Performing Arts Concert Series 2019-2020

The Performing Arts Series at UUCM offers concerts, musical events and church variety shows to the congregation and the entire local community.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 PM

10TH ANNUAL UUCM VARIETY SHOW

aural-1297838_640A celebration of our beloved community! Enjoy music, poetry, singing, dancing, jokes, bands, stories, juggling, skits, artwork, photography and many more talents. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, contact Bill Tregaskis at wftreg@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 PM

KRISTEN GRAVES

KLG+Brick+WallKristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian. Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism, she has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, and many more. Kristen has released 8 studio projects, and her ninth is entitled Pete Peter & Me. It is a collection of songs – half of the songs inspired by her mentor, Pete Seeger, and half of them sung with her mentor, Peter Yarrow.

In addition to her touring and recording schedule, Kristen makes sure that there is always time to be part of the humanitarian organizations whose work she admires and is inspired by. Spending months living and working with Simply Smiles in Mexico and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota creates the signature chemistry of Kristen’s performances: a stirring combination of music and justice. With catchy songs, a penchant for story telling, and inspiring lyrics, Kristen delights audiences across the country. Tickets $20 each. Continue reading →

New Minister Board Update: Week 2

The Minister Selection Task Force is busily updating documents which are the foundation of the materials we will make available on the UUA website for prospective ministers.  On the website, prospective ministers can learn more about us and decide if they want to apply for our position.  Our interim ministers have told us that they believe we have a strong portfolio due to our strong financial position, congregational growth, and new church building among other favorable attributes, and we think it is likely that there will be nation-wide interest in the position. We plan to find a minister that will help us work to achieve the goals we have identified using information gathered from the annual survey and the board listening sessions. Next week, we will share information about these goals. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for May and we are hopeful that we will have a new minister (or minister team or other possible configuration) to share at that time, or soon after that.

Homelessness and Housing Selected as UUCM’s Social Justice Focus

The UUCM Social Justice Ministry Team is excited to announce that Homelessness and Housing will be our congregational focus for the year. We spent a good deal of time discerning the many issues that call us and the purpose of congregational-based social justice work. We believe having one primary focus area will help UUCM increase our community connections and have a measurable impact on an issue.

Affordable housing is a crisis not just in the city core, but even more in the suburbs. Work around this issue is deeply grounded at UUCM through our long partnership with IOCP (Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners); our youth’s commitment through their participation in the Sleep Out for the Homeless program, food drives, and summer mission trips; and how this issue directly connects with UUCM’s mission and ends. Continue reading →

Help Build a Sunday Service – The Music of Resilience

For our service on February 23, we are asking the congregation to help build our service. Our theme is “The Music of Resilience”. And, on that note (pun intended), we are asking for the following:

  • Tell us about a time when music (a song, piece, musical event or activity) helped you during a difficult time or experience.
  • Sing or perform a piece or song that is your go-to when times get tough.

Please contact Kelly Bertenshaw at kabslp10@gmail.com with your testimonials (under 5 minutes, please) and Paul Winchester at musicdirector@uucmtka.org with any pieces you would like to perform. Paul will not be at the service that Sunday.

Submissions are due by end of the day Sunday, February 9. We will make our selections based on time constraints and availability of musicians. Testimonials not selected will be posted on the UUCM website. Thank you for contributing!

Path to Membership Class: Exploring UU History & Beliefs

Sunday, February 9 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM in the Oak Room
Childcare will be available at this event!
This class is one of two classes offered on the path to membership at UUCM, allowing participants to share their own spiritual journeys and to interactively explore a broad overview of Unitarian and Universalist history and what it means to be a UU. Visitors and friends who have attended both of these “Exploring UUism” classes are eligible to become members of UUCM. Current members and friends are very welcome to join in the class also. Facilitated by Janna Sundby, Membership Ministry.