Laura Ray attends the UU Church of Greater Lansing and is currently an Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM) Fellow. Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) is one of seven organizations within EJAM. Laura is taking up the subject of disability within the Lansing … read more.
- Kalamazoo Community Choral Concert The first annual Kalamazoo Community Choral Concert organized by our Music Director, Nick Sienkiewicz, will take place at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Kalamazoo on November 2, 2019, at 7:30 PM. This concert is a collaboration between the Kalamazoo Community Chorale, Kalamazoo Male Chorus, Mall City Harmonizers, and the UU Community ...
- Our Town The Open House Theatre Company will put on a production of Our Town by Thorton Wilder the last weekend in October. For more information, see the detailed description on the Special Events page.
- Web-based Giving Available Have you ever come to church on a Generosity Sunday with no cash or checks in your pocket? We don’t want people to miss out on the chance to give when the spirit moves them, so we have added more options for donating to UUCC. If you notice on the website the new “Donate” button ...
I was raised by liberal Catholics in rural Wisconsin. I quickly seized the notion that all authority, including religious, should be challenged. We moved to a large city in central California, and I quickly took my rebellious nature too far, falling into alcoholism and addiction. At the young age of twenty-five, I realized some life-changing decisions needed to be made. A twelve-step program aided in these changes and helped open the door to a reentry of spirituality into my life. However, it would still be a couple years before I would attend anything like an organized church.
Three years into my sobriety, I met the woman who would be my wife. She, too, had a desire to grow her personal spirituality. A close friend invited us to a church that prided itself on mainstreaming meditation and diverse religious education. Every service began with 20 minutes of meditation followed by readings from such varied religions as Judaism and Zoroastrianism. This would be our church until it over-extended its hand into our pockets.
Nikki and I soon married and found ourselves blessed with a little girl, Chloe. We wanted to settle closer to our extended family and, Nikki being from Battle Creek, we eventually called Portage our home. Soon after moving to Portage, and after a hiatus from organized religion, I felt the urge to find a spiritual community. I searched the internet for a liberal church that would help me foster that outward life and I found UUCC. This church delivered as promised, giving me numerous opportunities to engage myself, the church and the community. I now serve as Vice President of the Board of Trustees and look forward to my contribution to the advancements to come.