Category: Community

6/23/2018: Is it Just Me?

is it just me?







eric lane barnes

heather gonio

paul rosenberg


Diverse Harmony and Spectrum


June 23,  2018 7:30 pm

East Shore Unitarian Church 12 700 SE 32nd st

Bellevue, WA

$15/20 at the door


East Shore Live Presents “Is It Just Me?”: Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.

‘Is It Just Me?’ traces a young man’s journey out of the dark depths of a Pentecostal church (“everything but the snakes”) through the hazards and mishaps of early gay adulthood, to a place of relative peace and contentment. Songs, scenes, monologues and a frank and open use of puppets fuel the show. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at East Shore Unitarian Church (12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue) Get tickets here!

6/23/2018: Climate Action Meeting

Tri Climate Action invites you to come and hear guest speaker Dr. William McPherson share his thoughts on the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris Agreement is an accord signed by 195 countries, virtually all of the countries in the world. It has two main objectives: keeping global temperature increases “well below” 2 degrees Centigrade (ideally below 1.5 degrees C), and reducing carbon emissions to net zero levels by 2050. The Trump Administration has declared that the U.S. will withdraw from the agreement, reflecting the influence of climate deniers on U.S.polity. Dr. McPherson, who attended the Paris negotiations, has written three books on climate denial and will speak about how denial has influenced U.S. policy.

10:30 AM to 12:00 on Saturday, June 23 at

6/21/2018: Faith Over Fear – Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.

KUUF’s Adult Religious Education Committee and Social Justice Committee are sponsoring this event.
We encourage you to attend it!


Each year the Islamophobia industry spends over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, YouTube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of the Islamophobia industry turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America!

We cordially invite the public, faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) for an overview of the Islamophobia industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together.

7:00 PM, June 21, 2018
Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2225 Perry Ave, Bremerton, WA

Pastor Terry Kyllo serves as the director of Neighbors in Faith an interfaith effort to recognize Muslims as neighbors and partners in building a more peaceful world. NIF is authorized by the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches in western Washington State.

Aneelah Afzali, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.

MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), Neighbors in Faith, The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, Faith Action Network, Council on American-Islamic Relations WA, Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, The Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, The Southwest-ern Washington Synod of the ELCA & Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Islamic Center of Kitsap County and the Bremerton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Faith Over Fear Standing with our Muslim Neighbors Roadshow With Aneelah Afzali and Pastor Terry Kyllo

6/15/2018: Senior Cohousing Weekend Intensive June15-17

Bainbridge Island, WA – For the first time ever, Charles Durrett, cohousing expert and Principal Architect of McCamant & Durrett Architects, and Quimper Village Senior Cohousing are joining forces to host the Senior Cohousing Weekend Intensive on June 15, 16, and 17 in Bainbridge, WA. Set on the scenic Bainbridge Island, the weekend intensive will be a fruitful and inspiring weekend of learning from others who have successfully created their own senior cohousing community and the architect that helped them design the cohousing community of their dreams. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, attendees will gain tools and resources that are invaluable to anyone starting their own cohousing community.   

On Saturday, participants will take a tour Quimper Village Senior cohousing and meet the residents who made it happen. Quimper Village is one of the newest senior cohousing communities in the U.S., located in Port Townsend, WA. Residents moved in in late 2017 and are already having the time of their lives surrounded by people they know and care about. Quimper Village’s story is a great example of how a group of proactive people can positively impact their aging scenario.  

The Senior Cohousing Weekend Intensive is open to the public but is limited to 20 people who are ready to move forward with their senior cohousing projects. Participants will hear from Quimper Village residents on “what we did, how we did it, and lessons we learned.” As opposed to a larger conference, participants will be in a small group setting for the entire weekend and will get personalized, professional advice for how to start a senior cohousing community in their town. Discussions will include valuable lessons on how to make sure they’re cohousing project is built on time and within budget.

Date: June 15 (evening), 16, 17, 2018

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Cost: $650 

Cohousing books will be available for purchase at the event or by going to Sign up by going to:   

6/10/2018: One Billion People In The World Need Your Old Eyeglasses


What:  Drop off your used eyeglasses at KUUF June 10-24.

Where:  Look for a basket with an eyeglass-wearing owl sign in the Sanctuary lobby.  Put your used eyeglasses that you will never wear again in the basket.

Who:  Sponsored by the KUUF Social Justice Committee; coordinated by Ellen Newberg.

Why:  A recent Seattle Times article (May 5, 2018) reported that one billion or more people in the world desperately need eyeglasses.  For example:

  • 200,000 traffic deaths per year in India are tied to poor vision.
  • Middle-aged coffee farmers in Bolivia whose inability to see objects up close find it difficult to spot ripe beans to harvest.
  • Nearsighted children are written off as slow learners just because they can’t see.
  • As people age and become farsighted, they can no longer do their work if they need to see objects or text up close, e.g., meter readers.


The Social Justice Committee has authorized Ellen Newberg to collect used prescription eyeglasses, reading glasses, and prescription sunglasses.  Ellen will deliver them to a Lions Club representative. The Lions Club sends delegations to developing countries with the glasses and a person trained to administer eye tests.  Once people are tested, they are provided with the pair of eyeglasses available that most closely matches their needs. Please consider giving the gift of vision to another person.

Our Goal:  to collect 100 pairs of used eyeglasses by Sunday, June 24.

6/3/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 3rd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing the book: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love by Lonni Pratt and Daniel Homan.  This highly praised book has applications well beyond the Benedictine Monastery tradition to being truly welcoming and accepting in groups and organizations in general as well as in our personal relationships.  As usual you are welcome to come and participate or to just listen  —Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826










5/27/2018: Sock it to Me in May!



Knowing that soggy spring can be as hard on feet as winter, Chalice Circle 7 is collecting new socks for those in need during the month of May. Just bring a package of NEW men’s or women’s socks to the foyer any Sunday in May.
Your gifts will be distributed at the Lord’s Neighborhood Diner where we know they will be appreciated!
Warm hearts, minds and toes!


Good evening LND folks.  It’s getting to be that time again. I’m excited that we (KUUF) have maintained our resolve to fight hunger and economic inequality for another year!  Yeah!! I’m also very excited to tell you that the RESULTS organization has nominated AND selected the LND to be their 2018 Humanitarian Award winner!! (Man! I love it when that happens). This means that due in part to the hard work and devotion that KUUF has shown to the LND, we all helped the LND become an award winning community provider…and a great big WOOYAH to all of us. Really super news. Honestly, we all should be proud of what we do there.

Back to business. KUUF has a meal on the 26th of May…that’s the last Saturday of May. KUUF always has the last Saturday of every other month. For your planning calendars, that will be: 28 July, 29 September, and the 24th of November.

Okay then, the mornings and afternoons are wide open. Mornings are 10:30 – 2:15 PM, afternoons are from 2:00 – 5 PM. I look forward to hearing for everyone soon. Thank you all.

Eric Harrold

5/12/2018: Spectrum Choral Academy 6th Annual Spring Concert

Illuminate The World 

A choral celebration of light!
Singing songs of starlight, sunlight & the inner light of humanity.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 3:00 PM
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Gig Harbor, WA

Tickets: $10 Available online, by phone or at the door.
Purchase here: https://spectrumspring2018.

Kids helping Kids! 
Each year, Spectrum Choral Academy’s spring concert will benefit a local youth charity!
All 2018 Spring Concert proceeds & donations will benefit the:
James Stojack Memorial Music Scholarship Fund!

Created in memory of James Stojack (1995-2017) and his passion for music. James passed away August 20, 2017, at the age of 21, following two unsuccessful heart transplant surgeries at University of Washington in Seattle. He was born with hypoplastic left heart (having had three open heart surgeries and been monitored at Children’s Hospital throughout his childhood).

The James Stojack Memorial Music Scholarship Fund will help aspiring youth musicians in need of financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of taking music lessons. James grew up in Port Orchard & attended Peninsula High School. He sang in choirs, was an avid guitarist and professional cook—even earning funds to buy his first car by performing guitar at the Port Orchard Farmer’s Market so that he would have transportation to fulfill his dream of working as a cook in Seattle. James worked at Greenhouse Restaurant Gig Harbor and Altura, Lark & Cafe Presse in Seattle.

For more information about James and his life story – contact Spectrum Director (and James’ stepmom) Stephanie Charbonneau 360-271-8086 charbonneaustojac or visit his memorial website:

Spectrum will partner with a different local youth/children’s charity each spring to give back to the community. Please contact us if you have a charity you would like us to consider for a future season.

Music is often praised for helping a child in many ways—such as offering cross-curricular support, improving test-taking skills and performance, and even boosting attendance in school.
Beyond all of this—music promotes discipline, working together, listening, sensitivity, and a sense of humanity that lies within all of us. The important of music in a young person’s life is unquantifiable.
Music has the power to change a person, which in turn can change a society…and eventually, the world.

Spectrum Choral Academy is a community chorus program with three levels for passionate youth musicians, ages 5-24. Rehearsals are held weekly in Gig Harbor, with singers coming from throughout the region. We are currently accepting new singers for summer choir camp & fall enrollment. 360-271-8086

Questions? Contact Spectrum Director Stephanie Charbonneau 360-271-8086 charbonneaustojac

5/6/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, May 6th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF.  We have two books we chose for this meeting (since we will not have met in two months):  The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Micheal Pollan and… 2. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, Now They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst.  These books have kindled my awareness of a whole dimension of life and communication among plants, and the complex relationship between plants and humans. As usual, come to just listen or to participate to your comfort level, Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826

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5/4/2018: In Loving Memory

It is with great sadness that we announce that Bobbi Baurick passed away on Tuesday morning, May 1, 2018, just one month from her 76th birthday.  The Fellowship and the KUUF people were loving and welcoming to Bobbi and she liked very much being a part of it all.
She will be greatly missed.  A service will be announced at a later date.