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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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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Elementary Sleepover and Family Potluck Nov. 1-2

WHO:  Children from Kindergarten through 6th Grade                Parents of Kindergarteners must spend the night. WHEN: Fri. November 1, 6:00pm – Sat. November 2, 9:00am  Register your children HERE! The Elementary Sleepover is a very popular annual event for People’s Church children that provides a night of community building and fellowship. It’s a great opportunity […]

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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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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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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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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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Mindfulness Meditation Class – 1st & 3rd Thursdays

Where: People’s Church, Room 9 (in back of church) When: from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It’s how we respond to the circumstances of our lives that determines the nature of our lives. Responding skillfully to unfavorable situations with curiosity and compassion can increase the quality of our lives. All are welcome to […]

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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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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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