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

03/24/2019: Visionary Women

10:30 -11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Carol McKinley: March is Women’s History Month.  Let us recognize and celebrate those who worked to achieve full equality for all women and to realize a vision of true wholeness for all people


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.

03/23/2019: The PNW UU Music Festival

Edmonds UU are extremely excited to host Melanie DeMore who will share her musical gifts with us during our music festival, March 23 – 24.

She was a favorite clinician at the NationalAssociation of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (formerly UUMN) Conference in Portland last summer. More information about Melanie: http://www.melaniedemore.com/

Melanie will lead a workshop during which she will teach us songs by rote on Saturday, March 23 in Chapman Hall (Edmonds UU Congregation) from approximately 10:30 to 3:30 PM.

  • We will also learn one choral arrangement: “God is All There Is” by Mary Watkins. To purchase the PDF Version for Soloist and Choir ($1.75 per copy), contact Mary at marymusic99@aol.com

 We will present our “Community Sing” concert at the United Methodist Church in Edmonds, 828 Caspers St., 2:00 – 3:00 pm (call is 1:00 pm).

  • To offset workshop/concert fees, travel accommodations, and venue rental etc. we are asking for $30. per singer.

All UU’s are welcome to join in even if they don’t sing in a choir. Melanie will also be teaching songs to the audience as part our “Community Sing” concert.

To help our cash flow, please send checks to Bertram Gulhaugen, 2428 SW Holden St unit B, Seattle, 98106. If it’s more convenient to pay using your credit or debit card please do so on Brown Paper Tickets: https://pnwuumf.brownpapertickets.com .

Time is of the essence so please let your choir and congregation know ASAP.

03/17/2019: Specialize in the Impossible

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In this bright dark world of beauty and tumult, poet Theodore Roethke said: “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” Why would anyone bother with the impossible? This sermon explores those noteworthy realms of possible and impossible, and what powers we need to harness to become that specialist our world so desperately needs.

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much-appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and assistant to the minister for preaching at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship

03/10/2019: Movie night at KIAC

Save the Date. March 10, Sunday at 3:30. It took a while but they are finally here! Movies on immigration stories.
Date March 10th Sunday at 3:30 pm. 
KIAC office 3627 Wheaton Way.
Around back at Lighthouse Plaza.

We will show a 10 min documentary called “The Mayor” about a man who begins to understand immigration first hand and take steps to make changes. 

We will have a short discussion and then the 40 minute “Abrazos” documentary about how a Minnesota town comes together to make a difference in the lives of local Guatemalan families. 

Kitsap Guatemalan families will be invited and everyone can participate in a discussion to follow. Light refreshments. 

The conference room is not large so plan to get there early for a seat.”

03/10/2019: Embracing the Holy Gist

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Barely within hearing range of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, a listener  reports to those nearby, “I think it was ‘Blessed are the cheesemakers.’” The honest confusion between “peacemaker” and “cheesemaker” from Monty Python’s religious comedy The Life of Brian is the launching point for an exploration of the question “What is the Holy Gist?”

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and assistant to the minister for preaching at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship

03/10/2019: 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+

March 10 Stories on Kindness
March 17 The Wheel of the Seasons
March 24 I am the Elements & Planting Flowers
March 31 Welcome Spring with a Scavenger Hunt

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

April 7
April 28
June 2

Childcare Available
Every Sunday

03/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

The Reluctant Radical: Activist Ken Ward Confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

Screening starts at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for snacks and social time. Discussion following the movie. Families are welcome with a kids’ play corner available.

Free Admission.Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE Bremerton, WA call 360-377-4724 or email admin@kuuf.org with questions.

03/07/2019: President’s column

Hello everyone! Spring is not exactly in the air yet, but the KUUF calendar is telling me our Annual Congregational Meeting is right around the corner (April 28th). With that in mind, I want to talk to you about some options for a minister this year. 

Our minister, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, will finish her quarter-time contract with us at the end of April 2019. This has been an exciting time with her. Together, we held our breath while the UUA Fellowship Council approved her for ministry; we signed a contract with her as a quarter-time minister; we participated in her ordination, and we’ve treasured her care for us…bringing us to where we are now. 

The KUUF board and council are considering how to proceed from here. Individually, we all have a vote on how our fellowship is run. Both the board and council share a greater responsibility, in that we consider not just ourselves but the whole congregation. We have a duty to do what is best for the fellowship, which is why I’m sending a Ministerial Services Survey to the congregation. 

What I’m suggesting to you, and the board is considering, is that we hire Rev. Jessica Star Rockers at a half-time position in a two-year contract. There are several reasons for this:
First is Jessica’s ambition to become a permanent Unitarian Universalist minister. For that to happen she needs work as a minister to gain the necessary experience and skills the UUA requires for a permanent minister, and half-time ministry satisfies that requirement. 
Second is we need to show her our commitment if we don’t want her to be looking at other places for employment. 
Third is that our 2018 Five-Year Plan outlines specific goals and development that JSR is uniquely qualified to provide; notably, attracting younger members through social media. 

I am asking everyone to take the ten minutes necessary to complete the Ministerial Services Survey, either through the link Tanesha will provide you, or in person at the fellowship. March and April are very busy months here at KUUF with budget discussions, planning for the coming year, and generally taking care of business. Your part of this work is taking the survey…and participating in discussions with the board and committees to, as they say, “walk the talk.” 

Thank you all for your strong support of KUUF and the many programs and opportunities offered here, none of which would be possible without your commitment and participation. We are KUUF.

Eric Harrold
KUUF Board President

03/03/2019: Truth Quest Book Quest

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The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, March 3rd, 9:30am-10:30 am in the Elmore room (Library) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “Why Religion?” by Dr. Elaine Pagel. This book by Dr. Pagel, a renowned religious scholar, is partly a gripping memoir of how the death of her toddler son, followed close by the death of her beloved husband, led to a personal search for meaning on her part to try to make sense of these traumatic losses. 

03/03/2019: 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+

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March 3 The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna

March 10   Stories on Kindness   

March 17 The Wheel of the Seasons 

March 24  I am the Elements & planting flowers

March 31 Welcome Spring with a Scavenger Hunt

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

April 7
April 28
June 2

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

03/03/2019: Why Stories Matter

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee: The stories we learn and tell impact the way we live in the world. Rev. Reid-McKee will tell several creation stories and talk about how our understanding of creation influences our relationship with others and with the planet.

Nancy Reid-McKee completed her Masters in Divinity at the Starr King School for the Ministry in 2018, as well as serving as a Ministerial Intern at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, New York.  She has been a Unitarian Universalist for 19 years, with a strong involvement in the Social Justice and Community Organizing programs in her home congregation and state.  Prior to becoming a minister, Nancy was a Nurse Practitioner, working on the Navajo Nation and with other government agencies.  She switched career paths in her 50’s as she decided to pursue how she could be fulfilling a dream of being part of healing our world.