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.
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.
|Sundays, 9:am, KUUF Elmore Room
Information session re: NVC, Meditation, and Mindfulness practice groupA 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 lovingkindness. They realized that 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.
Sunday 11:45am, 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 email@example.com.
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”. (coppercanyonpress.org). 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.
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 Want, by 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 are 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.
Sunday, 11:45am, 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.
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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTC5ZMJ. 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.
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 ARE@kuuf.org or calling the office: 360-377-4724
Sunday, 12pm, KUUF – Admin Room
An Adult RE sponsored presentation you won’t want to miss: Like Leaves of Autumn from the Soju Project, Kenneth and Kumiko Lawrence, Unitarian Universalists from Bellevue.
Please register now by emailing ARE@kuuf.org
Saturday, 10:00a.m. KUUF – Sanctuary