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Statement on Large Gatherings at People’s Church

The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with Rev. Rachel, has decided that People’s Church will host no large in-person gatherings, including Sunday services, until these gatherings pose a minimal risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.  Reasonable safety may result from widespread vaccine use, effective treatment, low disease incidence in our community combined with […]

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Green Spot

What Do We Know About Our Solar Panels After (nearly) 2 Months? The People’s Church solar photovoltaic system was fully installed on June 1, and the first full day of generating electricity was June 2.  We now have a lot of data, and 1 ½ billing cycles to help us begin to understand the impact […]

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Race Matters

What I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know I was that proud UU who felt all 7 principles applied to my personal experiences and understanding I was not racist.  I hope to share my own path of what I don’t know, I don’t know. My mom’s family roots are from the Mayflower period and my dad […]

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Evening Book Club, Thursday, August 13, 6:00 p.m.

Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott will be reviewed by Donna Ross on Thursday, August 13, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom.  Newcomers are welcome. Contact Pat Nelson at patnelson348@gmail.com for a Zoom invite; also if you have trouble finding a copy she may be able to arrange a share.

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Study Group, Monday, August 3, 7:30p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday August 3, at 7:30, via Zoom, to discuss the book A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us, by Todd May. May, a philosophy professor at Clemson, as well as a philosophy advisor to the TV show The Good Place, argues that most philosophical theories set […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Class, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to participate in this class to practice both silent and guided meditations in addition to discussions of how to bring more mindfulness into our lives. We will gather on Zoom.  Please contact Diane Melvin for the link or for more information at re@peopleschurch.net

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, This is a season of surviving and reimagining. So many of us are learning new ways to cope with the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. We are creating new ways to be together – physically distanced and virtual. We are discovering new sources of joy – or […]

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Religious Education Notes

Cultivating Wisdom & Skillfulness I write this in the midst of some time off in July where I am dedicating time to home improvement projects and gardening. A couple of camping trips are providing precious family times as well as some much needed R&R. Widespread social uprisings and the pandemic continue to spread globally. As […]

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Note from Board President

People’s Church applied for and received a grant through the Payroll Protection Program. Before we applied for this grant, the Board had a thorough discussion about accepting a Federal grant and honoring our dedication to the principle of the separation of church and state. It was the unanimous consensus that it would be ethical for […]

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ISAAC News

ISAAC led a Housing Ordinance presentation and discussion with its housing partners at the last City Commission meeting on June 15th.  To watch, please go to https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCity/videos/642501933279087/. (This can also be found on ISAAC’s Facebook page.) Connectedly, please read and consider adding your name to a letter to commissioners regarding housing equity: https://isaackalamazoo.org/add-your-voice-support-the-housing-equity-ordinance/ […]

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Green Spot

The Regenerative Neighborhood By Daniel Z. Bair Sometimes it seems so close at hand. I can feel it under my feet in the wooded edge of my backyard. Below I’m presenting a small part of my vision for what I’m calling the regenerative neighborhood. This idea stems primarily from my 14 years working in agriculture, […]

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Race Matters

Myself, and All of Us Recently I’ve been involved in several conversations in which a tension was revealed between the needs and journey of an individual antiracist activist, and the vast needs of the movement.  (I will note that I am white, and these conversations were with other white folx.  So in this writing, I […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, During our reimagined flower service a few weeks ago, we offered words of blessing to one another & added them to a word cloud. You can see the image below. I encourage you to keep this image with you this summer, keep the blessings that we offered one another close – even […]

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Religious Education Notes

Pandemic + Uprising = Revolution One of the results of the “shelter in place” orders in response to the COVID19 pandemic is that many people stepped off from the hamster wheel of the rat race for the first time. Some folks refer to this spring as #TheGreatPause. With the cancellation of so many activities combined […]

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Study Group, Mon. July 6, 7:30 p.m.

The Study Group will be meeting on Monday July 6 , at 7:30, via Zoom, to discuss the book Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises, by Jodie Adams Kirshner. Kirshner, a research professor at NYU, follows seven Detroiters as they live through the Detroit bankruptcy of 2013. The Study Group meets […]

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Evening Book Club, Thu. July 9, 6 p.m.

“Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed, via Zoom, on July 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m. The protagonist, a young rural woman, suggests to a scientist drawn to her part of the world to investigate a natural anomaly, proposes that where one stands on Climate Change largely depends upon ‘which team you are on’. Newcomers are […]

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Film Discussion Group, 4th Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.

We are tentatively continuing to meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 3:00-4:30p.m. (This could be adjusted to meet newcomer needs. Watch the weekly email for reminders.) We watch films suggested by participants, with general input from all, which are available at Amazon.com (no subscription required) for rental of less than $6. To join […]

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Statement from Board of Trustees & Minister

At the board meeting on June 9, the Board of Trustees and Rev. Rachel Lonberg adopted the following statement: As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us to speak to this moment: We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. We believe in […]

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Drusie Rosegrant Memorial Service, Sunday, July 19, 1 p.m.

Join together (virtually on Zoom) to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Drusie Rosegrant. The connection details for this service are the same as for our Sunday services: To join online, follow this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 To join by phone, dial 646-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 552 766 7326

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Church Building Slowly Reopening

The People’s Church building is slowly reopening for People’s Church staff who cannot work remotely, small gatherings, and for People’s people who need to be in the building to access WiFi. Gathering virtually remains the safest option, and we encourage all groups to do that if possible. The next safest option is to gather outdoors […]

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Film Discussion Group, Tue. June 23, 3 p.m.

“The Children Act” (novel and screenplay by Ian McEwan; starring Emma Thompson), the first movie to be discussed by this new group, will be moderated on Zoom by Kay Spade, on Tuesday, June 23, 3-4:30. We are tentatively planning on continuing at the same time on the 4th Tuesdays of each month; but this could […]

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Green Spot

Coronavirus and Climate Justice by Cybelle Shattuck In the midst of this pandemic, while home-bound and spending (too much) time online, people are excitedly sharing videos of nature “recovering” in the absence of humans. We marvel at majestic mountains unobscured by air pollution and delight at wild animals romping through towns. Our hearts lift—we feel […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, In the middle of March, when we stopped gathering in person on Sundays, I thought it would only be for a short time. I had visions that there would be a triumphant ending, a time when we could all rush back into the streets, hug each other, and be done with precautions. […]

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Chalice Circle Openings

During this time of uncertainty in the midst of this global pandemic, connection with other people looks different than we could have possibly imagined just months ago. Our People’s Church small group ministry program is opening up new Chalice Circles to help folks experience meaningful connections with fellow church members. As with much else in […]

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Religious Education Notes

“Comfortable with Uncertainty” This is the title of one of my favorite books by Pema Chodron. It feels especially relevant in these times! As I look toward fall, all I see is uncertainty. I am unsure how to plan for our RE program. I’ll make a variety of plans and depend on a large dose […]

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Coronavirus and Racism

“This virus doesn’t discriminate” I’m sure many of you have been hearing these words on the news from medical professionals.  And thankfully, as we write this on April 8, we are beginning to hear deeper analyses on the racial disparities embedded in this crisis, where something IS discriminating. From Milwaukee we hear that “26% of […]

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Climate Corner

How you can fight the climate crisis. HOW TO STAY AT HOME AND SAVE THE EARTH Friday, April 24 is Arbor Day – PLANT TREES FROM HOME!  For a small donation, ArborDay.org and 8Billiontrees.com will plant 10 trees for you in a part of the world where deforestation is causing the climate to […]

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Annual Congregational Meeting – May 17 following the service

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing everything we do, including the congregational annual meeting. The People’s Church board and other leaders are finding new ways to do things that preserve our commitment to democracy and keep each other safe. To this end, we will hold the annual meeting online immediately following the May 17 service. Members […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, These are challenging times–and each of us face our own particular challenges. Some of us are directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through our work in healthcare, because people we love are sick or have died, or because we are especially vulnerable and are taking precautions. Some of us are struggling with […]

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A Proposal: People’s Church Should Join the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition

The Green Sanctuary Committee recommends that People’s Church join the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition (KCCC) to affirm our commitment to work actively toward alleviating and remediating Climate Change.  Part of the business at the People’s Church annual meeting on May 17 will be to consider and vote on this proposal. This aligns well with much […]

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How to Zoom

Many church programs from Sunday services to committee meetings are currently taking place using the Zoom Cloud Meeting program. Here is how to join in Sunday services and other gatherings: By phone: call 1-646-876-9923 and enter meeting ID: 552 766 7326. (note: this is a long-distance call.) By video: Download the Zoom Cloud Meeting App […]

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In Memoriam

We celebrate the life and mourn the death of two People’s people who died in March. Drusie Rosegrant died on March 14. You can read her full obituary at: https://www.avinkcremation.com/obituaries/Ruth-Rosegrant/#!/Obituary Edmund Tsang died on March 11. He died at Rose Arbor Hospice with his children by his side. Services for Drusie and Edmund—as well […]

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Administrative Staffing Project Update

Over the last few months, board and finance leaders and Rev. Rachel have been working hard to redesign administrative staffing. A draft plan will be discussed at the board meeting in early April and shared with the congregation shortly thereafter. Please check emails from the church for the latest about all of this. Our communication […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl. Following is an interview with People’s people talking about why they came to People’s and why they continue to participate.

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, The last few weeks have brought unprecedented changes to our life together – a ban on large gatherings, shelter-at-home orders, cancelled schools, lost jobs, the challenges of working from home or continuing to work as an essential employee, worry, fear, isolation, and uncertainty. It is a challenging time and I anticipate that […]

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Religious Education Notes

Wisdom for Surreal Times I am acutely aware of how quickly life can change beyond comprehension in such a short period of time. All of the events I was busy planning for have now been cancelled. I find myself struggling to keep up with the pace of the enormous changes that have occurred this past […]

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ISAAC in Need of Five Minutes of Your Time

Please click this link to add your voice to this community letter that will be sent to all members of the City Commission. The letter is written already, you can fill in your information in 5 or so minutes or write more if you’d like. Either is great. For more information on ordinances please […]

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Opportunities to Connect Virtually

In need of connection?  Meet up virtually with People’s people this week.  All of these gatherings can be accessed through the livestreaming app and website Zoom by following this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 Or by calling 1-646-876-9923 and entering the code 552 766 7326 at the listed time. Tuesday, […]

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Calling One Another

One of the ways we are hoping to check in with one another during this time of social distancing and isolation is to make sure every People’s person gets a phone call from another church person every week. If you would like to be one of the folks who helps to make these calls, please […]

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Sunday Services Cancelled, Will Be Livestreamed

The Sunday service and Sunday morning religious education classes are cancelled through April 12.

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Memorial Service for George McCrea

The memorial service for George McCrea has been postponed.  A new date will be announced in the near future.

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This Week at People’s Church

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Update From the Bylaws Committee

Last fall you may have heard about a large undertaking of a group of dedicated People’s people:  Rewriting our church Bylaws (sometimes called a Constitution).  It’s been 10 years since this foundational document was reviewed and tweaked to fit who we are today.  So the Bylaws Committee wanted to take a moment to update you […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: The Photosynthesis Project, II

The Photosynthesis Project was an invitational endeavor for artists and writers who reside in SW Michigan, conceived by Linda Rzoska – owner of Ninth Wave Studio in Kalamazoo. Participants were asked to consider and explore the subject of photosynthesis and respond to it artistically. The first exhibit of this project was at the November Art […]

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Study Group, Monday, March 9, 7:30p.m.

At our next meeting, the Study Group will be discussing the book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by the late Hans Rosling and collaborators. Rosling, a well-known public health expert, argues in this 2018 book on the side of optimism about many global trends. The […]

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Discussion Group, 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

Dates and Topics March 7:  Bob Friedel will lead a discussion on ‘Alternatives to GDP’.   An introduction can be found here:  https://medium.com/@designforsustainability/gdp-as-an-insufficient-economic-indicator-some-more-systemic-alternatives-91d2e8c093df March 21:  Kay Spade will lead a discussion on ‘Multi-tasking:  good or bad for you?   Bring your own examples.”  Recommended reading: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/11/the-autumn-of-the-multitaskers/306342/ The Discussion Group meets each 1st and 3rd Saturday […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

February Special Collection We collected $1,496 for the UUA as part of our February 16th Special Collection.  Thanks to everyone who contributed. Special Collection for March Our March 8th Special Collection will benefit Keystone Vets Transitional Housing, a program of Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission (KCPHC). ISAAC Housing Task Force has partnered with KCPHC since […]

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Green Spot—Update on Net Zero

Last year the Green Sanctuary Committee created the Net Zero Task Force to work with the Finance and Building & Grounds Committees, to explore the possibilities for People’s Church achieving net zero carbon emissions. After several months of discussions, interviews with outside experts and contractors, and examination of the church building components, a plan of […]

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Race Matters

Reflections I wonder if the lens through which I see the world is clear and wide enough to “Let Everyone In” as Peter Mayer encourages us. I wonder if I have enough self-awareness to know when I am honoring the dignity and self-worth of others. I know that it is a dance, and that my […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate.

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, Every week in the service, we give thanks for all that sustains us. We say, ‘From the countless gifts we each have been given, gifts of life and love and sustenance, we bring these small portions to share in the works of love which none of us can accomplish alone.’ This sharing […]

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Religious Education Notes

Anti-Bias & Anti-Racism Race Prejudice + the misuse of power by systems and institutions = Racism I was fortunate to attend a training in Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism education recently. As we offer religious education for all ages at People’s Church, it is important for us to recognize that this currently occurs within the framework of white […]

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New Member Welcoming Sunday, March 22

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, an opportune time to do so will take place on Sunday, March 22. From 10:00-10:20 a.m., we will hold a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony in Room 19. We will also welcome and recognize our newest members during the service. If you’d like to participate […]

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Mindfulness for All Ages Saturday, February 29, 2 p.m.

All ages are invited to participate in this afternoon of mindfulness. We will meet in Room 19 and enjoy some activities as a whole group and then engage in a variety of stations as individuals or small family groups. These stations will contain a variety of prompts designed to cultivate mindfulness and well-being. This event […]

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Climate Corner – How you can fight the climate crisis

Get Motivated Lights blazing away? This is a great time of the year to save money and reduce your personal carbon footprint by switching to LED light bulbs.  Even if you’ve been changing over to LEDs, take an inventory to see which bulbs you still need to replace.  Then go straight to your favorite hardware […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, Many of you received an email on Christmas morning from someone pretending to be me. It read: ‘Good morning, are you available? Email me as soon as you get my message. God Bless, Rev. Rachel Lonberg’  Those of you who responded were then asked to buy iTunes gift cards and send the […]

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Religious Education Notes

The Sacred in the Mundane Beloved UU religious educator Sophia Lyons Fahs said that, “Life becomes religious whenever we make it so.” All around us are opportunities to notice sacred moments, even in the midst of the mundane. What daily rituals do you and/or your family engage in? Activities as simple as teeth brushing and […]

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Town Hall Meetings for Sabbatical Planning

Reverend Rachel is planning her upcoming sabbatical for February 2021-July 2021.  We invite all members to meet in town hall meetings to explore the congregational needs during a time of ministerial sabbatical. Board of Trustees will share our ideas for the sabbatical, facilitate discussion and capture the ideas shared. Three times are offered below: Sunday, […]

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KPL Book Discussion, Sun. February 16, 12:30 p.m.

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is pleased to participate in the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together 2020 by sponsoring a book discussion of Jonathon Saffron Foer’s We Are the Weather.   All are welcome to this discussion, whether you have read the book or not. Join us in Room L2 to learn about the […]

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Climate Forum, Sunday, February 23, 12:30 p.m.

Presentation: “The Green New Deal” with Dr. Denise Keele Snacks will be available.  We’ll meet in Room 19.  

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Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist Education Workshop, Sat. Feb. 15, 9 a.m.

This one-day workshop (9 a.m.-4p .m.)facilitated by ERACCE provides an introductory process for developing greater understanding and awareness of how systemic racism and bias affect children and youth. This workshop will introduce the four goals of anti-bias and anti-racism (ABAR) education and look at some basic steps to bring these goals into parenting and other […]

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Membership Orientation, Sunday, Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m.

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church or would simply like to know more about the church and/or Unitarian Universalism, please plan to attend our Membership Orientation after the service on February 16, in Room 19 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Rev. Rachel will be there, along with representatives from the Membership, Religious Education, […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

January Special Collection We collected $1119 for Open Doors as part of our January 12 Special Collection.  Thanks to everyone who contributed. Special Collection for The Unitarian Universalist Association Sunday, February 16 The UUA helps our church thrive. From religious education curricula to hymnals containing the songs we sing to advice for our bylaws committee […]

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All-Church Winter Dance, Sat. Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

All ages are invited to enjoy this evening of fun together hosted by the Youth Group. With a Winter Wonderland theme, there will be a photo booth, refreshments and of course dancing. Youth will sell baked goods to fundraise to attend the General Assembly in June 2021. The dance is family friendly, runs from 7-10 […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Special Collection—Sunday, January 12 The Special Collection on January 12th will benefit Open Doors, a non-profit organization that People’s Church is partnering with in our community. For more than 40 years, Open Doors has been helping families achieve housing success through programs, partnerships and advocacy. Open Doors began as a coffee house/drop-in center offering support […]

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Art Wall Exhibit: “Healing Images: Syrian Artists living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp”

Curated by Tom and Lauri Holmes.  On display from January 10 through the end of February. A reception is scheduled for February 9, after the Sunday Service. This exhibit features artists who fled Syria eight years ago for refuge in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan which houses about 60,000 people. Some were professional artists […]

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CONscientious – Jan. 17-19

Young Adult UU CONference All 18-35-year-olds are invited to participate in this inspirational and informative weekend. Enjoy a variety of hands-on workshops, meaningful worship experiences, games, laughter, connection and a fun coffee house. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AWBl2TD2Tc-Vk-bDeDdXH7npBTQ0LTZX6dwityBLqyA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0ipvgVbmI1OnqnJvTo7Aiofr89pcyFfjtZOiJyjPSriRHen19aJrheykg&edit_requested=true    

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Green Spot

Climate Forum in 2020 The tide is rising, and so are we. The task is mighty, and so are we. The land is holy, and so are we. This is where we are called to be. —Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Yotam Schachter 2020 is going to be a year for climate action, a time […]

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Race Matters

When I agreed to join the Dismantling Racism Within People’s Church Steering Team last fall, I had a very specific idea of what the work would look like and be, relative to my experience as a former Board of Trustees member, Religious Education Committee member and volunteer, and my 20-year tenure as a participant and […]

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Square Dance, Monday, January 13th, 7:30 p.m.

Come ring in the New Year! Join us January 13th, 2020 for a dance held at the People’s Church in The Commons. Doors @ 6:30pm Lesson @ 7:00pm Dance @ 7:30pm $8 to dance or more if you can. ALL AGES! Caller: Mike Clark Band: Aaron Jonah Lewis and Friends

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Suzanne B. Siegel grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she attended Reform Jewish Temple Emanuel. She said she became aware of Unitarianism while living in California in the 1960s where she attended the Unitarian church in Santa Barbara.

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, At the December board meeting, your board approved a sabbatical for me. I will be on sabbatical February 15 to July 15, 2021. Why sabbatical? A sabbatical is a rare and precious benefit that the church, as an employer concerned about the well-being of its staff, offers to program staff. Our religious […]

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Religious Education Notes

Reflection and Intentions The new year always provides an opportunity to reflect upon the previous year and take stock. I like to begin the new year by writing in my journal and setting goals and intentions of how I most wish to live. I often begin by recalling my deepest held values and ideals of […]

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BIG Thanks to ALL for Our Best-Ever Bazaar

This year was even more successful than last year in gross sales and in a spirit of joy and teamwork that was palpable. Our Bazaar has become a beloved event in the community and a special way for us all to lean in and accomplish this miracle for our church. It is a profound teaching […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Special Collections The November Special Collection for Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition – Fridays for the Future netted $1169. For more information about upcoming Friday events sponsored by the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition go to https://www.swmgsierra.org/mc-events/fridays-for-future-meet-the-kalamazoo-climate-crisis-coalition/. You can also check the Social Justice Kiosk where Community Social Justice Events are posted for the coming week. […]

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Green Spot

Alternative Giving 2019 This year you can resolve to have a greener, cheaper, more meaningful holiday season through alternative giving! Instead of just going to the mall and spending more than you should, create your own original presents, purchase green products that express your values, or make a donation in someone’s name. Use your imagination! […]

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“Interpretive Realist Paintings” by Suzanne B. Siegel

Exhibit on display in The Commons through December 31.

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Race Matters

Racist:  A description instead of a judgment? How much easier would it be to talk about race if the word racist was a description of having been mis-shapened throughout our lives by a culture sick with oppressive policies and structures, instead of being a personal attack on our character?  What if that word identified a […]

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White Lies Podcast Discussion, Monday, Dec. 16, 7:30pm

Two National Public Radio reporters created a podcast to document their reinvestigation the death of Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister who was killed in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Three men were tried and acquitted for the murder. This podcast ‘exposes the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncovers a story […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why she came to People’s and why she continues to participate. Article by Ardyce Curl.

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New Member Welcoming, Sunday, December 15

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church, the next opportunity to do so will take place on Sunday, December 15th. From 10:00-10:20 a.m., we will hold a Bond of Union Signing Ceremony in Room 19. We will also welcome and recognize our newest members during the service. If you’d like to participate […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, Some changes are ahead in how we manage the financial, administrative, and communications tasks necessary to keep People’s Church running smoothly. Our church has been well-served by a devoted team of volunteers who have kept our financial house in order for years. These dedicated folks include Allan Hunt, Barb Davis, Mary Carroll […]

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Religious Education Notes

Gratitude In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it is so important to occasionally pause and remember to express gratitude for our blessings. Meister Eckhart says “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” December often brings up a range of emotions in folks from elation and […]

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Holiday Party, Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:00 p.m.

Please join us for an intergenerational, fun, activity-centered party that will offer an opportunity for connections with other church members. This party is sponsored by the Membership/Connections Committee and the Social Justice Coordinating Committee. In addition to enjoying a fun event with other church members we are including a social justice component by requesting donations […]

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Caroling, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m.

Please join the People’s singers as they go caroling on Saturday, December 21st. We will meet at the church at 2:00 and carpool to visit and sing to members and church friends.  We will end the event with cookies and hot chocolate back at church. All ages and singing abilities are welcome. Questions? Contact Rick […]

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Note on Giving at People’s Church

By Nicky Leigh.

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Green Spot

A Climate of Change: Creating a Net-Zero Church, by Tom Hackley What is Net Zero? If oil company A, natural gas company B, and coal company C provide 100% of the energy needed to operate your home, you are using 100% carbon based energy, or Net 100.  But, if you can conserve 30% of your energy needs by […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

November Special Collection, Sunday, November 17 Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition—Fridays for Future The mission of the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition (KCCC) is to unite local climate action groups, share resources and information and sustain high levels of citizen mobilization to address the climate crisis. Their three primary goals are to: Drastically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Following is an interview with People’s people talking about why they came to People’s and why they continue to participate. Article by Ardyce Curl.

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, You might think that a community of about 450 people (roughly 250 church members, 150 kids, and 50 adults who have not signed the Bond of Union to become members), is too small to contain separate dialects. You would be wrong. Over the past few weeks, staff, lay leaders, and I have […]

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Religious Education Notes

Aligning our Beliefs, Values and Actions As Unitarian Universalists we have no creeds that unite us, instead we gather around shared values. When raising children in most religious traditions, they learn the common creeds and beliefs of the faith. Raising Unitarian Universalist children and youth can be a bit trickier – especially when they are […]

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Peter Mayer in Concert, Sat. November 23, 7 p.m.

Peter Mayer is the singer-songwriter who created ‘Holy Now,’ ‘Everybody In,’ and the lyrics of ‘Blue Boat Home.’ We use his beautiful music in Sunday services regularly and hearing him in concert is sure to be a gift to us all and a wonderful way to find solace and rejuvenation after what is, for many […]

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All-Church Discussion on Racism/Anti-racism

Members and friends of People’s Church have expressed an interest in having a time to go more deeply into specific topics of racism/anti-racism. This will be the first meeting in a series of monthly meetings that will be guided over time by attendees, and will always hover around a deeper understanding of our individual and […]

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Race Matters

Over the summer and into the early fall we have begun implementing our new model addressing racism/antiracism transformation within People’s Church. The former ARAOMC Committee and newly named Dismantling Racism Within People’s Church Implementation Team met for their annual retreat on September 6th. We shared a meal and spent time in deep conversation continuing to […]

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Green Spot

The Climate Strike Was Just the Beginning of Local Climate Action When a crowd of about 1,500 gathered at Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Festival Place on September 20, a number of People’s people were there to emphasize the need for significant and prompt action to combat climate change. There were inspiring and informative speakers, including several of […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Special Collections A big thank you to all who donated to the Lincoln Elementary School Special Collection on September 15.  We were able to raise $1,295 for the teachers and students. Our next Special Collection will be on October 13.  Douglass Community Association has a mission to create a culture of equity and inclusion that […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl. Following is an interview with a People’s person talking about why he came to People’s and why he
continues to participate.

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

Enjoy time to play and relax with games, low ropes challenge course, gaga pit, wagon ride, campfire, archery, boating, fishing and carpet ball! October 11-13, 2019 REGISTRATION FEE: $95 per person. Either pay online here or make checks payable to People’s Church with Mystic Lake in the memo line and send to People’s Church […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, I mentioned in a recent sermon that our Transgender Inclusion in Congregations class has been a source of learning, reflection, and spiritual and personal growth for me over the last several months. The course consists of six video lectures by Zr. Alex Kapitan and Rev. Mychal Slack, trans UU religious professionals and […]

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