Category: Community

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 Reportshttps://docs.google.com/a/kuuf.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=a3V1Zi5vcmd8YXJjaGl2ZXxneDoxNDY1YWRiYmRjMmFjZDgy

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
https://docs.google.com/a/kuuf.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=a3V1Zi5vcmd8YXJjaGl2ZXxneDo2ZmUxYmM1ZjYwNmYyODI4

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

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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, jbu4@me.com, 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: http://www.melaniedemore.com/

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 marymusic99@aol.com

 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: https://pnwuumf.brownpapertickets.com .

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, and then, 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. https://www.ckfr.org/information/cpr-classes/

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
nurse@kuuf.org

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.”

03/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

The Reluctant Radical: Activist Ken Ward Confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

Screening starts at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for snacks and social time. Discussion following the movie. Families are welcome with a kids’ play corner available.

Free Admission.Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE Bremerton, WA call 360-377-4724 or email admin@kuuf.org with questions.

03/03/2019: Truth Quest Book Quest

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The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, March 3rd, 9:30am-10:30 am in the Elmore room (Library) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “Why Religion?” by Dr. Elaine Pagel. This book by Dr. Pagel, a renowned religious scholar, is partly a gripping memoir of how the death of her toddler son, followed close by the death of her beloved husband, led to a personal search for meaning on her part to try to make sense of these traumatic losses. 

02/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

This Friday’s film showing has been canceled due to snow predicted for Friday afternoon that will worsen as the day goes on.

Screening starts at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm for snacks and social time. Discussion following the movie. Families are welcome with a kids’ play corner available. Free Admission.

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE Bremerton, WA call 360-377-4724 or email admin@kuuf.org with questions.

The Bail Trap: American Ransom

THE BAIL TRAP: AMERICAN RANSOM

Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Yet, few people know what the money bail system is, let alone how it all works or why we need to do away with it.

That’s why Brave New Films’ has produced a short film compilation about America’s broken bail system: The Bail Trap: American Ransom. This ongoing short-film series includes: Breaking Down Bail – unpacking the myths and the history of bail; Tai’s Story: College or Bail? – a documentary about a young woman and the $100,000 price-tag put on her freedom; Deal with the Devil – a cautionary film about the dangers of plea deals; How Much is Your Freedom Worth? – a compilation of spoken-word poetry performed by artists who have been formerly incarcerated; and Lessons for the Nation: New Jersey’s Cash Bail Overhaul – a success story about New Jersey’s historic money bail reform which has led to a near 20% decline in the state’s pretrial incarceration rate.

The reality is that 70% of people in jail are there for one reason: living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years simply because they can’t afford to pay high bail amounts. All the while, private companies are profiting in the billions each year. This must end. Sign up below to screen any portion or all of The Bail Trap: American Ransom in your education communities.

Together, let’s take action against money bail and help end mass incarceration!

02/07/2019: President’s Column

Happy February everyone. The days are getting longer and our future is certainly looking bright! We are entering the time of year when KUUF builds the budget for the next church year (May 2019 – April 2020). Seems crazy to be writing 2020 already! The Stewardship Campaign is the program that asks each of us to make a monetary pledge which, when combined with all other members’ pledges, will fund KUUF operations throughout the next year. The numbers I’m showing below come from the 2018 – 2019 proposed budget and are only approximations.

What is my pledge used for?

  • About 61.5% of last year’s pledges supported our staff and administrative expenses. We have two paid administrative positions; one paid position for Director of Religious Education;, two paid positions supporting our music program;, and several childcare positions ensuring our children’s well-being.
  • About 23% was dedicated to maintaining our lower buildings and campus.
  • About 16% was used for program expenses. The majority of that allowed the Worship Committee to provide the amazing guest ministers and speakers we enjoy on Sundays.  
  • About 7.5% went to the UUA and the PWR to support their efforts in promoting UU values nationally and regionally. You may know our regional representative Tandi Rogers. She and the region’s compensation consultant were an important resource during contract negotiations with our minister – Rev. Jessica Star Rockers.  

That’s 108% of our pledges used for the stated purposes. How is that possible? Our total member-generated income is the sum of our pledging and fundraising events throughout the year. Additionally, we earn some money from administrative services provided, as well as, for the last several years, revenue from leasing the Matan Building.  

You’ll see that the cost of our quarter-time minister is not included above. This is because the funds providing her services were unspent from the previous year’s budget. As there are no guarantees that we will have unspent money after reconciling this year’s budget, the best way to ensure we retain our minister is through our pledges.

If you were to ask me, “Say Eric, I don’t have extra income. Do I have to pledge?” My answer would be, “No, you don’t have to pledge.” But then I would add that my experience has shown me that making a financial commitment, of any amount, may return to you a greater willingness to voice your feelings for how KUUF is doing, both pro or con. I also feel that your ownership, and the likelihood that you will join a committee or program, will be higher. I’m sorry I cannot support that statistically, it’s just my feeling having been both a pledging and non-pledging member. No matter how you contribute, financially or through volunteering, we love you at KUUF.

Thank you all for your continued support. I am looking forward to spending this year with all of you. We are KUUF.

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

02/07/2019: Notes from the Minister

The winter must have come in like a lamb because it is definitely going out like a lion. I hope you all have been warm and safe this week, with electricity and heat. Please remember, if you need anything, the Caring Committee and I are just a phone call away. We can connect you with resources and support during difficult times, including inclement weather. So don’t hesitate to reach out in an emergency, by phone or email (included below.) 

I’ve been particularly grateful this week for technology. When the roads in Kitsap Country were too icy for my long drive from Bainbridge to Bremerton, I was able to stay connected and attend meetings over Zoom video conference. Even our Fellowship Council met over Zoom this week. So not only are they a dedicated group of religious leaders, they are also pretty tech savvy! And neither snow nor sleet nor icy roads will keep them from their important work together.

Some of that important work is easy for us to see and name. And some of it is less obvious. The Welcoming Committee has been engaged in several different efforts to increase membership and make guests feel welcome. The Social Justice Committee continues to combat racism in Kitsap County, including being part of a community-wide response against racist leafletting. The Healthy Communications Committee is planning a community building workshop. And the Worship Committee has several multigenerational services planned for this year, so our most important members (the children!) can be a part of the fun of worshipping with us in the community.

I can’t possibly fit all the good work of all the committees into one article. But I encourage you if you’re wondering what your ministry at KUUF might be, come and talk with me. There are so many places to get involved. I’ve been deeply inspired and filled with such hope to witness the fun these committees have, and how much joy they bring to the life of this congregation. 

It’s an exciting time to be a part of KUUF. And I am so grateful to be serving among you. 

Many blessings and stay warm!

Rev. Jessica
360-377-4724 x. 2
minister@kuuf.org

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers