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 |

11/17/2019: Beautiful Inexactly

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In his famous love poem “Dorothy,” Marvin Bell begins, 
“You are not beautiful, exactly/You are beautiful, inexactly.” How beautiful is that! This sermon plays with the ideas of beauty, exactitude, and the actual world we live and love within.

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

11/10/2019: The Heart of Religion: Love Beyond Belief

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Bruce Bode: This companion sermon to Deeper Than Our Separateness given on October 20, will explore the “heart of religion” with the aid of Unitarian Universalist theologian Dr. Thandeka whose recently-published book LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: Finding the Access Point to Spirituality calls theology back to its “emotional senses,” and, as she puts it, “to our feeling of being part and parcel of all of life, the feeling of being at one with life, the feeling of falling in love with life.”

Rev. Bode retired in 2018 as the Senior Minister of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington, after serving the congregation for fourteen years. He is now Minister Emeritus there. Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002).

11/04/2019: Auction Thank You!

Thank You to everyone who made this evening possible.  Special thanks to:

  • All who donated auction items, bought auction items, & came just to have a good time.
  • Janice Miller & Sunny Saunders, professional event planner, for our  spaghetti dinner.
  • Joey Witherspoon, Poster and ticket design/production and merchant donations 
  • Jill Clarridge and Helen Schwartz:  Merchant donations.
  • OE Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron:  Ticket Sales
  • Ginny Sugimoto:  Table Decorations; Janice Miller:  Buffet and beverage table decorations
  • Selene Patterson and Susan Welsh:  Display of Silent Auction Items 
  • Furniture moving to provide more space:  Jacob Patterson, Jack Peterson, Paul Wilson, Dan Millard & Alan Newberg
  • Wash wine glasses:  Dianne Brooks Stephens and Susan Scott.
  • Streaming Italian Bistro Background Music:   Ani Pendergast
  • Helen Schwartz and Karen Yarnell:  Greeters
  • Ed Woods and Gary Sykes:  Hosts
  • Nathan Patterson:  Bartender
  • Deborah Welsh & Michael Harris, Red Shed Roasters:  Coffee for our event (and every Sunday)
  • Deborah Welsh, Mike Harris, Bonnie Sykes & Vivien Blyth:  Silent Auction Support                                                                                    
  • Ryan Brewer, Auctioneer
  • Selene Patterson, Silent Auction Coordination and catalog
  • Lennie Bironne and Alena Hemingway:  Special entertainment
  • KUUF Choir; Mike Menefee, Choir Director; and Brian Kenny, pianist
  • Robin & Peter Kreidler & Alan Newberg:  Live Auction Spotters. Jo Walter & Nancy Sleight, Runners
  • Lisa and Mack Johnson, with Scooby:  Live Auction Item Display
  • Chalice Circle 3:  Italian Baskets Raffle (2)
  • Chalice Circle 7 & Nancy Sennett:  Wall of Wine
  • Photographer:  Sterling Fisher
  • Brenda Johnson:  Child Care
  • Tanesha Smith:  Office Support (liquor license, catalog, publicity, bid sheets, certificates, IRS receipts)
  • Ted Johnsrude, Jim Strunk & Nancy Sennett:  Auction Catalog copying and assembly
  • Susan Welsh, Check-in & Checkout Coordinator, with Karen Leader Scott, Terry Mallory, Karen Yarnell, Tanesha Smith, OE Hines-Brandt, Jim Strunk, & Mark Sugimoto.
  • Clean-up and Re-assembly Leads:   Susan Scott, Kitchen Clean-up, with Dan Schwartz and Chris Yarnell.  Paul Wilson, Sanctuary; Eric Harrold, Comfort, Board and Elmore Rooms, plus everyone who helped with set-up and clean-up.  Thank you, thank you.

Your 2019 Auction Team:  Ellen Newberg, Chair; Susan Welsh,  Janice Miller, Selene Patterson; Terry Mallory; Carolee Effron; Tanesha Smith; Joey Witherspoon.

11/03/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

Ages 6+

We weave stories, art, and activities exploring World Religions and connecting those stories with UU philosophy and the 7 principles.

Nov. 3 RE Class
Guest Teacher: Helen Schwartz
Guest At Your Table Boxes
Women Leaders, Strong Communities

Guest at Your Table has been an important part of UUSC and congregational culture for 40 years. Each year, involvement in Guest at Your Table grows — strengthening UU connections to our shared principles and helping to challenge injustice throughout the world.   
UU congregations and individuals in the United States and around the world participate in this important annual tradition. We come together, learn about people directly connected to human rights work, reflect on our own lives, and raise funds to advance justice in communities near and far.

CRE Supports
Bremerton Backpack Brigade Donations
Tuna Fish for November & December

— Childcare always available during Sunday Service in the Matan Building’s lower right classroom

— Every Sunday: Committees please request childcare ahead of time

— To view latest CRE Newsletter please click here

11/03/2019: Truth Quest Book Group


The Truth Quest Book Group will meet again on Sunday, November 3rd, 9:15 -10:30 AM in the KUUF Library. The book we chose for discussion is The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. As usual, you are welcome no matter how much or little of the book you were able to read – come and listen or participate to your comfort level. Jerry Butler, 360-981-8826

11/03/2019: Hard of Listening

10:30 – 11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: We have a lot at stake in listening well.  It is through paying attention not only to another person’s words but to what is left unsaid that we build and maintain meaningful relationships.  Truly hearing one another is essential if we are to understand and feel compassion for others in our communities, and in the world.

Rev. Carol McKinley is affiliated with the Olympia UU Congregation as their Faith in Action Minister and is a frequent speaker at KUUF.


Why do KUUF members attend our Fall Auction?

  • To have a good time!  It’s our biggest party of the year.
  • To foster fellowship as we work together to produce the auction, and gather that evening to celebrate the joy of belonging to our KUUF Beloved Community.
  • To bring friends who may not yet know that they are UU’s.
  • To enjoy the fabulous professional lip-synching performances by Lennie Bironne, as well as additional musical entertainments this year.
  • To donate quality treasures that you are ready to pass along for someone else to enjoy, or to donate something fun to do with friends.
  • To eat a tasty buffet dinner, this year including a three sauce spaghetti dinner prepared by Janice Miller and her event organizer daughter Sunny Saunders.  There is also a wine and beer bar and fabulous flavored waters.
  • To support our Raise the Paddle causes.  This year our cause is to raise funds to support Children’s Religious Education and intergenerational activities for all.
  • To find the perfect Christmas or birthday present for someone on your list (maybe even you!).
  • To find a treasure or to obtain a wonderful experience, e.g., Seattle Repertory tickets, a meal in someone’s home, or a picnic hike with friends.
  • To support KUUF.  The auction is budgeted to raise $12,000.00 for our General Fund.  Your support is needed through ticket sales, donations, and/or purchases.

See you at the Auction on Saturday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m.  Watch for Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt or Carolee Effron in the foyer after worship services—they have tickets for sale @ $15.00.  Childcare is available ( as well as scholarship tickets (  Questions?  Contact Ellen Newberg, 2019 Auction Chair ( or (

11/02/2019: BUONA NOTTE! 2019 KUUF AUCTION


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, on auction night itself, and after.

Imaginative, desirable auction items:  Serious intelligence has it that there are already some pretty amazing, innovative, and unique items in the pipeline.  Meal donors from previous years, we are counting on you to open your homes for fellowship and sustenance. We are looking for fun experiences, too, 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 $12,000.00 goal for the evening.  Click here to donate online:

or, watch for Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron at the ticket sales table beginning Sept.8.  They will have hard copy donation forms that can be given to our Office Volunteer Selene Patterson, for input.  They will also have donation ideas to start your creative juices flowing.

Eager buyers:  Again, please consider inviting non-KUUF friends, relatives, and neighbors to our auction as your guests.  Alan and I have hosted good friends for the past three years, some of whom bought a lot of stuff!  This is a way of expanding our bidding base, plus it introduces KUUF to friends and neighbors who are UU at heart but haven’t discovered it yet.

Great Food:  Thanks to hospitality maven Janice Miller and her professional event planner daughter, Sunny Saunders, we are looking forward to an Italian Spaghetti Dinner, complete with all the trimmings and dessert.   Special diet accommodation offerings will be available. Childcare is provided, including pizza dinner (contact  Children’s RE Coordinator Jenell DeMatteo to reserve space(s).

Special Entertainment:  With an Italian theme, we are looking forward to entertainments by KUUF talent including Lennie Bironne, professional lip-synch performer; the KUUF choir led by Mike Menefee; and Music Director Brian Kinney.  We look forward to meeting our new auctioneer, Ryan Brewer.

Tickets go on sale for $15.00 on Sunday, Sept 8 (no charge for children).  Watch for ticket sales mavens Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron in the foyer.  If you can’t attend the auction, please consider purchasing and donating scholarship tickets, as well as making donations.  Note:  Ticket sales are limited to 100 this year, due to space limitations.  – Ellen Newberg, 2019 KUUF Fall Auction Chair.

11/02/2019: AUCTION UPDATE: Q & A

  • Question:  When is the auction? 
    • Answer:  Saturday, Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m.  Tickets:  $15.00.  Childcare is available.  Scholarship tickets are available.
  • Question:  Am I limited to donating one item to the KUUF Auction?
    • Answer:  Mamma Mia!!!   No, no, no.  You are welcome, even encouraged, to donate more than one item to the KUUF auction.  For example, you could donate two meals at different times.  Or, you could donate tickets to a play plus a gift certificate for dinner before the show.  Or, you could donate that great kitchen appliance that you never took out of the box as well as a week of house or pet sitting.
  • Question:  Will I be able to buy raffle tickets for an Italian-themed food basket?
    • Answer:  Yes, yes, yes.  Chalice Circle 3 will have raffle tickets available for a fabulous Italian-themed food basket after services in October as well as at the auction.
  • Question:  Will there be new, fun things to do at the auction this year?
    • Answer:  Yes, yes, yes.  Chalice Circle 11 will give you an opportunity to play a game called Bird Cage.  A locked, beautifully decorated birdcage with enticing contents will be available the night of the auction.  Chalice Circle 11 members will have a limited number of keys for sale, only one of which opens the birdcage.  After all the keys have been sold, buyers take turns seeing if they have purchased the lucky key.  There will be other games as well.  Next week:  Wall of Wine.

10/27/2019: Save The Date For A.R.E.!

Shared ministry is rooted in the belief that all people, not just clergy, are called to share their gifts and to serve one another in a religious community. As we continue on the path of professional ministry at KUUF, the Committee on Shared Ministry has been working with Rev. Jessica to define our vision for the years ahead. On Sunday, Oct 27, after the service and potluck, the Rev. Deanna Vandiver will facilitate our visioning process, assisting us in defining and understanding our shared ministry. Rev Deanna, former Executive Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, has made a professional study of shared ministry and collaborative leadership in both nonprofit and parish communities. Rev. De will invite us to imagine how we might co-create our ministry at KUUF, along with our minister Rev. Jessica, in ways that are transformational and prioritize covenant, relationship, and trust. It will be an experiential and illuminating workshop! We hope you can join us.

10/27/2019: Envisioning A Shared Ministry

ALL KUUF members and friends are strongly encouraged to attend this important workshop concerning the evolving nature and structure of our KUUF ministry — Rev. Jessica and the KUUF Committee on Shared Ministry strongly support this exciting paradigm as a way of ministering to each other that we can now begin to implement here at KUUF. This involves all members and friends of KUUF ministering to the KUUF community based on each of our special gifts and skills, while our minister, Rev. Jessica, will remain as the guiding light and inspiration. The UUA is now encouraging UU congregations nation-wide to embrace this life-affirming and empowering form of Community ministry.

As stated on the UUA website:

Ministry is no longer an act provided only by those who are ordained or called to serve. Ministry happens wherever individuals embrace the belief that their good works, their volunteerism, their acts, can help serve the mission and vision of their congregation. Where formerly people may have thought of themselves as ‘just a volunteer’ or one of a nameless group of people performing a task, now, more and more, members of Unitarian Universalist congregations understand that ministry is something shared by all who are part of a spiritual community ; a way to put faith into action for the benefit of the church and the wider community.

Come on October 27th to learn more, have your questions answered, at this experimental and illumination workshop!

Childcare is available upon request. Email Janell at

10/27/2019: Memory & Imagination: Music Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Music has the power to stir our memories and enliven our imaginations. In this Music Sunday service, we will focus on music from the 1960s. Songs from the civil rights movement as well as other songs from this era will be performed by our Accompanist and Music Coordinator Brian Kenny along with several talented members of our congregation. And for our sermon, Rev. Jessica will invite us to consider how our memories of this time in history can inspire our justice movements of today

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