The Wheel of the Year

 While spring is finally blooming in Michigan, we celebrate the season of new beginnings and fresh starts in nature. Concurrently in RE we are celebrating and getting ready to wind down our religious education programing for the church year.

Our Kindergarten – 6th and 11-12th graders are all wrapping up their World Religions curriculum this month by exploring Earth-Based religious traditions
including Indigenous and Pagan traditions.  A May Pole ritual is the perfect way to conclude this unit.

Our 7th and 8th grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) class is having their Closure and Celebration class complete with pizza party and owl cupcakes on May 6th.

Congratulations to those who completed OWL:

Isabella Balden, Tara Dean-Hall, Rachel Henderson,
Foster Neve-Jones, Erik Payne, Logan Post, Geneveive Speedy, Wen Wadsworth-Curcuru, Kenison Bullmer, Eliza Crouse, Ellis Edwards, Gretta Gardner, Isaac Haller, Kalee Henderson, Georgia Hill, Simon Hunsinger, Evie Krostue, Rohan Marr, Amanda Nelson, Brendan Robinson, Ben Vanderberg and Tatum Warner!

The 9th and 10th grade Coming of Age (COA) class is also wrapping up this month. They are concluding with a Wilderness Journey Retreat which includes four hours of solitude in the woods as well as a Council of Elders and a Wisdom Circle with elders from our congregation. They will share their faith statement in the two Sunday services they are planning and leading this month.

Congratulations COA participants:

Evy and Lilly Henley, Nolan Hughes, Maya Kirkwood, Eleanor Neve-Jones, Ely Post, Pearl Steenstra, Josie Allen, Lilian Gates, Maggie Grabemeyer, Gwen Marr and Jadon Weber.

And the wheel of the year continues to turn as new children are born and join our community and others age out. After 16 years in this role, it is deeply moving to witness the transformation of these kids as they grow.

I hope that we are providing them with a firm religious foundation on which they can stand to help them make sense of their lives and provide them with comfort, courage and inspiration so that they can remain true to themselves and bring forth goodness into the world.

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director

Young Adult Game Night

Thursday, May 10 from 7:00-9:00 PM, Room L2

All 18-35 year olds are invited to participate in this fun night designed to connect UU young adults while having fun together.

Pizza and refreshments provided. Please RSVP to Nicky Gates at

Find us on Facebook at Kalamazoo UU Young Adults

Youth Group

May 13, 12:30-2:00 PM, Room L1

All 9-12th graders are invited to the youth group.  We are working on our Green Sanctuary partner
project to create a rain garden and butterfly habitat on our church grounds. See you there!

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursday, May 17 – 6:15-7:30 PM, Room 9

All are welcome to join us in meditation practice which includes silent, walking and guided meditations as well as a discussion about mindfulness tips and techniques.

Youth Bridging Service

June 3, 10:45 AM

Our high school youth will plan and lead this meaningful Sunday service designed to welcome the 8th graders up into YRUU and to bridge our Seniors out.

Highlights include readings and music chosen and led by the youth as well as the seniors sharing nuggets of what was meaningful to them growing up at People’s Church.

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