Author: Tanesha Smith

07/31/2019: Cross Cultural Partner Church Pilgrimage

Experience Transylvania alongside Khasi Unitarians from NE India!

By bringing together three very different embodiments of our global Unitarian/Universalist faith, this pilgrimage helps travelers deepen their U/U roots AND experience the breadth of our faith. Together, Khasi Unitarians and North American UUs will spend 2 weeks visiting historic Unitarian sites, Medieval cities and castles, spend time with Transylcanian Unitarians and enjoy the pastoral beauty of central Transylvania – all for less than $100/day

To register or to learn more, visit: https://uupcc.org/pilgrimages/pilgrimage-opportunities

Deadline to Register: May 7, 2019

Price: From $1,195/person + $150 registration fee

07/21/2019: SpiritRest Silent Retreat

SpiritRest is a facilitated five-day silent retreat for Unitarian
Universalists and other spiritual seekers. Our 2019 gathering will be July 21-26 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. This retreat is led by UU ministers Sharon Wylie, Arvid Straube, Stefanie Etzbach-Dale, and Lucy Bunch.

Retreatants meet with a spiritual director for a half hour each day. In addition to the practice of silence, there is guidance for meditation, labyrinth walks, prayer, art journaling, Qi gong, and InterPlay. There is also time for singing together. Each day closes with a vespers service at sundown.

Learn more at our website www.spiritrestretreat.com.

Blessings,
Rev. Sharon Wylie

06/14/2019: Second Friday Film Series

Lyle Quasim of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective speaks to the audience at the May 10 screening of Love and Solidarity, a film on the life of civil rights and labor activist James Lawson. To offset the effects of the long daylight hours, the film was shown facing the back of the Sanctuary! The next Second Friday film will be Big Joy:  The Adventures of James Broughton showing on June 14. Popcorn provided.

06/14/2019: Second Friday Film Series

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

James Broughton, pioneer of experimental cinema in the 1940’s and trickster poet, was a precursor to the San Francisco beat movement. BIG JOY explores how the life and art of a very colorful character has the power to save lives an make the world a better place.

Screening 7:00; Open at 6:30 for snacks and social time

Discussion following the movie

Families welcome: Kid’s play corner available

Free admission. Donations welcome.

06/02/2019: A Larger Faith

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: June marks the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from all over the country and the world at our General Assembly.  Although only 0.3 percent of American adults identify as Unitarian Universalists, when we gather together we seem so much larger than those numbers would indicate.  GA offers UUs from congregations large and small to experience together for inspiring worship services, informative workshops, and hear amazing speakers, to feel the power of thousands of passionate, heartful voices affirming our commitment to justice, to transformation of our spirits and the world. 

The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

05/26/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

This Year we will be weaving stories and activities through World Religions and connecting those stories with UU philosophy and the 7 principles.
Ages 6+

May 26: A Day with Thoreau

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you know our 5-11 year-olds? Come enjoy their creativity as they learn and play during Religious Exploration (RE). Once a month they need a grown-up to walk them through the simple lesson plans. The kids know what to do and where everything is. It’s only 45 minutes of your time and you don’t have to do it more than once. The curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com if you are available:

June 2 
June 30 
July 7 

Donations requested:
Old Rolling Pins (wood)
Bubble Wrap

Summer Art Program on Sundays
This Summer in RE we will be playing with clay, paint, paper, dye, yarn and all sorts of fun things in ART each Sunday.  Kids will have an opportunity to be creative and learn to problem solve and think out of the box.  Starts Sunday, June 23, 2019!  

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday 

05/26/2019: UPCOMING PROGRAM FROM THE A.R.E.

You may not be 100% right?     (Curious?  Come check it out.)

Speaker – Marcia Christen   

Humans are “wired” to judge, criticize and make assumptions.  If this is the case then how do we USE that judgment that is built into our brains for us to survive, in a more discerning way, in a way that really works? Especially when standing up to “wrongs” that have such tragic consequences. 

We’ll grapple with the idea of being “nonjudgmental” and how we can actually have a different relationship with our judgments of right and wrong AND still act for justice, speak truth in love, and care for the inherent worth of all beings, including ourselves.

With specific exercises we’ll learn steps of what to do with our “negativity bias” – noticing what’s wrong more often than noticing what works, explore the importance of becoming aware of our judgments  and learn how to switch from moralistic judgment (strict right/wrong), to Value Based judgment – are needs being served?

Marcia Christen will be sharing from her experience teaching and sharing Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness in the first places she began to teach – in the state prisons. She’ll share what she has learned so far and how you might take this learning into your own life and your own ministry, whatever that is.

Marcia is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication.  Before that she was a Parent Educator, trained in sociology and psychology.

05/26/2019: Making Room for Everyone

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, In a world that seems ruled by fear and distrust, how can we truly lean into love, and make space for what is new? In the modern spiritual classic Radical Hospitality, writer Lonni Collins Pratt considers the monastic Benedictine way of love, and how it requires one to live generously of spirit. This means going beyond simple gestures of kindness and making genuine connections with those around us. The topic for this service was requested by Ellen Newberg, who won a sermon from Rev. Jessica at last year’s KUUF auction. Join us as we imagine what the Benedictine way of love can teach us about welcoming the stranger.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here

05/19/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

This Year we will be weaving stories and activities through World Religions and connecting those stories with UU philosophy and the 7 principles.
Ages 6+

May 19: Thoreau
May 26: Islam

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you know our 5-11 year-olds? Come enjoy their creativity as they learn and play during Religious Exploration (RE). Once a month they need a grown-up to walk them through the simple lesson plans. The kids know what to do and where everything is. It’s only 45 minutes of your time and you don’t have to do it more than once. The curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com if you are available:

June 2
June 30
July 7

Donations requested:
Large Tree Branch to hang things from in classroom
Bubble Wrap

Childcare Available
Every Sunday

05/19/2019: Music Sunday, a Multigenerational Worship Service

Music Sunday, a Multigenerational Worship Service KUUF is blessed with an incredible choir, an exquisitely gifted Music Coordinator/Accompanist, and many wonderful musicians.  On Music Sunday, we will hear them perform beautifully.  Children will stay for the service and learn a new song and play rhythm instruments together during the children’s story.  Lovely poetry will be shared and we’ll all be inspired and treated to creative gifts of music and words.  Come join us and be prepared to sing joyously!  

05/15/2019: KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES AGENDA

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for May 15, 2019

***** EXECUTIVE SESSION – (NONE SCHEDULED) *****

6:30 PM Call to Order:  Eric Harrold, President

Chalice Lighting (opening blessing)

Check-in

6:45 PM Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the April 17, 2019 board meeting
  • Board Liaison & other reports: Council, Finance, Personnel, etc.

6:50 PM Vote to adopt the Agenda for this meeting

6:55 PM President’s Report: Eric Harrold Review of Fellowship Business

  • ACM went well. New board members are Peter Kreidler and Eric Harrold
  • Minister is just returning from the UK
  • GA/PWR credentials have been assigned to Paul Wilson, Rosemary Dougall and Lisa Johnson

7:00 PM Minister’s Update to the Board: Presented on behalf of Rev. Jessica Star Rockers

7:15 PM Treasurer’s Report (Mark Sugimoto): Presented by the treasurer – Vote to approve.

7:25 PM Board Growth Topic: KUUF By-laws Article XI Committees, Section 1, (a), (b), (c)

7:30 PM       *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Formation of a Media Communications Committee (Eric Harrold): The Media Communications Task Force, through Jackie Westwood, announced their completion at the last board meeting. I believe we need to form a committee to continue this work and relieve the burden from the admin staff in managing routine business that is normally addressed by a committee. Discussion.

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Service recognition Sunday (Eric Harrold): For several months the board has been considering how to thank members for their service and decided to hold a “Service Sunday.” We need to schedule this event with the minister, Worship Committee and the honored guests. Discussion.

7:40 PM   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Election of new board officers (Eric Harrold): Election of new board officers is normally the first order of new business at the May board meeting. The following board officer positions will need to be confirmed through a vote: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. Discussion.

Suggested motions:

President: I move that _____________ be elected as President of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Or; I move that ________ and ___________ be elected as Co-Presidents of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Vice President: I move that _____________ be elected as Vice-President of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Or, I move that ________ and ___________ be elected as Co-Vice-Presidents of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Treasurer: I move that Mark Sugimoto be elected as Treasurer of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Secretary: I move that Selene Patterson be elected as Secretary of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

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Death with Dignity law and KUUF (Terry Mallory/Lisa Johnson): Our parish nurse and the Caring Committee have been approached by a member of our community asking that one of their loved ones be allowed to self-administer a lethal drug while on our property for the purpose of ending their life. Discussion.

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Should KUUF convert two hourly employees to salaried employees (Lisa Johnson): The Personnel Committee has proposed that we convert Brian Kenny and Mike Menefee to salaried employees for the purpose of maintaining their monthly pay during periods of the summer when the choir is not performing. Discussion.

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Unfunded expenditures expected during 2019 (Lisa Johnson/Terry Mallory): The board should consider how to fund repairs to our Grand Piano (approx. $6K). If there is an overage remaining once the budget is ratified this year, do we obligate some, or all, of that money to that repair or should we spend money out of savings for this purpose. Discussion.

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Should KUUF establish a Community Outreach Committee (Jack Peterson): Is there a need for a Community Outreach Committee? Last year’s efforts to establish a greater connection to other community organizations didn’t meet expectations. In exploring ways to establish these relationships, it has been proposed the board create a committee that would work on reaching out, into the community. Discussion.

8:40 PM Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for April 2019:  

Conversations with the Board Topics: ____________________________

For the good of the order:

Date of next Board meeting:  June ??, 2019

8:45 PM Adjournment

05/12/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

This Year we will be weaving stories and activities through World Religions and connecting those stories with UU philosophy and the 7 principles.
Ages 6+

Thank you, Helen, for teaching CRE. 
You are GREAT!

May 12: Surprise activity
May 19: Thoreau
May 26: Islam

Would you like an opportunity to engage with our KUUF children? Volunteers are needed to facilitate RE when Jenell is gone. The curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com if you are available:

June 2 (Thoreau & Walden Pond)

June 30 (art project)
July 7 (art project)

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

05/12/2019: A Legacy of Meaning

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Many of us plan for the end of our lives, ensuring that necessary documents are in place to convey our wishes for medical treatment or care of the property. Perhaps we should take similar care to pass on to those who come after us the beliefs, values, and hopes that define and guide our lives.

The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.