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5/12/2018: Spectrum Choral Academy 6th Annual Spring Concert

Illuminate The World 

A choral celebration of light!
Singing songs of starlight, sunlight & the inner light of humanity.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 3:00 PM
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Gig Harbor, WA

Tickets: $10 Available online, by phone or at the door.
Purchase here: https://spectrumspring2018. brownpapertickets.com/

 
Kids helping Kids! 
Each year, Spectrum Choral Academy’s spring concert will benefit a local youth charity!
All 2018 Spring Concert proceeds & donations will benefit the:
James Stojack Memorial Music Scholarship Fund!

Created in memory of James Stojack (1995-2017) and his passion for music. James passed away August 20, 2017, at the age of 21, following two unsuccessful heart transplant surgeries at University of Washington in Seattle. He was born with hypoplastic left heart (having had three open heart surgeries and been monitored at Children’s Hospital throughout his childhood).

The James Stojack Memorial Music Scholarship Fund will help aspiring youth musicians in need of financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of taking music lessons. James grew up in Port Orchard & attended Peninsula High School. He sang in choirs, was an avid guitarist and professional cook—even earning funds to buy his first car by performing guitar at the Port Orchard Farmer’s Market so that he would have transportation to fulfill his dream of working as a cook in Seattle. James worked at Greenhouse Restaurant Gig Harbor and Altura, Lark & Cafe Presse in Seattle.

For more information about James and his life story – contact Spectrum Director (and James’ stepmom) Stephanie Charbonneau 360-271-8086 charbonneaustojac k@gmail.com or visit his memorial website: www.jamesstojack.com

Spectrum will partner with a different local youth/children’s charity each spring to give back to the community. Please contact us if you have a charity you would like us to consider for a future season.

Music is often praised for helping a child in many ways—such as offering cross-curricular support, improving test-taking skills and performance, and even boosting attendance in school.
Beyond all of this—music promotes discipline, working together, listening, sensitivity, and a sense of humanity that lies within all of us. The important of music in a young person’s life is unquantifiable.
Music has the power to change a person, which in turn can change a society…and eventually, the world.

Spectrum Choral Academy is a community chorus program with three levels for passionate youth musicians, ages 5-24. Rehearsals are held weekly in Gig Harbor, with singers coming from throughout the region. We are currently accepting new singers for summer choir camp & fall enrollment.

www.spectrumchorus.com 360-271-8086

Questions? Contact Spectrum Director Stephanie Charbonneau 360-271-8086 charbonneaustojac k@gmail.com

5/11/2018: Social Justice Committee – MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE at KUUF!

Join us for another in the Social Justice committee’s film series.  the May offering is Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives, a 58-minute documentary on the environmental impacts of war.  Doors open at 8:00 PM, screening at 8:30; snacks provided.
The film has a website:
http://www.scarredlandsfilm.com/
Here is part of the film summary from their site:

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives is a compelling documentary exploring the under-reported environmental impacts of war and preparations for war. The film confronts the immensely broad ecological and human ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself.  Ecosystems around the world are in distress from forces of humanity’s own making….

5/6/2018: Joys and Sorrows Update

We’re coming to the end of our trial period for our current joys and sorrows format. To provide an
opportunity to gather feedback in a way that also gives us a chance to connect and get to know each
other, along with leaving room to speak our truths and hear others, we’re inviting those who were not
able to meet with us on May 6 to join in small facilitated groups immediately after the service next
Sunday, May 20. We’d like everyone to participate, including those without strong feelings either way
about Joys and Sorrows. Sponsored by the Healthy Communication Committee, the Worship Committee and the Listening Team.

5/6/2018: Being the Change

10:30 – 11:00: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Among her many awards, Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize for her groundbreaking work in interfaith understanding. Granted the opportunity to fulfill one wish, Armstrong asked the organization to help her create a Charter for Compassion, based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect – principles also reflected in our congregational covenants.  The Charter, and our covenants, are all about how we can live fulfilling lives together, in our homes, our communities, 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.  Sher also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

https://www.ted.com/talks/karen_armstrong_makes_her_ted_prize_wish_the_charter_for_compassion

5/6/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, May 6th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF.  We have two books we chose for this meeting (since we will not have met in two months):  The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Micheal Pollan and… 2. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, Now They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst.  These books have kindled my awareness of a whole dimension of life and communication among plants, and the complex relationship between plants and humans. As usual, come to just listen or to participate to your comfort level, Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

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5/6/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Sunday May 6, 2018
May Theme is World Religions
Honoring our  Principle of 
Helping Each Other Learn
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.
May 6  Buddhism
May 13: Islam
May 20: Judaism
May 27: Hinduism
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.

5/4/2018: In Loving Memory

It is with great sadness that we announce that Bobbi Baurick passed away on Tuesday morning, May 1, 2018, just one month from her 76th birthday.  The Fellowship and the KUUF people were loving and welcoming to Bobbi and she liked very much being a part of it all.
She will be greatly missed.  A service will be announced at a later date.

4/29/2018: Worship Update

At a recent Church Council meeting two suggestions were made regarding services.  The Worship Committee is adopting both of them.  We want to give you a heads up because both will be occurring on Sunday, April 29th.  

The first request was for the occasional service that is “outside the box”, just for the sake of the joy of something new.  This Sunday our speaker, retired Presbyterian Minister Darrell Udd, a member of the Shoreline UU Fellowship, will bring with him a small troop of thespians who will provide us with a unique worship service which they created for the Easter Sunday at their own church.  We anticipate a fascinating and unusual service to delight you.  On June 17th Joseph Bednarik will curate a “Your Favorite Poem” service and on September 30th we will have a St. Francis Blessing of the Animals service.  If you have other ideas for “outside the box” services, please share them with us by contacting the Worship Committee at worship@kuuf.org.  

The second request was that our children have an opportunity to participate in the service periodically.  We decided, in consultation with the Children’s Education Committee, to invite the children lead us in the Chalice Lighting on the last Sunday of each month (Potluck Sunday).  They will teach us the Children’s Affirmation for their Chalice Lighting.  We are delighted to include the children in our worship service this way.  

4/29/2018: Joys and Sorrows Update

We’re coming to the end of our trial period for our current joys and sorrows format.  To provide an opportunity to gather feedback in a way that gives a chance to leave room to speak our truths and hear others, we’re inviting you to meet in small facilitated groups immediately after the service on May 6.  If you’re unable to be there on May 6 we’ll also have groups available after the service on May 20.  Sponsored by the Healthy Communications Committee, the Worship Committee and the Listening Team. 

4/29/2018: Jesus for Everyone – Atheists and Theists Alike!

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Darrell Udd: Jesus was destined to become the greatest superhero of the Greco-Roman world. But before that he was a simple man, poor (on purpose), homeless (on purpose) going from house to house with stories of a new Empire in which there was no longer male and female, Jew and Alien, Greek and Barbarian, slave and free, rich and poor, an Empire of Goodness that anyone could enter, any day, any time.

The purpose of the service on April 29 is an Easter reprise, to bring this man back from the dead. And ask: What might he have to say to UUs (who often have little time for him) about living as citizens of the most powerful Empire the planet has ever known. The language and content of the service are designed especially for atheists and the non-religious. If that describes family members or friends, it is a good opportunity to invite them to join you in one of your favorite activities: celebrating life and love.

Our guest speaker will be Darrell Winston Udd, a friend and member of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church for 27 years. He served for 20 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. He returned to graduate studies in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington and Claremont Graduate University where his primary interests were in exploring the cultural matrix of religion in antiquity to explain the origins of Christianity.  Areas of research include the writings of the earliest followers of Jesus, with a primary focus on the Gospel of Thomas. He has served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Washington and Seattle University.

4/29/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Sunday April 29, 2018
April Theme is Spring & 
Mother Earth 
Honoring our 7th Principle
 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.
April 29  Arbor Day Celebration

 

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.

4/28/2018: Living with Dementia Workshop

Five million people in the United States are living with dementia, and it is the sixth leading cause of death. The Living with Dementia workshop is for people who have dementia, their care partners, and anyone else whose life is affected by dementia. Members of congregations’ Pastoral Care teams are especially encouraged to attend. Learn the signs and stages of dementia, how best to interact with people with dementia, and how to make your congregation dementia-friendly. Open sharing, small group work, and role plays will be part of the workshop. Come to East Shore Unitarian Church on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and help erase the stigma of dementia. Admission is $20 and you can preregister here: https://secure.accessacs.com/access/eventlogin.aspx?id=+U/TNGWrWkx4DOfyDvFCGw==&site=159745&ReturnUrl=events%2fwz_people.aspx&ChurchID=6774&EventID=156781&sn=159745

The Rev. Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley have been living with dementia since Sky’s diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease in the summer of 2016. They are traveling the country leading worship services and workshops in order to facilitate greater understanding of dementia, and have a blog: alzheimerscanyon.blogspot.com. Jane is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, and Sky is a retired family mediator. Since their retirement, they have traveled extensively and done volunteer work, primarily in New Orleans. They now live in Burlington, VT with their son, Sayer, and his partner Emma. Their daughter, Dana, lives nearby in Montpelier, VT. As a family, they enjoy travel, disc golf, playing interesting board games, and having fun in and on Lake Champlain.

You can also follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2063807897231696/

4/27/2018: Regional Assembly registration deadline

Join your fellow western Unitarian Universalists in Portland, Oregon, April 27-29. Registration for the Pacific Western Regional Assembly will be open through April 15.

Still haven’t decided if you’re going? Take a look at the variety of workshops, dynamic speakers and other offerings via the Regional Assembly website.

Got youngsters? Great! We have an exciting Kids’ Camp planned for them.

Got teens? Wonderful! They’ll be Making CoUUrageous Connections together.

Each district will hold their annual meeting on Saturday afternoon, April 28. If you will be attending Regional Assembly and would like to serve as a delegate for your congregation, contact your board president. They have through April 20 to certify the delegates from your congregation.

Hope to see you in Portland!