Category: Community

09/23/2017: KUUF PLANNING 🗓 🗺

Saturday, 10am, KUUF Sanctuary


As one of the liberal, religious presences in Kitsap County, we need to plan for the future.  Our last Five-Year Plan expired in 2015.  Some of the goals were accomplished, some were not.  On September 23, let’s gather together for a facilitated discussion as we chart our next Three to Five Year Plan.

Submitted by Ellen Newberg, Secretary to the KUUF Board of Trustees

08/04/2017: KUUF Rummage Sale 🗓 🗺

Friday Aug 4, 8am-3pm, KUUF Sanctuary (Rummage Sale, Day 1)
Saturday Aug 5, 8am-2pm, KUUF Sanctuary (Rummage Sale, Day 2)

Spring Cleaning? It’s time to also start thinking about the Rummage Sale! As you clean out and clean up, be sure and set things aside for the annual Rummage Sale. This is a really fun – and important – fundraiser for KUUF. There will be more information about how to get items to the sale.

As of this moment, we really need:

  1. A chairperson. There are experienced people to help and lots of notes from those who have gone before.
  2. People with vans, trucks or other vehicles who are able to pick up donations.

If you can do either of these things or if you have any questions, until a chairperson is found, contact Susan Welsh

07/15/2017: Kitsap Pride 2017 – Viva la Vida 🗓 🗺

11am-5pm, Evergreen Park, Bremerton – Join us at Kitsap Pride 2017 on Saturday, July 15. This year’s theme is Viva la Vida which encourages everyone to live their authentic life.

Find more information on our Facebook page:

  • Live Music – Stay tuned for our headliner announcements!
  • Drag and Genderqueer Variety Performances
  • 40 Exhibitors including local artisans, businesses, and non-profits
  • Food vendors

Support your local pride!

07/09/2017: The Truth Quest Book Group – What It Is Like to Go To War 🗓 🗺

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF Sanctuary, Elmore Room (Library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will meeting on Sunday, July 9th (Please note that we are  meeting the 2nd Sunday, instead of our usual 1st Sunday time, as people may have other plans for the 4th of July weekend).  Our book for this meeting is “What It Is Like To Go To War,” by Karl Marlantes.  This should prove to be a stimulating discussion, so please feel welcome to come no matter how much or how little of the book you have read.

Contact Jerry Butler, 360-981-8826, if you’d like to attend.

Book Description: 

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As a Marine during the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes learned to fire an M16, to command a platoon, to fight and to kill. And in the four decades since Vietnam, he has spent his time reading, reflecting and writing a memoir that has helped him come to terms with that experience.

What adult religious exploration classes do you want to see happen?

Your Adult Religious Exploration Committee wants to know what classes you would like to see offered in the coming year.  Please take 6 minutes to record your preferences at  Rate your top 5 choices in three categories.  Let us know your preferred meeting time. 

Paper copies of the poll are available in the foyer. 

Thank you!  Your input is appreciated.

07/02/2017: Social Justice Committee Meeting

11:45am – 12:45pm, KUUF Elmore room

The Social Justice Committee will meet at 11:45 after the July 2 service. Anyone interested is invited to attend. Besides this in-person meeting, SJC has an e-mail group. If you would like more information, contact Phil Davis at or (360) 478-2731.



Agenda for July 2:

  1. Check in.
  2. Discussion of White Privilege in preparation for July 16 teach in.
  3. Follow up possibilities for KUUF on LGBTQ issues brought up in July 2 service.

07/02/2017: KUUF’s Annual LGBTQ Pride Service 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Dr. Jill Davidson – Our special guest speaker is Dr. Jill Davidson, School Psychologist at North Kitsap School District.  Her PhD is from the school psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a school psychologist for 37 years, working in Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Washington State. She is a woman of transgender history. Her professional interests have included understanding the development of reading comprehension, development of writing skills; gender issues; strategies for managing aggression in children, special education eligibility; and the ethics of school psychology practice.

06/23/2017: Liberal Faith at Work 🗓 🗺

Friday, 9:30am, Bremerton Food Line

On Friday, June 23, twelve volunteers participated on the United Way Day of Caring KUUF Team by reporting for duty at the Bremerton Foodline from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Thanks to Dr. Gail Davis, we proudly wore our “KUUF:  Liberal Faith At Work” buttons.  Nearly 300 sacks of food were bagged for distribution to children.  Grocery bags were doubled up and filled with mayonnaise, milk, juice, canned meals, tuna, peanut butter, jelly/jam, crackers, cereal, Raman, snacks, granola bars, and canned fruit.  The Foodline staff was quite impressed with how much we accomplished.  Another crew repackaged diapers.  Volunteers included:  Jane Chapin, Lynn Lund, Carolee Effron, Ginny and Rick Soth, Gail and Phil Davis, Bonnie and Gary Sykes, Leah and Kelly Vance, Janice Miller (who reported to the Fairgrounds at 7:30 a.m. to register us and pick up our box lunches), and Ellen Newberg, Coordinator.  Thanks, too, to Amy’s Decadent Chocolates for donating caramel apples for the volunteers’ enjoyment.

06/22/2017: Diversity Conference 🗓 🗺

Thursday, 7:30am, Olympic College

Friday, 12:00pm, Olympic College

The 2017 Diversity conference will bring educators, students and community members together to increase communication, build relationships, help you explore, exchange and experience diversity in a whole new way.


Questions Contact: Amanda Gebhardt-Fuentes

Amanda Gebhardt-Fuentes, M.A. | Manager of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Olympic College | Bremerton, Washington

06/21/2017: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda 🗓

Wednesday, 6:30p.m. KUUF – Admin Room 

KUUF Board of Trustees agenda for the upcoming board meeting.


Agenda for June 21, 2017


6:00 PM              Susan Welsh will review Treasurer’s Report for new board members

6:30 PM              Call to Order:  Eric Harrold, President

Chalice Lighting


6:40 PM              Consent agenda

  • Minutes of the May 17, 2017 board meeting.
  • Minutes of the June 7, 2017 board Retreat
  • Minutes of the June 12, 2017 3-5 Year Plan Development Board meeting
  • Maintenance memo to Gateway Adult Services (Easterseals of Wash.)
  • Board Liaison & other reports, including Finance; Personnel; etc.

6:45 PM              Treasurer’s Report:  Susan Welsh, Treasurer.

7:00 pm                                                            *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Disruptive Behavior Policy (Paul Wilson): Paul Wilson has been working on building this additional policy for KUUF. Marcia Christen and Jessica Demick will provide update after new business.

General Assembly (Eric Harrold): Rosemary Dougal and Karen Leader-Scott are our delegates for GA being held from 21-25 June, 2017 in New Orleans. I don’t see any budget line item for related expenses associated with the GA. Does the board agree we have no expenses for GA?

UUA White Supremacy Teach In: Board decision on White Privilege is unclear to me. Is our mandate to discuss this issue being handled by ARE or Worship?

Charitable Giving Task Force (June Jones): How do we keep our website up to date? No record of task force members or who we are giving to. (needs to be published once ratified).


7:30                                                                   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Pacific Western Region Dues (Eric Harrold): We have received a 2017/18 District Pledge reminder which is due back to PWR (PNWD) on 20 June, 2017. I have e-mailed the Diane Brinson to inform her of our pending pledge.  Paying PWR dues of $27 per person with 109 member congregation = $2943. This is greater than the $2834 budgeted for this item. The balance of $109 will be transferred from:


(Action required:  Motion to transfer funds from xxxxx to PNWD budget line item).



Speaker Fee Donation (Eric Harrold):  Motion: Speaker from 06/04/17 Bob Abel wants his speaking fee to be donated to Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center. Additionally, Ray Garrido also wants his speaker fee to be donated to the KIAC. Does the board feel that the KIAC represents and adheres to the values KUUF and UUA stand for?

(Action required:  Motion to donate two speaker fees to the KIAC).


Conversation with the Board (Eric Harrold): The Media Task Force would like to present the website at the conversation with the board this month.  What are the subject of the next conversations with the board?


Property Maintenance and Management (Eric Harrold): Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to discuss KUUF property maintenance and management at our retreat. Eric to discuss how the last two years of maintenance has gone and have a conversation on the best way to proceed (include that Tanesha is setting up several maintenance persons who can answer immediate calls).    **Deck and Ramp Replacement pends; discussion with Gateway Adult Services (Easterseals Wash) pends**


Archiving of Committee Minutes (Eric Harrold): There does not appear to be a requirement for archiving committee minutes nor is there a place for them in the “documents” part of the website. Historical data regarding committees reside, nearly entirely, on members personal computers and are not public documents. Do committee minutes need to be archived at a KUUF managed site?!3929&authkey=!ABbXb_LtdaCNHMs&ithint=folder%2c


Purchase of an Additional Desktop Computer (Eric Harrold): I have discussed the topic of network security with Nick Wilson. The question was: Is network security compromised by using personal computers on our network? His answer:TBD. (possibly – we need to transfer funds from xxxxx budget item to… or purchase additional property


Youth Space in Upper Building (Eric Harrold): We have two rooms in the upper building which have been filling up with random stuff for the last two years. All the items for rummage sale, old TV’s, other electronics, and furniture should be removed and those spaces cleaned and maintained. Should we have an ad hoc committee to look into keeping those rooms or adding them to the Easterseals lease.





How does Board Action get onto Website? Whose responsibility are the updates? How can the board and committees help?

8:20 p.m.            Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for May 2017:

Conversations with the Board Topics:

  • Disruptive Persons Policy
  • 3-5 Year Plan Development

For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, July 19, 2017

8:30 p.m.            Adjournment

06/17/2017: KUUF Wine Tasting Event 🗓 🗺

Saturday, 6:00pm, Total Wine – Silverdale

Although this KUUF fund raiser is a spin-off from the 2016 auction, it wasn’t possible to schedule it until June 17, 2017.  Tickets are $20.00 each, with all proceeds going to the KUUF General Fund.  Here’s Total Wines’ description of the event:

“Treat your friends, family, and fellow wine lovers to a private wine class for up to 20 people in our Silverdale store’s classroom.  Total Wine & More will host an event that is certain to impress you and your guests.  Taste eight of our premium, hand-selected wines and discover hidden treasures from the wine region of your choosing.  Your guests will enjoy a tour of the land and learn about the famed appellations and grape varietals that make each region so unforgettable.  One of our wine experts will be on hand to present and discuss each delicious wine during your two hour class.  Value:  $500.00.”

The featured theme is:   California Dreaming.  Here’s Total Wine’s description of the event:

“Three outstanding white wines and five sumptuous red wines will delight your palate in this tasting. From Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced in the cooler climates of Carneros and the Russian River Valley, to the famous Cabernet Sauvignon appellations of Stag’s Leap and Spring Mountain – one of these outstanding selections is certain to become a favorite.

Tickets go on sale after the service on Sunday, May 14.  Remember, there are only 20 slots for this event, first come, first served (so to speak).

Event coordinator:  Ellen Newberg

06/12/2017: Women Who Love To Read 🗓 🗺

Monday, 12:30pm, Bremerton



The book club meets at Phyllis Millard’s house in Bremerton.

This meeting is a pot-luck lunch.

We will be voting on the books we will read this coming year.

No single book discussion at this meeting.


For more information please contact: Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556 or

06/11/2017: Adult RE: Spirit in Practice – Spiritual Partnerships 🗓 🗺

Sunday, 11:45am, KUUF – Admin Room

Spirit in Practice was created by the UUA to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help you connect with the sacred ground of your being, however you understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and/or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregations, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our faith journeys.

KUUF members Selene Patterson and Karen Leader Scott are co-facilitating.  Need childcare?  Please let us know two weeks ahead.

May 7:  Introduction and Personal Spiritual Practices

May 21:  Communal Worship Practices

June 11:  Spiritual Partnerships

June 18:  Mind Practices

Please register now by emailing or calling the office:  360-377-4724