Author: Tanesha Smith

10/21/2018: The Favorite Poem

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The Favorite Poem Service is an intimate celebration of the power of poetry, and follows a simple format: A person stands before the congregation, tells why a particular poem is important in their life, and then reads or recites the poem. This home-grown service is part performance art, part oral anthology, and a fantastic way to get to know fellow congregants in a deeper way. (Please note that the readers are selected prior to the service, so this is not an open call to participate.)

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.

10/20/2018: Social Justice Retreat

WHEN?  – Our Social Justice Committee Retreat will take place on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 10:00 am.   It will go as long as needed, but will be over by 4:00 pm for sure.

WHERE? –   16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW Poulsbo, WA 98370 at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.  Just turn in at the  orange cones on Clear Creek Road.  Go to the main house building.

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WHO? –   Anyone and everyone are invited.  You can simply show up without registration.  From our doodle survey, the following signed up:  Jill, Terry, Robin, Peter, Phil, Mack, Melody, Sue, Sterling, Florrie and Lisa.   But feel free to invite any KUUF member or friend of KUUF….. or just your friend!

FOOD – Coffee and tea will be available and some snacks.  However, we have agreed that you BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!  There is a refrigerator and a kitchen area to preserve and prepare your food.  You can also bring your own beverages.

FACILITATOR –  The vary capable Jenell DeMatteo will guide us during the day.  She met with a planning group back in May.  Also, Phil and Mack took our Oct. 7 SJC meeting’s suggestions to Jenell on Wednesday.

AGENDA –  At our Sunday meeting someone said, “I need a purpose and a role in the Social Justice Committee.” We also need a program, a calendar of events and activities, a budget and an updated Charter.  We plan to work on all those things and more.

10/15/2018 From The UUA

Leadership Experience 2019

Have you recently taken on a leadership role in this congregation? Are you considering taking on a leadership role but want to increase your experience, knowledge, and skills before doing so? Are you a new board member or board president but still haven’t found the instruction manual? Visit www.uua.org/pwr to learn more about and apply to participate in “Leadership Experience 2019.” This is a hybrid in-person/on-line leadership development program offered by the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association that will take place this coming winter and spring. Space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to apply to participate by October 15!

10/15/2018: Dates to look forward to

Agnus Dei Lutheran Church  is sponsoring a forum of state senate and state house candidates on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. It is an opportunity for you to hear all the candidates speak and answer questions. The ballots will go out later that same week.

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Looking ahead:  Interfaith Women’s Conference  – 
SAVE THE DATE!  Biennial Interfaith Women’s Conference 2019
March 9, 2019
Curtis Jr. High School
University Place, Pierce County, WA
This website will give you information about signing up as a vendor or a sponsor. Registration for individual conference participation will “go live” November 1, 2018.

10/14/2018: Then Someone Shouted “How?!”

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Inside a packed sanctuary a minister was delivering a passionate sermon, and during the conclusion encouraged everyone to “Choose hope!” From the congregation came a loud, clear, singular voice: “How!?” Everyone heard that provocative call-back… now what?

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.

10/12/2018: Jessica’s Signing

Please join me in welcoming Jessica Star Rockers as our new quarter-time minister! I know we are excited about what Jessica will bring to KUUF so please take a moment and tell her so. She will be publishing a schedule so we know when to expect her on the campus. She will also be submitting additions to the Candle so we can all be anticipating hearing from Jessica as well. Let’s please make her feel that KUUF is her home.

10/11/2018: El Norte Updated Information

Our discussion panel will include Jose (first language Spanish), Silveria (first language Mam), Suzanne & Phil (first language English).  All 4 speak Spanish as a common language for translation purposes between panel members or with the audience.

The panel met last night and decided that it was best to have short discussion after Act I  – Guatemala, Act II Mexico and then Act III USA.   Some people don’t like to interrupt a movie that way, but there are 3 distinct parts to this powerful and poetic film.  We decided to go with that format.

Feel free to invite any Mexican or Guatemalan friends with the confidence that they can participate.  Act I of the movie is entirely in Spanish and Quiche, but there are English subtitles throughout the film.

For those who grew up with English in the USA, the movie offers a powerful, immersion experience in “point of view.”  You see and experience first Guatemala, then Mexico, then the USA from another cultural and economic point of view.  When you are an immigrant house waiter or domestic worker without documents, the United States and its citizens look somewhat different.

10/7/2018: St. Francis, Blessing of the Animals

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers: Join us Sunday October 7th for our Animal Blessing service! This multi-generational, multi-species service will have a little something for everyone. If your animal companion is sociable, they are welcome! If they are best left at home, or you would like to honor their memory, bring a photo for the blessing ritual. Together let us celebrate the joy that our animal beloveds bring to our lives.

 

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.

10/7/2018: 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.

October 7, 2018
Animal Blessing
Multi-generational Service, no RE

Volunteer Teachers requested 
with love for:
Sunday Oct. 21
Sunday Nov. 11

Program will be designed for you (or create your own) contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com

Oct. 28, 2018
Day of Dead Altar in the Foyer
Please bring remembrances of 

loved ones

 
Childcare Available 
Every Sunday

Does anyone have a Menorah to donate?

Please fill out
New Registration forms for the 2018-2019 year

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.

 

10/1/2018: Free Financial Classes

Smart Renter Thursday, October 11, 2018 Presented by Kitsap Community Resources
How does the tenant screening process work? What should you know before you sign a lease? What are your rights as a tenant? Come to our class for answers
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Kitsap Community Resources 845 8th Street, Bremerton, WA
Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 9th at (360) 473-2126 or ablackwell@kcr.org

Focused on Fixed Income Thursday, October 26, 2018 Presented by Edward Jones
Explore the features of fixed-income investments and how quality bonds can serve as a foundation of a well-balanced portfolio. In this seminar, you’ll learn the basics of bonds, the advantages of laddering and how fixed income may make sense as part of your investment strategy.
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Kitsap Community Resources, 3200 SE Rainshadow Ct., Port Orchard
Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 24th @ (360) 473-2126 or ablackwell@kcr.org

9/30/2018: Hard Work and Love Will Overcome Fear

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Ray Garrido: Executive orders, new regulations and anti-immigrant policies are creating fear in the immigrant community. Separating parents seeking asylum is only the latest attack on people trying to save their lives. The Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) defends our sisters and brothers in removal proceedings, helps apply for various immigration status and helps them on their journey to becoming full members of our community.Ray Garrido will speak about his experience as Legal Service Director of KIAC, where he has served since 2009. In 2014 Ray helped found KIAC’s immigration services legal program, helping it grow from 2 accredited representatives (non-attorneys authorized to practice immigration law) to 8. It has served over 1,160 clients with matters ranging from citizenship to removal defense at the Northwest Detention Center. Ray dedicates between 50 and 60 volunteer hours per week, and now spends a good deal of his time defending clients in immigration court.

 

9/30/2018: 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.
September 30, 2018
Making Treasure Boxes for our journey in World Religions

Volunteer Teachers requested with love for:

Sunday Oct. 21

Sunday Nov. 11

Program will be designed for you (or create your own) contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com

Childcare Available Every Sunday
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Does anyone have a Menorah to donate?

 

 

 

 

 

Please fill out
New Children Registration forms for the

2018-2019 year

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.

 

9/28/2018: Middle School Con

Friday, September 28, 2018 – 7:00 pm PDT to Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 2:00 pm PDT

Type of event: Conference

Email: dfmsaltwaterchurch@gmail.com

Sponsor: Pacific Western Region of the UUA

Middle School Conference (MS Con) is a place for our middle schoolers to experience a weekend of inclusive fun and community grounded in our Unitarian Universalist values.

There will be workshops, worship, a talent / no-talent show, swimming and boating (with certified lifeguards), and much more. Meals are served family-style in the dining hall, and youth sleep in cabin groups of six to eight youth.
The workshops are a large part of the weekend. They can range from archery to drama, collage, tie dye, games, field sports, yoga, day spa, or sock monkeys depending on the interests of the group and the talents of the leaders.

Eligibility: MS Con is for youth in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are active in their local Puget Sound Unitarian
Universalist congregation.

Fees: $150 if registered by 11:59pm on Sept. 4. $175 if registered by 11:59pm on Sept. 11. No registrations after Sept. 11.
Register Now!

Registration information here:  https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/calendar/pwr-youth-events/puget-sound-middle-school-conference

A power point explaining what MS con is all about for those who aren’t familiar:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-3Ui-QCvttMcjBZWUhhSGFyRmMxVEQtdFQxMlFCeXd0OFlB/view?usp=sharing

This year registration is FREE for adult sponsors.  
Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com for any questions.  

9/23/2018 Is There a Future for Religious Education?

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Sara Lewis: Recent trends in American religious life and in Unitarian Universalism have left many asking if the traditional Sunday School model of religious education is dying out. At the same time, there is incredible creativity, innovation, and energy to meet the needs of today’s children, families, and adults for spiritual and faith formation. Is this a time of decline or a time of new growth? What could the future hold for religious education?

Sara Lewis has served for a decade as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education for the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She is a master level credentialed religious educator, and the chair elect of the Religious Education Credentialing Committee of the UUA.

 

9/19/2018: Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center Donations

Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center is having their next Give Away event for clients on Sept 19th.
KIAC is looking particularly for donations of new underwear, new socks and laundry soap.
Any and all  kids sizes. Women’s underwear in 7 or medium and smaller. Men’s in small or medium.  [No large and X large please]
KIAC has a give away event every 3rd Wed of the month and will always accept clean, gently used clothing in smaller sizes, [again no large and X-large]. Also personal care items, ie shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitary pads [ tampons are not commonly used], diapers, lotion, laundry soap etc.
No travel sizes.
Also non-perishable foods. Canned peaches are a favorite, refried beans, salsa, rice etc.
Items can be left in the box in the foyer or taken to KIAC at 3627 Wheaton Way – Light house Plaza- around back.
KIAC is also looking for volunteers with a truck who would be available on an as needed basis, at your convenience, to pick up a mattress or piece of furniture etc and take it to a client’s house.  If you are interested, talk to Annika Turner at KIAC and sign a confidentiality form.  Then if there was a client who needed, for example, a bed and a bed was donated then we could put the 2 together with the truck person to decide on the time that would work for everyone.
Thank you for doing what you can.