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

Rev. Sharon Wylie


You may not be 100% right?     (Curious?  Come check it out.)

Speaker – Marcia Christen   

Humans are “wired” to judge, criticize and make assumptions.  If this is the case then how do we USE that judgment that is built into our brains for us to survive, in a more discerning way, in a way that really works? Especially when standing up to “wrongs” that have such tragic consequences. 

We’ll grapple with the idea of being “nonjudgmental” and how we can actually have a different relationship with our judgments of right and wrong AND still act for justice, speak truth in love, and care for the inherent worth of all beings, including ourselves.

With specific exercises we’ll learn steps of what to do with our “negativity bias” – noticing what’s wrong more often than noticing what works, explore the importance of becoming aware of our judgments  and learn how to switch from moralistic judgment (strict right/wrong), to Value Based judgment – are needs being served?

Marcia Christen will be sharing from her experience teaching and sharing Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness in the first places she began to teach – in the state prisons. She’ll share what she has learned so far and how you might take this learning into your own life and your own ministry, whatever that is.

Marcia is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication.  Before that she was a Parent Educator, trained in sociology and psychology.

05/05/2019: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet on Sunday, May 5th 9:30 am-10:30 am in the Library at KUUF. We will be finishing our discussion of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuvai Noah Harari. You are welcome to join us to discuss or listen to people’s thoughts on and reactions to this ambitious and multifaceted (archaeological, anthropological, historical look at the history of humankind, with an emphasis on our species of homo sapiens.  

05/02/2019: President’s Column May 2019

Hello KUUF members and friends. It’s May and must mean that summer is just around the corner. We are starting out this month with a flurry of things all happening on the 5th of May – a real Cinco de Mayo celebration. We will celebrate the signing of a two-year Consulting Minister contract (half-time) with our own Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, which will keep her here with us until 2021!

Following the signing Rev. Jessica will lead all that are able up the hill to re-hang a Black Lives Matter banner. Our last banner was vandalized by cutting out the word Black. Re-establishing our banner is a Social Justice commitment and we’re excited that our minister will be leading our demonstration of resolve for this movement.

Finally, Buildings and Grounds will be conducting a work party on the 5th so I hope we all bring our coveralls and pitch in. You may know that we no longer have a property maintenance employee, so upkeep of our campus falls on all of us…plus it’s a nice way to share time with friends – Bonus!

I specifically want to thank everyone that helped me in my position as board president over the past two years. Normally it’s a one-year obligation but due to our friend Jim Franklin’s health challenges, I remained on for a second year. Jim continues to make progress and it’s a joy to see him attending on a regular basis.

Together we have accomplished a great deal of business over the past two years. Serving as board president has opened my eyes to the complexity and scope of activities that occur at KUUF. Our employees are fantastic, and our committee chairs and members are skilled and inspirational. Our board is committed to doing the work of running the business side of our fellowship with help from our dedicated congregational administrator, and our members and friends have been picking up everything else that needs to be done.

So, it’s with a deep amount of admiration for all of you that I step down as board president and assume a supporting role on the board while others learn to navigate the senior board positions. Working as the board president has certainly taken me out of my comfort zone from time-to-time and provided many opportunities to learn how to work with people in a cooperative way. Sometimes my passion was not my biggest asset, but I don’t think anyone would say I didn’t try to the best of my ability.

I remain dedicated to you all. I will be away for three months this summer but look forward to returning in September and digging in again on whatever I can do. Have a great summer and I’ll see you all this fall. We are KUUF!

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

04/28/2019: 2019 Annual Congregational Meeting

Hello All and Happy Spring!
This Sunday after service is the KUUF Annual Congregational Meeting.

All members are encouraged to attend. Attached are two packets for your review. 

1. KUUF 2018/2019 Annual Reports:This contains annual reports from the Board, Committees and staff.  Please review to see all the great things that have happened over the last year and what great things are in-store for upcoming year. Click Here to Review the Reports

2. KUUF 2019 Annual Congregational Meeting Packet: This packets contains the meeting agenda, information pertaining to items to be voted on, sample ballots, and information on how the meeting is conducted.  Click Here to Review the Packet

Hard copies of the packets will be available at the meeting.  If you would like to pick up a hard copy of either packet or have one mailed to you please let me know.  I will be in the office through Friday from 9am until 2pm.
Thank you for all the hard work you have all put into KUUF.  It is a pleasure to work with each and everyone of you.
In Peace,   

Tanesha Smith


Congregational Administrator  tanesha.smith@kuuf.org360-377-4724
Kitsap Unitarian Universalist FellowshipOffice Hours Monday – Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm

04/07/2019: Truth Quest Book Group


The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting again on Sunday, April 7th 9:30-10:30 am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF. The book we chose for this meeting is “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by the Israeli historian, Yuvai Noah Harari. As can be surmised by the title, this is an ambitious book, which uses archeological and (for more recent history) written/cultural artifact evidence to cover the history of “humans,” with an emphasis on our species of humans, homo sapiens. Obviously, this book covers a lot more than I can outline here but is certainly stimulating and written in an engaging and, in places, humorous style. You are, as usual, invited to come and listen or participate, whether or not you have been able to read the entire (lengthy, in this case) book — Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826

04/01/2019: President’s Column April 2019

Welcome to April, everyone! It’s been a very busy winter which will culminate with our Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM) on April 28, 2019. May 1st will begin our 2019 – 2020 church year.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the Ministerial Services Survey – we had approximately 38% participation in the survey. I want to share those results with you as they will be considered while negotiating our minister’s contract. The intent of this survey was to ensure the board fully understood the congregation’s interest in minister-related services and your priorities for that position.

The results of41 the survey are overwhelmingly positive. Below, I have included two questions from that survey – the question with the highest approval and the question with the lowest approval. Oddly, a numeric value of 0 (zero) indicates the highest approval and the numerically larger value of 4400, indicates the least approval (highly disapprove/highly disagree). The questions are:

Highest approval – 4) The 2018 Five-year Plan identified a congregational goal of increasing our professional ministry as our budget allows. To what degree do you favor expanding to a ministerial role of half-time?

The result value is 284 which is just over 93% towards the highest approval (7% below 100% approval).

Least approval – 7) To what degree would you support supplementing the budget with endowment interest earnings, if necessary, to ensure maintenance projects and half-time ministry are included in this year’s budget?

The result value is 723 which is 83% towards the highest approval (17% below 100% approval).

All nine questions on the Ministerial Services Survey fall between the above question values of 284 – 723. Your responses to the survey questions will help the board prioritize contract negotiations with our minister, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers.

I do not anticipate any minister-related topics on the agenda for this year’s Annual Congregational Meeting. The minister’s salary has been fully funded in the proposed budget forwarded for approval at the ACM. Thanks to the congregation’s response to this year’s Stewardship campaign, we will be offering Rev. Jessica Star Rockers a two-year, half-time contract which we anticipate will keep her at KUUF until 2021.

Good job KUUF for expanding professional ministry, in accordance with our 2018 Five-Year Plan, adding this to our already-awesome line up of programs and services. We are KUUF!

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

03/31/2019: Food for the Mind and Heart

On Last Sunday’s be prepared for:
The regular great Sunday Service at 10:30 in the Sanctuary
Food for the body at 11:30 at the Potluck
Food for the Mind and heart at 12:05 in the Admin Bldg

A People’s History of Unitarian Universalism

Based on the book by John Buehrens. Presented by Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, the new minister at KUUF. She is an excellent speaker and brings both knowledge and enthusiasm to a talk which will be of interest to UUs and the community.

at Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE, Bremerton in the Admin building

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:

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

 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: .

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

03/22/2019: March Parish Nurse Update

Hello friends,

I wanted to share some recent experiences and perhaps get some of you thinking.  This past weekend, my husband Kent and I celebrated our wedding anniversary.  At one point, during a delicious meal of “bangers and mash,” I swallowed a piece of sausage (banger) the wrong way.  And by swallowed the wrong way, I mean actually that I didn’t swallow it but it became firmly lodged in my airway.  

It’s amazing how fast and yet slow things moved for me in the next few seconds. I coughed and tried to drink water, andthen couldn’t cough. Training took over and I stood up and moved to the edge of the table so that my husband could position himself more easily to help me.  And then when I couldn’t breathe, I used the universal sign for choking, with hands around my throat.  And one-two-three, pop!  Kent, a trained first-responder, performed three textbook perfect abdominal thrusts, cleared my airway, and I gathered myself together to notice a table across from us with several young men clapping and giving Kent the thumbs up.  Apparently, they were all off-duty firefighters. I was fortunate to be in a safe area, with many well-trained people able to help.  

Last week, during a visit with my parents, my father told me of one of his friends who experienced sudden cardiac arrest in an airport.  A bystander (who was an RN), grabbed the automated external defibrillator (AED) off the wall of the airport and performed CPR with automatic defibrillation.  My father’s friend lived and is doing well.  

The summer before we moved to Washington, I went on a “girl’s weekend” with my best friend Maggie, her wife and their two girls. The youngest at that point was only 8 or 9 months old.  While sitting in the living room, surrounded by adults, that little one somehow managed to get a small clear piece of plastic in her mouth.  She turned the classic shades of red, and then blue in rapid succession.  I cleared her airway in another “training over emotions” moment that seemed to take an eternity.  

So my thoughts this month for you are these. Is this, perhaps, a skill you have to offer the world? Have you taken a CPR class in the past, but don’t really remember much anymore?  Are you worried you’ll “do it wrong?” Have you ever helped someone with a medical emergency, or perhaps, like me this weekend, been on the receiving end of some skilled assistance? This knowledge can be a beautiful way to nurture our interdependent web of life. And if you aren’t able physically to perform CPR, can you advocate for others around you to consider receiving training?

Training in CPR includes techniques in clearing airway obstruction, and using an AED; this is priceless knowledge. Here locally there are so many resources for receiving training or refreshing your training. Currently, the Central Kitsap Fire department offers free community CPR classes on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

As our fellowship embraces goals around safety, I hope you will please let me know if you would like further information on training in CPR, first-aid, or have any questions.  

Be well,

Jennifer Ingalls, RN

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.”