Author: Tanesha Smith

7/1/2018: President’s Column

Good day to all members and friends of KUUF. We are well into church year 2018 – 2019 and I’m surprised how many activities we have going on – I thought UU’s took the summer off

 

I have a couple of updates for everyone:

      1) Mack Johnson and Jessica Demick have been added to the Ministerial Services Task Force – based upon input you provided to Terry Mallory. Thank you to everyone who participated in that effort.

      2) Last church year the congregation approved taking $7500 from endowment savings to fund the replacement of eight failed windows, a new refrigerator and a new dishwasher.  From those funds we had $1,484.44 left unspent. During the June 2018 board meeting, I authorized using the remaining $1484.44 toward the upgrade of our kitchen cabinets. I believe this to be in accordance with what the money was approved for, and it should make the kitchen easier to use for our generous volunteers.

 

During the last conversation with the board the idea of a safety campaign arose. I like this idea! The council has been considering what to do about congregational safety, in light of what other fellowships are experiencing, as well as our own brushes with adversity – due mostly to our choice to display the Black Lives Matter banner at the entrance of our property. The discussion grew into fire safety, an earthquake drill, a medical emergency and whether we should have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the fellowship. I believe a “Safety Campaign” would serve us well and I’ve asked the Council to consider creating a safety campaign calendar, so we can see what needs to be organized, as well as the best time to conduct each training.  Go Council!!

 

On a similar vein, the effort to approve having a parish nurse is moving along. I have received all the necessary documents required by our insurer–Church Mutual, and the Personnel Committee is drafting a Parish Nurse volunteer job description. (The UUA has plenty of experience in using parish nurses and their website has great information, if you care to review it). We don’t have all the details worked out, but my understanding is that our parish nurse would be available for over the phone consultations, e.g., “Is it bad when a rash goes from here, to here;” not, “Are you available to set a broken bone?” We’ll learn more soon so keep your eyes open.

 

Finally, our annual Rummage Sale is being planned and this may impact some of us, as storage locations are scarce. Thank you to the amazing volunteers that are organizing this important fund-raising event! We are considering the minister’s office and the administration conference room as possible storage locations. The option of a storage pod was explored but would cost several hundred dollars and take up lower level parking areas. If you have concerns about storage, please let myself or a Rummage Sale planner (Karen Leader-Scott and Susan Welsh) know, so we can accommodate as many people as possible while preserving our budgeted fund-raiser.

 

As always, I thank you for your understanding of all matters KUUF and I encourage you to – “be the change you want to see.”

 

We are KUUF

 

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

6/30/2018: 2018 AUCTION PLANNING TEAM FORMING- WE NEED A FEW GOOD PEOPLE!

2018 AUCTION PLANNING TEAM FORMING:
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED—A COMBINATION OF SMALL AND LARGER TASKS MAKE FOR A SUCCESSFUL AUCTION.

Our annual auction is our biggest party of the year, and our biggest fund raiser, with an emphasis on the “fun.”  Please schedule our 2018 auction on your calendar now for Saturday, November 3, 5-8 p.m.

Everyone’s help is needed to make it a success.  Some important jobs can be done in as little as 15-30 minutes the night of the auction, e.g., monitoring the closure of the Silent Auctions and taking successful bid paperwork to the checkout folks during the Live Auction.  Other tasks take a few hours before or during the auction, e.g., checkout and payment, set-up of tables and decorations, display of auction items, a brain-storming meeting, tablecloth washing, and assembly of 80 copies of the hard copy auction catalog.

If you would like to support the auction by helping out for an hour or two, or join the core team that makes it a success, please contact Ellen Newberg ASAP. We don’t have many meetings.  The initial meeting will be hosted by Ellen at a Starbucks in late June for a couple of hours.  Biggest needs:  Meal Planner/Kitchen Coordinator and Auction Item Recruitment Coordinator.  We will also be discussing potential Raise the Paddle recipients.

Also, please start thinking about what you want to donate to the auction this fall.  Home-hosted meals are by far the most popular items, as are vacation retreats.  Creative donations of activities are also very welcome.  As you do your spring cleaning, set aside things for the rummage sale this summer, and save the really good stuff for our auction!  And, of course, we need bidders!  Thanks.

Contact:  Ellen Newberg
elena29@comcast.net
land line: (360) 692-3981
cell:  (360) 551-7526

6/24/2018: Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Barry Andrews I view the Transcendentalists—Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller among them—as living voices whose writing is addressed as much today as it was in their time to spiritual seekers such as ourselves. In Transcendentalism I believe we will discover a uniquely and authentically Unitarian Universalist form of spirituality.

Reverend Barry Andrews is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on Long Island, New York. He  has written books on and edited anthologies of Transcendentalist writers, including Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. His latest book isTranscendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, published by the University of Massachusetts Press. He and his wife, Linda, are currently living on Bainbridge Island.

Copies of Rev. Andrew’s book will be available in the foyer for purchase after the service.

6/24/2018 Children’s Religious Exploration

Art for All this Summer
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
RE Class
June 24, 2018
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.

6/23/2018: Is it Just Me?

is it just me?

FROM CLOSETED

PENTECOSTAL

TO  FABULOUS

UNITARIAN

*~*~*~*

FEATURING

eric lane barnes

heather gonio

paul rosenberg

PLUS

Diverse Harmony and Spectrum

*~*~*~*

June 23,  2018 7:30 pm

East Shore Unitarian Church 12 700 SE 32nd st

Bellevue, WA

$15/20 at eastshorelive.com/at the door

 

East Shore Live Presents “Is It Just Me?”: Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.

‘Is It Just Me?’ traces a young man’s journey out of the dark depths of a Pentecostal church (“everything but the snakes”) through the hazards and mishaps of early gay adulthood, to a place of relative peace and contentment. Songs, scenes, monologues and a frank and open use of puppets fuel the show. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at East Shore Unitarian Church (12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue) Get tickets here!

6/23/2018: Climate Action Meeting

Tri Climate Action invites you to come and hear guest speaker Dr. William McPherson share his thoughts on the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris Agreement is an accord signed by 195 countries, virtually all of the countries in the world. It has two main objectives: keeping global temperature increases “well below” 2 degrees Centigrade (ideally below 1.5 degrees C), and reducing carbon emissions to net zero levels by 2050. The Trump Administration has declared that the U.S. will withdraw from the agreement, reflecting the influence of climate deniers on U.S.polity. Dr. McPherson, who attended the Paris negotiations, has written three books on climate denial and will speak about how denial has influenced U.S. policy.

10:30 AM to 12:00 on Saturday, June 23 at

6/21/2018: Faith Over Fear – Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.

KUUF’s Adult Religious Education Committee and Social Justice Committee are sponsoring this event.
We encourage you to attend it!

 

Each year the Islamophobia industry spends over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, YouTube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of the Islamophobia industry turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America!

We cordially invite the public, faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) for an overview of the Islamophobia industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together.

7:00 PM, June 21, 2018
Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2225 Perry Ave, Bremerton, WA

Speakers:
Pastor Terry Kyllo serves as the director of Neighbors in Faith an interfaith effort to recognize Muslims as neighbors and partners in building a more peaceful world. NIF is authorized by the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches in western Washington State.

Aneelah Afzali, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.

Sponsors:
MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), Neighbors in Faith, The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, Faith Action Network, Council on American-Islamic Relations WA, Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, The Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, The Southwest-ern Washington Synod of the ELCA & Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Islamic Center of Kitsap County and the Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

More Info: www.mapsredmond.org/amen | neighborsinfaith.org | facebook.com/neighborsinfaith
Faith Over Fear Standing with our Muslim Neighbors Roadshow With Aneelah Afzali and Pastor Terry Kyllo

6/17/2018: Honesty in the Age of Truthiness

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik :  From Pinnochio’s growing nose to Plato’s shadowy cave, human beings have been contemplating what it means to be honest and truthful. In this age of alternative facts, fake news, and “truthiness,” what is an honest person to do?

Joseph Bednarik will speak this Sunday. He is Co-Publisher of Copper Canyon Press, a non-profit literary publisher that believes “poetry is vital to language and living”. (coppercanyonpress.org). Joseph also, serves as Assistant to the Ministers in the Pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend.  He speaks at KUUF monthly, and we are honored by his presence and eloquent words.

6/17/2018: Message from the Worship Committee about Joys & Sorrows

The Worship Committee thanks the members of the congregation who participated in our recent Joys & Sorrows sharing and listening sessions.  Your feedback about our Joys & Sorrows ritual has been invaluable to us. Based on your input, the Worship Committee has identified a purpose for our ritual:

The purposed of our Joys & Sorrows ritual is to nurture a caring community at KUUF by sharing significant events in our lives.  

 

Using that purpose statement, the Worship Committee is working to identify a new ritual that will achieve that purpose, of nurturing our caring community.  We seek to include the elements of our prior ritual that build towards that purpose, while avoiding the pitfalls that we were experiencing. We are still working out the details of our new ritual, but know it will involve compromise on everyone’s part.  

 

Because we are working on creating some other new elements of our worship service to introduce in September, we will spend the rest of the summer refining the details of our new ritual, integrating it with the other new elements and communicating the changes to the congregation in August before they are introduced in September.  

 

In the meantime, we’ll continue our practice of our current Joys & Sorrows ritual, knowing that it will come to an end at the end of August.  

 

The Worship Committee appreciates the trust of the congregation as we take your feedback and use it to create a new ritual that will build community.  Thank you so much for your support.

6/15/2018: Senior Cohousing Weekend Intensive June15-17

Bainbridge Island, WA – For the first time ever, Charles Durrett, cohousing expert and Principal Architect of McCamant & Durrett Architects, and Quimper Village Senior Cohousing are joining forces to host the Senior Cohousing Weekend Intensive on June 15, 16, and 17 in Bainbridge, WA. Set on the scenic Bainbridge Island, the weekend intensive will be a fruitful and inspiring weekend of learning from others who have successfully created their own senior cohousing community and the architect that helped them design the cohousing community of their dreams. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, attendees will gain tools and resources that are invaluable to anyone starting their own cohousing community.   

On Saturday, participants will take a tour Quimper Village Senior cohousing and meet the residents who made it happen. Quimper Village is one of the newest senior cohousing communities in the U.S., located in Port Townsend, WA. Residents moved in in late 2017 and are already having the time of their lives surrounded by people they know and care about. Quimper Village’s story is a great example of how a group of proactive people can positively impact their aging scenario.  

The Senior Cohousing Weekend Intensive is open to the public but is limited to 20 people who are ready to move forward with their senior cohousing projects. Participants will hear from Quimper Village residents on “what we did, how we did it, and lessons we learned.” As opposed to a larger conference, participants will be in a small group setting for the entire weekend and will get personalized, professional advice for how to start a senior cohousing community in their town. Discussions will include valuable lessons on how to make sure they’re cohousing project is built on time and within budget.

Date: June 15 (evening), 16, 17, 2018

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Cost: $650 

Cohousing books will be available for purchase at the event or by going to www.cohousingco.com/products. Sign up by going to: http://www.cohousingco.com/events/seniorintensive2018.   

6/10/2018: 9th Annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing something special. In the face of political divisiveness, we’re bringing Republicans and Democrats together. In the face of uncertainty and distraction, we maintain a laser-like focus on our goal. Join us for the Citizens’ Climate 9th Annual International Conference & Lobby Day to be a part of this powerful, unique movement.

Everyone from brand new CCL volunteers to seasoned citizen lobbyists will receive special training on how to communicate about climate change and climate solutions. You’ll also hear from inspiring speakers and meet fellow volunteers from across the country who are dedicated to this issue. For those who are interested, you can put your new training into practice at the Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 12, where you can meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

 

For more information go to https://citizensclimatelobby.org/2018-conference/

6/10/2018: ​Children’s Religious Exploration

Art for All this Summer
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
Next RE Class will be 
June 10, 2018
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.