Author: Tanesha Smith

06/02/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

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

June 2: Buddhist Sand Mandala

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you know our 5-11 year-olds? Come enjoy their creativity as they learn and play during Religious Exploration (RE). Once a month they need a grown-up to walk them through the simple lesson plans. The kids know what to do and where everything is. It’s only 45 minutes of your time and you don’t have to do it more than once. The curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com if you are available:

June 30
July 7

Donations requested:
Old Rolling Pins (wood)

Summer Art Program on Sundays
This Summer in RE we will be playing with clay, paint, paper, dye, yarn and all sorts of fun things in ART each Sunday. Kids will have an opportunity to be creative and learn to problem solve and think out of the box. Starts Sunday, June 23, 2019!

Childcare Available
Every Sunday

06/02/2019: A Larger Faith

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: June marks the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from all over the country and the world at our General Assembly.  Although only 0.3 percent of American adults identify as Unitarian Universalists, when we gather together we seem so much larger than those numbers would indicate.  GA offers UUs from congregations large and small to experience together for inspiring worship services, informative workshops, and hear amazing speakers, to feel the power of thousands of passionate, heartful voices affirming our commitment to justice, to transformation of our spirits and the world. 

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.

05/30/2019: Death With Dignity

In 2008, Washington passed the Death with Dignity law.  This law states:

  • An individual who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and determined to have less than six months to live, may request their PCP, or another doctor, to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to end their life.
  • Doctors are not required to comply, and the individual may request the drug from another physician.
  • The individual must make both verbal and written requests, with at least fifteen days between requests
  • The individual must be assessed by their doctor to be of sound mind, making the decision freely. 
  • The patient must be able to take the medication by their own hand.

Since that time, the vast majority of people making use of Death with Dignity—around 200 each year—do so in their own homes.  It is worth noting that the term “physician-assisted suicide” is discouraged from use, and the phrase “physician-assisted death” is preferred. 

Not all hospitals and nursing homes elect to comply with patients’ Death with Dignity request.  

After much consideration, including conversations with lawyers, Shoreline UU church has offered its sacred space to two individuals in the past. Several other congregations in the Northwest have done the same.   We at KUUF have been asked if we would allow our sacred space to be used by a person living in a facility that does not allow its residents this option.

We will not rush into such a decision.  Whatever conclusion we reach, we must act with clearness and compassion.  The individual who made the request of KUUF has found another place, so that request is not pressing now.  However, as a caring community who values the worth and dignity of every person, we as a Fellowship need to consider how we will respond if and when that request is made again.

Over several upcoming Sundays, the Board will hold Conversations with the Board, specifically to hear your thoughts and/or concerns on this important issue.  If hosting end-of-life passages becomes a reality at KUUF, it would remain very private for the individual and their family.  Our office staff would make sure nothing else is scheduled for our Sanctuary, to protect the privacy of all concerned.

You can learn more about the WA Death with Dignity Act at these websites, among others:

                                    endoflifewa.org

                                    wsha.org

The Order of Service will announce the dates for our discussion.  Help us listen to what you think.  Please join us.

05/30/2019: Presidents Column

Welcome to your first “Notes from the President” column of the new church year.  Except that now it’s “Notes from the Co-Presidents”, as Terry Mallory and I will be sharing the role until April of 2020.  How will having two co-presidents be different?  Truthfully, we don’t really know, but in Reverend Jessica’s spirit of Shared Ministry, we both feel that collaboration and drawing on each others’ strengths is a very positive step in leading our board and our beloved community.

This is a rich and exciting time for our Fellowship.  We have a committed minister, who brings youth, wisdom, and inspiration, and we have her for the next two years!  We have a congregation that is solidly behind her.  We have a council of incredibly dedicated committee chairs who have given and continue to give insightful leadership to the diverse work we need to do.  We have a vibrant music program.  We have a growing membership, and we’re seeing more children in our Sunday services.  We are a solid liberal voice in our greater community, with a congregation that stands together on issues of social justice.

I feel so blessed to be here, and I look to the coming year with excitement about what we can give to a world that is hurting.  It is often too easy to despair about the state of our environment, our nation, and our world.  Yet when I look at the many small steps KUUF is taking that truly make a difference in the lives of real people, I am so proud to be part of Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Thank you all for being part of our journey.

Lisa

This is a positive and exciting time for the fellowship.  I look forward to sharing board leadership with Lisa, and to working with Rev Jessica.  

There will be opportunities and challenges, and it is my hope that we can approach both with transparency and love.  

Thank you for trusting us with this responsibility.

Terry

05/26/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

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

May 26: A Day with Thoreau

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you know our 5-11 year-olds? Come enjoy their creativity as they learn and play during Religious Exploration (RE). Once a month they need a grown-up to walk them through the simple lesson plans. The kids know what to do and where everything is. It’s only 45 minutes of your time and you don’t have to do it more than once. The curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com if you are available:

June 2 
June 30 
July 7 

Donations requested:
Old Rolling Pins (wood)
Bubble Wrap

Summer Art Program on Sundays
This Summer in RE we will be playing with clay, paint, paper, dye, yarn and all sorts of fun things in ART each Sunday.  Kids will have an opportunity to be creative and learn to problem solve and think out of the box.  Starts Sunday, June 23, 2019!  

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday 

05/26/2019: UPCOMING PROGRAM FROM THE A.R.E.

You may not be 100% right?     (Curious?  Come check it out.)

Speaker – Marcia Christen   

Humans are “wired” to judge, criticize and make assumptions.  If this is the case then how do we USE that judgment that is built into our brains for us to survive, in a more discerning way, in a way that really works? Especially when standing up to “wrongs” that have such tragic consequences. 

We’ll grapple with the idea of being “nonjudgmental” and how we can actually have a different relationship with our judgments of right and wrong AND still act for justice, speak truth in love, and care for the inherent worth of all beings, including ourselves.

With specific exercises we’ll learn steps of what to do with our “negativity bias” – noticing what’s wrong more often than noticing what works, explore the importance of becoming aware of our judgments  and learn how to switch from moralistic judgment (strict right/wrong), to Value-Based judgment – are needs being served?

Marcia Christen will be sharing from her experience teaching and sharing Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness in the first places she began to teach – in the state prisons. She’ll share what she has learned so far and how you might take this learning into your own life and your own ministry, whatever that is.

Marcia is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication.  Before that, she was a Parent Educator, trained in sociology and psychology.

05/26/2019: Making Room for Everyone

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, In a world that seems ruled by fear and distrust, how can we truly lean into love, and make space for what is new? In the modern spiritual classic Radical Hospitality, writer Lonni Collins Pratt considers the monastic Benedictine way of love, and how it requires one to live generously of spirit. This means going beyond simple gestures of kindness and making genuine connections with those around us. The topic for this service was requested by Ellen Newberg, who won a sermon from Rev. Jessica at last year’s KUUF auction. Join us as we imagine what the Benedictine way of love can teach us about welcoming the stranger.

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

05/23/2019: Job Opening in Childcare

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

4418 Perry Ave NE, Bremerton, WA 98310

Job Announcement

Childcare Provider

The Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of all persons, without regard to faith, creed, race, color, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, economic status, or political affiliation.

POSITION PURPOSE:

This position is to provide childcare during KUUF’s Sunday service and special events throughout the year. Approximately 2-3 hours per Sunday. Flexible schedule. Part-time/occasional work.

Wage: $12 per hour

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Be certified in CPR, First Aid, or get certified within 90 days.
  • Minimum age requirement for this position is 16 years old.
  • Effective communication skills and interest in working with young children.
  • Be subject to a criminal background check for the safety of our children (if over 18)
  • A willingness to adhere to KUUF policies regarding a safe congregation, child abuse prevention, intervention and reporting, and KUUF Code of Ethics.
  • Sunday and occasional Saturday or evening work required. 

If interested please submit a cover letter and resume to: Jenell DeMatteo at dematteo@olypen.com. For further information on KUUF see www.kuuf.org

Position start date: immediately

05/19/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

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

May 19: Thoreau
May 26: Islam

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you know our 5-11 year-olds? Come enjoy their creativity as they learn and play during Religious Exploration (RE). Once a month they need a grown-up to walk them through the simple lesson plans. The kids know what to do and where everything is. It’s only 45 minutes of your time and you don’t have to do it more than once. The curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com if you are available:

June 2
June 30
July 7

Donations requested:
Large Tree Branch to hang things from in classroom
Bubble Wrap

Childcare Available
Every Sunday

05/19/2019: Music Sunday, a Multigenerational Worship Service

Music Sunday, a Multigenerational Worship Service KUUF is blessed with an incredible choir, an exquisitely gifted Music Coordinator/Accompanist, and many wonderful musicians.  On Music Sunday, we will hear them perform beautifully.  Children will stay for the service and learn a new song and play rhythm instruments together during the children’s story.  Lovely poetry will be shared and we’ll all be inspired and treated to creative gifts of music and words.  Come join us and be prepared to sing joyously!  

05/15/2019: KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES AGENDA

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for May 15, 2019

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

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

Chalice Lighting (opening blessing)

Check-in

6:45 PM Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the April 17, 2019 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

  • ACM went well. New board members are Peter Kreidler and Eric Harrold
  • Minister is just returning from the UK
  • GA/PWR credentials have been assigned to Paul Wilson, Rosemary Dougall and Lisa Johnson

7:00 PM Minister’s Update to the Board: Presented on behalf of Rev. Jessica Star Rockers

7:15 PM Treasurer’s Report (Mark Sugimoto): Presented by the treasurer – Vote to approve.

7:25 PM Board Growth Topic: KUUF By-laws Article XI Committees, Section 1, (a), (b), (c)

7:30 PM       *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Formation of a Media Communications Committee (Eric Harrold): The Media Communications Task Force, through Jackie Westwood, announced their completion at the last board meeting. I believe we need to form a committee to continue this work and relieve the burden from the admin staff in managing routine business that is normally addressed by a committee. Discussion.

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Service recognition Sunday (Eric Harrold): For several months the board has been considering how to thank members for their service and decided to hold a “Service Sunday.” We need to schedule this event with the minister, Worship Committee and the honored guests. Discussion.

7:40 PM   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Election of new board officers (Eric Harrold): Election of new board officers is normally the first order of new business at the May board meeting. The following board officer positions will need to be confirmed through a vote: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. Discussion.

Suggested motions:

President: I move that _____________ be elected as President of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Or; I move that ________ and ___________ be elected as Co-Presidents of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Vice President: I move that _____________ be elected as Vice-President of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Or, I move that ________ and ___________ be elected as Co-Vice-Presidents of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Treasurer: I move that Mark Sugimoto be elected as Treasurer of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

Secretary: I move that Selene Patterson be elected as Secretary of KUUF Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 church year.

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Death with Dignity law and KUUF (Terry Mallory/Lisa Johnson): Our parish nurse and the Caring Committee have been approached by a member of our community asking that one of their loved ones be allowed to self-administer a lethal drug while on our property for the purpose of ending their life. Discussion.

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Should KUUF convert two hourly employees to salaried employees (Lisa Johnson): The Personnel Committee has proposed that we convert Brian Kenny and Mike Menefee to salaried employees for the purpose of maintaining their monthly pay during periods of the summer when the choir is not performing. Discussion.

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Unfunded expenditures expected during 2019 (Lisa Johnson/Terry Mallory): The board should consider how to fund repairs to our Grand Piano (approx. $6K). If there is an overage remaining once the budget is ratified this year, do we obligate some, or all, of that money to that repair or should we spend money out of savings for this purpose. Discussion.

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Should KUUF establish a Community Outreach Committee (Jack Peterson): Is there a need for a Community Outreach Committee? Last year’s efforts to establish a greater connection to other community organizations didn’t meet expectations. In exploring ways to establish these relationships, it has been proposed the board create a committee that would work on reaching out, into the community. Discussion.

8:40 PM Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for April 2019:  

Conversations with the Board Topics: ____________________________

For the good of the order:

Date of next Board meeting:  June ??, 2019

8:45 PM Adjournment

05/12/2019: Children’s Religious Exploration

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

Thank you, Helen, for teaching CRE. 
You are GREAT!

May 12: Surprise activity
May 19: Thoreau
May 26: Islam

Would you like an opportunity to engage with our KUUF children? Volunteers are needed to facilitate RE when Jenell is gone. The curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com if you are available:

June 2 (Thoreau & Walden Pond)

June 30 (art project)
July 7 (art project)

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

05/12/2019: A Legacy of Meaning

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Many of us plan for the end of our lives, ensuring that necessary documents are in place to convey our wishes for medical treatment or care of the property. Perhaps we should take similar care to pass on to those who come after us the beliefs, values, and hopes that define and guide our lives.

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.

05/10/2019: Second Friday Film Series

Love and Solidarity

Told with passion and sharp political insight, Love and Solidarity brings the voices of people on the front lines of social change, most especially James Lawson, a decades-long practitioner of nonviolence.

Screening 7:00; Open at 6:30 for snacks and social time

Discussion following the movie

Families welcome: Kid’s play corner available

Free admission. Donations welcome.