FY 2020 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) Membership ¢â‚¬â€œ Workshops, Webinars,

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  • Our Generosity Team includes: Sandy Eaglen, Claudia Miller, and Marion Yeagler

    Please feel free to contact them with questions or concerns.

    Fiscal Year 2020

    Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent 228 Gougler Ave · Kent, OH 44240

    330.673.4247 churchoffice@kentuu.org

    www.kentuu.org www.facebook.com/uuchurchofkent

  • Our Mission… To inspire love, to seek justice, and to grow in community.

    Our Covenant…

    We affirm that each life has brilliance and, when joined with others in joyful community, has the power to transform. We pledge ourselves and our resources to this journey.

    This covenant inspires and challenges us to dwell together in right relationship. We promise to extend hospitality, nurture community for all ages, encourage spiritual growth, honor diversity, and practice kindness.

    Our Vision…

    Our vitality and passion call us to restore and expand our space to equal the energy of our dreams.

    As we do, we are better equipped to carry on our historic legacy and embrace our potential for connection, service, programming and outreach.

  • Dear members and friends of the UU Church of Kent,

    As a congregation, we are guided by our mission: “to inspire love, seek justice, and grow in community.” We also have a vision of who we aspire to be: “Our vitality and passion call us to restore and expand our space to equal the energy of our dreams. As we do, we are better equipped to carry on our historic legacy and embrace our potential for connection, service, programming, and outreach. (Adopted May 11, 2008)”. These statements, typical of mission and vision statements, are intentionally very large and broad in their scope. How do we know if we are achieving our mission and our vision? One way is to create a series of goals that are measurable and achievable. Inspired by our mission and vision statements, our UUCK Board of Trustees created these six goals:

    1. Grow the Congregation · Invite, welcome, engage and retain members · Types of spiritual growth · Culture of welcoming and radical hospitality · Diversity (racial, religious, service types, etc.)

    2. Nurture our Religious Education program and revitalize RE programming for adults that includes different levels and opportunities for engaging and learning about Unitarian Universalism, Racial and Social Justice, and theology.

    3. Revitalize Social Justice with functioning task groups, increased communication, and participation

    · Racial Justice, Immigration, SJ leadership development

    4. Create a Path for Leadership · Identify, encourage, nurture and develop leaders · Celebrate and thank leaders

    5. Get the Fellowship Hall built

    6. Create more visibility in the wider community of UUCK as a loving, inclusive spiritual community.

    · Increase participation in external events · Define the UUCK “brand”- logos, marketing, visible presence · Reach out for resources, help, networking

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    Worship and Music Commissioned Lay Ministers Rev. Christie Anderson and Lori McGee Commissioned Lay Minister Candidates Cal Frye, Kathy Kerns, and Lisa Thiel Worship Arts Team Sound Board Volunteer Team Minister, Lay-Led, and Guest-Led Worship Services Music Sunday Religious Education Sunday Youth Sunday Christmas Eve Services Holiday Multigenerational Service Weddings and Vow Renewals Memorial Services Child Dedications Music Ministry Adult Peace Choir Accompanist Fallow Time Folk Orchestra The Kent UU Tone Chimers Celtic Clan Sacred Song Circle Cuyahoga River Concerts Chancel Decorating Greeters / Ushers

    Much gratitude is due our wonderful Worship Associates who

    did such an amazing job during our interim worship period.

    Our Sunday worship experience is now greatly energized with

    the arrival of our new settled minister, Rev. Steven Protzman.

    Under Hal Walker’s expert leadership, our musical groups

    continue to gift us each week with new and inspiring offerings.

    How we are growing...

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    Community Within Board of Trustees Care Team (Pastoral Associate Listeners and Helping Hands Network) E-nUUs, Thread from the Web, Calendar, Website, Facebook, and Twitter Membership and Welcoming Team Second Sunday Meet and Greet New to UU Classes Building Expansion Team Coordinators for: Building and Grounds, Personnel, Volunteers, Social Justice and

    Community Outreach, and UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections Committee on Ministry Leadership Development Monthly Retirees’ Lunch Social Hour Hospitality Teams Plant-Based Eating Affinity Group New Member Ingathering Church Directory on Breeze Halloween Party and Haunted House Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas and Easter Celebrations Church Picnic Art Activity during Social Hour Art in the Sanctuary Family Game Nights All-Church Clean-Up Day Kent UU RE Families

    Engagement through volunteering brings

    great rewards—belonging, sharing,

    serving—to the individual and to our

    Church community.

    Over the last fiscal year, we’ve welcomed

    eight new members to the UUCK.

    How we are growing...

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    Lifespan Learning and Spiritual Growth

    Year-Round Sunday Morning Religious Education Program for Children and Youth:

    Preschool and Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade,

    Middle School, and High School

    Summer Religious Education

    Adult Religious Exploration and Other Faith-Deepening Sessions

    Chalice Groups

    “Our Whole Lives” Sexuality Education for Children and Youth

    Coming of Age Program for Youth


    Religious Education Teachers’ Retreat

    Continuing Education for Religious Education Teachers and Advisors

    Church Libraries (Adult and Children)

    Spring Walden Camping Trip at Maumee Bay State Park

    Fall Walden Camping Trip at Punderson State Park

    Leadership Development Workshops

    New, exciting things are in the works for our

    Adult Religious Exploration program beginning

    with the “Long, Strange Trip” sessions,

    examining the history of the Unitarian and

    Universalist movements, being led by Rev.


    Our new Director of Religious Education,

    Colleen Thoele, generously shares her talent,

    dedication, and commitment with our children

    and families.

    How we are growing...

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    UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) Membership – www.uua.org

    Workshops, Webinars, Training, RE Curriculum, Consultants, Church Management Resources, UU World Magazine, Stewardship and Fundraising Resources, Website and Social Media Resources, UUA Blogs, UUA Leaders Email Lists, Side with Love, Marketing and Outreach

    CER (Central East Region) Membership -- www.uua.org/central-east Workshops, Webinars, Trainings, Consultants, Leadership Resources, Chalice Lighter Program, On-Demand Learning Center, Cabin and Spring Con Events, YAC Events, Blogs and Social Media

    Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke General Assembly Summer Institute (Summer Church Camp) Winter Institute (Winter Church Retreat) Youth Conferences Collaborations with Other UU Churches and Leaders Interfaith Initiatives UUMA (UU Ministers Association) AUUMM (Association for UU Music Ministries) LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association) AUUA (Association of UU Administrators) Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Kent Interfaith Alliance

    Many UUA and CER leadership

    development resources are available to

    us because of our commitment to remain

    an Honor Congregation, full fair share

    contributors to the UUA-CER Annual

    Program Fund.

    UUCK leaders have a strong presence in

    the Kent Interfaith Alliance (KIFA).

    Our congregation values and supports our

    staff ’s ongoing professional development

    which enhances their ability to serve

    the UUCK community and Unitarian


    How we are growing...

  • How we are growing...

    Our church is 100% self-funded. Our

    annual pledge drive provides approximately

    80% of our yearly income.

    Other fundraising efforts, including our

    very successful Service Auction, provide

    important additional revenues.

    Income Generation

    Annual Pledge Drive Capital Campaign Fundraising:

    Pancake Breakfast, Holiday Share Gift Fair, AmazonSmile, GoodSearch and GoodShop, Celtic Clan, Acme Community Cash Back, Grocery Card Sales, and Facebook Fundraising Donations

    Thanks-4-Giving Auction Building Rentals

    Weddings, Memorials, Meetings, and Social Gatherings

    Simple Gifts Endowment Giving Heritage Program Legacy Giving Online Donations via PayPal


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    Our “Race for Justice” Task Group calls to action our commitment to seek racial justice with its “Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation” workshop.

    Our Equal Exchange fair-trade sales support our social justice ministry and the purchase of coffee for our social hour between services.

    Social Justice and Community Outreach Outreach to Local Community:

    Family & Community Services, NAMI of Portage Co., LoveLight, Inc., UUCK Minister’s Di