Category: Community

03/29/2020: Spiritual Journey to Peru

March 29 – April 8, 2020

Come with us to the “Womb of the earth” in the highlands of Peru and experience one of the most spiritual places I have ever been to: Machu Picchu. Our journey will be filled with comfortable places to stay, Shamanic conversations, lovely food, water blessings at an old Inca spring, beautiful natural vistas, and reflections while sitting on a mountain top. We will learn about the culture, food, and history as we try to imagine what these things mean for us.

Tour Cost (per person): US$4695 Including taxes and gratuities Single Supplement: US$995 We would be happy to try to match you with a suitable roommate. If we are unable to do so, the single supplement will apply and will be collected with balance payment at 90 days prior to departure. Group Size: 14 – 18 participants

How to Book:
Please contact the Worldwide Quest office for more information and to secure your booking. 1-800-387-1483 | 416-633-5666 |

11/03/2019: Truth Quest Book Group


The Truth Quest Book Group will meet again on Sunday, November 3rd, 9:15 -10:30 AM in the KUUF Library. The book we chose for discussion is The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. As usual, you are welcome no matter how much or little of the book you were able to read – come and listen or participate to your comfort level. Jerry Butler, 360-981-8826


Why do KUUF members attend our Fall Auction?

  • To have a good time!  It’s our biggest party of the year.
  • To foster fellowship as we work together to produce the auction, and gather that evening to celebrate the joy of belonging to our KUUF Beloved Community.
  • To bring friends who may not yet know that they are UU’s.
  • To enjoy the fabulous professional lip-synching performances by Lennie Bironne, as well as additional musical entertainments this year.
  • To donate quality treasures that you are ready to pass along for someone else to enjoy, or to donate something fun to do with friends.
  • To eat a tasty buffet dinner, this year including a three sauce spaghetti dinner prepared by Janice Miller and her event organizer daughter Sunny Saunders.  There is also a wine and beer bar and fabulous flavored waters.
  • To support our Raise the Paddle causes.  This year our cause is to raise funds to support Children’s Religious Education and intergenerational activities for all.
  • To find the perfect Christmas or birthday present for someone on your list (maybe even you!).
  • To find a treasure or to obtain a wonderful experience, e.g., Seattle Repertory tickets, a meal in someone’s home, or a picnic hike with friends.
  • To support KUUF.  The auction is budgeted to raise $12,000.00 for our General Fund.  Your support is needed through ticket sales, donations, and/or purchases.

See you at the Auction on Saturday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m.  Watch for Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt or Carolee Effron in the foyer after worship services—they have tickets for sale @ $15.00.  Childcare is available ( as well as scholarship tickets (  Questions?  Contact Ellen Newberg, 2019 Auction Chair ( or (

11/02/2019: BUONA NOTTE! 2019 KUUF AUCTION


Four key things are needed for a successful auction:  (1) Imaginative, desirable auction items; (2) Eager buyers; (3) Great food; and (4) Special entertainment.  Of course, these four things are underpinned by all the volunteers who support the auction both in the run-up to it, on auction night itself, and after.

Imaginative, desirable auction items:  Serious intelligence has it that there are already some pretty amazing, innovative, and unique items in the pipeline.  Meal donors from previous years, we are counting on you to open your homes for fellowship and sustenance. We are looking for fun experiences, too, e.g., the wine tasting a couple of years ago where the Poulsbo Police were invited to give us breathalyzer tests at the end of the evening.  That was really fun, not to mention a big surprise for the guests (we all passed the breathalyzer test, in case you are wondering). So, let your imaginations run wild and come up with those great auction items that will result in our achieving our budgeted $12,000.00 goal for the evening.  Click here to donate online:

or, watch for Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron at the ticket sales table beginning Sept.8.  They will have hard copy donation forms that can be given to our Office Volunteer Selene Patterson, for input.  They will also have donation ideas to start your creative juices flowing.

Eager buyers:  Again, please consider inviting non-KUUF friends, relatives, and neighbors to our auction as your guests.  Alan and I have hosted good friends for the past three years, some of whom bought a lot of stuff!  This is a way of expanding our bidding base, plus it introduces KUUF to friends and neighbors who are UU at heart but haven’t discovered it yet.

Great Food:  Thanks to hospitality maven Janice Miller and her professional event planner daughter, Sunny Saunders, we are looking forward to an Italian Spaghetti Dinner, complete with all the trimmings and dessert.   Special diet accommodation offerings will be available. Childcare is provided, including pizza dinner (contact  Children’s RE Coordinator Jenell DeMatteo to reserve space(s).

Special Entertainment:  With an Italian theme, we are looking forward to entertainments by KUUF talent including Lennie Bironne, professional lip-synch performer; the KUUF choir led by Mike Menefee; and Music Director Brian Kinney.  We look forward to meeting our new auctioneer, Ryan Brewer.

Tickets go on sale for $15.00 on Sunday, Sept 8 (no charge for children).  Watch for ticket sales mavens Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron in the foyer.  If you can’t attend the auction, please consider purchasing and donating scholarship tickets, as well as making donations.  Note:  Ticket sales are limited to 100 this year, due to space limitations.  – Ellen Newberg, 2019 KUUF Fall Auction Chair.

11/02/2019: AUCTION UPDATE: Q & A

  • Question:  When is the auction? 
    • Answer:  Saturday, Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m.  Tickets:  $15.00.  Childcare is available.  Scholarship tickets are available.
  • Question:  Am I limited to donating one item to the KUUF Auction?
    • Answer:  Mamma Mia!!!   No, no, no.  You are welcome, even encouraged, to donate more than one item to the KUUF auction.  For example, you could donate two meals at different times.  Or, you could donate tickets to a play plus a gift certificate for dinner before the show.  Or, you could donate that great kitchen appliance that you never took out of the box as well as a week of house or pet sitting.
  • Question:  Will I be able to buy raffle tickets for an Italian-themed food basket?
    • Answer:  Yes, yes, yes.  Chalice Circle 3 will have raffle tickets available for a fabulous Italian-themed food basket after services in October as well as at the auction.
  • Question:  Will there be new, fun things to do at the auction this year?
    • Answer:  Yes, yes, yes.  Chalice Circle 11 will give you an opportunity to play a game called Bird Cage.  A locked, beautifully decorated birdcage with enticing contents will be available the night of the auction.  Chalice Circle 11 members will have a limited number of keys for sale, only one of which opens the birdcage.  After all the keys have been sold, buyers take turns seeing if they have purchased the lucky key.  There will be other games as well.  Next week:  Wall of Wine.

10/27/2019: Save The Date For A.R.E.!

Shared ministry is rooted in the belief that all people, not just clergy, are called to share their gifts and to serve one another in a religious community. As we continue on the path of professional ministry at KUUF, the Committee on Shared Ministry has been working with Rev. Jessica to define our vision for the years ahead. On Sunday, Oct 27, after the service and potluck, the Rev. Deanna Vandiver will facilitate our visioning process, assisting us in defining and understanding our shared ministry. Rev Deanna, former Executive Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, has made a professional study of shared ministry and collaborative leadership in both nonprofit and parish communities. Rev. De will invite us to imagine how we might co-create our ministry at KUUF, along with our minister Rev. Jessica, in ways that are transformational and prioritize covenant, relationship, and trust. It will be an experiential and illuminating workshop! We hope you can join us.

10/27/2019: Envisioning A Shared Ministry

ALL KUUF members and friends are strongly encouraged to attend this important workshop concerning the evolving nature and structure of our KUUF ministry — Rev. Jessica and the KUUF Committee on Shared Ministry strongly support this exciting paradigm as a way of ministering to each other that we can now begin to implement here at KUUF. This involves all members and friends of KUUF ministering to the KUUF community based on each of our special gifts and skills, while our minister, Rev. Jessica, will remain as the guiding light and inspiration. The UUA is now encouraging UU congregations nation-wide to embrace this life-affirming and empowering form of Community ministry.

As stated on the UUA website:

Ministry is no longer an act provided only by those who are ordained or called to serve. Ministry happens wherever individuals embrace the belief that their good works, their volunteerism, their acts, can help serve the mission and vision of their congregation. Where formerly people may have thought of themselves as ‘just a volunteer’ or one of a nameless group of people performing a task, now, more and more, members of Unitarian Universalist congregations understand that ministry is something shared by all who are part of a spiritual community ; a way to put faith into action for the benefit of the church and the wider community.

Come on October 27th to learn more, have your questions answered, at this experimental and illumination workshop!

Childcare is available upon request. Email Janell at

10/23/2019: Congress leads the world in saving lives

In these days of bitter partisanship dividing our nation, a recent development in global health gives me hope and gratitude to Congress and the American people. When many people thought it couldn’t happen, Congress came together, bridging across party lines, to continue the U.S. leadership in combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria worldwide. This important development has received scant attention from the press, but deserves to be known and understood by all Americans. 

In 2001, with the U.S. and the Gates Foundation in leadership, nations of the world came together to form the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It was funded by many nations and foundations, but the U.S. committed then to provide 1/3rd of the needed funds. The U.S. commitment leveraged $2 for every $1 invested by our nation, which has continued to this day. Since its founding, the Global Fund has saved 32 million lives, including millions of children, who are particularly susceptible to the ravages of malaria. 

Every three years, the nations and NGOs who fund the Global Fund come together for a “Replenishment Conference” to pledge for their commitment for the next three years.  This has happened seven times since 2001 and occurred again on October 10. This year, France hosted the Replenishment Conference.

As part of “putting America first,” the current Administration attempted to reduce the U.S. commitment to a quarter of the funds needed and has three times proposed deep cuts to our national investment in foreign aid and global health, including the Global Fund.  Civil Society across the world was very concerned that the Global Fund pledge from the U.S. would fall off, and other nations would back off as well. These diseases have been cut in half since 2001, but this challenge could result in a rise of the rate of infection and death, worldwide. 

But Congress would have none of it.  Leaders on both sides of the aisle, in both the House and Senate, worked together to ensure that the funds needed to sustain and grow the Global Fund were included in the next year’s federal budget. The funds requested will save 16 million more lives in the next three years.  Further, Congress included in its budget a statement that two more years of funding would follow. And then Congress sent four Representatives, two Republicans and two Democrats, to the Replenishment Conference for the Global Fund to personally deliver that commitment to the world. 

With that commitment in mind, other nations and non-profits, including some recipient countries, stepped up and pledged their fair share during the meeting. Fourteen billion dollars were pledged in total, the largest global commitment ever made! Ever!  Congress led the world and as a result, 16 million people who would have been lost to disease, will be saved. 

None of this would have been possible without the excellent past work of the Global Fund to save lives, making it a highly credible organization; the political advocacy of many citizens and organizations and the deep commitment and common human caring our Senators and Representatives acted upon.

I am particularly proud and grateful that our Congressman, Rep. Derek Kilmer, has always strongly supported funding for the Global Fund and other global health initiatives. He knows his constituents are fully behind him on this humanitarian matter.

Here in Kitsap County, citizen advocates and supporters with RESULTS worked very hard to communicate the importance of the Global Fund to Rep. Kilmer and our two Senators, seeking their support. And support it they did!  If you want to participate in this important poverty reduction work going forward, please check out RESULTS and connect with the local group at 

This moment gives me great hope that our nation’s leaders are not so mired in divisive politics that they cannot do good in the world. Indeed, that’s why each of them sought election in the first place. It is important to remember that – our government does work, often, for the betterment of all. May we all be grateful for the collective impact that, together, we can have for a better world. 

Beth Wilson is the volunteer regional coordinator for the South Kitsap/Gig Harbor chapter of RESULTS, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to ending poverty. She lives in Olalla. 

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10/16/2019 Don’t lower cap for spending on public art

Kitsap Sun

Oct. 16, 2019

Don’t lower cap for spending on public art

As a member of the local community of artists, I was one of those lobbying the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners to institute the Percent for Art program in 2002. The recent Kitsap Sun story outlining the curtailing of this program by cutting it from 1% of qualifying Kitsap County capital projects to 1 ⁄ 2 of one percent was not good news to me.

But it also was not surprising.

There have long been cultural Luddites opposing programs that allocate a certain percentage for public art at the national, state and local levels, despite innumerable accounts and studies documenting the pivotal role these programs have played in boosting the economies in communities across the country. People are drawn to communities with vibrant cultural climates, both as places to live and work as well as places to visit and recreate.

Even more disturbing than the reduction to a half a percent is the capping of the allocation to $75,000 per project. This provision ensures that the biggest and most important projects will not be supported by artwork commensurate with the project’s importance. It is uncommon for capital projects in today’s economy not to exceed a couple of million dollars. Without the new caps, such a project would merit a $100,000 art budget. The missing $25,000 will lessen both the attractiveness of the project to top artists and the size or amount of art procured. It is the public that will suffer this diminution.

Alan Newberg is a founding member of Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton.

10/11/2019: The Deported

This October, KIAC is partnering with Free-range Films, Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Historic Roxy Theatre to screen The Deported, a documentary film which follows four long-term residents of the United States, each with an Order of Deportation over their head, and their families, as they have to make critical decisions that will either keep their families together or separate them. Click here for a preview of The Deported.

Come out and join other community members for a shared viewing of the film, followed by discussion.  There are two screenings:
Friday, October 11th at 7 p.m. at Suquamish United Church of Christ
Monday, October 14th at 7 p.m. at Historic Roxy Theatre in Bremerton
Admission is free; donations to KIAC are gladly accepted.

10/10/2019: Dedicate a Chair

WE ARE GROWING! We are seeing a lot of new faces at services, and have several new members! This is wonderful news, and we owe many thanks to the Welcoming and Membership committee. Paul Wilson has been looking at logistics within and outside our sanctuary and determined the maximum capacity for seating and parking. In addition to providing more parking opportunities (in the overflow area), we are ordering TWELVE NEW CHAIRS for the Sanctuary!

This provides a unique and limited opportunity to dedicate a chair to the fellowship. Plaques can name the donor, memorialize a special person, or share a favorite short quote, etc. The total cost will be $250. This includes the cost of the chair and the plaque. There are only twelve, so the window for this opportunity will be limited to first-come, first-served. Contact Tanesha to reserve your chair. Email at or call 360-377-4724

10/06/2019: Truth Quest Book Group


The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, October 6th, 9:15 AM-10:30 AM in the Bondy Library at KUUF (please note the new start time, 9:15 AM, rather than 9:30). For this meeting, we chose the book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old, the most recent book by the educator, and social activist and commentator, Parker Palmer. As usual, you are welcome to come and join our discussion or just listen. Jerry Butler, 360-981-8826

10/01/2019: October Sock Drive

Chalice Circle 7 is collecting new socks for people who are in need during the month of October.  Just bring a package of NEW men’s or women’s socks to the foyer any Sunday in October

Your gifts will be distributed at the Lord’s Neighborhood Diner where we know they will be appreciated!

Warm hearts, minds, and toes!

09/29/2019: Meditating on Mushrooms

How mushrooms have been used in religious experiences. Dr. Tom Cameron, Olympic College Professor Emeritus and former president of the Kitsap Mycological Society, will explore the uses of mushrooms in religious practices and acquaint us with possibilities of foraging in the Pacific Northwest.