Category: Adult Religious Exploration

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

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.

08/25/2019: The Beautiful and the Ugly: A Conversation About the Relationship Between Native and Non-Native Peoples

The recent shooting death of Stonechild Cheifstick has surfaced some of the difficult issues that have been part of the Native – Non-native relationship since settlement began. The history is full of trauma, misunderstandings, and false narratives, but there is also a history of community building and mutual support. Heather Purser, a member of the Suquamish tribe and a human rights activist, and Sarah Van Gelder, communications manager for the Suquamish tribe and co-founder of YES! magazine, will speak about both the beautiful and the ugly and look ahead to possibilities after the tragic shooting of Stonechild Cheifstick.

05/26/2019: “Even you may not be 100% right”

Marcia Christen shares insights from her work at the Department of Corrections with applications to everyone’s lives. We’ll also learn a little brain science and how it applies to us humans and as UUs. You’ll take away some spiritual practices to help you in your life and maybe even support social and systemic change.


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.

03/25/2018: UUA Common Read Discussion: Daring Democracy

Sunday, 12:00pm, KUUF, Admin Room – Join UUs nationwide in reading and discussing Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, 2017), selected as one of two books for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2017-18 Common Read. Your Adult Religious Education Committee will lead the discussion.

12/01/2017: A new KUUF spiritual practice group

Sundays, 9: am, KUUF Elmore Room

We have a new group called the Ongo group (for ongoing practice). They want to meet at 9:00 am-10:30 am Sundays from Oct 15th for 12 weeks, except holidays. So, for now, it would be Oct 15th, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14, 21. They would like to use the Elmore room, and when its already being used by the Truth Quest Book, they could move to the minister’s office.

Information session re: NVC, Meditation, and Mindfulness practice group A new KUUF spiritual practice

group using “The Ongo Book”

Come see if this is a group for you

The Ongo Book was written by Jesse Wiens and Catherine Cadden to address a need they saw in their work training people in Nonviolent Communication, Zen meditation, and loving kindness.  They realized that the support of others is often key to establishing a regular practice of Zen or Nonviolent Communication.

The Ongo (ongoing practice) Book offers clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance so that people can self-organize their own Ongo training, with their friends, without having to leave their everyday life or find a teacher.
Please RSVP by email:

11/19/2017: Poems. Prayers, and a Paper Shredder

Sunday 11:45 am, KUUF Admin Room, Joseph Bednarik – New from Adult RE!

Poems, Prayers, and a Paper Shredder

with Joseph Bednarik

Sunday, November 19

11:45 am – 1:30 pm

KUUF Conference Room

A healthy spirit of play is one of the deepest taproots of creativity and an essential nutrient for religious practice. This lively and generative workshop engages classical writing exercises, mostly borrowed from the surrealists, to engage our imaginations and intellects and create, in real time, poems, prayers, and billions of synapses firing in unique directions. Ritual use of an on-site paper shredder will remind us all to pay dear attention to our heartbeats and each other–Joseph Bednarik


Registration is required — reserve your spot early as class size is limited.  We will be advertising to the public if the limit is not reached by KUUF members and friends.    Register by email at

Joseph Bednarik will speak this Sunday. He is Co-Publisher of Copper Canyon Press, a non-profit literary publisher that believes “poetry is vital to language and living”. ( Joseph also serves as Assistant to the Ministers in the Pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. He speaks at KUUF monthly, and we are honored by his presence and eloquent words.

2017-2018 UUA Common Read

Discussion dates as follows.  Both are after the service on Sundays.

Centering:  January 28  after Sunday service

Daring Democracy:  March 25 after Sunday service

Get your 2017-18 UUA Common Read books at KUUF while they last!

Two books have been announced as the 2017-18 UUA Common Read.  UU Congregations all over the country will be reading and discussing these books.  Adult RE will lead KUUF discussions early in 2018.

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.   (Foyer price:  $16.00)

Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Wantby Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, September 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save the democracy we thought we had and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.  (Foyer price:  $13.00)

In choosing two books, the UUA Common Read Committee noted that “the challenges, the call, and the opportunity of this moment in Unitarian Universalism and in the broader US American society are compelling. Unitarian Universalists must be prepared and willing to look inward, examining, exploring, and acting to dismantle white supremacy culture in our association, in our congregations and groups, and in ourselves.”

A limited supply of books is available on the foyer or at the UUA bookstore and other retail outlets.  Kindle versions are also available.    Daring Democracy may be available at Kitsap Regional Library later in the year.  Scholarships are available — if you have financial need, simply take a book, otherwise, please leave cash or check in the envelope provided.

08/27/2017: Bringing the UUA General Assembly to You

Sunday, 11:45 am, KUUF Sanctuary – Adult RE will screen Pianist Darrell Grant’s cantata “Step By Step: The Ruby Bridge Suite,” featuring the choirs of All Souls, DC, and First UU, Nashville, along with a 6-piece all-star jazz ensemble and renowned vocalist Marilyn Keller, performed at this year’s General Assembly in New Orleans.  Stay and celebrate the story of Ruby Bridges, the trailblazing African-American girl who, at age 6, integrated the New Orleans Public Schools in 1960.