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

 

8/26/2018: Caring For Our New Mothers

KUUF Sanctuary 10:30 – 11:30 Rev. Carol McKinley; Protecting the health of mothers and babies in childbirth is a basic measure of a society’s development. Yet every year in the U.S., 700 to 900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and some 65,000 nearly die — the worst record in the developed world. Why does this happen, and what can be done to better care for the new mother?

This sermon is in response to the request from Nathan and Genevieve Emmett, who successfully bid at KUUF’s auction to name a sermon topic.  Thank you, Nathan and Genevieve, for this opportunity to become more aware of an issue that touches all our lives, and the life of our community.

 

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.

8/19/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Art for All this Summer
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
RE Class August 19, 2018

Friendship bracelets

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 through art.
More information Here
This Fall we will be exploring
WORLD RELIGIONS
Fall Registrations begin this Sunday!
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 dematteo@olypen.com
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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 jenell.dematteo@kuuf.org.

8/19/2018: Choose to Have a Great Day!

As Laurel said to Hardy, “Good news! This flat  tire is only flat on the bottom!” Each and every day we’re presented with multiple opportunities to make choices about how to “read”
events, how to respond, and how to best move forward in our lives.  This thirsty sermon stares hard at a  6-ounce tumbler holding 8 ounces of delicious water and wonders which half we see.

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.

8/17/2018: Save The Date! KUUF Rummage Sale!

KUUF Rummage Sale on Friday, August 17, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., and Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Please consider donating to this sale.   We accept most things, but NOT adult clothing, mattresses and electronics.   You can drop off your donations right after church, at the administration building, on these Sundays:  July 15July 22July 29August 4August 12.   Weekdays during business hours:  August 13-16.

We can still use more volunteers for this event.   There is a sign up list in the KUUF foyer.

For more information you may contact Susan Welsh, suwelsh888@yahoo.com, or Karen Leader Scott, leaderscott49@gmail.com.

8/15/2018: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for August 15, 2018

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

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

Chalice Lighting

Check-in

6:45 PM Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

 

  • Minutes of the July 18, 2018 board meeting
  • Board Liaison & other reports, including 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

 

  • Council is developing a safety campaign calendar
  • Board Retreat was a success
  • Conversation with the Board has been changed to the second Sunday of each month

 

 

 

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

7:15 PM Board Growth Topic:  Where can I find information on how KUUF should be run?

7:25 PM *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Parish Nurse Cost to Fellowship (Terry Mallory): Karen Leader-Scott has proposed, that as part of the Caring Committee, we allow Jessica Ingalls to act as a parish nurse. I have contacted our insuring agency and they provided an updated policy raising our premiums by $326. Does the board approve of the additional cost to the 2018 – 2019 church budget? Our insurance is just to cover KUUF from liability. Anyone filling the parish nurse volunteer position has to provide proof of insurance for themselves. Discussion.

Suggested motion: I move that the board authorize an additional $326 to the 2018 – 2019 church budget to pay for the increased insurance premium associated with providing KUUF liability coverage for a Parish Nurse volunteer position.  

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Ask the Finance Committee to write a policy outlining the disposition of funds, received from the lease of KUUF property, not directly allocated to a fund for property maintenance (Eric Harrold): Again, I feel strongly that a policy is needed to transfer funds, not allocated in the leased property budget, into the General Fund to support annual fellowship operating cost. Discussion.

7:45 PM   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Raise the Paddle Cause (Eric Harrold): Ellen Newberg has asked that the board consider a “cause” for this year’s Raise the Paddle event during our annual Auction. Several possibilities have been suggested: Rail and step improvements for path beside the Matan Bldg; AED for Foyer; AV equipment for sanctuary; computer network upgrade for video conferencing. Discussion.

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KUUF needs to revive the Committee on Ministry (Eric Harrold): As KUUF moves closer to having a part-time minister we need to consider the need for a Committee on Ministry. This has been an active Committee in the past and I feel there are important reasons to put it back in place prior to employing a part-time minister. Discussion.

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Liaison to the Chalice Circle Facilitator (Eric Harrold): Someone has asked about a liaison for the Chalice Circles. As this is not a committee, and has no elected chair, I presume a board member would be coordinating with the facilitator of the Chalice Circle, which is Selene. Would anyone like to act in that capacity? Discussion.  

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2018 Safety Campaign (Jim Franklin/Eric Harrold): The Council is working on developing a Safety Campaign Calendar to outline our greater safety concerns. I believe we (the board) should specifically ask them to include aspects of safety that we consider a priority. Topics that come to mind are: child care security, active shooter scenario, fire drill (kids and adults), earthquake drill (kids and adults), medical emergency, property hazards, building access, etc. Discussion.

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

Conversations with the Board Topics: How on that…over.

  • How is the Board communication doing? The board communicates with the congregation in several ways: President’s Column, open meetings, conversation with the board, other (?). Are you getting the word?

For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, 19 September 2018

8:30 p.m. Adjournment

8/12/2018: Sometimes There Is No Lemonade

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Anderson Most people run into times when the obstacles of life seem insurmountable. Sometimes hope is gone. Sometimes life just seems to be getting worse. Sometimes, lemons are just lemons and there is no lemonade. This sermon will reflect on how people live life with grit and perseverance when all hope is lost.

Rev. Anderson is a retired UU Community Minister. As a community minister he was settled at Catholic Community Services for 32 years in Tacoma where he served as a family therapist, and directed counseling, chemical dependency treatment, welfare to work and parent education programs. He also did considerable conflict management consultation and training with nonprofits and UU Churches. During the last twelve years at CCS he oversaw programs for adults experiencing homelessness. Now retired, he spends time with family, does wood and metal sculpture, provides an occasional sermon, and serves on occasional committees.

8/12/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Art for All this Summer
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
RE Class August 12, 2018
Wish Boats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 through art.

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 dematteo@olypen.com
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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 jenell.dematteo@kuuf.org.

8/9/2018: News About KUUF’s Worship Services

The Worship Committee is making two changes in our worship services.  The first is fairly simple;l the other involves our Joys & Sorrows process.

Hoping to make our Worship Services a deeper experience, we’ve asked Rev. Carol McKinley to train about a 16 people, including the members of the Worship Committee, to be Lay Leaders.  The training will focus on how to create sacred space for worship, how to create a sense of welcome and inclusion from the pulpit, how to respond in case of an emergency, how to use the lay leader script without reading it, and a few other items.  We are grateful to those who have volunteered to be on the newly forming Lay Leader Team.  Those folks will rotate as Lay Leaders each Sunday starting in September.  We hope this will strengthen our worship services.

For several years KUUF friends and members and the Worship Committee have been trying to find a new way of celebrating Joys & Sorrows that meets the needs of more of those who attend Worship Service.  We’ve tried several different methods and sought the advice and input from all members and friends.  The opinions range from those who prefer to use our previous method of having each person speak their own joy or sorrow to those who prefer to not have Joys & Sorrows as part of the Worship Service at all.

Hoping to create a new ritual that is a compromise, the Worship Committee has developed the following new Joys & Sorrows ritual that will also start in September.  Here are the steps of the new ritual:

  • Those who have a Joy or Sorrow to share will complete a form similar to the one we now use and place it in the basket before the service.  They will indicate on the form if they prefer to have the Joy or Sorrow read for them or if they prefer to read it themselves.
  • During the reading of Joys & Sorrows, those that were submitted to be read for the author will be read by the Joys & Sorrows Reader.  When they are all read, then
  • The Joys & Sorrows Reader will invite those who want to read their own Joy or Sorrow to come forward.  Each person will be given their card to read to the congregation.
  • Please do not speak extemporaneously or come up if you have not filled out a card.  The purpose of using the card is to ensure that the Joys & Sorrows ritual does not become an opportunity for long descriptions, but a moment to simply share, in one’s own voice, the joy or sorrow you have.
  • Because of our assisted hearing system, each person will read into the microphone, which will be held by the Joys & Sorrows Reader.

We hope this new way of celebrating Joys & Sorrows will meet the expressed needs of as many congregants as possible.  We know that it isn’t exactly what some people would like, but it is a compromise that may be helpful.

We will try this method for six months, and evaluate again to see if it is working.  We thank everyone for their commitment to our beloved community and to a worship service that is loving, gracious and caring of all.

8/5/2018: In Times Like These

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF sanctuary, Crystal Zerfoss Mavis Staples sings, in times like these, we need to be strong; we need to carry on, hold on, and right what’s wrong. With so much going on in our world, how are we holding on and making Love manifest in times like these? 

Crystal Zerfoss, M.Div., Unitarian Universalist from Westside UU Congregation in West Seattle and recent graduate from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

8/5/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Art for All this Summer
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
RE Class August 5, 2018
Weaving Ojo de Dios
A God’s eye is a spiritual and votive object made by weaving a design out of yarn upon a wooden cross. Often several colors are used. They are commonly found in Mexican and Mexican American communities, among both Indigenous and Catholic peoples.

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 through art.

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 dematteo@olypen.com
​​
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 jenell.dematteo@kuuf.org.

8/5/2018: Social Justice Meeting

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting from about 11:40 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, after the service in the Admin. room.

Agenda topics include:

  1.   KIAC Banquet & Auction
  2.  SJC Retreat – possible dates
  3.  Second Friday Film Festival
  4.  Hiroshima & Nagasaki Days – Ground Zero

At 1:00 those interested are invited to car pool to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action at 16159 Clear Creek Road NW to hear Bill Moyer speak at 1:30. Bill founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 to teach creative and dramatic ways to resist tyranny. This is the famous activist who mobilizes hundreds of kayaks in a giant, floating mosaic! He is a keynote speaker for Ground Zero’s August 4 – 6 commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. For more details go to http://www.gzcenter.org/event/hiroshimanagasaki-commemoration/

8/5/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet on Sunday, August 5th, 9:30am-10:30am in the library (Elmore Room) at KUUF when we will be discussing the stimulating and controversial book by Michael Pollan: “How to Change Your Mind – What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” – as usual, you are welcome to come and participate or simply listen — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon|Good Reads

8/4/2018: NUCLEAR WEAPONS? NO DEAL!

KUUFers and their friends are invited to attend all or part of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action’s 2018 Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration and actions promoting nuclear disarmament.  Meals are provided.  The Ground Zero Center is located at 16159 Clear Creek Road, Poulsbo,  Visit www.gzcenter.org  and go to the Events page for a full schedule of events:
Saturday, August 4:  Breakfast and welcome at GZ, welcome Peace Walk at 11:00, carpool to Hood Canal for Boats By Bangor water protest, evening concert with Irthlingz duo.
Sunday, August 5:  Nonviolence training, keynote addresses by Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, planning and discernment for nonviolent direct action on Monday, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen memorial.
Monday, August 6 (Hiroshima anniversary):  gather at 6:30 AM for vigil and civil disobedience action at Bangor gates.
With the current world situation, we need voices of restraint and sanity more than ever to avoid nuclear war and to abolish these horrific weapons that Archbishop Hunthausen called “the Auschwitz of Puget Sound”.
Contact Mack Johnson or Phil Davis for more information.