ISAAC – Healing Whiteness through Somatics Practice
ISAAC – Healing Whiteness through Somatics Practice ISAAC 2023 Body of Work Please find the registration form here: HEALING WHITENESS REGISTRATION FORM 2023 Why: “White-body supremacy trauma” is a trauma that we all – including white identified individuals, communities and systems – integrate into our bodies and structures. We need to address this trauma directly […]
Child Dedication Ritual June 4
Child Dedication Ritual June 4 A child dedication ritual is the special way we welcome children into our church community. The church community dedicates itself to the children and promises to support them and their parents, guardians, and caregivers. We will be having a child dedication ritual as part of the Sunday Service on June […]
Annual Congregational Meeting
Save the Date! Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday May 21st at noon On Sunday May 21st, we will have a short all-ages service at People’s Church, followed by a potluck (in-person only, unfortunately) and our annual congregational meeting (in-person and online.) The agenda for the meeting will be distributed in early May. You do not need […]
People’s @ Kalamazoo Pride: June 3rd, 12pm-6pm
Each year, Kalamazoo Pride brings together over 8,000 people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and racial identities from South-west Michigan and beyond to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride. The festival at Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place features show-stopping drag performances, incredible music, exhibitors, food, dancing, and more. This year, People’s Church is again partnering with the […]
Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange
JIGSAW PUZZLE EXCHANGE Like to do puzzles? Need a new one? Join us on the first Sunday each month for a jigsaw puzzle exchange. Drop off the puzzle you’ve done and pick up one that’s new to you! A table will be set up in the foyer outside of the Commons both before and after service! […]
These books are among those which were used in the OWL program for kindergarteners and 1st graders. Some feature grandparents, foster or divorced parents, single parents or same gender parents whereas some books which discuss emotions and feelings about the living situation or body image or gender variety. Adults, please check them out for use […]
May Newsletter is here!
Hot off the presses, the monthly newsletter for May is now available! Check it out HERE! You can always access both the current and previous newsletters HERE. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy mailed to your home, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-375-3262 to […]
Special Collection: El Concilio, May 7th
Special Collection: El Concilio May 7th Fulfilling the Promise for All campaign El Concilio serves Latinx residents of Kalamazoo through preschool, translation services, educational mentoring, bilingual counseling, cultural programs and much much more. To keep up with the demand for the services they provide, they are launching a multi-year capital campaign called ‘Fulfilling the […]
Several training opportunities related to dismantling white supremacy culture will be offered over the rest of the year to member congregations. New small groups will be formed for the Healing Whiteness somatic training, a small group experience for white ISAAC family members. Invitations will be sent to member congregations for our interested members to apply […]
Budget Briefing – May 7th
Budget Briefing May 7, ten minutes after the service ends, in The Commons and livestreamed via Zoom This is your chance to see the first public version of the proposed budget for the 2023-4 church year; hear from treasurer Allan Hunt, members of the Board of Trustees, and Rev. Rachel about the proposed budget, ask […]
Green Spot: Update on Kalamazoo River Superfund Site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site in 1990. This enormous site includes 80 miles of the Kalamazoo River from Morrow Dam to Lake Michigan and 3 miles of Portage Creek between Cork Street and the Kalamazoo River. The river bottom and its banks were contaminated over […]
Wishes of the Month
You can access the board online here: https://padlet.com/PeoplesChurch/lvo4v0pcvh14ck70 Remember to review ALL of the great ideas posted and add your name to the comments if you are able to help make the idea happen (or hit the heart/like button if you aren’t able to help but would like to see the idea come to […]
Religious Education Notes
Earth Day Service! Our fabulous middle school group planned and delivered an excellent Earth Day 2023 Intergen service complete with enormous inflatable Earths! Based on the story of a Christmas Carol, our young leaders talked about Earth Day in the past, the present, and the potential futures. Thank you for your leadership! Special […]
From the Minister
Dear ones, On April 3, People’s people submitted questions for me to answer during the service. Thank you so much for of your questions! Many of them will inform future services at People’s, including the service on May 7. Here are a few more answers to questions that I didn’t answer during the service. Are […]
Introducing a People’s Church Sermon Podcast
Introducing a People’s Church Sermon Podcast We have a new way you can listen to any sermons you’ve missed or want to hear again. Check out the People’s Church Kalamazoo podcast on Spotify, Google or Apple below! Spotify: Click Here! Apple Podcasts: Click Here! Google:
In Memoriam: Kay Spade and Nancy Crawford
In Memoriam: Kay Spade and Nancy Crawford Two long-time, beloved People’s Church members died in March. Nancy Crawford died on March 21. A memorial service will be held at People’s Church on Saturday, April 22nd at 11:00am. You can read her obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/kalamazoo/name/nancy-crawford-obituary?id=51461877 Kay Spade died on March 9. A memorial service was […]
New Art Wall Exhibit: Beginning April 4 through June 4, 2023
New Art Wall Exhibit: Beginning April 4 through June 4, 2023 Artist Reception: April 16, after the service 12:15 A COLLAGE COLLABORATIVE Collage: from the French term, coller, meaning “to glue or stick together”, used primarily in the visual arts to create a composition of lines, shapes and color. Collages may be created of various […]
Getting Good at Getting Older book study
Getting Good at Getting Older book study Tuesday April 18 1:30-3:00pm on Zoom, continuing for six sessions on the third Tuesday of each month A six-month series of the Facing Life, Facing Death group. All People’s people who are navigating the years between maturity and death are welcome to join this class and discussion group […]
Talent Show Revue & Extravaganza
People’s Church Talent Show Revue & Extravaganza! to help raise money for a new church piano Saturday April 15th 7:00pm Magicians, Singers, Dancers, Joke Tellers, Musicians – WE WANT YOU! Please RSVP to Savannah Ramsey (email@example.com) if you would like to perform that night. If you can’t make it that night but would still […]
Sokukoji Buddhist Temple Meditations
Sokukoji Buddhist Temple Monastery The Reverend Kyoun Sokuzan will be joining us at People’s Church the first Monday of every month for guided meditation and a talk on Shikantaza, a traditional style of Zen meditation. With over 50 years of training, Sokuzan has studied with some of the most preeminent Buddhist teachers to come to […]
Special Collection: April 16th
Special Collection: April 16th The special collection for April will benefit Southwest Michigan land Conservancy’s (SWMLC) Stewardship Fund to support their efforts to promote climate resilience. SWMLC, a local nonprofit conservation organization, works with people in the community to improve habitat, protect water quality, support biodiversity, connect people with nature, and conserve the landscapes – […]
ISAAC Update Many important efforts are underway: With ISAAC advocacy, Gun Violence Prevention was declared a public health crisis. Funds for youth-oriented prevention programs were moved from the City to United Way to assure that program recipients are competent to conduct this work effectively and accountably for impact. Brother Ed Genesis has been hired by […]
And Now For This Year’s Nominees
News from the Nominating Committee! The Nominating Committee for the 2022-2023 church year consisted of Patrick VanSlambrouck, Rachel Chadderdon Bair, Sandy Steele, Lois Loeffler, Steve Cavanaugh and Karen Friedel (Board appointed). The nominating committee developed a slate of candidates for the People’s Church Board of Trustees and for the Nominating Committee for the upcoming church […]
White Elephant Sale Date Announced!
White Elephant Sale Date Announced! The White Elephant Sale will take place on Saturday June 17th here at People’s Church! The team will begin accepting drops offs of items on June 1st. Many more details to come! Keep an eye on church communications for updates as they become available! If you’re interested in helping to […]
Congregation Meeting Process Refresher with Barb Davis
Congregation Meeting Process Refresher with Barb Davis Sunday April 23 at 12:30-1:30pm in The Commons and livestreaming to Zoom People’s Church updated our bylaws and policies last year to allow for broader participation in congregational meetings. We now vote online and by mail. In this session, Barb Davis, our church parliamentarian, will offer a refresher […]
From the Board
The members of the Board of Trustees are writing to share an important update on Article III of the People’s Church bylaws. On February 27, 2022, following a two year period of work by a board appointed committee, a significant majority of our congregational members voted to adopt a revised set of bylaws, including: Article […]
April Newsletter is here!
Hot off the presses, the monthly newsletter for March is now available! Check it out HERE! You can always access both the current and previous newsletters HERE. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy mailed to your home, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-375-3262 to […]
Jewel Heart: End of Life Workshop
Jewel Heart Instructors Present: End of Life Workshop Saturday, March 25th Death and the process of dying is unavoidable. In this workshop we explore compassionate methods to help create meaning in this transition for our loves ones, as well as ourselves. This workshop is based on the Tibetan Buddhist practice of the Five Powers […]
Cool Congregations Challenge Winner!
Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) announced the six national 2023 Cool Congregations Challenge winners. The annual contest awards religious congregations around the United States for outstanding efforts to addressing climate change in their facilities by reducing their carbon footprint and creating models of sustainability within their communities. Read more HERE! COMMUNITY INSPIRATION, […]
What is Kalamazoo’s Culture?
What is Kalamazoo’s Culture? Sat, March 25, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT KNAC (First Baptist building @ Bronson Park) 315 West Michigan Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Kalamazoo is a diverse community. But what about the stories, artworks, songs, food, and more that make up our culture? Hear from local cultural producers about […]
Convert Your Lawn into a Garden?
DISCUSSION GROUP Saturday, 4/1, 10:30-12 Room 8 – Masks optional Convert your lawn into a garden? Church member Dan Bair will share his experience of transforming much of his family’s outdoor space here in Kalamazoo. Dan is currently a stay at home dad and life-long gardener, with a Certificate in Organic Farming from MSU. Anyone welcome […]
Stewardship (and Cookies) are Here!
Our stewardship campaign began on March 5! If you’re ready to make your financial commitment to the church for the next fiscal year, please follow this link to complete you pledge: https://forms.gle/xcNLRCS1uWMNvBrn9 This year, we will be giving cookies to everyone who complete a pledge form by March 31, increases their pledge, […]
Fridays for Future
Fridays for Future – Friday, March 10th, 12pm Via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86141544253 A presentation from the Grand Rapids Community Collaboration on Climate Change about their organization and work. Our communities deserve climate justice Although we are all negatively impacted by climate change, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are disproportionately […]
People’s Church Silent Auction is now closed!
People’s Church Silent Auction is NOW CLOSED!! The People’s Church silent auction returned in February! While final numbers are not in, I wanted to thank everyone who has already helped to make this a successful fundraising event! People’s People have once again shown me how truly generous they are, from the folks who donated […]
Transgender Day of Visibility Service and Celebration
Transgender Day of Visibility Service and Celebration Saturday, March 18, 2pm at People’s Church The Faith Alliance of OutFront Kalamazoo invite people of all ages to attend this service to celebrate trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people and observe Transgender Day of Visibility, which actually falls on March 31. Religious leaders from various traditions […]
March Special Collection: Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
March Special Collection: Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Sunday March 12 Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes got its start in several downtown Kalamazoo congregations in the early 1980’s. A group of individuals recognized that their neighbors were struggling to put food on the table so they took up the charge to fill the food gap. […]
March Newsletter is here!
Hot off the presses, the monthly newsletter for March is now available! Check it out HERE! You can always access both the current and previous newsletters HERE. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy mailed to your home, please send an email to email@example.com or call 269-375-3262 […]
Inquirers Series Begins Sunday January 22, 12:30-1:30pm, with sessions held every other week until May. Visitors, newcomers, members, and anyone who wants more information about People’s Church are invited to participate in the Inquirers Series. The Inquirers Series meets at 12:30pm on Sundays in Room 19. A light lunch will be provided and childcare […]
February Special Collection: Legacy House
February Special Collection: Legacy House Sunday February 5th The Legacy House is a program of OutFront Kalamazoo. Legacy House offers transitional housing for LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18-24, who are navigating homelessness in Kalamazoo County. In addition to a place to live, Legacy House provides residents with services, resources, and skill-building to encourage and […]
Young Adult Chalice Circle
Young Adult Chalice Circle February 18, 2-3:30pm, Room 19 The young adult group is having their first chalice circle! We invite any young adult (ages 18-35) to join in conversation and meet other young adults. Please text Sulan at (269) 254-7797 if you have any questions!
Calling All Cookie Bakers!
Calling All Cookie Bakers! Can you bake cookies to help with the stewardship campaign? We know sweet treats from People’s bakers will be great motivation to complete pledge forms. For our stewardship campaign this March, we are hoping to give people cookies as incentives for completing pledge cards early in the campaign, increasing their […]
Beginning in February, MASKS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED
Masks No Longer Mandatory – Information about Attending Sunday Services in Person The People’s Church regathering team met on January 24, 2023 to review current science and public health recommendations and review our current COVID related procedures. Given the high rates of vaccination in our church community and the currently low rates of COVID […]
First Exhibit on the Art Wall in 3 years!: Eric Schreur, Images of the Night
First Exhibit on the Art Wall in 3 years! “Images of the Night”, photography by Eric Schreur Exhibit Dates: February 25 to March 25, 2023 Artist Reception: Sunday, February 12, 2023 12:15-1:15 after the service Hours: By appointment or during church hours. Eric has been interested in astronomy and photography since his high school […]
Afternoon & Evening Book Clubs 2022-2023
The full schedule of dates and book selections are now available for both Afternoon and Evening Book Clubs. Click to see the full list!
National Day of Racial Healing
TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation) Kalamazoo will be hosting three free racial healing experiences to the public on Monday, January 16th, 2023. Space is limited. You can RSVP as a participant https://docs.google.com/forms/de/1FAIpQLSf7SW22sDT2cITXy4KQGlwu8t9Aui1EVigyXxpruFLboa18cg/viewform These are being offered as part of TRHT’s community celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]
Special Collection January 8: Community Homeworks Maternal Wellness and Small Child Pilot Program
Special Collection: Community Homeworks Maternal Wellness and Small Child Pilot Program January 8, during the service Community Homeworks provides critical home repairs and education to low income homeowners that allow them to be safe and warm, avoid homelessness, and build generational wealth. In partnership with Cradle Kalamazoo (a previous special offering recipient), Community Homeworks […]
A review of ISAAC’s work in 2022 shows powerful impacts throughout our community on all issues tackled. We are grateful for the support and participation of People’s people in these endeavors and for the opportunities ISAAC provides for us to help build the Beloved Community. Voter Engagement Working with key partners El Concilio […]
MUUSJN Membership December 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN), a statewide network of people from 24 UU congregations and fellowships — and our activist friends — who are working together for justice. It’s been a challenging and rewarding year for making justice happen in Michigan. Click this link: https://conta.cc/3P5izky to […]
One of the key pieces of hospitality on Sunday mornings is greeting people, having them affirm they are free of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and making sure everyone is wearing a mask. If you are willing and able to be a greeter/health screener at our Welcome table on Sunday morning, please sign up
Special Collection: Sunday December 11th – Ministry with Community
The upcoming December Special Collection will be held on December 11th to benefit Ministry with Community. Ministry with Community is one of our traditional yearly recipients. MWC is a daytime shelter and resource center in downtown Kalamazoo. They are open 365 days a year to anyone who needs their services, including those experiencing homelessness, […]
New Piano Search
The piano in the Commons is on its last legs. After a professional assessment this fall, the board agreed that we should replace the nearly 100 year old instrument. Jennifer Drake is keeping an ear out for a possible replacement piano that fits our budget. The estimated cost for a suitable replacement with better […]
People’s Library, in both adult and children’s (RE) sections, contains several holiday books. Usually they’re shelved in 296, 299, and 394 but many are on display for you to check out. The Little Book of Christmas Joys; 432 Things to Do for Yourself & Others That Just Might Make This the Best Christmas Ever, […]
Thank You for a Very Successful – though Snowy – Bazaar!
2022 make take the record in our legacy of dramatic weather for our Bazaar. Fortunately, the worst was over on Friday and our artists, People’s people, and customers showed up and the day resulted in a wonderful success. People’s Specialties – led by Lori Rupe, Sandy Steele, Donna McClurken, Colleen VanSlambrouck, Kat Westphal […]
Christmas Caroling Sunday, December 18, 2pm Come sing a song with us! Meet in the parking lot at church to get organized before bringing holiday cheer to People’s people. This year, as a COVID precaution, we will be singing to people from outside on their doorsteps. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or singing […]
People’s People At Work
The October 1 workday, under the combined sponsorship of Buildings & Grounds and Green Sanctuary, was a spectacular success. The weather was perfect. Lots of people showed up and had a great time working together. We accomplished an amazing amount of work. And then we enjoyed lunch together. Here’s […]
Green Spot: Buy Local This Holiday Season
As the holidays approach, please consider lowering your impact on the environment while supporting local businesses and craftspeople by purchasing from area holiday bazaars. People’s Church bazaar will be held Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The bazaar has a warm, friendly atmosphere, and enables you to interact with the folks […]
November 13th Special Collection: Black Lives Matter
This month’s special collection will benefit works being done by the local Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Black Lives Matter Group. This grassroots chapter is serving the Black communities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, MI. Committed to being transparent with contributions, we aim to include the needs of *all* Black lives in our communities, especially […]
The 20th Anniversary of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community) was celebrated at the virtual Public Meeting last week. Since its inception in 2002, Peoples’ Church and our people have been actively engaged with many other congregations and partners in organizing for policy reforms that make Kalamazoo County […]
Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a solemn day to honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. All People’s people are invited to attend two services honoring this day. Friday, November 18 at 11:05am at Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College, organized […]
UUA Common Read begins in November
UUA Common Read begins in November Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones & Karin Lin November 8 6:15-7:30pm on Zoom, continuing for six sessions on the second Tuesday of the month. Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/5527667326 Every year, the UUA selects a Common Read for congregations. This […]
Mystic Lake Middle School Retreat 2022
Mystic Lake Middle School UU Retreat For 6-8th grade youth November 4-6, 2022 Enjoy time to play games, Gaga ball, challenge course, archery, wagon ride & nature hike, wilderness survival skills, campfire & s’mores! Click here to register online!! REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 31, 2022. REGISTRATION FEE: $135 per person. Either pay online at […]
Welcome the Newest Members of People’s Church!
Ann Terwilliger I am proud of being a UU since February of 1962 at UU Church West in Brookfield, WI. After living in the Milwaukee area all my life, in early December of 2019 I moved to a home next to my youngest daughter, Jill, in Kalamazoo. I love the outdoors, art and […]
An Introduction to Queer Theology
An Introduction to Queer Theology Are you interested in the intersection of Christianity and issues of sexuality and gender? Then join us for this online introductory discussion about queer theology. We’ll learn together about what it is and why it matters. Spoiler: it’s more than discussing why LGBTQIA people can be Christian. […]
Congregational Conversation #4: Accountability
Congregational Conversation #4: Accountability In-person: Sunday, October 23, 12:15-1pm Online: Monday, October 24, 7-7:45pm ‘Accountably’ is the word in the newly adopted bylaws that has provoked the strongest feelings and the most questions. Join with other People’s people to discuss this tricky word and what it could mean for us to be […]
People’s Church is now collecting cans & bottles!
People’s Church is now collecting cans & bottles! We are excited to announce a new partnership between People’s Church and BLM Mealtrain Kzoo/BC! Please help support their wonderful work by bringing in your clean cans and bottles on or under the table that has been set up in the downstairs lobby of […]
MUUSJN and UU the VOTE Opportunities
MUUSJN and UU the VOTE Opportunities Phone and Text Banking: There are opportunities to phone bank every week with the Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN). Monday Nights from 6-8 PM (text banking will come soon) https://bit.ly/PhbankMon Wednesday Night 6:30-8:30 PM Phone banks: https://bit.ly/phMUUSJN Keep in mind that you don’t […]
Neighborhood Improvement Opportunity
The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is again sponsoring the Fall Clean-Up of 10th Street from West Main to H Street on Sunday, October 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Come and pick up trash along the road to help beautify our Church neighborhood. Youth are encouraged to volunteer, but parental […]
Special Collection: Sunday October 16 : YWCA Kalamazoo Reproductive Health Fund
The YWCA Reproductive Health Fund enables all Kalamazoo County residents to access reproductive, sexual, and gender-affirming health care services – especially those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), undocumented people, low-income people, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. The Fund eliminates financial and transportation barriers and increases access to […]
Environment and Citizenship
Fall is in the air, the season of pumpkin spice, bright leaves, and elections. As we prepare to participate in one of the most vital acts of citizenship, voting, it is important to locate information that can help us make informed choices. For those seeking information on environmental and justice issues, here […]
Report on Afghan Resettlement Co-Sponsorship
People’s Church, in partnership with the Congregation of Moses and Temple B’nai Israel, two synagogues in the Kalamazoo area, has been busy helping to resettle seven Afghan families who are seeking asylum status in the United States. These families began arriving in November 2021 and through February 2022. Below is a summary of what our […]
ISAAC Public Meeting Watch Party
ISAAC Public Meeting Watch Party October 25—6:30pm Please Save the Date and please spread the news! Please plan to be part of our People’s Church people virtually attending the ISAAC Public Meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 pm. This very important public gathering occurs only on even-numbered years close to the November […]
Church Camp Out!
Church Camp Out! October 7th-8th Time: 6pm Friday to 10am Saturday Come on Friday evening (eat dinner before you come!), pitch a tent or park your camper, and enjoy snacks and activities such as s’mores, campfire stories, flashlight tag, and maybe even an outdoor movie! Saturday morning breakfast will be provided. Please […]
Congregational Conversation #3
Congregational Conversation #3 In person: Sunday, September 18 at 12:30pm, with a “half-potluck” – please bring a side dish or dessert to share Online: Monday, September 19 at 7pm For our third congregational conversation, we will not be using the fishbowl format, but will have small group conversations using questions developed by the Unitarian Universalist […]
Special Collection for Lincoln School—September 18th
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. We have done things like book collections so EVERY student […]
Green Spot: Individual Actions for Climate Change
All of us know Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s the mantra for an individual’s responsibility in lowering personal carbon emissions and living more sustainably. But how do we do more? Should we do more? Yes, it is vital to do more. Individuals cannot lower or reverse the emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG) by their own actions. […]
Green Spot: Bike and Build
On July 3rd we hosted folks from Bike and Build! Twenty young adults joined this group at a variety of life stages: on break from school, in between jobs, or just for an adventure as they decide what comes next. Starting in Pennsylvania, they are biking across the northern part of the U.S. to raise […]
Racial Equity Scorecard For Kalamazoo County Commission
Judicial Candidates Racial Equity Scorecard For Kalamazoo County Commission June 2022 About Group The Equity Collective created this document and our goal is to bring more transparency and awareness about candidates on the ballot for the upcoming elections in Kalamazoo County. The Equity Collective has a focus on racial equity and we aim to educate […]
New Study Announcement
Study Title: “Religious-Secular Liminality: Faith, Doubt, and Transition in Worldview Construction.” Principle Investigator: Jesse M. Smith, PhD Time/Place: Choice of virtual or in-person interview at a time and location convenient to the study participant. Study details: I am conducting a study of religious and secular beliefs and the transitions individuals make between the two. The […]
Year End Special Collections Update
People’s People are generous. Over the last year, we have been able to raise a total almost $10,000 in our monthly Special Collections to help out so many different wonderful organizations! Thank you to everyone’s generosity!! September 2021: Lincoln School Kalamazoo Public Schools opened with in-person learning for those students who opted for that format. […]
In Memoriam: Diane Downing
In Memoriam: Diane Downing We celebrate the life and mourn the death of People’s Church member Diane Downing, who died on Sunday June 19. In accordance with her wishes, a celebration of life gathering was held before her death, which she took great joy in attending.
Congregational Conversation #2: Exploring the ‘Generations’ within People’s Church
Congregational Conversation #2: Exploring the ‘Generations’ within People’s Church In-person: Sunday, July 10, 12:30pm, gather in The Commons There will be a lunch following the service. Sandwich fixings will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able. Childcare will be provided. On Zoom: Monday, July 11, 7pm, gather […]
ISAAC Family Annual Meeting
ISAAC Family Annual Meeting Tuesday July 12 7:00-9:00pm You are warmly invited to join this celebration on Zoom of all the Beloved Community work that we, the ISAAC Family, were able to do together in 2021! Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89667052808 Meeting ID: 896 6705 2808 One tap mobile +13126266799,,89667052808# US (Chicago) […]
At the end of June, three Board members are completing their terms. Thank you, Susan Moerdyk, Denise Hartsough, and Karen Friedel for your leadership over the past three years! When they agreed to join the board in early 2019, the had no idea what was in store. The three board members elected by the church […]
The Inquirer’s Series Continues!
Visitors, newcomers, members, and anyone who wants more information about People’s Church are invited to participate in the Inquirers Series. The Inquirers Series meets at 12:30pm on Sundays outside, under the manta ray tent on the east side of the church building, weather permitting. (Rain location: Room 19) A light lunch will be provided and […]
Bike and Build – July 3-4
People’s to Host Bike & Build July 3-4 The Green Sanctuary Committee will be hosting about 25 members of a Bike & Build crew Sunday afternoon, July 3, to Monday morning, July 4. They “engage young adults in service-oriented, cross-country cycling trips to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.” This summer, 100 riders will […]
Summer Religious Education
Summer Religious Education: Our UU Principles Sundays @ 10:45AM Nursery care available each week All ages are invited to participate in our summer RE program which is geared for elementary aged kids. We are learning about our UU principles and how we use them to make the world a better place. Each week, we gather […]
Living Wage Special Collection
At our Annual Meeting in May, the congregation proposed: “Shall the board direct the treasurer to calculate the amount needed to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15.98/hour for 2022-23, communicate that amount to the congregation as soon as possible, ask the congregation to contribute to a special collection in an effort to collect that […]
This year, as we emerge from two years of pandemic, our broad theme for summer services is “Reclaiming, Reweaving, Redefining, Recovering, Rebuilding.” People’s People will speak on this theme in a variety of ways. Each service will include a ten-minute reflection from a speaker followed by group discussion. This summer, our services will be multi-platform, […]
Kalamazoo Pride 2022
Three great events put on by Outfront Kalamazoo!
Listening Across Generations
We are planning a series of Congregational Conversations over the next several months. We know that there is a collective wisdom that we find when we are together–curious, listening, and speaking our truths. The first Congregational Conversation will be focused on Listening Across Generations. We were inspired to begin here because of the generational divisions […]
Open House with Jill McAllister
Open House with Jill McAllister Thursday May 12, 3-5pm On the church grounds, weather permitting (rain location: Room 19) Rev. Jill McAllister, People’s Church’s minister emerita, will be in Kalamazoo! All People’s people are invited to come and visit with her. If the meeting is indoors, masks will be required.
We are in the clean-up phase of our annual pledge drive. If you are new to People’s Church you might have What and Why Questions: Because we don’t charge dues, but rely on voluntary gifts, we need a way to predict what cash we will have on hand next year. While it is true that we […]
Invitation to join People’s Music Groups!
Have you ever wanted to sing with our choir? How about ringing bells with us? You can! We are always accepting new members. Contact Savannah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
City of Kalamazoo Community Sustainability Plan
In line with the City’s Climate Emergency Resolution, the city of Kalamazoo has recently released a draft version of its Community Sustainability Plan (CSP) for public review and comment. The Sustainability Team is taking comments until June 1, and they are planning to present the plan to the City in June. They are really looking […]
DRUUMM Worship Service & Reflection
Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries is holding an online worship service on Wednesday May 4 at 8:30pm. All are invited to attend. Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) is collective for Unitarian Universalists and UU-adjacent people of color. Please register HERE to receive the Zoom link for the service: On Thursday […]
ISAAC – Healing Whiteness through Cultural Somatics
ISAAC – Healing Whiteness through Cultural Somatics E. Wolff and Team Members Please read below and if you are interested, please fill out this form by May 4th. Why: “White-body supremacy trauma” is a trauma that we all – including white identified individuals, communities and systems – integrate into our bodies and structures. We need to address […]
Facing Life, Facing Death
Facing Life, Facing Death Tuesday, April 26 1:30-3:00pm on Zoom For this month’s session, we will be joined by a representative from the body donation program at WMed. Come learn more about donating your body to science after your death and have any questions you might have answer. If you have […]