Author: Justin Rogers

06/27/2017: Climate Reality Leadership Conference

All Day, June 27-29th, Belleview, WA – You know our climate is changing. You want to make a difference. We’ll show you how. Join us for a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training and work with former US Vice President Al Gore and renowned climate scientists and communicators to learn about what’s happening to our planet and how you can use social media, powerful storytelling, and personal outreach to inspire audiences to take action. Give us three days. We’ll give you the tools to change the world.

You’ll learn:

  • The science of climate change
  • How it’s transforming daily life for communities around the world
  • The solutions that are available today
  • Powerful storytelling, public speaking, and social media networking techniques
  • Media engagement strategies
  • Best practices in grassroots organizing
  • How activists like you are building momentum for solutions around the world

Event website: https://www.climaterealityproject.org/training

06/25/2017: RESULTS Letter Writing Opportunity

11:30am, KUUF Sanctuary, Elmore Room – Come use your constitutional rights to petition your Representative and Senators to support our nation’s commitment to investment in providing access to education to children around the world who don’t have access to effective education now.  Over 250 million kids in developing countries don’t go to school. We can help you write letters that we will take to meetings with Rep. Kilmer and Senators Murray and Cantwell when we’re in Washington, D.C. at the RESULTS International Conference.  Elmore Room, right after the Sunday service on June 25th (potluck lunch available).

06/25/2017: The Work of the ACLU

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Yvonne Sanchez – Yvonne Sanchez, Washington State American Civil Liberties Board member, will speak on the work of the ACLU and the current state of civil liberties under the Trump administration.

Yvonne Sanchez was born in Texas to a Mexican-American family but spent much of her childhood in Mexico and Peru. Her high school and college years were spent in California. Later she moved to Seattle, got an MBA at Seattle University, and worked in the public sector with a social justice emphasis. After retirement, she volunteered in San Diego, using her Spanish language skills to interview undocumented youth being detained by ICE as a way to help the pro-bono lawyers arguing on their behalf. This volunteer work impacted her personal awareness and development regarding current political discourse.

06/23/2017: United Way – Day of Caring

KUUF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING, FRI., JUNE 23, 9:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

If you are looking for a way to volunteer in our community, participation in the United Way Day of Caring is a great way to do it.  Our project opportunity is serving at the Bremerton Foodline:

  • Sorting food from the Postal Food Drive
  • Tending to their vegetable gardens
  • Stocking shelves
  • Helping clients select their food choices
  • Creating kids summer food bags
  • Creating senior food bags
  • Bagging dog and cat food.

Participation includes a boxed lunch, a United Way Day of Caring tee shirt, a KUUF Volunteer button, and a chance to give back to our community.  Let Ellen Newberg know your name and tee shirt size if you want to sign up!  Elena29@comcast.net or (360) 692-3981.

06/13/2017: 2017 Transactive Energy Systems Conference

The NW Energy Coalition advances energy efficiency, renewable energy and a consumer and wildlife-friendly power system. 

The Fourth International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy brings together representatives of government, industry, utilities, vendor organizations, and academia to advance understanding and implementation of transactive energy. The core principle of transactive energy is to combine economic and control techniques, leading to improvements in power grid reliability and efficiency.

Transactive energy combines economic and control techniques to improve electric grid reliability and efficiency.  The Transitive Energy Systems Conference & Workshop, organized by Coalition member Smart Grid Northwest, is your opportunity to discover what Transactive Energy Systems can do for you.

Event Link: https://www.pointview.com/e/1904#event

06/11/2017: Faithfully Creedless

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – Unitarian Universalism is considered a “creedless” religion. What on earth does this mean, and how does one practice such a faith? (And is “faith” even the right word!) This sermon follows the lead of Socrates who, because he “knew nothing except the fact of his ignorance,” kept asking questions–all in hopes of finding a suitable answer.

Joseph Bednarik will speak this Sunday. He is Co-Publisher of Copper Canyon Press, a non-profit literary publisher that believes “poetry is vital to language and living”. (coppercanyonpress.org). Joseph also, serves as Assistant to the Ministers in the Pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. He speaks at KUUF monthly, and we are honored by his presence and eloquent words.

06/07/2017: Kitsap Doesn’t Discriminate – SAFE Alliance Community Training

7:00-8:30pm, The Q Center For 11 years, Washington’s non-discrimination laws have ensured fair and equal treatment for our transgender family, neighbors and friends. But now, a new initiative—I-1552—has been filed that threatens to repeal critical protections for transgender Washingtonians. Initiative 1552 would put our state’s long-standing non-discrimination laws on the 2017 ballot—and risks making discrimination the law of the land in Washington.

Want to take action in Kitsap to protect our non-discrimination laws? Join us for a community advocacy training to learn what you can do in Kitsap County!

At this training we will:

  • Discuss I-1552 and learn about Washington Won’t Discriminate’s statewide efforts
  • Share some basic information about trans identities and current state law
  • Hear from our local SAFE Alliance–the education and outreach group working in Kitsap to protect our non-discrimination laws
  • Learn advocacy strategies that ALL people can do in order to be a part of this effort

Light refreshments and materials provided.

FaceBook event link

06/04/2017: Life on the Planet Mars?

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Astrophysicist Bob Abel – Mars may have been habitable before Earth and might be still – so where are the the Martians? Join us for a talk on the history and current state of our nearby neighbor and examine the possibilities of life in its past, present, and future.

DR. BOB ABEL is a Professor of Applied Physics at Olympic College and a Collaborator with the University of Washington‘s Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Group (www.lsst.org). He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences (Space Physics) from UCLA and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fluid Mechanics) from the UW. Bob has published multiple articles in eminent science journals, posted 120 physics lectures on the internet (https://www.youtube.com/user/OlympicCollege), and in 2015 brought an Astronomy conference to downtown Bremerton.

06/04/2017: Truth Quest Book Group – Traveling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith

Sunday, 9:30-19:30am, KUUF Sanctuary, Elmore Room (Library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 4th. The book we will be discussing is “Traveling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith,” by Anne Lamott.  You are welcome whether or not you have had a chance to read the entire book and as usual, you are free to just listen or to participate as much as you want.

Contact Jerry Butler (360-981-8826, jbu4@me.com) if you’d like to attend

Book Description: From the bestselling author of Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise and very funny. With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, and humor, Anne Lamott takes us on a journey through her often troubled past to illuminate her devout but quirky walk of faith. In a narrative spiced with stories and scripture, with diatribes, laughter, and tears, Lamott tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. She shows us the myriad ways in which this sustains and guides her, shining the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life and exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope. Whether writing about her family or her dreadlocks, sick children or old friends, the most religious women of her church or the men she’s dated, Lamott reveals the hard-won wisdom gathered along her path to connectedness and liberation.

Book Links: Good Reads | Penguin Random House | New York Times

06/01/2017: PechaKucha Seattle – Interrupting Whiteness

7:00-9:00pm, The Seattle Public Library – What is the role that white people can play in dismantling white supremacy and its related oppressions? How can Seattle, as a majority white city, confront the legacy of racism in the Pacific Northwest?

Links: FaceBook Event, Seattle Public Library

This evening’s conversation is an attempt to get beyond the narrow confines of discussing white privilege by specifically asking individual white people how they are working, with intention and accountability, with communities of color, to center people of color and be supportive of collective work to end racism and create a deeper collective humanity.

How can white people recognize when their behavior is problematic in a conflict, in a policy or procedure, or even in a simple conversation? How do white people begin to interrupt white supremacy, in ways that are meaningful to people of color? The focus of our conversation is to show approaches and personal stories of white people supporting racial justice and acknowledging how important it is for white people to be active participants in the struggle for a reconceived humanity in the aftermath of centuries of white supremacy.

Presenters Include: Diana Falchuk, Sarah Lippek, Jon Greenberg, Emily Pothast, Jim Jewell, and more!

05/30/2017: My Zambia Trip – Global Health in Action

7:00pm-8:00 pm, KUUF sanctuary, Beth Wilson – In February Beth Wilson joined 14 other RESULTS members and staff from across the U.S. on a Learning and Sharing Trip to Zambia. During that time she helped train Zambian volunteers to be health advocates in their own country, visited health service sites and local schools, went on home visits to village households with infants, met with the Minister of Justice and met with USAID staff in the US Embassy. Come see her pictures of that fascinating trip, and hear how our local advocacy improves the health of people in Zambia and saves the lives of adults and children.

05/28/2017: Welcoming our Brothers and Sisters

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Ray Garrido – There has never been a more important time to talk with our communities about what it means to be a welcoming place. Welcoming is about more than tolerance – it’s about developing a true respect and appreciation for our neighbors. It’s also about equity, and more specifically, racial equity – achieving the best and most fair results for everyone so that we all can prosper. To get there we have to be proactive and engage in conversations with our community that are not always easy, but are crucially important.

Ray Garrido is the Legal Services Director of the Kitsap County Immigrant Assistance Center.