Category: Community

9/1/2018: 2018 KUUF Trip to Recsenyed Transylvania

The KUUF Partner Church Committee would like to invite you to travel with us to our Partner village of Recsenyed in rural Transylvania. The trip is scheduled for two weeks returning on September 29. This is a very exciting time to be visiting them as this year marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda; the first edict of Religious freedom in history, and Rev Adel has said they would like to take us to visit Torda while we are there. We will be staying in the homes of some of the villagers, and don’t worry about the language barrier, as they have English speakers available. This trip is a great way to broaden our understanding of not only Unitarianism but of the culture of our Szekely partners, and to make new friends. If you are interested or have any questions please contact John or Ginger Younie at 360-308-8059

6/23/2018: Is it Just Me?

is it just me?







eric lane barnes

heather gonio

paul rosenberg


Diverse Harmony and Spectrum


June 23,  2018 7:30 pm

East Shore Unitarian Church 12 700 SE 32nd st

Bellevue, WA

$15/20 at the door


East Shore Live Presents “Is It Just Me?”: Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.

‘Is It Just Me?’ traces a young man’s journey out of the dark depths of a Pentecostal church (“everything but the snakes”) through the hazards and mishaps of early gay adulthood, to a place of relative peace and contentment. Songs, scenes, monologues and a frank and open use of puppets fuel the show. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at East Shore Unitarian Church (12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue) Get tickets here!

6/21/2018: Faith Over Fear – Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.

KUUF’s Adult Religious Education Committee and Social Justice Committee are sponsoring this event.
We encourage you to attend it!


Each year the Islamophobia industry spends over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, YouTube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of the Islamophobia industry turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America!

We cordially invite the public, faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) for an overview of the Islamophobia industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together.

7:00 PM, June 21, 2018
Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2225 Perry Ave, Bremerton, WA

Pastor Terry Kyllo serves as the director of Neighbors in Faith an interfaith effort to recognize Muslims as neighbors and partners in building a more peaceful world. NIF is authorized by the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches in western Washington State.

Aneelah Afzali, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.

MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), Neighbors in Faith, The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, Faith Action Network, Council on American-Islamic Relations WA, Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, The Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, The Southwest-ern Washington Synod of the ELCA & Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Islamic Center of Kitsap County and the Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Faith Over Fear Standing with our Muslim Neighbors Roadshow With Aneelah Afzali and Pastor Terry Kyllo

6/3/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 3rd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing the book: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love by Lonni Pratt and Daniel Homan.  This highly praised book has applications well beyond the Benedictine Monastery tradition to being truly welcoming and accepting in groups and organizations in general as well as in our personal relationships.  As usual you are welcome to come and participate or to just listen  —Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826










5/27/2018: Sock it to Me in May!



Knowing that soggy spring can be as hard on feet as winter, Chalice Circle 7 is collecting new socks for those in need during the month of May. Just bring a package of NEW men’s or women’s socks to the foyer any Sunday in May.
Your gifts will be distributed at the Lord’s Neighborhood Diner where we know they will be appreciated!
Warm hearts, minds and toes!


Good evening LND folks.  It’s getting to be that time again. I’m excited that we (KUUF) have maintained our resolve to fight hunger and economic inequality for another year!  Yeah!! I’m also very excited to tell you that the RESULTS organization has nominated AND selected the LND to be their 2018 Humanitarian Award winner!! (Man! I love it when that happens). This means that due in part to the hard work and devotion that KUUF has shown to the LND, we all helped the LND become an award winning community provider…and a great big WOOYAH to all of us. Really super news. Honestly, we all should be proud of what we do there.

Back to business. KUUF has a meal on the 26th of May…that’s the last Saturday of May. KUUF always has the last Saturday of every other month. For your planning calendars, that will be: 28 July, 29 September, and the 24th of November.

Okay then, the mornings and afternoons are wide open. Mornings are 10:30 – 2:15 PM, afternoons are from 2:00 – 5 PM. I look forward to hearing for everyone soon. Thank you all.

Eric Harrold

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.

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 or visit his memorial website:

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. 360-271-8086

Questions? Contact Spectrum Director Stephanie Charbonneau 360-271-8086 charbonneaustojac

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,, 360-981-8826

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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  

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. 

4/28/2018: 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:

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: 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: