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03/03/2019: Truth Quest Book Quest

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The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, March 3rd, 9:30am-10:30 am in the Elmore room (Library) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “Why Religion?” by Dr. Elaine Pagel. This book by Dr. Pagel, a renowned religious scholar, is partly a gripping memoir of how the death of her toddler son, followed close by the death of her beloved husband, led to a personal search for meaning on her part to try to make sense of these traumatic losses. 

03/03/2019: 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+

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March 3 The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna

March 10   Stories on Kindness   

March 17 The Wheel of the Seasons 

March 24  I am the Elements & planting flowers

March 31 Welcome Spring with a Scavenger Hunt

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

April 7
April 28
June 2

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

03/03/2019: Why Stories Matter

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee: The stories we learn and tell impact the way we live in the world. Rev. Reid-McKee will tell several creation stories and talk about how our understanding of creation influences our relationship with others and with the planet.

Nancy Reid-McKee completed her Masters in Divinity at the Starr King School for the Ministry in 2018, as well as serving as a Ministerial Intern at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, New York.  She has been a Unitarian Universalist for 19 years, with a strong involvement in the Social Justice and Community Organizing programs in her home congregation and state.  Prior to becoming a minister, Nancy was a Nurse Practitioner, working on the Navajo Nation and with other government agencies.  She switched career paths in her 50’s as she decided to pursue how she could be fulfilling a dream of being part of healing our world.

02/24/2019: 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+

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Feb. 24, 2019
Who is Allah?
Thank you to everyone who donated to Guest at Your Table.  We raised $162.70 for social justice projects around the world.  
Volunteers needed to facilitate RE– curriculum will be provided.  Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com  about the following dates: 

March 31
April 7
April 28
June 2

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

02/24/2019: Moral Universe of Theodore Parker

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Unitarian minister Theodore Parker, who lived from 1810 to 1860, was an ardent supporter of abolition, women’s rights, prison reform, and treatment of the mentally ill. His sermons and advocacy work rankled the religious establishment, even as it delighted the thousands who flocked to hear him speak. His words inspired Martin Luther King Jr., and all those who believe that the arc of justice does indeed bend toward justice.

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.

02/22/2019: Could KUUF Become a Green Sanctuary Fellowship?

Our Seventh Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are apart.

To live out our seventh principle with integrity suggests that we take steps to ensure that our own spiritual home is consistent with that principle.  We should be committed to making every aspect of congregational life as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (our national denomination) has a Green Sanctuary program that supports UU churches in minimizing their environmental impact.  KUUF has made some progress, over the years, in being consistent with our seventh principle, but we still have a long ways to go. 

The Fellowship Council is seeking two or three volunteers who are willing to co-lead the process for KUUF to become a Green Sanctuary certified congregation.  If this resonates with you, perhaps you are ready to step forward and provide shared leadership to make this long-held goal at KUUF a reality.  If you are, please contact the Council Chair, Lisa Johnson through linezj@wavecable.com

To learn more, goto: https://www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary/becoming

02/20/2019: KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES AGENDA

***** 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 January 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

  • I have asked three people to participate in the Matan lease renewal (formal talks to begin July 2019)
  • The board voted online to spend $400 for JSR to conduct Elisabeth’s memorial service – thank you
  • Cost comparison for quarter-time and half-time were given to the Finance Committee

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

7:15 PM Board Growth Topic: KUUF – A Democratic Republic?

7:20 PM       *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Congregational Safety Task Force (Lisa Johnson): The Council was scheduled to the Congregational Safety Plan at their February council meeting. Lisa – please update the board with their progress and any approaching training. Discussion.

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Board service acknowledgement (Jackie Westwood): The unintended consequence from preparing a story of KUUF’s transition from formal ministerial affiliation to a lay-led format is upsetting those asked about this event. I asked Jackie to postpone further enquires a week after our board meeting. Perhaps our minister could lead us in a Celebration Sunday service in which we thank our leaders from that period during a service. Discussion.

7:40 PM   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

As a matter of policy, is allowing an outside agency to fundraise on KUUF property something we want to do (Terry Mallory): It appears that some amount of funds were collected at KUUF by a group advocating against the deportation policy. Should KUUF allow outside agencies to fundraise on our property? Discussion.

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Building and Grounds Committee had an unforeseen expense of approximately $500 for snow removal in the lower parking lot (Eric Harrold): This money should come from the General Fund B&G line item. Since this line has not been overdrawn, the funds can be accounted for in the standard way and a vote by the board to authorize this expenditure is unnecessary. Discussion.

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KUUF 2019 – 2020 budget progress (Mark Sugimoto): Discuss where the budget construction process is in completion and set dates for the KUUF Board budget meeting. Also, discuss the pros and cons of not voting on the budget until the April 17th meeting. Discussion.

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What should our Minister’s contract look like (Eric Harrold): Our minister has brought to light that the UUA requires a certain number of paid hours to obtain status as a permanent UUA minister. She has stated that half-time ministry would achieve that. I would like to explore the possibility of making her contract a two-year contract. Discussion.    

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8:25 PM Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for January 2019:  

Conversations with the Board Topics: __________

For the good of the order:

Date of next Board meeting:  March 20, 2019

8:30 p.m. Adjournment

02/17/2019: Somewhere on the Road to Damascus

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Zackrie Vinczen, Minister in Fellowship: Somewhere on the road to Damascus, Saul became Paul. Somewhere under a Bodhi tree, Siddhartha awoke as the Buddha. And somewhere today the next generation of spiritual leaders is waking up to the realities of the world. In this service, we will explore what it means to awaken to the possibility of transformation.

Zackrie Vinczen is a Minister in Preliminary Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Zackrie currently lives in El Cerrito, California with his husband Elliott Smith.

Zackrie is a 2017 Graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry where he earned his Masters of Divinity. Currently, Zackrie works at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley as the Family Ministry Coordinator.

Prior to moving to California for Seminary Zackrie and Elliott lived in Bellingham, WA where they both earned degrees from Western Washington University and were active in the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

02/17/2019: 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+

Feb. 17, 2019
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Volunteers needed to facilitate RE– curriculum will be provided.  Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com  about the following dates: 

March 31
April 7
April 28
June 2

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

02/10/2019: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers:  Socrates famously wrote, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” In this service we’ll consider the role that wonder and imagination play in our spiritual healing and growth. As we engage in the long-haul process of building beloved community, let us take a moment to deepen our connections by making space for joy, creativity and magic.

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

02/10/2019: 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+

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Feb. 10, 2019
Making Valentines for the Lord’s Diner

Feb. 17, 2019
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Volunteers needed to facilitate RE– curriculum will be provided.  Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com  about the following dates: 

March 31
April 7
April 28
June 2

Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

02/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

This Friday’s film showing has been canceled due to snow predicted for Friday afternoon that will worsen as the day goes on.

Screening starts at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm for snacks and social time. Discussion following the movie. Families are welcome with a kids’ play corner available. Free Admission.

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE Bremerton, WA call 360-377-4724 or email admin@kuuf.org with questions.

The Bail Trap: American Ransom

THE BAIL TRAP: AMERICAN RANSOM

Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Yet, few people know what the money bail system is, let alone how it all works or why we need to do away with it.

That’s why Brave New Films’ has produced a short film compilation about America’s broken bail system: The Bail Trap: American Ransom. This ongoing short-film series includes: Breaking Down Bail – unpacking the myths and the history of bail; Tai’s Story: College or Bail? – a documentary about a young woman and the $100,000 price-tag put on her freedom; Deal with the Devil – a cautionary film about the dangers of plea deals; How Much is Your Freedom Worth? – a compilation of spoken-word poetry performed by artists who have been formerly incarcerated; and Lessons for the Nation: New Jersey’s Cash Bail Overhaul – a success story about New Jersey’s historic money bail reform which has led to a near 20% decline in the state’s pretrial incarceration rate.

The reality is that 70% of people in jail are there for one reason: living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years simply because they can’t afford to pay high bail amounts. All the while, private companies are profiting in the billions each year. This must end. Sign up below to screen any portion or all of The Bail Trap: American Ransom in your education communities.

Together, let’s take action against money bail and help end mass incarceration!