Author: Tanesha Smith

12/9/2018: Regaining the Kingdom – The Gift of Stories from Jesus and the Bhagavad Gita

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Margo Rinehart: Both the Hindi sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, and the gospel stories of the coming of Jesus describe the hope of regaining control of the kingdom during dark times of war or occupation. Margo Rinehart, M.Div. will explore the shared lessons of hope and spiritual practices in the Christian text and the Bhagavad Gita.

 

12/2/2018: The Chalice Festival

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers – Sunday, December 2, we will be celebrating Unitarian Universalism’s own holiday, the Chalice Festival (formerly known as Chalica). Our minister, Jessica Star Rockers will speak about the history of the holiday and the seven principles that inspired it. And our children from CRE have a special surprise as well. Directly following the service is our annual tradition of decorating the holiday tree! Please join us for this fun and festive service.

Jessica Star Rockers is a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, on her way to the Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee in September. She has served as an intern minister at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island and Shoreline UU Church in Shoreline, WA. She is currently a learning fellow with the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and their young son.

11/25/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

 

Ages 6+ This Year we will be weaving stories and activities through World Religions and connecting those stories with UU philosophy and the 7 principles.
Nov. 25
Making Chalice Ceremony Bags
Dec. 2
Multi-Gen and Children’s dedication
Dec. 9
Celebrating Hanukkah
Dec. 16
Christmas Around the World and making Decorations
Dec. 23
Celebrating Solstice
Dec. 30
NO RE, Childcare Available

Childcare Available
Every Sunday

Guest At Your Table Boxes will be available in the Foyer.  Please take one for your spare change for Justice Across Borders.  Since 2014, violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala has led nearly 250,000 Central Americans to seek asylum in the United States.  

 

 

 

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.

11/25/2018: Edict of Torda

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley: Today we accept freedom of belief and worship as foundational to American Unitarian Universalism, a freedom rooted in the act of a Transylvanian king in 1568.  It was in that year, at the council of Torda in Transylvania, King John Sigismund issued a decree proclaiming religious tolerance. The Edict of Tolerance, as it was originally called, was the first of its kind in the western world, and is foundational for the religious freedom we practice today.

John and Ginger Younie traveled to Transylvania earlier this fall, and visited the birthplace of the world’s first proclamation of religious freedom.

 

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.

11/22/2018: Thanksgiving Potluck at KUUF

We welcome everyone to join us for a thanksgiving potluck on
Thursday 11/22/18  Friends and family welcome
We will start gathering around 1:00 and then eat around 2:00.
We are providing local, organically bred turkeys and ask everyone to bring the other dishes including, of course, cranberry sauce, pies, something to drink etc

There will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer or you may call or e-mail the office at 360 377 4724 or admin@kuuf.org.
Please consider helping with set-up and clean-up.

For more information contact Bonner Sams, Marcie Mathis, or Vivien Blyth.

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11/18/2018: Tasting Salt: Inspiring a New CommUUnion

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik The modern Unitarian-Universalist tradition celebrates at least three distinct communions: water, flower, and compost. This Sunday before Thanksgiving, we will co-create, improvise, and experience a new communion which focuses attention and savoring on the most vital mineral covering vast areas of the planet: salt.

 

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.

 

11/18/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Ages 6+
This Year we will be weaving stories and activities through World Religions and connecting those stories with UU philosophy and the 7 principles.

Nov. 18, 2018
Placemats for Thanksgiving
Nov. 25
Making Chalica Bags
Dec. 2
Multi-Gen and Children’s dedication

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

Guest At Your Table Boxes will be available in the Foyer.  Please take one for your spare change for Justice Across Borders.  Since 2014, violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala has led nearly 250,000 Central Americans to seek asylum in the United States.  

 

 

 

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.

11/11/2018: Armistice Day 2018 – the Age of Continuous War

10:30 -11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Tom Rogers: Tom will briefly review US wars since the War to End all Wars, the rise of US militarism since the Vietnam War, and the perils of an all professional military.Can we return to the days when citizen soldiers played a significant role in our military services and our leaders were not so cavalier about sending our children to war?

Tom Rogers is a retired naval officer. He served in various capacities in the US Submarine Force from 1967 to 1998, including command of a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. An unlikely nuclear weapons abolitionist, he has been a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action since 2004. Since coming to Ground Zero he has been instrumental in improving relations and communications between Naval Base Kitsap, local law enforcement, and Ground Zero. This has enabled Ground Zero to exercise its first amendment rights outside the Bangor Trident Base with minimum intervention by authorities. Tom lives in Brownsville with his bride, Christine. When he’s not trying to save the world from nuclear weapons he enjoys cycling, skiing and adventure traveling. 

11/11/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Ages 6+
This Year we will be weaving stories and activities through World Religions and connecting those stories with UU philosophy and the 7 principles.

Nov. 11, 2018
The Story of the Shabbat

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

Guest At Your Table Boxes will be available in the Foyer.  Please take one for your spare change for Justice Across Borders.  Since 2014, violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala has led nearly 250,000 Central Americans to seek asylum in the United States.  

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.

11/4/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Nov 4th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine,” by Victoria Sweet –  an account of a slower paced, more attentive and wholistic kind of medicine than most of us currently receive, practiced at a hospital in San Francisco.
— As usual, you are welcome whether or not you’ve had a chance to read the entire book – Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

11/4/2018: Fannie Lou Hamer, Voter Registration Activist (a Dramatization)

History has remained almost silent on the triumphs of African-American women.  No more.  Fannie Lou Hamer and many others are now stepping forward to tell their own stories of how they overcame the tremendous odds of poverty, racism and ignorance to change the world and make it a better place for all of us.

Fannie Lou Hamer was able to make her mark on history and change the world through her amazing courage, strong convictions, integrity, and her ability to energize, motivate, inspire, calm, and cultivate a civil rights movement through her personal story and her inspirational songs.

She was among the most significant participants in the struggle launched in the latter half of the twentieth century to achieve freedom and social justice for African Americans.

Parts of her personal story that she will share with you today covers her efforts to register to vote in 1962, her transition from share cropper to civil rights activist, and her assent to a key speaker at the 1964 National Democratic Convention.

Mrs. Hamer’s historic presence in Atlantic City at the 1964 Democratic National Convention brought national prominence with her electrifying testimony before the convention’s credentials committee.  She sought to prevent the seating of the all-white Mississippi delegation.  While this effort failed, the Democratic Party agreed that in the future no delegation would be seated from a state where anyone was illegally denied the vote.  Roughly a year later, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed.

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Zelda Foxall is a professional storyteller and has been telling stories professionally since 1994.  She has been a featured teller at Seattle Folklife and other storytelling venues such as festivals, churches, school assemblies, conferences and even a wedding. She is also a former board member of the Seattle Storytellers Guild.

In 2000, she transitioned from telling stories to doing in-character vignettes of historically significant African American Women through a performing arts company she co-founded called “Cause It’s Art.”   Zelda meticulously researches her subjects and through her, these women step forward to tell their own stories.

 

11/3/2018: 2018 KUUF AUCTION INSIDER INFO

Four key things are needed for a successful auction:  (1) Imaginative, desirable auction items; (2) Eager buyers; (3) Great food; and (4) Special entertainment.  Of course, these four things are underpinned by all the volunteers who support the auction both in the run-up to it and on auction night itself.

Imaginative, desirable auction items:  Serious intelligence has it that there are already some pretty amazing, innovative, and unique items in the pipeline, e.g., participatory dinner theater.  Meal donors from previous years, we are counting on you to open your homes for evenings of fellowship and sustenance.  New providers are most welcome, too.  We are looking for fun experiences as well, e.g., the wine tasting a couple of years ago where the Poulsbo Police were invited to give us breathalyzer tests at the end of the evening.  That was really fun, not to mention a big surprise for the guests (we all passed the breathalyzer test, in case you are wondering).  So, let your imaginations run wild and come up with those great auction items that will result in our achieving our budgeted $11,500.00 goal for the evening.  Click below to donate online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z2XWBBY

or, watch for Emma Hines-Brandt at the ticket sales table who will have hard copy donation forms that can be given to our Congregational Administrator, Tanesha Smith for input.

Eager buyers:  This year, please consider inviting non-KUUF friends and neighbors to our auction as your guests.  Alan and I have hosted good friends for the past two years.  This is a way to expand our bidding base, and to introduce KUUF to friends and neighbors who are UU at heart, but haven’t discovered it yet.

Great Food:  Thanks to hospitality maven Janice Miller, we are looking forward to a Taco Bar, complete with all the trimmings, including Beth Wilson’s homemade guacamole.  Special diet accommodation offerings will also be available.  Thanks to Carolee Effron, we will have a non-competitive Dessert Frenzy.

Special Entertainment:  With Emcee Jennifer Ingalls, acoustic guitar music by Aaron McFadden, lip-synch award winner Lennie Bironne, and Stokes Auctioneer Chris Sizemore on hand, we can count on an entertaining and fun evening!

Tickets went on sale for $15.00 on Sunday, Sept 9.  Watch for ticket sales maven Emma Hines-Brandt in the foyer.  If you can’t attend the auction, please consider purchasing and donating scholarship tickets.  – Ellen Newberg, 2018 KUUF Fall Auction Chair.

11/1/2018: November Programs at The Priory Spirituality Center

For more information on all of these and to register visit www.stplacid.org
Moving with the Kingdom Within
October 27
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Steve Reiland
Register by Prior Friday: $55
Cinema Divina
November 2-4
Friday 7:15pm-Sunday 11:00am
Register by Prior Friday: $235
Marilyn Freeman 
Sketching Grace
November 10
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Register by Prior Friday: $55
Roy DeLeon
Discerning a Path forward Using SoulCollage®
November 17
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Register by Prior Friday: $65
Pamela Bradburn
 
 
Advent Retreat: Waiting with Mary
November 30-December 2
Friday 7:30pm-Sunday 11:00am
Register by November 16  $175 with Spiritual Direction  $215
Therese Gonneville, OSB

10/28/2018: The Vision Splendid: Honoring Our Universalist Heritage

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley: Clarence Skinner, the most influential Universalist minister of the 1930s and 1940s, believed in the Vision Splendid. In his time, many felt hopeless because of war and economic hard times, but Skinner continued to proclaim Universalism’s message of hope and love.  Today, the faith of our Universalist foremothers and forefathers continue to inspire us as we seek to live into our vision of a world of peace, understanding and unity.

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.

 

 

10/27/2018: Mini Membership Retreat

If you do membership work, this day is for you!

It’s time for the 2018 Puget Sound Membership Mini Retreat, we want to see you at our Regional Workshop! Registration is now open. Please encourage your membership committee team to attend – it’s free!

https://goo.gl/forms/pZO0CAK0NS8uGdSr1

There are two sessions:

Morning session runs from 10 – 12:15 and is for paid staff. We will cover topics of interest to everyone and do a little self-care. We will all come together for lunch from 12:15 to 1. The afternoon session will include professional and lay leaders doing membership work. It’s a great way to learn from others’ mistakes and successes, to network and to realize that you are not the only people facing some of your most vexing challenges. Lay people having over three hours to pick the brains of staff can be very helpful.

Sample topics we covered last year: Building a healthy membership committee, Hospitality, database use, membership classes and what a membership pro does.

Our hosts at Quimper are providing vegetable soup and are asking us to bring our own sandwiches, etc.