at WMed. Come learn more about donating your body to science after your death and have any questions you might have answer. If you have […]

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Spring Cleanup: Contact Information

It’s time to do a little spring cleaning, brush off the cobwebs and update our records! We’re asking that everyone fill out THIS FORM in order to make sure that we have the most up to date demographic information for everyone here at People’s Church. You can also call the church […]

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Our Facebook Community

Have you connected with us on Facebook? Did you know that People’s Church also has two fantastic Facebook groups? Please send a message via Facebook or contact the church to join either (or both!) groups! People’s Perpetual Coffee Hour This is a shared space for those associated with People’s Church. As we cannot currently […]

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Peace and Nature Camp June 20-24 2022!

 Announcing Peace and Nature Camp – June 20-24 2022! Our Camp Mission is to inspire and practice peaceful interactions with ourselves, each other, and nature. Camp Goals: Recognize our role in the interdependent web of life Build the Beloved Community Foster respect for nature Practice our UU values of peace, justice, equity, and right relations […]

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COVID Protocols: From the Regathering Team 

The People’s Church regathering team met on March 23 to review current science and public health recommendations and assess how our processes and procedures for in-person Sunday morning church attendance has gone so far. It has gone well. People have been great at wearing masks and following our screening procedures. Thank you! Given the high […]

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Memorial Service for Eric Zelder

Memorial Service for Eric Zelder Saturday, April 9, 3:00 pm We will celebrate the life and mourn the death of Eric Zelder, who was raised in People’s Church and died a year and a half ago. This service will be multi-platform. People are invited to attend in -person (following COVID precautions) or via Zoom. The […]

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Ice Cream Social After Church April 24th!

Appreciation Sendoff for Chris Schleuder Please join us to bid farewell to Chris Schleuder, our beloved former Office Administrator who served us loyally for the past 16 years. We will be serving up plenty of ice cream and an array of toppings for you to make your favorite sundae. The ice cream will be served […]

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ISAAC Update – Community March and Rally for Voting Rights  

On a blustery, cold Sunday on March 6th, 8 People’s people, spanning 8 decades in age, joined our partners from ISAAC, NAACP, and many community members to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday and celebrate the importance of voting rights against proposals that restrict access to the ballot. Riding buses from Stone’s church, we gathered […]

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Library Corner

The Force of Character and the Lasting Life, by James Hillman The book is about exactly what the title implies: the force of character as we differentiate it into the eccentric, anomalous, sometimes irritable and shocking lively and life-giving wisdom of old age. ‘Go on as long as you can’ the great composer Verdi once […]

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UUA Matters

The General Assembly is going to be held in Portland OR June 22-26 and will be set up in a multi-platform manner. This is a call for members to consider making plans to attend in person or virtually. The link to get more information is: https://www.uua.org/ga/registration  If you are interested in becoming a delegate […]

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Facing Life, Facing Death – Tuesday, March 22, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

This month, the Facing Life, Facing Death group will discuss becoming resilient in the face of change.We will meet on Zoom.If you would like to participate, please contact Rev. Rachel (minister@peopleschurch.net) for the Zoom link.

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From the Board President

Thank you to everyone that invested their time and energy for our Special Congregational Meeting last Sunday.  Thank you for providing guidance to the Board of Trustees and our minister and staff as we continue to evolve and grow in the ways that we conduct the business aspects of church life. Thank you for opening […]

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Information about Attending Sunday Services in Person

Beginning on Sunday, February 13, People’s Church opened its building to larger in-person attendance at Sunday services. While we allow up to 87 people to attend services in person, our in-person attendance has over the first two Sundays has been about half of that number. Our number of Zoom connections has been about the same […]

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Green Spot

Partnering with Nature to Heal the Climate CrisisBy Cybelle Shattuck Alongside news articles touting new technologies that may “save us” from the climate crisis with big investments for research and implementation, there are quieter stories describing how to work with nature to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Regenerative agriculture is one of the most […]

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Library Corner

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, by Jazz Jennings Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on [her] very […]

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Religious Education Notes

Scary and Difficult Times As I read about the new Omicron Corona virus BA.2 variant rising and being tracked across the country,I noticed the fear arise in my body. As I considered the effects it could have on our in-person OWL and REclasses for children and youth, I felt a knot tighten in my stomach. […]

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Special Congregational Meeting

On Sunday, February 27th, at 10:45 a.m. we will gather for a special meeting of the congregation. The meeting is *during* our normal service time.  It was brought to our attention this week that ratifying our minutes for the 2019 annual meeting also needed to be included in this session, so

Peace and Nature Camp, June 20-24, 2022

Our popular one-week day-camp at People’s Church for elementary-aged kids will return in a new manifestation. Would you like to be a part of a team to help create the vision and plans for this summers camp? If so, contact Diane Melvin at re@peopleschurch.net.

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Plans for Regathering

Beginning Sunday, February 13, People’s Church will be opening our church building to greater in-person attendance at Sunday Services. After a further conversation among the regathering team, we have adjusted the number of people allowed to attend in-person services in The Commons. Going forward, 87 individuals are permitted to attend services in person, in addition […]

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Congregational Meeting Invitation

After consultation with the Regathering Team, the Board of Trustees invites the members of People’s Church to a Special Congregational Meeting on February 27th, 2022. This decision is not made lightly. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges in conducting the business of the congregation. The Board believes that the completion of the Bylaws […]

Note from the Office Administrator

I recognize this may come as difficult news for some to hear, but I am announcing that I will be transitioning out of the office administrator position at People’s Church to pursue other career opportunities. My last day in the office is still to be determined, but it will likely be by early spring. I […]

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People’s to Hire Church Administrator

People’s Church is now taking applications for its church administrator position.  For a description of the job, please click this link.  To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Rev. Rachel Lonberg, minister, at minister@peopleschurch.net. Applications will be reviewed as they are received with the hope […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

News from Our Interfaith Afghan Resettlement Team People’s Church is part of a team of 40+ volunteers that have formed an Interfaith team to help resettle six Afghan refugee families in Kalamazoo that have arrived since November 16th. The smallest family is a single mom with three children and the largest family is a family […]

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ISAAC Update on Issues Work

ISAAC is persistently working on the issues chosen by the whole ISAAC family at the Issues Convention in late 2019:  Anti-Racism, Gun Violence Prevention, and Housing (these 3 are still open to new members) and Group Violence Intervention (GVI). GVI is a holistic approach introduced to the Kalamazoo Dept. of Public Safety by ISAAC in 2012. ISAAC continues to have representation […]

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Green Spot

By Nicky Leigh During the last couple of years, our church has installed solar panels, started insulating all the rooms, fixed the windows to reduce air flow, insulated the hot water pipes, changed the light bulbs to LED and installed motion detector switches. Some of our congregants have also installed solar panels, purchased electric vehicles […]

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Religious Education Notes

Pandemic: Year Three “We’ll shut everything down for two weeks and then everything will go back to normal.” I was laughing out loud with folks the other day remembering that popular idea from two years ago. In hindsight, it seems surreal. In a recent UU training course, the facilitator emphasized the importance of having spaces […]

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Share Your Beliefs in an Upcoming Service

Over the next few months, we will continue our series of Sunday services about the Four Faiths (a framework developed by Rev. Fred Campbell who was an interim minister at People’s Church in the mid-1990s). Rev. Rachel is seeking religious naturalists and theists to share short reflections about what they believe during these services. These […]

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Afternoon Book Club Schedule

3rd Thursdays of the month, 2:30-4:00 p.m.Location will be given the week of the meeting due to the uncertainty of our world. Feb: The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea – led by Martha BeverlyMar: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui – led by TBDApr: Transatlantic by Colum McCann – led by […]

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Evening Book Club Schedule

2nd Thursdays of the month, 6-7:30 p.m.Room 19, or Zoom* Oct: On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder – led by Gail NelsonNov: Life after Life by Kate Atkinson – led by Nancy SternDec: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann – led by Ann TerwilligerJan: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah – led by Emily BettencourtFeb: Blonde Roots by […]

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Green Spot

A New Year’s Resolution for Living with a Climate CrisisBy Cybelle Shattuck My New Year’s Resolution is to foster the resilience necessary to thrive during the life-long endeavor to address the world’s climate crisis. This begins with giving myself permission to acknowledge my grief and lostness over damage to the ecosystems where I feel most […]

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Book Recommendations from the UUA Bookstore

This month the Library Committee is bringing to your attention some books which have been recommended by the UUA Bookstore with descriptions from their website. The books are available to you in either the Kalamazoo Public Library or Portage District Library and sometimes both.   The Price of the Ticket  by James BaldwinAn essential compendium […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, As the new year begins, I invite you to consider a new volunteer role at People’s Church. Many People’s people have served in extraordinary ways over the last several years, doing the work of the church in especially challenging circumstances. I am so grateful to so many of you, including our bylaws […]

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Religious Education Notes

Changes in the New Year As we move into 2022, we are making a few changes to our RE offerings. Now that elementary aged kids are able to get vaccinated, we will be allowing them inside masked for the beginning of their class time together in room 9 just inside the back door. In January, […]

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Regathering Update

Your regathering team and other congregational leaders are in conversation about how we might begin to hold larger group in-person indoor gatherings, such as Sunday services, rites of passage, and the congregational meeting necessary to adopt the new bylaws and affirm the work of the last two congregational meetings held remotely. We know that People’s […]

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Board of Trustees Identify Goals

The 2021-22 Board of Trustees has identified that the focus of their work for this year is moving us forward in cultivating a culture that promotes equity and consciously dismantles racism. The path to this result is through the ways that People’s Church designs and implements its programs and business practices.  As a foundation for […]

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Green Spot

An Update on the Net Zero Project In 2019 the Green Sanctuary Committee spawned a project aimed at getting People’s Church to net zero carbon emissions by the year 2030.  Since that time a lot has been done towards the goal, and a lot still remains if we are to achieve it.  Here’s the status. […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, When I was a child, I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books. In these books, every few pages, you were faced with a choice. Do you turn left or right at the crossroads? Do you try to talk to the scary monster or run and hide? When you made […]

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Social Justice Update

Asylum Seekers Resettlement As a result of the tremendous generosity in October, our congregation collected and donated over $4,600 to support the two Resettlement Agencies—Bethany Christian Services and Samaritas (Lutheran Services) that are providing casework for three months to the Afghan Asylum Seekers that are arriving now. Each agency received $2,300 to support those refugee […]

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Religious Education Notes

The Times They Are A-Changing The availability of vaccines for kids over five years old is an exciting development. Recognizing that it will take time for the elementary-aged kids to become fully vaccinated with both doses, we hope to begin 2022 by offering some activity options inside the church. We’ll finish out 2021 with those […]

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Roger E. Greeley (1923-2021)

Roger Elting Greeley, a true character, came close to his desire to live to 100, dying October 28, 2021 in Marquette, Michigan, at age 98. He was born September 16, 1923 at home in Madison, Wisconsin, to Floretta Elmore Greeley and Dr. Hugh Payne Greeley. He was the youngest of 5 children. A class clown […]

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Religious Education Notes

We are All Connected Each Sunday morning when the elementary aged children gather together outside the church for their religious education class, opportunities abound for deeper connections between one another and with the earth. Our kids are hearing an engaging story each week containing  messages about values such as persistence, courage, humility and kindness. Discussions […]

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Social Justice Update

Opportunity to Help Support and Resettle an Afghan Family Plans are in the works to set up a Resettlement Team similar to the team that was established in 2016 when our church co-sponsored the Altyara family from Syria. This new team will include members of People’s Church, members of the Congregation of Moses and members […]

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Green Spot

Cool Congregations Thanks to Cybelle Shattuck, we were introduced to Cool Congregations, a program of Interfaith Power and Light, which rewards congregations for becoming carbon emission responsible. Their Challenge rewards congregations for reducing their carbon footprints and for encouraging their members and community to do the same. Many of you might have noticed changes to […]

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Report on Fall Outdoor Bazaar

Congratulations and appreciation to EVERYONE who helped make our experimental Fine Arts & Bazaar Fall Outdoor Sale such a success.  The beautiful weather and our expansive setup on the parking lots provided a safe and lovely setting for community to gather, support local artists, and enjoy many fabulous People’s Specialties. Special thanks to the thoughtful […]

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Information on Voter Suppression Ballot Initiative

Secure MI Vote submitted an initiative petition, a proposed law, to the State Board of Canvassers, which approved the summary’s wording of it.  Signature gathering may have commenced on Oct. 1. The initiative would suppress voting insofar as it: mandates that people disclose partial Social Security numbers when registering to vote. restricts options for registered […]

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Your Help Is Requested to Review Proposed Changes to People’s Bylaws

The Bylaws Committee is ready to present its recommended revision of the church bylaws for your review, questions and suggestions! You can find the proposed revisions in text and video presentations HERE You have several opportunities to interact with committee members to understand the basis for the recommended changes and to provide your feedback. […]

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Today’s In-person Service is CANCELLED

Due to the weather, today’s in-person outdoor service has been cancelled.  We will still have our Zoom service tonight at 7, at this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 The Middle School OWL Parent Orientation is still happening today from noon-3 in Room 19. The Bylaws Informational meeting will now be happening over Zoom at noon at the […]

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Green Spot

Harvest of Hope On September 18, clergy and members of area congregations gathered at Allen Chapel AME on the north side of Kalamazoo to celebrate a Harvest of Unity rooted in the soil of a new garden project. The garden at Allen Chapel grew out of conversations organized by Hope for Creation, the local interfaith group […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

OCTOBER 10th Special Collection Our October 10th Special Collection will be for Afghan Asylum Seekers Resettlement. Bethany Christian Services and Samaritas, the two resettlement agencies in our area, will receive the funds. Funds will be used to support the families and individuals that will be arriving in the next few weeks to help pay for […]

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Fine Arts & Bazaar Fall Outdoor Sale, Saturday, September 25th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday the 25th at 10:00 the entrance will be open for shopping at our People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Bazaar Fall Outdoor Sale! Masks are required. If you can park up the street at Centerpoint Church and take our shuttle car back to church, that helps leave room for more customers. Shopping will not […]

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From the Minister

Plans for Sunday Services, beginning October 10 Your regathering team (Marti Peters-Sparling, Donna McClurkan, Greg Feldmeier, Gary Heckman, and Chris Schleuder) along with Rev. Rachel and Joe Hampel, after much discussion and consultation with UUA guidance, have decided on a framework to guide our return to limited-attendance, indoor, in-person services, beginning with the service at […]

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Religious Education Notes

RE Is Starting! With the cool breeze through my window this morning, I am reminded that it is indeed fall and that means it’s time to start RE! I have so enjoyed seeing children and youth come back to church over the past few weeks.  Watching the children taking full advantage of the new outdoor […]

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Suggested pricing for People’s Specialties

Jams and jellies – $5 Sweet breads – $7 large, $5 medium, $4 small Bagged granola and treat mixes – $6 Cookies and brownies – no need to price – will be determined after they are delivered It is appreciated if items that are dropped off can have a label with the item name and […]

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Household Goods and Volunteers Needed to Support Soon-to-Arrive Afghans

Our partners at Samaritas and Bethany Christian Services are expecting up to 150 Afghans to be resettled in our community in the coming weeks. Samaritas asked People’s Church to be a collection point for household goods for our neighbors-to-be and we have responded by converting The Commons into storage. We are seeking new or gently […]

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Memorial Service for Val Warren, Thursday, September 16, 2:30 p.m.

People’s Church member Val Warren passed away on Monday, August 30. We celebrate her life and mourn her death. A memorial gathering will be held in the People’s Church memorial garden on Thursday, September 16 at 2:30 p.m. for her and her son Chris, who predeceased her.

Memorial Service for Rebekah Sharp, Saturday, September 18, 10:00 a.m.

A memorial service for Rebekah has been scheduled for Saturday, September 18 at 10 a.m. on the church grounds with a potluck reception to follow. We hold Rebekah’s husband Brandon and all who loved Rebekah in our hearts in these challenging days.

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From the Minister

Dear ones, Halfway through my time in seminary, I had an interview with a committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association to assess if I was on the right track in my ministerial preparations and to offer recommendations for coursework and other skill-building as I continued my ministerial formation. One of the recommendations that they gave […]

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Religious Education Notes

Kindness and Grace We are living in the midst of such uncertain times. Uncertainty tends to stir up anxiety and fear in many people. It makes it harder to navigate the difficult decisions we face with skillfulness and compassion. Do we go out or stay home? In what situations should we mask or not? Do […]

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