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

Dates and Topics December 7:  “America’s Goodly Veneer Was a Lie”, presented by Alan Parcells. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/americas-goodly-veneer-was-lie/601105/ December 21:  Current Events, by Jeannine Willacker.  Jeannine invites everyone interested to bring something to talk about. The Discussion Group meets each 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, during the regular church year, in Room 6/7.  Anyone […]

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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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Religious Education Notes

Children Leading the Way to a Better World I write this shortly after global climate strikes took place around the world. I felt encouraged by the level of involvement of people both in Kalamazoo as well as across the globe. Contemplating the enormity of climate change can be terrifying for adults much less for kids. […]

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“Accidental Marks” an Art Wall Exhibit by Michael Dunn

Ekphrastic Exhibit of Drawing and Poetry (Ekphrastic refers to a form of writing, mostly poetry, wherein the author describes another work of art, usually visual.) Artist Statement I close my eyes and start making marks randomly, with a pencilon paper- long and short, wavy and straight, continuous and dashed all without looking. I fill the […]

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

We are reading House Girl by Tara Conklin for our first discussion.  Please join us on Thursday, October, 3, 5:30-7:30 in Room 12.  All are welcome, whether you’ve finished it or not (but expect spoilers!) For more information, you may contact Pat Nelson.

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Partnership with Lincoln School

For many years People’s people have been intertwined with the students and staff at Lincoln Elementary.  We have had tutors and mentors there for as long as I can remember.  We hold a special annual collection for them at the beginning of the church/school year (that will be on Sunday, Sept. 15th).  We have done […]

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

Please join us after the service on Sunday, September 8 for a potluck lunch in The Commons.  Please bring a dish to share.  See you there!

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Race Matters

Earlier this year I attended Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-racism seminar for White People, facilitated by Allies for Change and held at Peoples Church. I intentionally chose to explore racism and anti-racism with other white people. I wanted to confront my own denial, confusion, pain and anger about racism. If I/we felt resistance or […]

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SAVE the DATE! People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 23rd will be the 18th Annual Bazaar, our all-church fun(d)raiser, welcoming all of our members, visitors, and friends. If you have helped or shopped, you know that this event fills the church and requires many hands. Please ask your friends to plan to join you to “shop local” for one-of-a-kind gifts and enjoy […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

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

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Open Doors Partnership: a team of eight church members donated their time,108 hours total, and skills to rehabilitate a one-bedroom apartment on Park Street for a new tenant: a grateful young mother who moved into her new home on August 26th. Refugee Resettlement: People’s Church housed a two-week Summer Enrichment Program in July for 18 […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s People, As we prepare for the beginning of the church program year, I wanted to let you know about two changes to your Sunday morning experience: the end of routine announcements during the service and the beginning of worship circles for children and youth. We will be ending routine verbal announcements in our […]

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Religious Education Notes

September Start Up And the cycle of the year turns yet again as it’s time for a new church year to begin. This begins my 19th year serving as your religious education director. We just completed our summer RE Committee retreat and I’m excited to have an enthusiastic and energetic group of folks serving our […]

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

9 a.m. – noon People’s people clearly said they want the church to do more justice work. How? What? Who? When?  Join us for a morning of worship, learning, and conversation, as we reflect on what the church is doing now, explore what we as individuals and a congregation are called to do next, and […]

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Young Adult CON, September 13-15

How much of your life is influenced by the environment in which you live? How much of your own perception is influenced by the people and attitudes around you? How does one small change grow and spread until it overtakes the hegemony? Come and join us in mulling over these brain-teasers and playing some games […]

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Chalice Circles Forming Now

Please express your interest in a Chalice Circle by writing your name and contact number on the sign-up sheet in the foyer.  We will schedule Circles to accommodate those who sign up. Chalice Circles offer an opportunity to meet with others around a commitment to practice listening and sharing in ways that allow us to […]

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

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the book The Portable Hannah Arendt. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was a renowned political thinker who has recently garnered renewed interest because of her analyses of totalitarian movements and thinking, and of the nature of […]

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

Our planning meeting for the upcoming church yearwill be on August 15, 1:30-3:30 in Room 19.  We plan to meet monthly, usually the 3rd Thursday of the month. A schedule will be posted in the foyer. Newcomers are welcome to any meeting. Anyone who would like to review a book (optional) should try to bring […]

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Church Newsletter Deadlines

The following are the newsletter deadlines for the entire church year.  Please email your newsletter articles to:  news@peopleschurch.net. Monday, September 23, 2019, noon Monday, October 21, 2019, noon Monday, November 18, 2019, noon Monday, December 16, 2019 noon Monday, January 20, 2020, noon Monday, February 24, 2020, noon Monday, March 23, 2020, noon […]

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Religious Education Notes

Equity and Justice Diversity asks, ‘Who’s in the room?’ Equity responds: “Who is trying to get in the room but can’t? Whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure?” Inclusion asks, “Have everyone’s ideas been heard?” Justice responds. “Whose ideas won’t be taken as seriously because they aren’t in the majority?” Diversity […]

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

Save The Date! September 7, 9 a.m. – noon In our Widening Our Welcome Survey last year, People’s people expressed that they want the church to do more justice work. Come to this gathering, led by Rev. Rachel and the Social Justice Coordinating Committee to talk about what issues we are most passionate about and […]

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Rev. Rachel on Study Leave

Rev. Rachel will be on study leave July 8 to August 4. During this time, she will be (mostly) away from normal duties to focus on research, learning, and planning for the upcoming program year. Her projects include planning the children’s worship circles that will launch in the fall; setting the schedule for service leaders […]

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Green Spot

Help Available for Some with Lead-based Paint in their Homes Do you live in an older home? Do you have young children? Are you wondering whether you have lead-based paint in your home that may be putting your children at risk? The City of Kalamazoo has received a grant for lead-based paint hazard intervention. You […]

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Race Matters—Thoughts on “Decolonizing Your Music Library”

By Music Director, Savannah Ramsey This past July, I had the pleasure of attending the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries annual conference. The sessions are always inspiring, and I love bringing the things I learn back to Kalamazoo to incorporate into our worship. Of particular personal interest was Rev. Jason Shelton’s “Decolonizing Your Music […]

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Race Matters

New discussion group begins – Fall 2019 As I write this, I’m feeling much gratitude for the increasing buzz and commitment within the congregation around understanding the many layers of oppression that exist in our culture – both “out there”, and within our own walls.  It’s not that the people at People’s haven’t historically been […]

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Green Spot

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) promotes wildlife habitats in many ways. One is through the Wildlife Habitat Certification Program. This involves the property owner surveying an area for elements that promote wildlife survival, such as sources of food, water, cover, and places animals could raise their young . The property owner also adds elements, if […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Cybelle Shattuck grew up in Northern California where she was introduced to Buddhist meditation by her father and to Hinduism by her mother.

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, I write this note as I prepare to head to Spokane, Washington for Ministry Days, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (June 17-19) and the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, the annual meeting of our association (June 19-23). We are gathering for a week of learning, growing, connecting and […]

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Religious Education Notes

Summertime Sacred Summer Family Ritual Ideas Rest is an act of Resistance Summertime can often mean a different schedule for many families. Most kids are out of school and family vacations often take place in the summer months. July is the time when I really look forward to spending as much time outside in nature […]

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Note From the Board President

Dear People’s People, My term as your Board of Trustees president has come to an end, and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished this year.  Our new mission and vision has given us renewed purpose and clarity on what and how we want to be in this world and guided our […]

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

The Green Sanctuary and Building & Grounds Committees invite you to celebrate summer and help with stewardship of our church grounds. We’ll set up grills in the back yard, with separate space for vegetarian and meat options, and have a barbecue lunch after the Sunday service. Good company, good food, and time to walk the […]

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Michiganders know we have to earn summer.  Now that we have paid our winter dues, we are eager for that reward. Your Social Justice Coordinating Committee is anticipating a summer pilot project involving the children of our refugee community to use their out-of-school time to advance the basic knowledge that will help them move up […]

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What Are Chalice Circles?

CHALICE CIRCLES offer an opportunity to meet with others around a commitment to practice listening and sharing in ways that allow us to be real and honest, and have the kind of deeper conversations that can be difficult to make during coffee hour on Sundays. In Chalice Circles, we focus on topics from our life […]

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Church Van For Sale

People’s Church is selling its van for $3,000 or best offer.  If you are interested, please reach out to office administrator, Chris Schleuder at  office@peopleschurch.net or 269-375-3262.

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

Want a place for your kids to romp around before a Sunday service? Look no further than our own backyard! Join us at the People’s Church playground for playtime, good conversation, community building, and snacks on June 9. Muffins and juice will be provided; all you need to bring is the fun. Weather permitting; please check […]

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RE Volunteer Appreciation Reception, June 9

Everyone is invited to stay after church to enjoy punch and cookies and offer gratitude to our RE volunteers. We are so grateful they are willing to serve our congregation by ministering to the youngest among us!

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Green Spot – Plastic? Paper? Cloth?

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

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Getting to Know People’s People

Article by Ardyce Curl. Allen Webb and Cynthia Pietras were married by Jill McAllister at the Kalamazoo Nature Center in 2006 and the couple began attending People’s in 2007.

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Race Matters

Doing Our Own Work When I first heard about the anti-racism seminar for white people “Doing Our Own Work” (DOOW), lasting 6 days over a 3 month period, I thought, “what does that even mean?” I had participated in a 2.5 day ERACCE Anti-Racism training and several other seminars that always included white people and […]

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, At the end of this month, Sue Glenn is stepping down from her role as treasurer. She has served ably in this role for three years. She has brought to the church best practices from her career as an accountant and helped us keep better track of all the ways the church […]

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Religious Education Notes

Summer Religious Education Our RE summer program for children begins on June 16. It is different than during the church year in that kids from kindergarteners to teens participate in activities together. The nursery is available for younger children. We will be reading stories, playing games, and making crafts which relate to our 7th UU […]

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Note From the Board President

Thank you, everyone who came to our annual meeting. It was the shortest one I’ve attended in recent memory! Your church leadership is thrilled that you all agreed with us that increasing staff salaries to at least the UUA minimum recommendations was of greatest importance. What a great way for us to truly live out […]

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Child Dedication Ritual, Sunday, June 9

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

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

ISAAC Banquet An amazing evening was attended by 525 people on May 18, with “Hold Fast to Love and Justice” as the theme.  Mee Moua, keynote speaker and Principal of Interdependent Group, inspired us with her story as a refugee from Laos who rose to serve as chair of the Minnesota Senate Judiciary  Committee, through […]

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The Three Principles of the Path, Begins June 11

Based on a text by 15th-century master and founder of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, Je Tsong Khapa, this course explores the spiritual determination to be free, unlimited compassion, and the nature of reality. Intro Talk: June 11th, 7-8:30pm at People’s Church, room 9 Class/Study group: Starts June 25th, 7-8:30pm (same location) This class […]

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

The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the book The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View, by Tim Crane. Crane, a philosophy professor, attempts to bring more understanding to the various disputes over theism and atheism […]

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ISAAC Banquet, Saturday, May 18th

Preparations are underway for the annual ISAAC Banquet to held Thursday evening, May 18th at WMU in the Bernhard Center. Tickets are available until May 6th at the ISAAC website. Being part of this inspiring event with 500 others from our diverse community who want to advance social justice in our County is […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

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

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From the Minister

Dear People’s people, At the church, this is the busiest time of the year. Stewardship season is drawing to a close and your leaders and I are working to craft a budget. There are reports and other documents to prepare for the annual meeting. There are services and classes and events to prepare for and […]

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Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday May 19

Come participate in our democracy! In our annual meeting this year, we will be electing members of the board of trustees and the nominating committee, approving (and possibly amending) the church budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and voting on whether to authorize review and possible revision of the church constitution. All supporting members of […]

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New Member Recognition Ceremony, Sunday, May 19th

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

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

Looking for more social get-togethers? Hoping for more connections with the people of the church? We are a group of people who want to grow their circle beyond just their nuclear family and we’d love for you to join us at our Kinship Group meetings!  Let’s learn about each other, support each other, and have […]

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Stewardship Campaign Update

Our “Everybody In” stewardship campaign is well launched. As of March 28, we have 67 pledges for $148,202! And the great majority of these pledges were made online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRP3b0r8YoYUvRsiWojKV0CDgn-3sdE577gDKmubu35JkGbQ/viewform Or you can follow the link you received in an email from generosity.peopleschurch@gmail.com Our goal is 100% participation (“Everybody In”) so we are […]

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Notes from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is proud to announce nominees for People’s Board of Trustees and nominees for the Nominating  Committee.  These nominees serve three-year terms and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting on May 19, 2019. Alternative Nominating Procedure If there are any members of the church who wish to self-nominate to the Board […]

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Getting to Know People’s People

By Ardyce Curl. Emily and Chris Sipsma first attended People’s in 2016. “Multiple friends recommended we come,” Emily said. Emily grew up in the First Congregational Church in Allegan. Chris said he was brought up in a very open-minded household.

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Social Justice Coordinating Committee Update

Spring is here! And your Social Justice Coordinating Committee is looking forward to some uplifting action in People’s involvement. But first—the thank-yous. Special Collections Our response to the Center For Transformation’s appeal was $938.25. In addition, the Healthy Snack Drive was amazingly successful! Thanks once again for your generous support. On April 14 we will […]

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CONtinue High School Bridging CON set for May 3-5

The Heartland District’s Bridging CON 2019 will take place from 7:30 pm Friday May 3 to 9 am Sunday May 5 at People’s Church, 1758 N. 10th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. CONtinue is sponsored by the Heartland Area Youth Council in collaboration with People’s Church. The event is for youth in grades 9-12 or […]

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Help Save the Earth and Have Fun Doing It!

By Allen Webb Join in on Kalamazoo Earth Day, Saturday April 20, noon to 5 pm in Bronson Park! Three years ago, myself and a group of people concerned about climate change decided to resurrect Earth Day in Kalamazoo and make it a fun and educational event where people could learn about the dangers facing […]

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

A survey of trans UU was recently conducted which reported that only 44% of trans people felt spiritually connected and nourished at their congregation, 72% did not feel that their congregation is fully inclusive of them and 42% regularly experience trans-related marginalization in Unitarian Universalist spaces. We are failing to live into our ideals. Let’s […]

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Religious Education Notes

Spring! Nothing gives me more hope than the turning of wheel from winter into spring. The return of blue skies and sunshine mixed with warmer temps and birdsongs lifts my spirits immensely. As we rejoice in the renewal found in the natural word in spring, Pagans and Christians alike are rejoicing in the rebirth of […]

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

If you are considering becoming a member of People’s Church or would simply like to know more about the church and/or Unitarian Universalism , please plan to attend our Membership Orientation after the service on April 7th in Room L2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Rev. Rachel will be there, along with representatives from the Membership, Religious […]

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Note from Board President

This past summer, in our own church, many members of our congregation joined Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in support of a living wage of at least $12 for all employees in Michigan. And yet, several of our hourly staff members make less than this. Just as we were able to put our values into […]

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

There will be an Art Wall Reception for artist Catherine Niessink on Sunday March 17 at 12:15 p.m. in The Commons. Artist Statement I enjoy working with my hands and felting is most satisfying. Wool is the material that is used for felting–since wool shrinks when wet and ‘felted’ together, and when the hooks in […]

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Social Justice Update

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

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Note from the Board President

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

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Green Spot

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

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Race Matters

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

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Getting to Know People’s People

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

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From the Minister

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

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Religious Education Notes

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

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New Member Recognition, Sunday, March 24

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

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

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

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New Class Starting Soon: Transgender Inclusion in Congregations

A survey of trans UU was recently conducted which reported that only 44% of trans people felt spiritually connected and nourished at their congregation, 72% did not feel that their congregation is fully inclusive of them and 42% regularly experience trans-related marginalization in Unitarian Universalist spaces. We are failing to live into our ideals. Let’s […]

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

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

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