February Newsletter is here!

Hot off the presses, the monthly newsletter for February is now available! Check it out HERE! You can always access both the current and previous newsletters HERE. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy mailed to your home, please send an email to office@peopleschurch.net or call 269-375-3262 […]

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Beginning in February, MASKS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED

Masks No Longer Mandatory – Information about Attending Sunday Services in Person The People’s Church regathering team met on January 24, 2023 to review current science and public health recommendations and review our current COVID related procedures. Given the high rates of vaccination in our church community and the currently low rates of COVID […]

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First Exhibit on the Art Wall in 3 years!: Eric Schreur, Images of the Night

First Exhibit on the Art Wall in 3 years! “Images of the Night”, photography by Eric Schreur Exhibit Dates: February 25 to March 25, 2023 Artist Reception: Sunday, February 12, 2023 12:15-1:15 after the service Hours: By appointment or during church hours. Eric has been interested in astronomy and photography since his high school […]

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Fridays for Future

Fridays for Future – Friday, Jan. 27, 12pm Does Hydrogen Have a Role in a Clean Energy Future? Via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86141544253 There has been some hype in the media about hydrogen lately, but can it actually help decarbonization efforts? And will everything just blow up like the Hindenburg? Dr. […]

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People’s Church Silent Auction Returns in February

People’s Church Silent Auction – Returns in February Catalogue of Donated Items Submit an item Submit a bid Spreadsheet of bids The People’s Church silent auction is returning with the bid sheets in the halls of People’s Church, running from February 5- February 26, when we will close the auction at 10:45 am […]

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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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Young Adult Game Day

Young Adult Game Day Saturday, January 14, 2-5pm, Room 19 at People’s church All People’s Church young adults (18-35) are invited for an afternoon of board and card games. Bring your favorite game and a snack to share, if you like. (We’ll have plenty of games and snacks.) If you have questions or need […]

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Green Spot: Composting – Back to the Earth

We’re sharing some meals at church again, so we’re also producing food waste. Did you know that you can compost much of that food waste and return it to the soil? Thanks to the volunteer work of Bob Friedel and Kimberly Ginn, we have a system for that at People’s. Composting keeps organic matter out […]

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The Foundation of All Perfections

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Library Corner

As we enter 2023, many of us HOPE for more PEACE.  Using these words as search terms in LibraryThing, our church’s online catalog, reveals books such as these in our collection. HOPE (in the Main Library Collection)    Hope’s Edge: the Next Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe Journey to five […]

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Inquirer’s Series

Inquirers Series Begins Sunday January 22, 12:30-1:30pm, with sessions held every other week until May. 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 in Room 19. A light lunch will be provided and childcare […]

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National Day of Racial Healing

TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation) Kalamazoo will be hosting three free racial healing experiences to the public on Monday, January 16th, 2023.  Space is limited. You can RSVP as a participant https://docs.google.com/forms/de/1FAIpQLSf7SW22sDT2cITXy4KQGlwu8t9Aui1EVigyXxpruFLboa18cg/viewform These are being offered as part of TRHT’s community celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Special Collection January 8: Community Homeworks Maternal Wellness and Small Child Pilot Program

Special Collection: Community Homeworks Maternal Wellness and Small Child Pilot Program January 8, during the service Community Homeworks provides critical home repairs and education to low income homeowners that allow them to be safe and warm, avoid homelessness, and build generational wealth. In partnership with Cradle Kalamazoo (a previous special offering recipient), Community Homeworks […]

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ISAAC Update

A review of ISAAC’s work in 2022 shows powerful impacts throughout our community on all issues tackled. We are grateful for the support and participation of People’s people in these endeavors and for the opportunities ISAAC provides for us to help build the Beloved Community. Voter Engagement Working with key partners El Concilio […]

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MUUSJN Membership

MUUSJN Membership December 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN), a statewide network of people from 24 UU congregations and fellowships — and our activist friends — who are working together for justice.  It’s been a challenging and rewarding year for making justice happen in Michigan.  Click this link: https://conta.cc/3P5izky  to […]

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Wishes of the Month

I hope everyone has been enjoying the opportunity to look at and add their great ideas to the new “I Wish Someone Would” board here at People’s Church. If you missed the announcement: Have you ever wanted something to happen at People’s Church? We’re introducing a new tool called the ‘I wish somebody would…’ […]

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Religious Education Notes

Rest and Rejuvenation What would it be like to live in a well rested world? Far too many of us have claimed productivity as the cornerstone of success. Brainwashed by capitalism, we subject our bodies and minds to work at an unrealistic, damaging, and machine-level pace … ~ From the cover of Rest is Resistance […]

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!!WEATHER CANCELLATION!!

You can join the service tonight via Zoom at 5pm: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 Or by calling 1-646-876-9923 and entering the code 552 766 7326 at the listed time.

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Yule Log Playlist – Do not open until Christmas!

Since there will be no service on Sunday December 25th, our wonderful Music Director, Savannah, has created this delightful Yule Log playlist for everyone to enjoy, featuring some familiar faces! You can access the playlist HERE!

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Greeters/Health Screeners

One of the key pieces of hospitality on Sunday mornings is greeting people, having them affirm they are free of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and making sure everyone is wearing a mask. If you are willing and able to be a greeter/health screener at our Welcome table on Sunday morning, please sign up

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Special Collection: Sunday December 11th – Ministry with Community

The upcoming December Special Collection will be held on December 11th to benefit Ministry with Community. Ministry with Community is one of our traditional yearly recipients. MWC is a daytime shelter and resource center in downtown Kalamazoo. They are open 365 days a year to anyone who needs their services, including those experiencing homelessness, […]

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New Piano Search

The piano in the Commons is on its last legs. After a professional assessment this fall, the board agreed that we should replace the nearly 100 year old instrument. Jennifer Drake is keeping an ear out for a possible replacement piano that fits our budget. The estimated cost for a suitable replacement with better […]

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Library Corner

People’s Library, in both adult and children’s (RE) sections, contains several holiday books.  Usually they’re shelved in 296, 299, and 394 but many are on display for you to check out. The Little Book of Christmas Joys; 432 Things to Do for Yourself & Others That Just Might Make This the Best Christmas Ever, […]

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Thank You for a Very Successful – though Snowy – Bazaar!

2022 make take the record in our legacy of dramatic weather for our Bazaar. Fortunately, the worst was over on Friday and our artists, People’s people, and customers showed up and the day resulted in a wonderful success. People’s Specialties – led by Lori Rupe, Sandy Steele, Donna McClurken, Colleen VanSlambrouck, Kat Westphal […]

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Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling Sunday, December 18, 2pm Come sing a song with us! Meet in the parking lot at church to get organized before bringing holiday cheer to People’s people. This year, as a COVID precaution, we will be singing to people from outside on their doorsteps. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or singing […]

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From the Minister

  Dear People’s people, ‘Tis the season for gifts, wishes, and rest. The gift of body donation: After the service on Sunday October 30 about end of life planning, a few People’s people reached out to me for more information about the body donation program at WMed, the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of […]

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People’s People At Work

The October 1 workday, under the combined sponsorship of Buildings & Grounds and Green Sanctuary, was a spectacular success. The weather was perfect. Lots of people showed up and had a great time working together. We accomplished an amazing amount of work. And then we enjoyed lunch together.  Here’s […]

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Green Spot: Buy Local This Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, please consider lowering your impact on the environment while supporting local businesses and craftspeople by purchasing from area holiday bazaars. People’s Church bazaar will be held Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The bazaar has a warm, friendly atmosphere, and enables you to interact with the folks […]

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November 13th Special Collection: Black Lives Matter

This month’s special collection will benefit works being done by the local Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Black Lives Matter Group. This grassroots chapter is serving the Black communities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, MI. Committed to being transparent with contributions, we aim to include the needs of *all* Black lives in our communities, especially […]

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ISAAC Update

The 20th Anniversary of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community) was celebrated at the virtual Public Meeting last week. Since its inception in 2002, Peoples’ Church and our people have been actively engaged with many other congregations and partners in organizing for policy reforms that make Kalamazoo County […]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Service

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a solemn day to honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. All People’s people are invited to attend two services honoring this day. Friday, November 18 at 11:05am at Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College, organized […]

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UUA Common Read begins in November

UUA Common Read begins in November Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones & Karin Lin November 8 6:15-7:30pm on Zoom, continuing for six sessions on the second Tuesday of the month. Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 Every year, the UUA selects a Common Read for congregations. This […]

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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! Click here to register online!! REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 31, 2022. REGISTRATION FEE: $135 per person. Either pay online at […]

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Welcome the Newest Members of People’s Church!

Ann Terwilliger I am proud of being a UU since February of 1962 at UU Church West in Brookfield, WI.  After living in the Milwaukee area all my life, in early December of 2019 I moved to a home next to my youngest daughter, Jill, in Kalamazoo.  I love the outdoors, art and […]

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An Introduction to Queer Theology

An Introduction to Queer Theology Are you interested in the intersection of Christianity and issues of sexuality and gender? Then join us for this online introductory discussion about queer theology. We’ll learn together about what it is and why it matters. Spoiler: it’s more than discussing why LGBTQIA people can be Christian. […]

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Congregational Conversation #4: Accountability

Congregational Conversation #4: Accountability In-person: Sunday, October 23, 12:15-1pm Online: Monday, October 24, 7-7:45pm ‘Accountably’ is the word in the newly adopted bylaws that has provoked the strongest feelings and the most questions. Join with other People’s people to discuss this tricky word and what it could mean for us to be […]

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People’s Church is now collecting cans & bottles!

People’s Church is now collecting cans & bottles! We are excited to announce a new partnership between People’s Church and BLM Mealtrain Kzoo/BC! Please help support their wonderful work by bringing in your clean cans and bottles on or under the table that has been set up in the downstairs lobby of […]

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MUUSJN and UU the VOTE Opportunities

MUUSJN and UU the VOTE Opportunities Phone and Text Banking: There are opportunities to phone bank every week with the Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN). Monday Nights from 6-8 PM (text banking will come soon) https://bit.ly/PhbankMon Wednesday Night 6:30-8:30 PM Phone banks: https://bit.ly/phMUUSJN Keep in mind that you don’t […]

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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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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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Church Camp Out!

Church Camp Out! October 7th-8th Time: 6pm Friday to 10am Saturday Come on Friday evening (eat dinner before you come!), pitch a tent or park your camper, and enjoy snacks and activities such as s’mores, campfire stories, flashlight tag, and maybe even an outdoor movie! Saturday morning breakfast will be provided. Please […]

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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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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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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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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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