Category: Community

12/24/2018: Christmas Eve Service

KUUF is pleased to invite you, your family and friends to our annual Christmas Eve service at 5 pm on December 24th. Let us gather in the warmth of community and look to the returning of the light as a source of hope, witnessing to one another’s radiant humanity and committing ourselves once again to bring our light to the world. Our minister, Rev. Jessica will be sharing a few words, there will be lots of carol singing, and the service will end in lovely candlelight. All are welcome! We hope you will join us for this special service

12/6/2018: Presidents Column

Good morning KUUF members and friends. I hope this holiday season finds you well and in good spirits. Please spend a moment with me to give thanks for all we have, knowing that others in our KUUF family are not entirely well and may be struggling with health or financial challenges. May our blessings and actions provide support for all their needs. Thank you.


Today I want to explore something which has challenged me for years and that is: how do we make decisions when the “right” committee does not exist to broker new ideas? This question was brought up recently at “Conversation with the Board” and is one I struggled with while chairing Buildings and Grounds. Unilateral decisions made in the past, whether we agreed with the decision or not, maintained order and kept our equipment where we could find it, and kept us in compliance with fire codes and other statutory requirements. That structure no longer exists. I feel we are floating around in a nebulous milieu; so, how do we address this thing that has no clear boundaries?


While some things are clear regarding who is responsible for a specific decision, e.g., the color of paint used to mark stripes in the parking lot decided by Building and Grounds, others are not. Rearranging furniture, changing kitchen equipment, posting ideas or opinions—like this one—adding to or taking away from something, covering things up or taking things down, are all examples of changes which may not fall within a specific committee’s responsibilities.


If you have practical experience with other organizations who have answered concerns such as these, or ideas from your own experience, I really want to talk to you!  Perhaps we can call ourselves the ad hoc committee on Decision Treeing? Yes, I’m having a bit of fun with this, but the need for such a procedure, matrix, scale, tool, whatever…is real. Please let me know your thoughts so we can explore this together.


Also, I have been thinking about ways of providing committees some space to store committee belongings. The only space I know of which could be used for this purpose is in the Matan Bldg. I’m asking the Council to add this to their agenda to gauge the need. If there is a need, I will bring this idea to the board for further consideration.


Thank you for taking the time to read this column. I believe that working together develops mutual satisfaction and a heightened sense of involvement within our community, which is why I say…We are KUUF.


Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

12/2/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

the Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Dec 2nd, 9:30 am-10:30 am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  The book we chose for this gathering is “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason,” by Sam Harris:  a well written, “pull no punches” depiction of some of the darker aspects of organized religion.  Please come, if you are able, to join us in this topic, so central to our current historical period  — Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826

11/22/2018: Thanksgiving Potluck at KUUF

We welcome everyone to join us for a thanksgiving potluck on
Thursday 11/22/18  Friends and family welcome
We will start gathering around 1:00 and then eat around 2:00.
We are providing local, organically bred turkeys and ask everyone to bring the other dishes including, of course, cranberry sauce, pies, something to drink etc

There will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer or you may call or e-mail the office at 360 377 4724 or
Please consider helping with set-up and clean-up.

For more information contact Bonner Sams, Marcie Mathis, or Vivien Blyth.

11/4/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Nov 4th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine,” by Victoria Sweet –  an account of a slower paced, more attentive and wholistic kind of medicine than most of us currently receive, practiced at a hospital in San Francisco.
— As usual, you are welcome whether or not you’ve had a chance to read the entire book – Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826


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 and on auction night itself.

Imaginative, desirable auction items:  Serious intelligence has it that there are already some pretty amazing, innovative, and unique items in the pipeline, e.g., participatory dinner theater.  Meal donors from previous years, we are counting on you to open your homes for evenings of fellowship and sustenance.  New providers are most welcome, too.  We are looking for fun experiences as well, 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 $11,500.00 goal for the evening.  Click below to donate online:

or, watch for Emma Hines-Brandt at the ticket sales table who will have hard copy donation forms that can be given to our Congregational Administrator, Tanesha Smith for input.

Eager buyers:  This year, please consider inviting non-KUUF friends and neighbors to our auction as your guests.  Alan and I have hosted good friends for the past two years.  This is a way to expand our bidding base, and to introduce KUUF to friends and neighbors who are UU at heart, but haven’t discovered it yet.

Great Food:  Thanks to hospitality maven Janice Miller, we are looking forward to a Taco Bar, complete with all the trimmings, including Beth Wilson’s homemade guacamole.  Special diet accommodation offerings will also be available.  Thanks to Carolee Effron, we will have a non-competitive Dessert Frenzy.

Special Entertainment:  With Emcee Jennifer Ingalls, acoustic guitar music by Aaron McFadden, lip-synch award winner Lennie Bironne, and Stokes Auctioneer Chris Sizemore on hand, we can count on an entertaining and fun evening!

Tickets went on sale for $15.00 on Sunday, Sept 9.  Watch for ticket sales maven Emma Hines-Brandt in the foyer.  If you can’t attend the auction, please consider purchasing and donating scholarship tickets.  – Ellen Newberg, 2018 KUUF Fall Auction Chair.

11/1/2018: November Programs at The Priory Spirituality Center

For more information on all of these and to register visit
Moving with the Kingdom Within
October 27
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Steve Reiland
Register by Prior Friday: $55
Cinema Divina
November 2-4
Friday 7:15pm-Sunday 11:00am
Register by Prior Friday: $235
Marilyn Freeman 
Sketching Grace
November 10
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Register by Prior Friday: $55
Roy DeLeon
Discerning a Path forward Using SoulCollage®
November 17
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Register by Prior Friday: $65
Pamela Bradburn
Advent Retreat: Waiting with Mary
November 30-December 2
Friday 7:30pm-Sunday 11:00am
Register by November 16  $175 with Spiritual Direction  $215
Therese Gonneville, OSB

10/27/2018: Mini Membership Retreat

If you do membership work, this day is for you!

It’s time for the 2018 Puget Sound Membership Mini Retreat, we want to see you at our Regional Workshop! Registration is now open. Please encourage your membership committee team to attend – it’s free!

There are two sessions:

Morning session runs from 10 – 12:15 and is for paid staff. We will cover topics of interest to everyone and do a little self-care. We will all come together for lunch from 12:15 to 1. The afternoon session will include professional and lay leaders doing membership work. It’s a great way to learn from others’ mistakes and successes, to network and to realize that you are not the only people facing some of your most vexing challenges. Lay people having over three hours to pick the brains of staff can be very helpful.

Sample topics we covered last year: Building a healthy membership committee, Hospitality, database use, membership classes and what a membership pro does.

Our hosts at Quimper are providing vegetable soup and are asking us to bring our own sandwiches, etc.

10/15/2018 From The UUA

Leadership Experience 2019

Have you recently taken on a leadership role in this congregation? Are you considering taking on a leadership role but want to increase your experience, knowledge, and skills before doing so? Are you a new board member or board president but still haven’t found the instruction manual? Visit to learn more about and apply to participate in “Leadership Experience 2019.” This is a hybrid in-person/on-line leadership development program offered by the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association that will take place this coming winter and spring. Space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to apply to participate by October 15!

10/15/2018: Dates to look forward to

Agnus Dei Lutheran Church  is sponsoring a forum of state senate and state house candidates on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. It is an opportunity for you to hear all the candidates speak and answer questions. The ballots will go out later that same week.

Looking ahead:  Interfaith Women’s Conference  – 
SAVE THE DATE!  Biennial Interfaith Women’s Conference 2019
March 9, 2019
Curtis Jr. High School
University Place, Pierce County, WA
This website will give you information about signing up as a vendor or a sponsor. Registration for individual conference participation will “go live” November 1, 2018.

10/12/2018: Jessica’s Signing

Please join me in welcoming Jessica Star Rockers as our new quarter-time minister! I know we are excited about what Jessica will bring to KUUF so please take a moment and tell her so. She will be publishing a schedule so we know when to expect her on the campus. She will also be submitting additions to the Candle so we can all be anticipating hearing from Jessica as well. Let’s please make her feel that KUUF is her home.

10/11/2018: El Norte Updated Information

Our discussion panel will include Jose (first language Spanish), Silveria (first language Mam), Suzanne & Phil (first language English).  All 4 speak Spanish as a common language for translation purposes between panel members or with the audience.

The panel met last night and decided that it was best to have short discussion after Act I  – Guatemala, Act II Mexico and then Act III USA.   Some people don’t like to interrupt a movie that way, but there are 3 distinct parts to this powerful and poetic film.  We decided to go with that format.

Feel free to invite any Mexican or Guatemalan friends with the confidence that they can participate.  Act I of the movie is entirely in Spanish and Quiche, but there are English subtitles throughout the film.

For those who grew up with English in the USA, the movie offers a powerful, immersion experience in “point of view.”  You see and experience first Guatemala, then Mexico, then the USA from another cultural and economic point of view.  When you are an immigrant house waiter or domestic worker without documents, the United States and its citizens look somewhat different.

10/1/2018: Free Financial Classes

Smart Renter Thursday, October 11, 2018 Presented by Kitsap Community Resources
How does the tenant screening process work? What should you know before you sign a lease? What are your rights as a tenant? Come to our class for answers
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Kitsap Community Resources 845 8th Street, Bremerton, WA
Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 9th at (360) 473-2126 or

Focused on Fixed Income Thursday, October 26, 2018 Presented by Edward Jones
Explore the features of fixed-income investments and how quality bonds can serve as a foundation of a well-balanced portfolio. In this seminar, you’ll learn the basics of bonds, the advantages of laddering and how fixed income may make sense as part of your investment strategy.
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Kitsap Community Resources, 3200 SE Rainshadow Ct., Port Orchard
Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 24th @ (360) 473-2126 or

9/28/2018: Middle School Con

Friday, September 28, 2018 – 7:00 pm PDT to Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 2:00 pm PDT

Type of event: Conference


Sponsor: Pacific Western Region of the UUA

Middle School Conference (MS Con) is a place for our middle schoolers to experience a weekend of inclusive fun and community grounded in our Unitarian Universalist values.

There will be workshops, worship, a talent / no-talent show, swimming and boating (with certified lifeguards), and much more. Meals are served family-style in the dining hall, and youth sleep in cabin groups of six to eight youth.
The workshops are a large part of the weekend. They can range from archery to drama, collage, tie dye, games, field sports, yoga, day spa, or sock monkeys depending on the interests of the group and the talents of the leaders.

Eligibility: MS Con is for youth in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are active in their local Puget Sound Unitarian
Universalist congregation.

Fees: $150 if registered by 11:59pm on Sept. 4. $175 if registered by 11:59pm on Sept. 11. No registrations after Sept. 11.
Register Now!

Registration information here:

A power point explaining what MS con is all about for those who aren’t familiar:

This year registration is FREE for adult sponsors.  
Please contact Jenell at for any questions.  

9/19/2018: Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center Donations

Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center is having their next Give Away event for clients on Sept 19th.
KIAC is looking particularly for donations of new underwear, new socks and laundry soap.
Any and all  kids sizes. Women’s underwear in 7 or medium and smaller. Men’s in small or medium.  [No large and X large please]
KIAC has a give away event every 3rd Wed of the month and will always accept clean, gently used clothing in smaller sizes, [again no large and X-large]. Also personal care items, ie shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitary pads [ tampons are not commonly used], diapers, lotion, laundry soap etc.
No travel sizes.
Also non-perishable foods. Canned peaches are a favorite, refried beans, salsa, rice etc.
Items can be left in the box in the foyer or taken to KIAC at 3627 Wheaton Way – Light house Plaza- around back.
KIAC is also looking for volunteers with a truck who would be available on an as needed basis, at your convenience, to pick up a mattress or piece of furniture etc and take it to a client’s house.  If you are interested, talk to Annika Turner at KIAC and sign a confidentiality form.  Then if there was a client who needed, for example, a bed and a bed was donated then we could put the 2 together with the truck person to decide on the time that would work for everyone.
Thank you for doing what you can.