Category: Community

07/21/2019: SpiritRest Silent Retreat

SpiritRest is a facilitated five-day silent retreat for Unitarian
Universalists and other spiritual seekers. Our 2019 gathering will be July 21-26 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. This retreat is led by UU ministers Sharon Wylie, Arvid Straube, Stefanie Etzbach-Dale, and Lucy Bunch.

Retreatants meet with a spiritual director for a half hour each day. In addition to the practice of silence, there is guidance for meditation, labyrinth walks, prayer, art journaling, Qi gong, and InterPlay. There is also time for singing together. Each day closes with a vespers service at sundown.

Learn more at our website www.spiritrestretreat.com.

Blessings,
Rev. Sharon Wylie

03/23/2019: The PNW UU Music Festival

Edmonds UU are extremely excited to host Melanie DeMore who will share her musical gifts with us during our music festival, March 23 – 24.

She was a favorite clinician at the NationalAssociation of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (formerly UUMN) Conference in Portland last summer. More information about Melanie: http://www.melaniedemore.com/

Melanie will lead a workshop during which she will teach us songs by rote on Saturday, March 23 in Chapman Hall (Edmonds UU Congregation) from approximately 10:30 to 3:30 PM.

  • We will also learn one choral arrangement: “God is All There Is” by Mary Watkins. To purchase the PDF Version for Soloist and Choir ($1.75 per copy), contact Mary at marymusic99@aol.com

 We will present our “Community Sing” concert at the United Methodist Church in Edmonds, 828 Caspers St., 2:00 – 3:00 pm (call is 1:00 pm).

  • To offset workshop/concert fees, travel accommodations, and venue rental etc. we are asking for $30. per singer.

All UU’s are welcome to join in even if they don’t sing in a choir. Melanie will also be teaching songs to the audience as part our “Community Sing” concert.

To help our cash flow, please send checks to Bertram Gulhaugen, 2428 SW Holden St unit B, Seattle, 98106. If it’s more convenient to pay using your credit or debit card please do so on Brown Paper Tickets: https://pnwuumf.brownpapertickets.com .

Time is of the essence so please let your choir and congregation know ASAP.

03/10/2019: Movie night at KIAC

Save the Date. March 10, Sunday at 3:30. It took a while but they are finally here! Movies on immigration stories.
Date March 10th Sunday at 3:30 pm. 
KIAC office 3627 Wheaton Way.
Around back at Lighthouse Plaza.

We will show a 10 min documentary called “The Mayor” about a man who begins to understand immigration first hand and take steps to make changes. 

We will have a short discussion and then the 40 minute “Abrazos” documentary about how a Minnesota town comes together to make a difference in the lives of local Guatemalan families. 

Kitsap Guatemalan families will be invited and everyone can participate in a discussion to follow. Light refreshments. 

The conference room is not large so plan to get there early for a seat.”

03/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

The Reluctant Radical: Activist Ken Ward Confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

Screening starts at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm 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.

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!

02/07/2019: President’s Column

Happy February everyone. The days are getting longer and our future is certainly looking bright! We are entering the time of year when KUUF builds the budget for the next church year (May 2019 – April 2020). Seems crazy to be writing 2020 already! The Stewardship Campaign is the program that asks each of us to make a monetary pledge which, when combined with all other members’ pledges, will fund KUUF operations throughout the next year. The numbers I’m showing below come from the 2018 – 2019 proposed budget and are only approximations.

What is my pledge used for?

  • About 61.5% of last year’s pledges supported our staff and administrative expenses. We have two paid administrative positions; one paid position for Director of Religious Education;, two paid positions supporting our music program;, and several childcare positions ensuring our children’s well-being.
  • About 23% was dedicated to maintaining our lower buildings and campus.
  • About 16% was used for program expenses. The majority of that allowed the Worship Committee to provide the amazing guest ministers and speakers we enjoy on Sundays.  
  • About 7.5% went to the UUA and the PWR to support their efforts in promoting UU values nationally and regionally. You may know our regional representative Tandi Rogers. She and the region’s compensation consultant were an important resource during contract negotiations with our minister – Rev. Jessica Star Rockers.  

That’s 108% of our pledges used for the stated purposes. How is that possible? Our total member-generated income is the sum of our pledging and fundraising events throughout the year. Additionally, we earn some money from administrative services provided, as well as, for the last several years, revenue from leasing the Matan Building.  

You’ll see that the cost of our quarter-time minister is not included above. This is because the funds providing her services were unspent from the previous year’s budget. As there are no guarantees that we will have unspent money after reconciling this year’s budget, the best way to ensure we retain our minister is through our pledges.

If you were to ask me, “Say Eric, I don’t have extra income. Do I have to pledge?” My answer would be, “No, you don’t have to pledge.” But then I would add that my experience has shown me that making a financial commitment, of any amount, may return to you a greater willingness to voice your feelings for how KUUF is doing, both pro or con. I also feel that your ownership, and the likelihood that you will join a committee or program, will be higher. I’m sorry I cannot support that statistically, it’s just my feeling having been both a pledging and non-pledging member. No matter how you contribute, financially or through volunteering, we love you at KUUF.

Thank you all for your continued support. I am looking forward to spending this year with all of you. We are KUUF.

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

02/07/2019: Notes from the Minister

The winter must have come in like a lamb because it is definitely going out like a lion. I hope you all have been warm and safe this week, with electricity and heat. Please remember, if you need anything, the Caring Committee and I are just a phone call away. We can connect you with resources and support during difficult times, including inclement weather. So don’t hesitate to reach out in an emergency, by phone or email (included below.) 

I’ve been particularly grateful this week for technology. When the roads in Kitsap Country were too icy for my long drive from Bainbridge to Bremerton, I was able to stay connected and attend meetings over Zoom video conference. Even our Fellowship Council met over Zoom this week. So not only are they a dedicated group of religious leaders, they are also pretty tech savvy! And neither snow nor sleet nor icy roads will keep them from their important work together.

Some of that important work is easy for us to see and name. And some of it is less obvious. The Welcoming Committee has been engaged in several different efforts to increase membership and make guests feel welcome. The Social Justice Committee continues to combat racism in Kitsap County, including being part of a community-wide response against racist leafletting. The Healthy Communications Committee is planning a community building workshop. And the Worship Committee has several multigenerational services planned for this year, so our most important members (the children!) can be a part of the fun of worshipping with us in the community.

I can’t possibly fit all the good work of all the committees into one article. But I encourage you if you’re wondering what your ministry at KUUF might be, come and talk with me. There are so many places to get involved. I’ve been deeply inspired and filled with such hope to witness the fun these committees have, and how much joy they bring to the life of this congregation. 

It’s an exciting time to be a part of KUUF. And I am so grateful to be serving among you. 

Many blessings and stay warm!

Rev. Jessica
360-377-4724 x. 2
minister@kuuf.org

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers

01/19/19: Minister Ordination Save the Date

Jessica Star Rockers will be ordained at Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church, on Bainbridge Island on January 19th from 3-6 pm at Island School, 8553 NE Day Rd. This school is located on the north end of Bainbridge Island and it cannot be reached by walking off the ferry. It is recommended to car pool from Seattle, Shoreline or Bremerton.

The ordinations service will begin promptly at 3pm and will be followed by a pot luck dinner hosted by Cedars.

To ensure that we have an accurate count for the ordination service and the pot luck supper we ask that all guests RSVP to this Website. https://www.cedarsuuchurch.org/?page_id=14065

01/13/2019: Deported from Kitsap County

Deported from Kitsap County

an up-close view of the American deportation system

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship January 13, 2019 12:00 pm

What happens to the Undocumented in the current U.S. deportation system? Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church’s Justice Network presents an up-close view of the American deportation system and how it affects immigrants crossing the border as well as those living in our state. Speakers Katherine Niall and Helen Nissani will trace the steps of deportees, from their capture in Kitsap County to detention in Tacoma, their deportation, and attempts to return to their families. Highlights of the program include good works by The Samaritans and other humanitarian aid organizations.

Admission is free, all are welcome. For more information contact socialjustice@kuuf.org

01/06/2019: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, January 6th, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF. The book we selected for this first gathering of the New Year is “Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage To Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit,” by Parker Palmer. Whether or not you have had a chance to read the entire book, you are invited to come and address this topic so relevant to the current political/social conundrum in which we find ourselves — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826