Director of Religious Education Sabbatical: January – June 2017

Our Director of Religious Education, Diane Melvin, will be on sabbatical leave from January through June, 2017. While she is on sabbatical leave, her many roles will be filled by volunteers. Religious Education classes and activities will continue without any major changes. Why Take a Sabbatical? Sabbaticals are common  practice for professors and ministers and […]

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Religious Education Notes

DRE Sabbatical It is with enormous gratitude that I am taking a sabbatical from my work as religious education director at People’s Church from January through June. I intend for this time away from the hustle and bustle of managing our RE program to be a time for renewal for my mind, body and spirit.  […]

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Register for Annual Young Adult CON, January 13-15, 2017

The annual Kalamazoo Young Adult Con is here! This year as we gather, our focus will be on building bridges, and finding connections as we move on into unsure waters. Winter is here so let’s keep the fires going and come together. This is a con for Young Adults (18-35) happening over MLK Weekend in […]

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Harry Potter Poverty Horcrux Update

Thank you to our middle school and high school youth, who made 36 scarves for Ministry With Community! We appreciate their hard work. Fighting social justice “horcruxes” is part of the Harry Potter social justice curriculum our 2nd through 12th graders are using in their religious education classes this year. Our horcrux this month has […]

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Religious Education Notes

The Resistance In the aftermath of our presidential election, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to go on.  In the midst of overwhelming sadness and grief, somehow I need to get up everyday and continue to do the work.  And now the work for peace and justice is needed more than ever in […]

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Help us fight the Poverty Horcrux!

From now through December 18, the Religious Education program and the Social Justice committee are collecting items to fight poverty in the Kalamazoo area, in coordination with the Religious Education’s Harry Potter curriculum. The collection is in two parts: A warm clothing drive for Kalamazoo refugee families, and a toiletries drive for Ministry with […]

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Religious Education Notes

People’s Church School of Witchcraft & Wizardry The fun and learning continue in our Harry Potter UU classes for 2nd-12th graders.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Loaves and Fishes Food Drive. As we wrap up our unit on hunger, we are turning to learning more about poverty.  While exploring the causes, we […]

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All 1st-5th graders invited to Elementary Sleepover Nov. 4-5

All 1st through 5th graders are invited to attend the People’s Church Elementary Sleepover from 6 pm Friday Nov. 4 through 9 am Saturday Nov. 5. Kindergartners may attend as well if a parent stays overnight with them. The night starts with a potluck, so bring a dish to pass. Also bring a healthy […]

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DRE Diane Melvin to Take Sabbatical in January

Our Director of Religious Education will be on sabbatical leave from January through June 2017.  She will be away from the church and her many roles will be filled by a group of volunteers. Sabbaticals are common for professionals working at universities and also for professionals in many churches.  They are valuable both for […]

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Religious Education Notes

Fall RE Kick off Success! What a wonderful start to the new church year we have had! We have had over 100 people involved in our RE classes each of our first few week. Enthusiasm for being together in the new church year is running high and folks new and old appear delighted to […]

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