Author: Tanesha Smith

03/29/2020: Spiritual Journey to Peru

March 29 – April 8, 2020

Come with us to the “Womb of the earth” in the highlands of Peru and experience one of the most spiritual places I have ever been to: Machu Picchu. Our journey will be filled with comfortable places to stay, Shamanic conversations, lovely food, water blessings at an old Inca spring, beautiful natural vistas, and reflections while sitting on a mountain top. We will learn about the culture, food, and history as we try to imagine what these things mean for us.

Tour Cost (per person): US$4695 Including taxes and gratuities Single Supplement: US$995 We would be happy to try to match you with a suitable roommate. If we are unable to do so, the single supplement will apply and will be collected with balance payment at 90 days prior to departure. Group Size: 14 – 18 participants

How to Book:
Please contact the Worldwide Quest office for more information and to secure your booking. 1-800-387-1483 | 416-633-5666 |

02/01/2020 Join us for KUUF’s 70th Birthday Party & Stewardship Kick-Off from 5-8 pm

Fun & Frolic is hosting this intergenerational evening of celebration to include a potluck dinner and treasure hunt. Birthday cake and ice cream, sparkling wine & cider, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please RSVP ASAP and bring an appetizer, salad, veggie or main dish. Childcare available if requested, but children 3 and older welcome to attend.  Everyone is welcome — this is a festive event and party hats and attire are encouraged!!!

The theme for the evening and stewardship campaign is “Shining Our Light Together” and we will be highlighting the past & present to light our FUTURE.

If any questions, please contact Ginny Sugimoto at 360-620-7537 or

01/28/2020: Board Meeting Agenda

  1.  Chalice Lighting and check-in (Board Covenant)
  2. Approve Consent Agenda
  3. Approve Agenda for tonight’s meeting
  4.  Clarity around email checking—acknowledgement of receipt, threads, Reply All
    1. alternative to email conversations?
    2. Thoughts?
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Budget discussion:  Board-identified needs
    1. Rev. JSR’s contract at 80%
    2. HVAC clean-up
    3. Growth budget:  for architects/initial planning/Consultants
    4. Music budget:  $500. music + Brian’s printing + software
    5. Tables:  round plastic to replace heavy wooden tables
      1. How many round tables/Package of 4?
    6. Fellowship payment for CPR class (for Childcare staff and community members)
    7. Board discretionary fund (retreat, holiday luncheon for employees)
    8. Other items from Board
  7. February 1, Saturday, 70th Birthday party
    1. For ages 3 and up (childcare available)
    2. Inauguration of new AV system
    3.  Potluck
  8. February meeting with COSM:  what do we want to know about the 5-Year plan
  9. Thank you notes for January
  10. Good of the Order

01/26/2020: 70th Anniversary Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, In January of 1950 a handful of visionary souls, led by lifelong Unitarian Mary Lou DeSanta, met to form Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Seventy years later we are still going strong. In this multigenerational service, we will gather together and celebrate, in story and song, some of the highlights of our rich history. Join us as we honor our ancestors and commit to carrying on their vision of a liberal religious community in Kitsap County.

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

01/23/2020: Committees Asked to Offer Perspectives

The Committee on Shared Ministry (COSM) has been meeting with Rev. Jessica for about a year. It was formerly named the Committee on Ministry and was perceived as mostly a support group for the Minister. Under Rev. Jessica’s leadership, the newly named Committee on Shared Ministry is evolving toward the support of all the KUUF ministries. COSM members have been asked to request opportunities to check in with each KUUF committee/ministry
In its new Charter its purpose is defined as follows:
“B. PURPOSE: The purpose of the COSM is to collaboratively and compassionately support, coordinate, and focus the ministries of KUUF in fulfillment of its mission.  Its functions are to educate the congregation about our shared ministries, to assess the success of our ministries and to make recommendations for improvement to the Board.  The COSM does not implement or direct change.  It does not serve as a conflict resolution body. The COSM is an advisory committee to the Minister, the Board, and the congregation at large.  It does not have programmatic or administrative authority.  The Board is the decision-making body.”
As Rev. Jessica put it at our January 9, 2020 meeting, COSM’s role is to “observe the health of the ministries and progress of the Five-Year Plan.”
In order to do this, individual COSM members have been asked to request opportunities to check in with each KUUF committee/ministry.   Examples of discussion points include:
·    As a committee/ministry, how are you doing?
·    Do you feel that your committee/ministry is thriving?
·    How do you view your group as supporting KUUF’s Mission?  “Our Mission as the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is to build a liberal religious community of love and justice, enriched by diversity that nurtures spirituality and inspires us to act on our beliefs.”
·    Are you getting the support you need from the minister, the Board, the Fellowship Council, the COSM, and the congregation?  If not, what would that needed support look like? 
·    What is your committee’s/ministry’s view of the Five-Year Plan and your role in supporting it?  Is it realistic? What steps have you taken to carry out desired outcomes delegated to your group?
Rev. Jessica and the committee members – Karen Leader Scott, Ellen Newberg, Jessica Demick, Marcia Christen, and Vivien Blyth look forward to contacting and meeting with the different ministries in the next month or two. If you do not get approached and would like to talk to a member of the committee please get in touch.

12/29/2019: Help Congress Help Homeless With Renters Credits

The Olympian’s Christmas Eve edition asks “Is Congress doing enough to help homeless in Thurston County?” emphasizing struggles within the “unsheltered” population even with some community progress. While Thurston County is to be commended for its successes, the 31 percent rise of average rents in the last 10 years might be a huge thorn that needs clipping for those caught in the downside of our housing situation.

The Olympian speaks to providing political pressure at the federal level in response to what we see daily about our community. Let’s consider financial resources by addressing the increased rent burden and how to insulate the most vulnerable from evictions, one of the major paths into homelessness.

A renters’ tax credit could help address the affordable housing crisis by capping the out-of-pocket rent and utility expenses a low-income household would pay at around 30 percent of their income. The credit would cover any excess above that up to 100 percent of the community’s “Fair Market Rent.” Researchers at Columbia University estimate that a renters’ credit could lift over 9 million Americans above the poverty line. There have been bipartisan proposals to create a renters’ credit and to appropriately address the rights of landlords.

Adequate housing is as complicated as finding solutions. A renters’ tax credit can be part of the solutions. Political pressure comes from our using not only our vote, but expressing hopes and possibilities to our elected representatives. Let’s use our personal power during this dark time of the year.

Nancy Curtiss, Olympia

01/19/2020: Dear Unwise and Untimely

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In 1963, Martin Luther King was arrested and imprisoned for protesting against racial segregation. While sitting in jail, he took pen to paper to respond to church leaders who were calling his activities “unwise and untimely.” This Sunday we revisit King’s provocative “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” where he asks “what else is there to do when you are alone for days in the dull monotony of a narrow jail cell other than write long letters, think strange thoughts, and pray long prayers?”

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

01/18/2020: MLK Non-violent Vigil

The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action invites you to celebrate the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy of nonviolent resistance to racism, poverty, and war. Join us at Ground Zero Center, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo WA 98370, on Saturday, January 18, at noon for a potluck, followed at 1:00 PM by a brief vigil (no arrests) at the Main Gate of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in honor of the late Dr. King. The action ends around 2:30.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Dr. King’s nonviolent legacy. Bring something to share at the potluck. We will provide signs and banners that we will bring to the vigil. It is a 10-15 minute walk to the gate. Transportation will be available for those needing assistance.


Questions? contact Mack Johnson or email

01/17/2020: Enl!ghten- Kitsap Community Forum

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Join the Conversation. Share your reflections about International Holocaust Remembrance Day on social media using #WeRemember.

Our speaker Matthew Erlich, who comes to us through the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity, Recounts the remarkable story of his mother’s survival of the Holocaust.

Friday, January 17, 2020, 6 to 8:30 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
700 Callahan Drive Bremerton
Donation at the Door

Enl!ghten is proud to be a new partner with Kitsap Regional Library System

To register and information, visit our website:

01/12/2020: Lighting a New Way

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: In the poem “Lighting a New Way”, UU minister Jay Wolin asks, “Are we a people of holding on or letting go?” As we enter this new cultural decade, let us pause to let go of what no longer serves us and embrace a hopeful future. Who do we want to be together? Our chalice illuminates the path for us, our community nourishes the flame, and together we can resolve to light a new way into a new decade, holding a faithful vision for our world community. A way of empathy, compassion, and justice.

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

01/06/2020: Let’s not ignore the inconvenient issues

If history were only this day and the world were only my house, I think I would agree with Pete Brady (“Economic answers for Trump’s popularity,” letters, Dec.31) about the greatness of these times.  

Like him, many of us don’t like to think of increasing national debt and homelessness, dirty oceans and melting ice, bombs, food insecurity and locally undereducated children.

We want someone else to take care of those problems. Maybe my granddaughter. She’s three.

Jill Clarridge, Bremerton 

01/05/2020: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, January 5th, 9:30 am-10:30 am in the KUUF Library when we will be discussing the book,  God Virus, How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture, by Darrel Ray.  As usual, you are invited to come and listen or participate to your comfort level – Jerry Butler, 360-981-8826