Sunday Service, November 27 – 10:45 a.m., “Decolonizing Thanks Giving”

Unitarian Universalism’s history is directly connected to the creation of the mythos supporting the US Thanksgiving holiday and the historically inaccurate and harmful colonial narrative of “Pilgrims and the Indians.” In recent years, many UUs have made a commitment to reconsider the cultural and colonial foundations of this tradition, in counsel and relationship with […]

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Sunday Service, November 20 – “New Principles, Possibly” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

The Article II Study Commission of the Unitarian Universalist Association has a new draft of Article II of the UUA bylaws, which includes the principles and sources. You can read it here: https://www.uua.org/files/2022-10/article2_draft_language_102022.pdf In this service, we will engage with this new draft and reflect on it in small groups. The order […]

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Sunday Service, November 13 – “Joy, Not Perfection” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Have you ever been told (perhaps by yourself) that you are not a good enough singer, drawer, dancer, tennis player, or anything else?  In this service, we are going to silence that critical voice (at least for a minute) and find joy in creating together. If you are joining us on Zoom, please have a […]

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Sunday Service, November 6 – “What is Religious Liberalism?” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Did you know that when the Unitarians and Universalists joined together to become the Unitarian Universalists, one of the names they considered adopting was ‘The United Liberal Church of America?’ ‘Liberal religion’ is a phrase we sometimes use to describe ourselves at People’s Church. In this service Rev. Rachel will explore what religious liberalism is, […]

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Sunday Service, October 30 – “Getting the Death You Want (Maybe)” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Death is inevitable, and often unpredictable, but there are things you can do now (paperwork and conversations, mostly) that will make it more likely that you will get the death you want and ease the logistical burden on those you leave behind. We will explore those tasks and conversations – and play ‘end of life […]

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Sunday Service, October 23 – “Imagining Accountability” – The Dismantling Racism Team & Rev. Rachel Lonberg

The word ‘accountability’ is in the newly adopted bylaws of People’s Church. This Sunday, Rev. Rachel and the Dismantling Racism Team will offer wisdom about what accountability can look like in the context of the right relationship we seek to practice at People’s Church. This service will be followed by cider, donuts, and Congregational Conversation […]

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Sunday Service, October 16 – “Because Every Body is Sacred” – Rev. Ashley Horan

From “Don’t Say Gay” bills to the swath of laws criminalizing gender affirming and abortion-related care, attacks on bodily autonomy in the US are escalating at an alarming pace. And, this nation has always targeted certain kinds of bodies as less worthy of protection and freedom than others. What does our UU tradition offer us […]

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Sunday Service, October 9 – “Membership Celebration” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Join us to celebrate the newest members of People’s Church. Rev. Rachel will reflect on the meaning of membership. This service will end with a fire drill, weather permitting. The order of service can be found HERE.

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Sunday Service, October 2 – “The Congregation is the Curriculum” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

UUA Staff Member Connie Goodbread has said, ‘Everything we do is faith formation. Everything we teach is Unitarian Universalism. The congregation is the curriculum.’ On the first Sunday of religious education for children and youth in this program year, we will commission our religious education teachers and advisors, and debut a new recessional (the song […]

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Sunday Service, September 25 – “Animal Blessing Service” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

  In this intergenerational service, we will celebrate the joy that animals bring to our lives. We will bless animals and have a moment to remember our beloved pets who have died and repent the ways our actions hurt animals and the natural world. Please bring your beloved stuffed animals, well-behaved pets, or pictures of […]

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Sunday Service, September 18 – “Celebrating Our Gender and Sexuality Journeys” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Sunday we will celebrate the diversity of gender expressions and sexual identities in our community, reminding ourselves that whoever we are, whoever we love, we are worthy of love, care, and respect. This service will feature performances by Monique Madison, Alexa Vogel, Amira Spade, and Yolanda Del Fierce of The Kittens Drag Queen Group. […]

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Sunday Service, September 11 – “Water Service” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We begin our church program year with our annual water service. Water was brought to add to a common bowl as a symbol of our connections with one another and the wider world. The order of service can be found HERE.

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Sunday Service, September 4 – Talking a little and singing a lot – Savannah Ramsey

Bring your voices and your water bottles for this Sunday’s particularly musical service. It’s all there in the title. 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 […]

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Sunday Service, August 28 – The Deal of These Days Service from the UUA General Assembly, 2002 – Rev. Gretchen Haley

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, […]

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Sunday Service, August 21, – “Returning to Ancient Stories” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Over the past few months Rev. Rachel’s seven year old child has become fascinated by Greek myths. Rev. Rachel had a similar phase as a child. In this service, Rev. Rachel will share her experience of returning to these stories for the first time in decades – and reflect on the value of returning to […]

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Sunday Service, August 14, – “Reclaiming Our Lives” – Gordon Bolar

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, […]

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Sunday Service, August 7, – “Returning to Society” – Rick Johnson

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, […]

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Sunday Service, July 31, – “Recovering from Alcoholism” – David Isaacson

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, […]

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Sunday Service, July 24, – “Reclaiming Our Conversations” – Gordon Bolar

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, […]

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Sunday Service, July 17, – “Weaving as Passion and Connection” – Cory Zann

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, […]

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Sunday Service, July 10, – “Less Than Perfect (and it’s okay)” – Susan Moerdyk

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, […]

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Sunday Service, July 3, – “After Roe” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

The order of service can be found HERE.

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Sunday Service, June 26, – “Reclaiming Our Senses, the Little Joys” – Gay Walker

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, […]

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Sunday Service, June 19 – “Abundance and Subtraction” – Don Miller

The first of our Summer Services for 2022! 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. Don Miller is the speaker for this weeks service. Each service will include […]

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Sunday Service, June 12 – “A Celebration of Community and Generosity: A Flower Service”

We end the program year with our flower service. Everyone attending the service (in-person and on Zoom) should bring a flower with them to exchange. This Sunday, we will also be celebrating the successful payoff of People’s Church’s building debt, celebrating our generous capital donors, opening the time capsule from when this building on Tenth […]

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Sunday Service, June 5 – “Milestones Service” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

This Sunday, we will mark the milestones, transitions, and learnings in our community this year. We will dedicate ourselves to babies and young children in our community. We will welcome eighth graders as they transition into our youth program. We will celebrate our youth who are bridging to young adulthood. We also will reflect on […]

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Sunday Service, May 29, “We Remember” – Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On our annual memorial day weekend service of remembrance, we remembered those who have died in war and military service. We also honored church members and others who have died in the past year and the griefs that so many of us carry these days. The order of service can be found HERE.  

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Sunday Service, May 22 – “Annual Meeting”

  In lieu of our normal Sunday Service, on May 22, 2022, we held our Annual Congregational Meeting. The agenda included passing a church budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and electing new leaders to the board of trustees and the nominating committee.

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Sunday Service, May 15, “Bring Your Questions” Rev. Rachel

It is a day for questions at People’s Church (but isn’t every day a day for questions?) Bring your questions about meaning, ethics, integrity, and Unitarian Universalism.

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Sunday Service, May 8 – “Music Service”

Come, sing a song with us! Join People’s musicians at our Spring music service!

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Sunday Service, May 1, “Creeds and Covenants” Rev. Rachel

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith. We are bound together by our promises to each other – our covenants – rather than our beliefs. Yet, some pieces of our covenants, like the UU principles, come very close to statements of belief. In this service, Rev. Rachel explores history and current practices of covenants and creeds.

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Sunday Service, April 24, “Navigating Conflict” Rev. Rachel and the Dismantling Racism Steering Team

Doing challenging work that matters, whether that is dismantling racism or something else, often leads to conflict and moments of ‘creative friction.’ How do we live with integrity in these moments? In this service, Rev. Rachel, the Dismantling Racism Steering Team, and other People’s people shared some of what they have learned about navigating conflict.

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Sunday Service, April 17, “Love Letters to the Earth” Rev. Rachel Lonberg and Diane Melvin, Director of Religious Education

We celebrated Earth Day with an intergenerational service inspired by Love Letters to the Earth by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. This service included letters of love and advocacy, meditation, and activities on the church grounds.

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Sunday Service, April 10, “Radical Belonging” Rev. Jill McAllister, People’s Church minister emerita

In this service we’ll consider “radical belonging”, in which radical means getting to the root or the foundation, and belonging means an emotional experience of being connected and accepted, at the very least.

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Sunday Service, April 3, “A Declaration of Interdependence” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel Lonberg will preach on the interdependent web of all existence.

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Sunday Service, March 27, “Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny” Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray preaches on the reality of interdependence.

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Sunday Service, March 20 – 10:45 a.m., “The History and Future of Housing in Kalamazoo” Social Justice Coordinating Committee and Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel preaches on the history and current status of housing in Kalamazoo.

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Sunday Service, March 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Weaving Us Together: The Stewardship Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Rev. Rachel will preach on how church is like weaving, and on the beauty and goodness we have created this year.

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Sunday Service, March 6 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Theists” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We conclude our series on ‘The Four Faiths’ with a service devoted to the faith of theists.

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Congregational Meeting, February 27 – 10:45 a.m., The Board of Trustees

During the service time, we hold a special congregational meeting to affirm the votes of the last three congregational meetings, and adopt new bylaws.

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Sunday Service, February 20 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Naturalists” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will devote this service to the Faith of religious naturalists.

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Sunday Service, February 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Building a New Way” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What does it mean to be a church community now, nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic?

Sunday Service, February 6 – 10:45 a.m., “Remember the Sabbath Day” Rabbi Simone Shicker

In this service, Rabbi Simone takes us on a deep dive into both the tradition of remembering, honoring, and observing the Sabbath day.

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Sunday Service, January 30 – 10:45 a.m., “Cultivating Embodied Resilience in Trying Times” E Simon Wolff

During this service, E will facilitate an accessible somatic (body-based) practice to help resource our bodies, minds, and spirits.

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Sunday Service, January 23 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Mystics” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service we celebrate mysticism and the gifts—and challenges—that it provides us all as we seek to live with integrity.

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Sunday Service, January 16 – 10:45 a.m., “Remembering Bayard Rustin” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we remember the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin.

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Sunday Service, January 9 – 10:45 a.m., “The Faith of Humanists” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, we celebrate humanism and the gifts—and challenges—it provides us all as we seek to live with integrity.

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Sunday Service, January 2 – 10:45 a.m., “Fire Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this intergenerational service, we mark the end of 2021.

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Sunday Service, December 26 – 10:45 a.m., “Christmas Favorites” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What if you opened a Christmas present and what you found inside was a hymn, a story, or a joys and sorrows ritual?

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Christmas Eve Services, December 24 – 7:00 p.m.

We have two service options, both at 7 p.m. In-Person, Outdoors & Zoom.

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Sunday Service, December 19 – 11:00 a.m., “Honoring the Solstice; Entering the Quiet Darkness of Winter” Rev. Colleen Squires

Rev. Colleen Squires leads this service.

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Sunday Service, December 12 – 10:45 a.m., “Music Service” People’s Singers & Musicians

Our winter music service.

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Sunday Service, December 5 – 10:45 a.m., “Healthy Conflict” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How do we coexist with people with whom we share differences that can’t be reconciled?

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Sunday Service, November 28 – 10:45 a.m., “Worthy Now”

We will explore what it means to live out our commitment to ‘the inherent worth and dignity of every person’.

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Sunday Service, November 21 – 10:45 a.m., “A Celebration of Cozy” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

This worship will be devoted to all things cozy and comforting.

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Sunday Service, November 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Paying Attention” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We reflect on how to cultivate a practice of attention.

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Sunday Service, November 7 – 10:45 a.m., “A Church that Survives and Thrives: Part Two” Rev. Rachel Lonberg & Laura MacLellan

This service will mostly focus on People’s Church events before the living memory of our current membership.

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Sunday Service, October 31 – 10:45 a.m., “The Masks We Wear” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How do we hide our true selves from each other?

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Sunday Service, October 24 – 10:30 a.m., “Who Am I, Really?” Thomas Raffel

We will join BUC over Zoom at an earlier time for this Sunday service.

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Sunday Service, October 17 – 10:45 a.m., “A Church that Survives and Thrives” Laura MacLellan, Rev. Rachel Lonberg, and others

What are some of the challenges People’s Church has faced?

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Sunday Service, October 10 – 10:45 a.m., “The Flaming Chalice: A History” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

How did the flaming chalice become the symbol of Unitarian Universalism?

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Sunday Service, October 3 – 7:00 p.m., “Animal Blessing Service” Diane Melvin & Rev. Rachel Lonberg

Today’s in-person service is cancelled due to weather. Please join us tonight over Zoom.

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Sunday Service, September 26 – 10:45 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., “(Re)Connections” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, we explore ways to connect and reconnect with each other.

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Sunday Service, September 19 – 10:45 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., “Moving through Hard Emotions” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, we will see the gifts of hard emotions and explore ways to move through them.

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Sunday Service, September 12 – 10:45 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., “Peace Like a River: Water Service” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

We will gather our waters and selves together—physically and virtually—for the beginning of our program year.

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Sunday Service, September 5 – 10:45 a.m., “Adjusting to the Pandemic: The Friendship Village Experience” Martha Beverly, Joann Dodson, & Jean Bright

People’s people share their reflections on how COVID has impacted them, and what brings them hope.

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Sunday Service, August 29 – 10:45 a.m., “ Pandemic Story Playlist” Laura Bultman

Children’s librarian, Laura Bultman shares stories that have given her joy in this anxious time.

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Sunday Service, August 22 – 10:45 a.m., “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Hope”  Donna McClurkan

Donna McClurkan helps us explore the spaces in between hope and despair.

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Sunday Service, August 15 – 10:45 a.m., ‘“Right Speech” and Having Nothing to Say’ Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds speaks about equanimity and about the choices we make when we speak.

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Sunday Service, August 8 – 10:45 a.m., “Cultivating a Kinder Quality of Attention” Gwen Abney-Cunningham

Gwen Abney-Cunningham speaks about loving kindness and leads the congregation in a loving kindness practice.

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Sunday Service, August 1 – 10:45 a.m., “Wisdom from Unlikely Sources” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In this service, Rev. Rachel will share some truths she has learned from some unlikely sources.

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Sunday Service, July 25 – 10:45 a.m., “How an Archaeologist Found Balance at People’s Church” Michael Nassaney

Michael Nassaney shares how People’s Church helped him to find more balance in his life.

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Sunday Service, July 18 – 10:45 a.m., “The Future of Relationships” Rebekah Sharp

OB-GYN Rebekah Sharp addresses COVID from the perspective of relationships and the biology of connection.

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Sunday Service, July 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Choose to Lead a Life That Matters” Julia Kirkwood

Julia Kirkwood speaks about what it means to lead a life that matters.

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Sunday Service, July 4 – 10:45 a.m., “A Review of the Church Year and Future Plans” Steve Ferguson

Outgoing Board President, Steve Ferguson gives a recap on the past church year, and asks about the future.

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Sunday Service, June 27 – 10:45 a.m., “Love Your Enemies?!!” David Isaacson

David Isaacson shares thoughts on the difficulty of loving one’s enemies.

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Sunday Service, June 20 – 10:45 a.m., “Decolonizing Conservation” Hilary Hunt

What would decolonization look like in your life?

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Sunday Service, June 13 – 10:45 a.m., “Each of Us as an Artist: A Virtual Flower Service” Chris Measzros

In this service, Chris Measzros encourages us to find our inner artist.

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Sunday Service, June 6 – 10:45 a.m., “Youth Bridging Service”

Join us as we honor this rite of passage in the lives of our high school seniors.

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Sunday Service, May 30 – 10:45 a.m., “Becoming Love” Rev. Barrett Lee

Rev. Barrett Lee will lead this Memorial Day service.

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Sunday Service, May 23 – 10:45 a.m., “The Building of the Beloved Community” Charlae Davis

Charlae Davis speaks about the importance of Building the Beloved Community.

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Sunday Service, May 16 – 10:45 a.m., “A Journalist’s Lifelong Search for Truth” Julie Mack

Journalist Julie Mack will speak about searching for truth.

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Sunday Service, May 9 – 10:45 a.m., “Praise for Mother Earth” People’s Singers

People’s musicians and singers celebrate the earth in song.

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Sunday Service, May 2 – 10:45 a.m., “Life as Pilgrimage: A View from Celtic Spirituality” David Moffett-Moore

David Moffett-Moore will share characteristics of Celtic spirituality with a focus on pilgrimage.

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Sunday Service, April 25 – 10:45 a.m., “Bal Tashchit: Do Not Destroy” Rabbi Simone Schicker

Rabbi Schicker will share stories and thoughts about humans’ relationship to the earth.

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Sunday Service, April 18 – 10:45 a.m., “Nature as Refuge: Pilgrimage to Our Own Backyards”

We will reflect on the ways that nature has helped us get through the pandemic year.

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Sunday Service, April 11 – 10:45 a.m., “Happiness, etc.” Don Miller

Don Miller will share his thoughts on happiness.

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Sunday Service, April 4 – 10:45 a.m., “People’s Poetry Service”

The Equinox is this year’s theme for People’s Poetry service.

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Sunday Service, March 28 – 10:45 a.m., “A New Normal” Dr. Randy Partain

We welcome UU minister Dr. Randy Pertain.

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Sunday Service, March 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Daily Practice: Reflections on Turning” Rev. Jill McAllister

Minister Emerita of People’s Church, Rev. Jill McAllister will join us.

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Sunday Service, March 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Glimpsing the Sacred” Rev. Alex Jensen

We’ll explore Beloved Community and the glimpses we have in the here and now of the world we dream to create together.

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Sunday Service, March 7 – 10:45 a.m., “Stewardship Sunday” Rev. Dennis McCarty

What’s antidisistablishmentarianism and why should we care?

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Sunday Service, February 28 – 10:45 a.m., “Building Beloved Community for Collective Liberation” Rev. Shelly Thompson

Rev. Thompson will speak on Building the Beloved Community.

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Sunday Service, February 21 – 10:45 a.m., “Hope is Our Superpower” Social Justice Coordinating Committee

Members of the social justice coordinating committee share music, poetry, and reflections about what keeps them motivated to do the work of justice.

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Sunday Service, February 14 – 10:45 a.m., “Goodbye (for now)” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

In her final service before sabbatical, Rev. Rachel shares her (modest) plans for her time away.

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Sunday Service, February 7 – 10:45 a.m., “11 Months In…” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What have we learned in these last 11 months since the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives?

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Sunday Service, January 31 – 10:45 a.m., “On Hospitality and Microaggressions” Rev. Rachel Lonberg and the Dismantling Racism Team

How can we be more welcoming to people of all identities in our church and in our lives?

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Sunday Service, January 24 – 10:45 a.m., “Physics is Good Theology” J. Barrett Lee

Do things happen for a reason or not?

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Sunday Service, January 17 – 10:45 a.m., “Of the People, By the People, for the People” Rev. Rachel Lonberg

What is congregational polity?

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