Message from the Minister

It’s not always clear to people what the minister is there for outside of Sunday morning. Most of my week is consumed with preparing worship, participating with committee activities, general church administration, and outreach in the wider community. I am also available to meet with Tapestry members and friends for one on one pastoral conversations. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to talk if you are going through a difficult time or having to make a tough decision. I can’t promise to have an answer for you, but I will always make time to listen.

The fastest and most reliable way to get in touch with me is by calling or texting my cell phone. Please do not call or text between 9pm and 8am for non-emergencies. For more less-urgent things, email works fine. As a general rule, for pastoral care I am available to meet with someone a few times. If you feel like the need is greater, I can help you find a counselor that can better address what you are struggling with.

In August, we are starting a Grief Group. The group will meet monthly. It is for anyone who is anticipating a loss or has recently experienced one. This is not a closed group and participants are welcome to join or leave at any time. Our goal with this group is to serve the wider community with Tapestry’s loving support, and to help everyone feel less alone in our times of struggle. If you know of someone who might benefit from such a group, feel free to share the information with them.

It is my aim to ensure that there is room for whole, complicated, joyous and struggling people at Tapestry. And I appreciate everyone’s help in making Tapestry a sincerely welcoming spiritual home.

Sincerely,
Rev. Kent


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Minister's Reading Group

 
“Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong

June, 2022

The author blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about consciousness in America. this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Goodbye Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations” by Jonny Sun

July, 2022

A collection of touching and hilarious personal essays, stories, poems—accompanied by his trademark illustrations—covering topics such as mental health, happiness, and what it means to belong.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“A God that Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet” by Nancy Ellen Abrams

August, 2022

Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition” by Dan McKanan

September, 2022

McKanan treats the histories of religion and of the Left as a single history, showing that American radicalism is a continuous tradition rather than a collection of disparate movements. Emphasizing the power of encounter—between whites and former slaves, between the middle classes and the immigrant masses, and among activists themselves—McKanan shows that the coming together of people of different perspectives and beliefs has been transformative for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment with those whose activism is a source of faith.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Hola Papi: How To Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons,” By John Paul Brammer

October, 2022

A heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling the author’s journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted” by Suleika Jaouad

November, 2022

A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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