Category: Get Involved

6/3/2018: Social Justice Meeting

The KUUF Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting at 11:45 in the admin room. Tentative agenda:

  1. Faith over Fear event June 21
  2. Collecting Used glasses to Re-cycle abroad
  3. Hiroshima & Nagasaki memorial days at Ground Zero
  4. Social Justice films
  5. Report on NAACP banquet
  6. KUUF Booth at Juneteenth Celebration
  7. Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Banquet Sept. 8
  8. Social Justice Committee meeting July 1 ?
  9. Retreat
  10. End of 2017-18 financial year
  11. Inter Group Training
  12. Black Lives Matter sign

6/1/2018: Charitable Giving

For the Month of May 2018 KUUF raised $408.00 for Kitsap Safe School Network.

Thank you to everyone!

The Kitsap Safe Schools Network is a growing partnership of community groups, agencies, churches, youth groups, parents and individuals working together to protect every child from the torment of bullying, including bullying based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.


June’s charitable giving recipient is RESULTS

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

5/27/2018: Buildings and Grounds Requests Help

It is mowing season again, and the beautiful grounds at KUUF need your help and attention. Please step up and adopt a section of the grounds to mow. If you are not able to handle a mower, volunteer to edge or weed. Anything will help. Growth will slow down as the weather gets warmer and drier, but for now, it needs attention on a weekly basis. Three people are presently taking care of the grounds, and it is too much work for so few. Please help out!

Please contact to coordinate our activities and to receive instructions on access to the mowing equipment.

5/20/2018: Just a Note 🎵

Members of our KUUF Choir joined their voices this past Sunday as part of an interfaith choir celebrating Armed Forces Week.  The program was organized and hosted by the Bremerton LDS Church.  Our choir performed “This Land Is Your Land Rock” arranged by Mike Menefee.  The audience loved it!  We then joined in with the other choirs to sing the closing hymn, “God of Our Fathers”.  The choirs were accompanied on this hymn by a brass ensemble that included our Mike Menefee.  We all received a standing ovation!


A big “Thank You” to Mike and to Lisa Johnson for this opportunity.  Lisa heard of the program because of her work on the Interfaith Council and she presented the idea to Mike and the choir.  Mike organized KUUF’s participation and, of course, directed our choir’s number.  For all of us who were able to participate, it was both fun and worthwhile to be a part of the celebration.  It was also a wonderful way for KUUF reach out and be a part of the interfaith community.

5/16/2018: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda


Agenda for May 16, 2018


6:30 PM                Call to Order:  Eric Harrold, President

Chalice Lighting


6:45 PM                Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the April 18, 2018 board meeting
  • Board Liaison & other reports, including Finance; Personnel; etc.

6:50 PM                Vote to adopt the Agenda for this meeting

6:55 PM                President’s Report: Eric Harrold Review of Fellowship Business

  • Meeting with CPA to discuss income from the Matan Bldg lease (May 7th)
  • Requested from Caring Committee a proposal for Parish Nurse
  • Selene Patterson has volunteer to be an office assistant and fill in when Tanesha is sick
  • Asked the treasurer for recommendation on where to put PSE rebate
  • Used the Minister’s discretionary fund to assist a congregant
  • Anticipate a memorial service for Bobbi Baurick to be at KUUF

7:00 PM                Treasurer’s Report (Susan Welsh/Mark Sugimoto, Treasurer): Vote to approve.

7:20 PM                Board Growth Topic:  Types and Purpose of a Board (Eric Harrold): We will discuss the difference between an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board. Which are we?


7:30 PM                                                                *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Worship Topics for Church Year 2018 – 2019: (Eric Harrold): Beth Wilson, who is the chair of the Worship Committee, has asked us to consider a theme for the up-coming church year. Discussion.


7:55 PM                                                                   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Appointment of Board Officers (Eric Harrold): The board needs to vote on a President and Vice President for 2018 – 2019. All willing members will be considered but I strong suggest the new board members take this time to learn how our board operates before filling an officer position. Review of location of KUUF by-laws and archived records. Discussion.

Suggested Motion: I move that XXXXX be appointed President of KUUF Board of Trustees for a one-year term.

Suggested Motion: I move that XXXXX be appointed Vice-President of KUUF Board of Trustees for a one-year term.



Vote on appointing Lynn Lund to fill the empty board position left when June Jones resigned in April 2018. Discussion.

Suggested Motion: I move that Lynn Lund be appointed to KUUF Board of Trustees for the remaining year of June Jones term three-year term.


Appointment on Treasurer (Eric Harrold): Mark Sugimoto has offered to be Treasurer for church year 2018 – 2019. Mark has filled this position in the past and has the approval of out-going Treasurer Susan Welsh. Discussion.

Suggested Motion: I move that Mark Sugimoto be appointed Treasurer for KUUF for a one-year term.




Appointment of Personnel Committee Members (Lisa Johnson): Two Personnel Committee members have rotated off of the committee this year. As per our by-laws, the Personnel Committee needs a minimum of three board members. Lisa would be Chair of this committee and we need two other members. Terry Mallory and Nathan Emmett have volunteered. Discussion.


Appointment of Board Liaison Positions (Eric Harrold): Paul Wilson, Nancy Sleight and Ellen Newberg have rotated off the board this year. Paul was liaison between the board and W & M and Personnel Committee; Nancy was liaison to Worship Committee; Ellen was liaison to Finance Committee. Discussion.


Appoint Task Force Member for Ministerial Services Development (Eric Harrold): From our congregational meeting, we received authorization to set up a task force to select a ministerial service provider and to determine how the services will be provided. Discussion.


GA is the 20 – 24 of June in Kansas City, MI (Eric Harrold): Delegates for GA? Do we have people interested in attending the General Assembly in Kansas City? Has the council discussed this? Discussion.


The Caring Committee Has Proposed Having A Parish Nurse (Eric Harrold): Karen Leader-Scott has sent the board a proposal for offering the congregation the services of a “Parish Nurse.” We need a Task Force to review this proposal and make a recommendation to the board to include all expenses KUUF will bear. Discussion.


Board Retreat for the 2018 – 2019 Church Year (Eric Harrold): I would like to schedule a board retreat this summer so let’s talk about when people are available to attend. Discussion.


8:25 PM                Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for April 2018:

Conversations with the Board Topics:

  • Board to discuss Ministerial Service Task Force

                                For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

8:30 p.m.             Adjournment

5/6/2018: Joys and Sorrows Update

We’re coming to the end of our trial period for our current joys and sorrows format. To provide an
opportunity to gather feedback in a way that also gives us a chance to connect and get to know each
other, along with leaving room to speak our truths and hear others, we’re inviting those who were not
able to meet with us on May 6 to join in small facilitated groups immediately after the service next
Sunday, May 20. We’d like everyone to participate, including those without strong feelings either way
about Joys and Sorrows. Sponsored by the Healthy Communication Committee, the Worship Committee and the Listening Team.

4/28/2018: Living with Dementia Workshop

Five million people in the United States are living with dementia, and it is the sixth leading cause of death. The Living with Dementia workshop is for people who have dementia, their care partners, and anyone else whose life is affected by dementia. Members of congregations’ Pastoral Care teams are especially encouraged to attend. Learn the signs and stages of dementia, how best to interact with people with dementia, and how to make your congregation dementia-friendly. Open sharing, small group work, and role plays will be part of the workshop. Come to East Shore Unitarian Church on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and help erase the stigma of dementia. Admission is $20 and you can preregister here:

The Rev. Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley have been living with dementia since Sky’s diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease in the summer of 2016. They are traveling the country leading worship services and workshops in order to facilitate greater understanding of dementia, and have a blog: Jane is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, and Sky is a retired family mediator. Since their retirement, they have traveled extensively and done volunteer work, primarily in New Orleans. They now live in Burlington, VT with their son, Sayer, and his partner Emma. Their daughter, Dana, lives nearby in Montpelier, VT. As a family, they enjoy travel, disc golf, playing interesting board games, and having fun in and on Lake Champlain.

You can also follow their Facebook page:

4/15/2018: Pacific Western Regional Assembly Update

A couple reminders about our Pacific Western Regional Assembly that’s only sixteen days away!

Registration is open through this Sunday, April 15.

Each district’s annual meeting will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 28. Check the Delegate Certification site to see if your congregation has already certified delegates. If not, contact your board president. They or their designee can certify your delegates online through next Friday, April 20.

An important announcement: The Youth registration fee has been cut in half! If the costs of attending Regional Assembly are barriers to youth at your church, please let them know about the new rate. When registering, they should enter the coupon code “Youth.” Youth who have already registered at the full $90 rate will receive a $45 refund. More good news – If the hotel expense is keeping your youth away, youth lodging is now available at First Unitarian Church of Portland.

Banner Parade: This year’s banner “parade” will be a video collection to be shown throughout the weekend. You can submit a photo of your congregation’s banner, as well as other pictures of your church community. To be included in this video, send your submissions by April 20 via: 2018 Regional Assembly Banner Parade. Any questions, contact Tandi Rogers.

4/8/2018: Pathways to Membership Class

Sunday, 12:00pm-1:30pm, KUUF, Admin Room

April 8 and April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admin Room

Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and become more involved in the life of the Fellowship? You’re invited to a “Pathways to Membership Class.” The two session class will be held at Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on April 8 and April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We’ll provide a light lunch and, with advance notice, can arrange for childcare.

Please RSVP to  or call (360)-377-4724 and leave a message.

We hope you can join us!  Welcoming and Membership Committee



On Sunday, April 1 take advantage of an opportunity to learn about the 2018/2019 budget and review the agenda for the Annual Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 22.  Treasurer Susan Welsh, Finance Committee Chair Jim Strunk, and Board members will be on hand to provide background on proposed new line items in the budget, as well as adjustments to O&M items.  This is your opportunity to be an informed voter!



You are cordially invited to meet with Treasurer Susan Welsh, Finance Committee Chair Jim Strunk, and Board members to discuss the proposed 2018/2019 budget we will be voting on at our 2018 Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday April 22.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about the programs and their funding, as envisioned by the Board for next year.

Also, we are still searching for someone to chair the Ways and Means Committee, so if that’s you, please let us know!

April 1, 2018: Tentative Social Justice Committee Agenda

April 1, 2018 at about 11:45 in the Admin Room

And we are not fooling!

Consent Agenda Motions

  1. The SJC supports the NAACP’s Freedom Fund banquet on Saturday, May 19
  2. The SJC co-sponsors the April 15 Forum Kitsap Homelessness – It’s About Us.  
  3. SJC sponsors a visit by the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba in July.

Action Agenda

  1. Retreat planning
  2. Mother’s Day Service & Task Force spending
  3. Motions to spend or re-assign money from our 2017-18 budget, concluding our fiscal year April 30.
  4. Social Justice Committee Movie night

Announcements & Information Sharing

  1. Update on Charitable Giving
  2. KUUF Annual Meeting April 22

Regular SJC meeting are the first Sunday of every month.   To get an item on the agenda, please e-mail co-chairs Phil Davis or Mack Johnson one week ahead of the scheduled meeting.  We try to fit everything in and take last minute suggestions when possible, but our agenda are crowded.  Anyone and everyone is invited to attend our meetings and/or join our e-mail & Facebook groups!

Stewardship Campaign Report

Celebrating our conjuring success!!!

Your Stewardship magicians 🎩 wish to thank everyone for pledging/participating in or successful February Stewardship Campaign. To date we have a total of
$132,337.00 pledged by 64 pledging units to support our 2018-2019 KUUF fellowship year. Additional pledges welcome—-please contact our committee or Tanesha if pledging assistance needed. Thanks for making the MAGIC of spiritual community a reality at KUUF. Abracadabra!
Your Stewardship wizards,
Ginny Sugimoto
Bob Borquist
Beth Wilson
Katherine Woods