East meets West in the Deep South. The Courage to Change looks at how the lives of prisoners in an overcrowded maximum-security prison in Alabama are dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program, and further examines how these same lessons can apply to all of us in our daily lives.

10:30 AM
Children’s Religious Education
(Children in Service for first 15 minutes)
11:30 AM
Fellowship Hour
Religious Education for Children

Now Hiring!
Jr. Youth Group Leader

We have an active Jr. Youth Group, 6-8th grades, which meets on Wednesdaynights.  We are looking for a fun, responsible leader who has an interest working with this age group of students.  Please contact wathen@smuuchurch.org for more details.
Characteristics of a Great Jr. Youth Group Leader



Teacher Training 

Sunday, August 13

After the Service - Lunch & Childcare Provided
Are you curious about volunteering in Religious Education?  Working with our children to explore, learn, question, create and live our UU principles is a fulfilling pursuit.

RSVP:  wathen@smuuchurch.org or sign-up on FB for the event that has been created in SMUUCh Community.
FAQ About Volunteering in Religious Education:
  1. Am I going to miss Rev. Rose’s sermons?  With teaching teams of four, the likelihood is you will only teach once a month (unless you want to teach more!).
  2. Do I have to be an expert in Unitarian Universalism?  No, we have resources and a beautiful curriculum, Soul Matters. If you are willing to be explore themes through discussion, movement, and art you’re the person for the job!
  3. What happens if I have an unruly student or can’t manage the classroom? We will provide you with a plan of action for classroom management.  We rely on classroom covenants and elements of the well-respected Conscious Discipline school of thought.
  4. Besides teaching during a monthly service, how much prep can I expect outside of the classroom? Take ten to fifteen minutes to read through the week’s lesson, communicate with Rachel your supply needs, and you will be good to go!


2017/2018 Back to School Supplies for Religious Education


As we are inching closer to the school year/church year, we need to restock our supply closet and classrooms.   Our creative kids love being able to express themselves through arts and crafts. Please remember SMUUCH RE when you are doing your back to school shopping!

You may bring your donations to the bin outside of the south entrance to the sanctuary.  

For a list of supply needs go HERE



Conscious Discipline for Parents Day-Long Workshop

Saturday, August 12

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lunch and childcare provided.  Are you looking for a way to motivate your children to comply, to succeed, to be kind, to be helpful? Do you wish you could do it without rewards or punishments that lead your children to ask, "What do I get?" or "And what will happen if I don't?" Conscious Discipline empowers us with the self-awareness, brain information, developmental knowledge and usable skills necessary to create safe, connected, problem-solving homes. Come hear about the basics of the Conscious Discipline approach from fellow parent and educator Carrie Allison-Rolling. If you plan to attend please email wathen@smuuchurch.org

Last Maker Space Sunday

August 20

We will continue to use this space during special Sundays throughout the year.


Wednesday, August 23:  Wednesday Nights Begin at SMUUCh

6:00-8:00 PM
Kid’s Club
Jr. Youth Group
Youth Group
Sunday, August 27:  Fall Children's RE begins

Sunday, September 10:  Parent Orientation
Learn about Faith Formation for our kids


Maker Space!
Students Kindergarten through Middle School are invited to come problem-solve and create in our Makerspace on Sunday mornings. Unitarian Universalists are nothing if we are not inquisitive. Our students have the space, materials, and guidance to innovate and problem-solve. Come join us as we engineer and build, play with legos, create with our 3D Doodle pens, have fun with our snap circuits, and more!

Accepting the donations of:
Toilet rolls, pipe cleaners, crafting pom-poms, and sewing supplies


Religious Education This Summer

Nursery/Toddler (infant to 2-years) ~ Our nursery is staffed by caring adults and assisted by volunteers. Your baby will be lovingly cared for while you attend the worship service. If you would prefer to stay together, you are welcome to bring your infant into the worship service.
Volunteers Needed! ~ We could use your help in the Nursery and the Pre-K Room.  Sign-up here
Preschool (3-5 Years) ~ We learn the basics of Unitarian Universalism by taking part in classroom experiences that help us to learn how our church works and that encourage us to be loving friends.
Kindergarten – Middle School ~ Maker Space Sundays
High School ~ Click here to see the Youth Group Newsletter

Chalice Coffee Shop ~ Don’t forget! Chalice Coffee is open Sunday before and after service. Grab a cup of java to enjoy during your morning at church. Chalice coffee is sponsored by the SMUUCh Youth Group for service trips and activities. For your convenience, the Youth Group accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.
Upcoming Events & Current News

Special Service & Guest Panel Next Week!

Sunday, August 20
Please attend the service next week in support of the national Poor People's Campaign.  Presbyterian minister and poverty scholar Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-leader of the campaign will be preaching on her new book, "Always With Us?  What Jesus Really Said About the Poor."  She is a national leader and a friend of Rev. Rose from seminary, here with her co-leader, Rev. Dr. William Barber. After the service, we will have a stacked panel of local activists and musicians, including Heather Ousley, Darnell Hunt, Mariel Ferriero, Ana Maldonado Morales, Ashanti Spears and Yasmari Rodriguez. Please stay to hear these wonderful thinkers and movers talk about their work, their call, and their analysis.

And don't miss...


Thank you for your generous donations to the July Donate-the-Plate. We raised $1163.39 for Healthy Living Projects. There was an additional donation of $120 received for the effort from our special guest musicians, Flagship Romance. On Sunday, August 27, our Donate-the-Plate collection will benefit Bridging the Gap, a local nonprofit that works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by "connecting environment, economy and community," and is the premier organization in the area providing environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,500 volunteers annually.


Back-to-School Granola Bar Drive

to Benefit Rosehill School
We will be collecting granola bars during the month of August as part of our partnership with Rosehill Elementary School. Rosehill has one of the lowest income levels in the Shawnee Mission School District and serves a diverse student body. The granola bars are used for at-risk children in the after-school program and also to help kids who come to school hungry. Our very first Donate-the-Plate in our new building was designated for this program, and we raised enough money to supply granola bars to the school for three years. With that fund now depleted, we are looking to provide the same support though generous donations from church members. Rosehill can use granola bars of all types, and they also request Nutri-Grain bars for those children with peanut and nut allergies. There will be a table in Fellowship Hall each Sunday to accept donations. You can also donate money and we will shop for you! A hungry child is a child who cannot learn — please consider donating generously.

Green Guitar Folk House

Saturday, August 26

6:00 PM

The Common Ground of Justice for All

Sponsored by the SMUUCh Social Justice Council

Politics has threatened our civic tone of conversation. The full vision of justice for all is just beyond our reach. Join us for an evening of music and connection as we find common ground in our search for justice. This special evening will include six renowned musicians and a host of social justice exhibitors.

Kasey Rausch with Kyle Reid
Mikal Shapiro with Chad Brothers
Patrick Mureithi


Zachary Stevenson

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY! We hope that SMUUCh members will have first dibs on tickets, especially for this particular show, but this program is expected to sell out. Make a reservation by email at Mike@greenguitarfolk.com or by phone at 913.304.4816. Adults are $15 with a reservation, $17 without. Students are $3, kids through 8th grade are free. All tickets are paid for at the door. Doors open at 5:45.

Special Sermons this Summer

Several members of our congregation have volunteered to preach throughout the summer while Rev. Rose is with our youth and on her study leave.  We are very appreciative of their preparation and presentation on our behalf.  Our final volunteer presenter for this summer will be Gail Robertson on September 3.


Small Groups to Begin in the Fall

Are you hoping to meet new people in the congregation and strengthen your connections to this community? Consider joining a Small Group next year. You would meet monthly with the same group of people for one year. Please contact Jennifer Nelson, Membership Chair, to alert her to your interest (Jennifer.nelson.kansas@gmail.com).  


Chalice Lighters Needed

If your child would like to be a chalice lighter during our Sunday service, please CLICK HERE. Sign-up by noon on the Tuesday prior to the Sunday that you wish for your child to light the chalice.   

Upcoming Group Events & Meetings
Men's Group ~ Meets the first Monday of each month for a Topic/Discussion meeting at 7:00 PM in room 4, and on the third Monday for a Potluck or Dining Out meeting at 6:30 PM. Contact Danny Hewett for more info (913-681-5015danlynhewett@gmail.com).
Board of Trustees Meeting ~ The board meets on the second Monday of each month in room 3.  The next meeting will be on Monday, August 14, at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday Book Group ~ Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in room 4. On Tuesday, September 12, we will discuss The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa.  Contact Annette Box for more info (boxa2me@gmail.com).   
UURRR Boutique Volunteers ~ Held the third Wednesday of each month in rooms 6, 7, and 8.  Support your community by sorting, folding, and organizing donated clothing.  There are ongoing tasks for all ability levels, and all are welcome!

Cross-Lines Soup Kitchen ~ Soup kitchen cooking and serving at Cross-Lines Community Outreach in Kansas City, KS to sign up CLICK HERE! or for more information, contact Ann Schwartz schwartzannj@gmail.com

Thursday Book Group ~ We will meet next on Thursday, August 24, at 7:00 PMin room 4 for a discussion of The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher. Contact Fern Aron (fernaron1@gmail.com) for more information.

ContinUUm ~ If you consider yourself part of Generation X, or would like to hang around with people who do, please join us at church on the second Saturday of the month for a purely social, potluck dinner at 5:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. Free childcare is provided. The next gathering is Saturday, August 12. Please contact Jennifer Nelson (Jennifer.nelson.kansas@gmail.com) or Stephanie Scott (smclark2010@live.com) for more information, or find our Facebook group at SMUUChurch ContinUUm.

Gardening Group ~ Join us on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00-11:00 AM as we work on the SMUUCh garden beds. No experience necessary. Contact Jim Crist for info (jim.crist@outlook.com).
Just the Basics for Newcomers ~ A 30-minute overview of UUism and this congregation and a chance to ask questions and meet other new folks. Join a Membership Committee member and other SMUUCh visitors. See the signs in the foyer for the meeting location. No Sign Up - Just Show Up! 

Spiritual Texts ~ This reading group includes books chosen to help us, as Unitarian Universalists, in our personal spiritual search. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month, 7:00-8:30 PM in room 3.  For more information, contact Fiske Miles (fiskem3@gmail.com).
Notices and Reminders
Pastoral Care ~ Have you recently received bad news, had a procedure, suffered the death of a loved one, or just generally feel that you are struggling to live the way you used to?  For all pastoral care needs, please call Rev. Rose at 913-381-3336, Ext. 103.  She will put you in touch with a member of the Caring Team.

Office Hours ~ The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  Most of our staff works additional afternoon and evening hours, and we are sometimes out during weekday hours for errands of church business, off-site meetings, or pastoral matters.  Because we are a small staff, it is best to call or email before stopping by so that we can organize our work in a way that allows us to give you our full attention and to be responsive to your needs.

Announcements ~ Announce your church group’s activities! Please send announcements by 10:00 AM on Mondays. Whether your church group’s news is destined for the website, the weekly email, social media, or any other communication avenue, please send all content via email to Deb Markum (markum@smuuchurch.org).

A Note About Immigration Reforms ~ If you are vulnerable to the recent immigration reforms, please contact the Social Justice Council for support.  ahwathen@gmail.com

SMUUCh is a Peanut Free Zone ~ There are members of our congregation that have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. SMUUCh has adopted a practice of being a No Peanut Environment. Please do not bring any peanuts, or foods containing peanut ingredients to SMUUCh, and understand that if an item brought to SMUUCh is found to contain peanuts it will be removed. Please note new signage with reminding us to keep SMUUCh a peanut free zone! In addition, clearly label ANY foods that may include tree nuts as these may pose a health hazard to our congregants as well. Thank you!
Planning a Meeting at SMUUCh? Be sure to check with Facilities Manager, Jay Hetz (hetz@smuuchurch.org), to schedule a room for all meetings.  We are a busy church but would like to make room for everyone. Also, heating and cooling is programmed in advance based on the calendar.