Author: Tanesha Smith

1/27/2019: Our Shared Ministry

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers:
Each one of us possesses unique gifts and interests. And we, as individuals and a congregation, blossom when we are empowered to discover and share our gifts and to live out our callings in the world. Together at KUUF, our callings create our shared ministry. In this service we’ll think about what it means to have a personal ministry, what it means to have a professional minister, and how we can envision our shared ministry at KUUF.

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

1/20/19: What if I Could?

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik:

In her best-selling memoir Pastrix, Lutheran minister Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber writes, “As much as I desperately wanted to be a Unitarian, I couldn’t, because what I needed was a specific divine source of reconciliation and wholeness, a source that is connected to me in love, but does not come from inside me.” This sermon imagines a vigorous conversation with Ms. Bolz-Weber and, after admiring her tattoos, getting very personal about the Divine.  

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

1/19/19: Minister Ordination Save the Date

Jessica Star Rockers will be ordained at Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church, on Bainbridge Island on January 19th from 3-6 pm at Island School, 8553 NE Day Rd. This school is located on the north end of Bainbridge Island and it cannot be reached by walking off the ferry. It is recommended to car pool from Seattle, Shoreline or Bremerton.

The ordinations service will begin promptly at 3pm and will be followed by a pot luck dinner hosted by Cedars.

To ensure that we have an accurate count for the ordination service and the pot luck supper we ask that all guests RSVP to this Website.

1/16/2019 KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

Agenda for January 16, 2019


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

                                Chalice Lighting  (opening blessing)


6:45 PM                Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the December 19, 2018 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

  • Stewardship chair search continues
  • I intend to schedule an additional board meeting in March dedicated to the budget
  • Easterseals of Wash granted us permission to use their wifi to establish comms between sanctuary and children’s care area.
  • Committee on Ministry will transition off board members as replacements are identified

7:00 PM                Treasurer’s Report (Mark Sugimoto): Vote to approve.

7:15 PM                Board Growth Topic: What’s in it for us; UUA and PWR dues

7:20 PM                                                                       *****OLD BUSINESS *****

KUUF community outreach (Jack Peterson): A list of past Charitable Giving organizations has been provided by Arlis Stewart. How can KUUF “intentionally” support those organizations? Discussion.


Congregational Safety Task Force (Lisa Johnson): A draft Congregational Safety Plan is provided for review. The Council will be discussing at their February council meeting with the intention of implementing safety plan action items. Discussion.

7:40 PM                                                                   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Reality of quarter-time ministry (Eric Harrold):
I rejoice in having Jessica Star Rockers as our quarter-time minister. The reality is that Jessica will not be able to remain our quarter-time minister indefinitely. She is balancing committee’s interests with quarter-time work. KUUF could get a distorted view of quarter-time ministry if she accepts separate pay from committees. Discussion.

7:50 PM                                                                   ********************

KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan passed by congregation (Eric Harrold): Now that the KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan has been accepted by the congregation, the board, council and committees need to review for items which need their attention. The board could form a task force to assist all “Responsible Groups” with identifying their roles in executing this plan. Discussion.


Board service acknowledgement (Jackie Westwood): There is interest in formally acknowledging members who have served on KUUF’s Board of Trustees. Perhaps a special area on the web-page where members who have made significant contributions can be honored. Should there be written criteria for consideration – if we decide to do that? Discussion.


Library budget request (Eric Harrold): Selene has requested a library budget of $340 to be added to this church year’s budget. I hope to have the Finance Committee recommendation by the time of the meeting. Discussion.


Annual congregational meeting (Eric Harrold): I have discussed our options regarding when to hold our annual congregational meeting (ACM) with our administrator and I’m suggesting we agree on 28 April 2019. Although the new board members will have been voted onto the board at the April ACM, board organization isn’t complete until the May meeting, when a new President and Vice President are elected by the board. Off going board members are encouraged to attend the May board meeting.


UUA congregational certification for General Assembly voting eligibility (Eric Harrold): The UUA sent out a certification link to KUUF for updating. We need to complete this form to be eligible to have voting delegates at General Assembly. We need to vote yes, no or abstain on the statement of conscience entitled “Democracy Uncorrupted.”


8:25 PM                Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for December 2018:  

                                Conversations with the Board Topics: __________

                                For the good of the order:

Date of next Board meeting:  February 20, 2019

8:30 p.m.             Adjournment

1/13/2019: Deported from Kitsap County

Deported from Kitsap County

an up-close view of the American deportation system

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship January 13, 2019 12:00 pm

What happens to the Undocumented in the current U.S. deportation system? Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church’s Justice Network presents an up-close view of the American deportation system and how it affects immigrants crossing the border as well as those living in our state. Speakers Katherine Niall and Helen Nissani will trace the steps of deportees, from their capture in Kitsap County to detention in Tacoma, their deportation, and attempts to return to their families. Highlights of the program include good works by The Samaritans and other humanitarian aid organizations.

Admission is free, all are welcome. For more information contact

01/13/2019: Navigating Diversity

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: 

When was the last time you had a satisfying, enriching conversation about diversity?  Americans are becoming more entrenched in polarized positions around race, gender, and politics, and it seems increasingly difficult to respectfully communicate about those issues that divide us.  As people of faith who honor Unitarian Universalism’s first principle to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, how might we engage in respectful conversations with everyone, including those with whom we disagree? 

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.

1/6/2019: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, January 6th, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF. The book we selected for this first gathering of the New Year is “Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage To Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit,” by Parker Palmer. Whether or not you have had a chance to read the entire book, you are invited to come and address this topic so relevant to the current political/social conundrum in which we find ourselves — Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826

1/4/19 President’s Collumn

President’s Column

January 2019

Happy New Year to all our KUUF members and friends! I hope that 2018 brought you all of what you needed and some of what you wanted. I am blessed to be leading the KUUF Board of Trustees towards church year 2019 – 2020 (May 1 thru April 30) and look forward to finishing this year with resolve and determination in providing for KUUF’s needs (and wants). I pray that we keep love in our hearts and kindness on our tongues as we greet the new year and all the opportunities it brings to us.

As I reflect back on church year 2018 – 2019, I’m thrilled with what we have accomplished:

  • Brian Kenny hired as our accompanist
  • Jennifer Ingalls became our Parish Nurse
  • Jessica Star Rockers signed as our Part-time Minister
  • Congregation approved KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan
  • 2018 Safety Campaign was organized and begun

The events I have listed here only begin to scratch the surface of what KUUF members and friends have accomplished this year…and we have four months left to go! I wonder what amazing things we’ll complete before April 30? I hope you’re wondering that as well, and looking for ways to help us achieve those goals.

Last year the Board of Trustees approved money to pay for childcare so members with children could attend committee meetings and KUUF events. If there are barriers to your involvement in programs or events at KUUF, please talk to a board member so we can examine the situation…you may not be the only one experiencing this difficulty. KUUF wants and needs your involvement, so please see someone with a purple name-tag, or anyone you trust, and let us help you, help us.

Speaking of Stewardship, it’s that time of year again. Most of the KUUF programs we love are made possible through member (and friends) pledges and through fund raising efforts like our rummage sale and auction. Everything I’ve been talking about in this column either directly, or indirectly, requires KUUF budget support. Contributions to KUUF through pledges not only support our fellowship but also support churches and fellowships within our Pacific Western Region and the UUA. If you’re a twelfth-man (fan) of Unitarian Universalism like I am, this is a great opportunity for us to support the things we believe in both inside and outside of our communities.

Thank you for all the support you have given me and your fellow congregants throughout the past year. KUUF doesn’t just reside geographically on a map, or on someone’s ledger, it’s in our hearts and souls…and that’s why – we are KUUF.

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

The KUUF Parish Nurse

What services does our volunteer, part-time Parish Nurse offer at KUUF?
● Information-sharing for optimizing health and well-being
● Good-Samaritan emergency response to an accident or sudden illness IF she is present
● On-the-spot assessment and referral for abuse or risk of suicide
● Maintenance of the church first-aid kit
● Involvement in disaster planning for the faith community
● Upon request: provide referrals, accompaniment to appointments, supportive visits, blood pressure checks, and assistance with advanced care planning.

When might I contact the parish nurse?
● When you have a doctor’s appointment and you are not sure what questions to ask or want someone to accompany you.
● When your blood pressure has been running high and you want it checked.
● When you or a loved one has a chronic disease and you are looking for resources.
● When you or a loved one are discharged from the hospital and have questions on how to cope.
● When you decide to make lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, diet change, or exercise, and you need resources and encouragement.
● When you have an idea for an educational program you think might be of benefit to the fellowship.
● When you or a loved one would like to complete an advanced directive
and need resources and support.

What services does the Parish Nurse not offer?
● Medical diagnoses or prescription medication
● Injections, laboratory tests, wound care, or other care that requires direction by a physician or other advanced-practice provider
● Care that would otherwise be provided by a home health or hospice agency

May the Parish Nurse provide services to minors (under age 18)?
Under Washington State law:
● Age 13 is the age of consent for mental health treatment, age 14 is the age of consent for testing & treatment of sexually-transmitted infections, there is NO minimum age of consent for reproductive health services.
● Therefore, the Parish Nurse may talk to minors who have concerns about
mental health, STI’s, contraception or pregnancy – with or without a parent present.
● If a parent is not present, the nurse will notify a parent that a conversation occurred, but will reveal no further information unless there’s danger of harm to the minor or others. Any meeting without a parent will occur in a public setting.

How does a member or friend of the fellowship contact the Parish Nurse?
● In person at the church
● By phone message at (916) 223-6880 (this phone is fingerprint
and password protected and calls and messages are confidential)
● By e-mail message at

Is the Parish Nurse available 24/7?
● As a part-time volunteer, she is not available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
● She checks and returns phone and e-mail messages regularly – usually within 24 hours.
● When she is not available for more than a day or two, she will let the congregation know.

What is a Parish Nurse?
● A Parish Nurse (Faith Community Nurse) is a licensed Registered Nurse who has completed the Fundamentals of Faith Community Nursing course.

Who is our Parish Nurse?
● Jennifer Ingalls, a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing
● Her background includes oncology, nursing education, vascular access, infusion therapy, and volunteer work in breastfeeding medicine, maternal/child, school nursing and summer camp nursing.

What is the philosophy of Parish Nursing?
● Parish nursing is a nursing specialty focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
● It uses a holistic center of care, attending to physical, mental, and
spiritual needs.
● Parish nursing is also called Faith Community Nursing.
● Parish nursing services are designed to work within the inter-dependent web of our faith community, guided by our faith tradition, covenant, and personal values.

KUUF Library

KUUF Library

Located in the Elmore Room

Hours:  10:00 am to Noon on Sundays (when the Elmore Room is open);

Monday-Friday 10:00 am-1:30 pm

Email for more information or for book recommendations

Public Catalog

View newest titles to the collection at  Our library is a work in process.  Older titles will be added to the public catalog as they are cataloged.  

Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Library of the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is to provide resources to adults in our community that supports spiritual growth through the free and responsible search for truth and meaning (third and fourth UU Principles).   We seek to include resources that bring understanding and insight from:

  • UU history, identity, beliefs, practices and beloved UU teachers
  • History and theology of the major world religions
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit (from sources)
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature (from sources)
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love (sixth principle)
  • Practices that help us meet significant personal challenges of sexuality, gender identity and roles, relationships, parenting, illness, aging, grief and death from a UU perspective


We gladly accept donations of books not already in our collection!  Donations will be reviewed prior to inclusion to determine if a copy meets our mission statement.  Leave a note if you want your books back if they cannot be included. Place donations in the bin on the bottom shelf in the library.  Thank you!

Parish Nurse Update 1/3/2019

New Year’s greetings from your parish nurse,

I hope all of you are healthy and warm after what is often a busy and tiring month for many.  I’m writing to offer a reminder of how any of you can reach me for information, a referral, to set up a visit, or to ask a question.  My phone (which is fingerprint and password protected) is (916) 223-6880, and my email is

I will be available after this Sunday’s service, and after *almost* all upcoming services for any questions you may have.  If you’d like a blood pressure screening, help completing an advanced directive, or have questions you’d like to ask in private, we can arrange that easily.

My original plan for this letter was a brief “wellness and encouragement letter,” during this most germ-ridden time of the year.  I had wanted to offer some encouragement about self-care, staying hydrated, and generally being good to ourselves.  But my plans changed yesterday, when I found out that a nurse colleague of mine took his own life over the holidays.  This was a brilliant, dedicated, compassionate, well-trained nurse, and his loss has rocked the team of the hospital where I worked from 2009-2017.  And as I move through my own complex feelings about this loss, I asked myself, what, if anything, can I do now?

I no longer live in the same area as this nurse, so I can’t easily offer concrete assistance to his family and three small children.  I can’t give a hug to my colleagues who knew him very well, or lend a listening ear to them.  What I can do is offer a hug and a listening ear to all of you.  And offer encouragement that you check in on your friends and family and offer the same.  Feel free to reach out to me, to a member of the Caring Committee, the Listening Team, and of course, Rev. Jessica.  We are your beloved community.

I’d also like to share a resource.  The National Suicide Hotline is a 24/7 free service, with a 1-800 number. 1-800-273-8255  This service is also available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing via TDD, and also via chat on their website,  I would encourage those of you who don’t feel you need this resource to save it into your phone anyway, so that one day you have it handy to share with someone who might need it.

So, in closing, Take care of yourselves, and know you are loved, important, and so valued.

With care,

Jennifer Ingalls, RN
Parish Nurse

12/30/2018: The Revolution Where You Live

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Sara Van Gelder: At a time when so much about our world is so profoundly broken, Sarah van Gelder set out on a 12,000 mile road trip to look for signs of progress on climate justice, economic justice, and racial justice. Her findings are both sobering and deeply hopeful.

Sarah van Gelder is a founder of PeoplesHub, which offers live, online training to local groups around the country who want to make change where they live.
Sarah is also YES! Magazine Co-Founder and Columnist, a public speaker, and the author of the new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America (Berrett Koehler, 2017).
As founding editor of YES!, Sarah led the magazine’s and website’s development from a scrappy start-up operating out of a rented basement to a publication that is nationally recognized for exploring leading-edge solutions to the major ecological and human challenges of our times.
Sarah lives on the Suquamish Tribe’s traditional lands; she serves on the board of the Tribe’s Suquamish Foundation and paddles with the Suquamish canoe family on the annual tribal canoe journey.