Author: Tanesha Smith

9/1/2018: 2018 KUUF Trip to Recsenyed Transylvania

The KUUF Partner Church Committee would like to invite you to travel with us to our Partner village of Recsenyed in rural Transylvania. The trip is scheduled for two weeks returning on September 29. This is a very exciting time to be visiting them as this year marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda; the first edict of Religious freedom in history, and Rev Adel has said they would like to take us to visit Torda while we are there. We will be staying in the homes of some of the villagers, and don’t worry about the language barrier, as they have English speakers available. This trip is a great way to broaden our understanding of not only Unitarianism but of the culture of our Szekely partners, and to make new friends. If you are interested or have any questions please contact John or Ginger Younie at 360-308-8059

6/23/2018: Is it Just Me?

is it just me?







eric lane barnes

heather gonio

paul rosenberg


Diverse Harmony and Spectrum


June 23,  2018 7:30 pm

East Shore Unitarian Church 12 700 SE 32nd st

Bellevue, WA

$15/20 at the door


East Shore Live Presents “Is It Just Me?”: Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.

‘Is It Just Me?’ traces a young man’s journey out of the dark depths of a Pentecostal church (“everything but the snakes”) through the hazards and mishaps of early gay adulthood, to a place of relative peace and contentment. Songs, scenes, monologues and a frank and open use of puppets fuel the show. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at East Shore Unitarian Church (12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue) Get tickets here!

6/22/2018: United Way’s Day of Caring

Mark Your Calendar:  Friday, June 22, 2018, is United Way’s Day of Caring.  The Social Justice Committee asks for volunteers from the KUUF to help at the Bremerton Food Liner (Food Bank).  Volunteers will meet at the Food Liner at 9:00 AM and assist until approximately 1:30 PM.
Volunteers are needed.  A box lunch will be provided by United Way.  You can RSVP by email to, phone 360.602.9320 or give your name and email address to Gary Sykes.

6/21/2018: Faith Over Fear – Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.

KUUF’s Adult Religious Education Committee and Social Justice Committee are sponsoring this event.
We encourage you to attend it!


Each year the Islamophobia industry spends over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, YouTube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of the Islamophobia industry turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America!

We cordially invite the public, faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) for an overview of the Islamophobia industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together.

7:00 PM, June 21, 2018
Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2225 Perry Ave, Bremerton, WA

Pastor Terry Kyllo serves as the director of Neighbors in Faith an interfaith effort to recognize Muslims as neighbors and partners in building a more peaceful world. NIF is authorized by the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches in western Washington State.

Aneelah Afzali, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.

MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), Neighbors in Faith, The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, Faith Action Network, Council on American-Islamic Relations WA, Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, The Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, The Southwest-ern Washington Synod of the ELCA & Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Islamic Center of Kitsap County and the Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Faith Over Fear Standing with our Muslim Neighbors Roadshow With Aneelah Afzali and Pastor Terry Kyllo

6/10/2018: 9th Annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing something special. In the face of political divisiveness, we’re bringing Republicans and Democrats together. In the face of uncertainty and distraction, we maintain a laser-like focus on our goal. Join us for the Citizens’ Climate 9th Annual International Conference & Lobby Day to be a part of this powerful, unique movement.

Everyone from brand new CCL volunteers to seasoned citizen lobbyists will receive special training on how to communicate about climate change and climate solutions. You’ll also hear from inspiring speakers and meet fellow volunteers from across the country who are dedicated to this issue. For those who are interested, you can put your new training into practice at the Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 12, where you can meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.


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6/3/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 3rd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing the book: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love by Lonni Pratt and Daniel Homan.  This highly praised book has applications well beyond the Benedictine Monastery tradition to being truly welcoming and accepting in groups and organizations in general as well as in our personal relationships.  As usual you are welcome to come and participate or to just listen  —Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826










6/3/2018: A Moral Revival for America

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Last month, the Poor People’s Campaign–a fusion movement that lifts up the leadership of those directly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the military-industrial complex–began a 40-day campaign in every state to challenge those interconnected evils. Rooted in deep religious and constitutional values, the campaign calls upon each of us to act now to save the heart and soul of our democracy.
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.

5/27/2018: Living with Uncertainty

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Kate Lore: Everything around us seems to be in flux: our climate, the government, technologies and our hopes  or the future. How can we enjoy life when everything about it seems so uncertain?

Kate Lore currently serves as the Assistant Minister alongside Bruce Bode at Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend. Prior to that time, she served First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon as their Social Justice Minister. She holds a Masters of Theology degree from Meadville/Lombard, our UU seminary in Chicago, and was ordained in 2007.

5/27/2018: Sock it to Me in May!



Knowing that soggy spring can be as hard on feet as winter, Chalice Circle 7 is collecting new socks for those in need during the month of May. Just bring a package of NEW men’s or women’s socks to the foyer any Sunday in May.
Your gifts will be distributed at the Lord’s Neighborhood Diner where we know they will be appreciated!
Warm hearts, minds and toes!

5/27/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Next RE Class will be 
June 10, 2018
We will be having one RE Class for ages 6-13 that begins after the children are sung out of the service.  Our class time is only 30-40 minutes and will be focusing on Unitarian Universalist Stories and the Seven Principles.

Childcare opens at 10am for children who do not want to start in the service. All children are welcome to start in the service and then go up to the children’s building for Childcare or Religious Exploration.
The children listen to a story in the service and then the congregation sings them out at approximately 11 am.
Childcare Needed for KUUF Event?
Please contact Jenell at


We invite parents of young children to participate fully in KUUF events and activities.  If the need for childcare is impacting your ability to engage in KUUF congregational life, please contact Jenell, our Children’s Religious Exploration Associate, at

5/27/2018: Buildings and Grounds Requests Help

It is mowing season again, and the beautiful grounds at KUUF need your help and attention. Please step up and adopt a section of the grounds to mow. If you are not able to handle a mower, volunteer to edge or weed. Anything will help. Growth will slow down as the weather gets warmer and drier, but for now, it needs attention on a weekly basis. Three people are presently taking care of the grounds, and it is too much work for so few. Please help out!

Please contact to coordinate our activities and to receive instructions on access to the mowing equipment.


Good evening LND folks.  It’s getting to be that time again. I’m excited that we (KUUF) have maintained our resolve to fight hunger and economic inequality for another year!  Yeah!! I’m also very excited to tell you that the RESULTS organization has nominated AND selected the LND to be their 2018 Humanitarian Award winner!! (Man! I love it when that happens). This means that due in part to the hard work and devotion that KUUF has shown to the LND, we all helped the LND become an award winning community provider…and a great big WOOYAH to all of us. Really super news. Honestly, we all should be proud of what we do there.

Back to business. KUUF has a meal on the 26th of May…that’s the last Saturday of May. KUUF always has the last Saturday of every other month. For your planning calendars, that will be: 28 July, 29 September, and the 24th of November.

Okay then, the mornings and afternoons are wide open. Mornings are 10:30 – 2:15 PM, afternoons are from 2:00 – 5 PM. I look forward to hearing for everyone soon. Thank you all.

Eric Harrold

5/20/2018: Just a Note 🎵

Members of our KUUF Choir joined their voices this past Sunday as part of an interfaith choir celebrating Armed Forces Week.  The program was organized and hosted by the Bremerton LDS Church.  Our choir performed “This Land Is Your Land Rock” arranged by Mike Menefee.  The audience loved it!  We then joined in with the other choirs to sing the closing hymn, “God of Our Fathers”.  The choirs were accompanied on this hymn by a brass ensemble that included our Mike Menefee.  We all received a standing ovation!


A big “Thank You” to Mike and to Lisa Johnson for this opportunity.  Lisa heard of the program because of her work on the Interfaith Council and she presented the idea to Mike and the choir.  Mike organized KUUF’s participation and, of course, directed our choir’s number.  For all of us who were able to participate, it was both fun and worthwhile to be a part of the celebration.  It was also a wonderful way for KUUF reach out and be a part of the interfaith community.

5/20/2018: Risk the Ocean: Anchor, Rudder, Oars, Fear


10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik : Imagine riding the subway in New York City and discovering a posted placard with a famous proverb by poet Antonio Machado:  “A person has four things that don’t work on the sea: anchor, rudder and oars, and fear of drowning.” This sermon wonders aloud exactly what you and thousands of subway riders puzzled over:  What on earth do these words mean?

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”. ( 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.