Category: Social Action

6/23/2018: Is it Just Me?

is it just me?

FROM CLOSETED

PENTECOSTAL

TO  FABULOUS

UNITARIAN

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FEATURING

eric lane barnes

heather gonio

paul rosenberg

PLUS

Diverse Harmony and Spectrum

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June 23,  2018 7:30 pm

East Shore Unitarian Church 12 700 SE 32nd st

Bellevue, WA

$15/20 at eastshorelive.com/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

Speakers:
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.

Sponsors:
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.

More Info: www.mapsredmond.org/amen | neighborsinfaith.org | facebook.com/neighborsinfaith
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 www.cohousingco.com/products. Sign up by going to: http://www.cohousingco.com/events/seniorintensive2018.   

6/10/2018: 9th Annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing something special. In the face of political divisiveness, we’re bringing Republicans and Democrats together. In the face of uncertainty and distraction, we maintain a laser-like focus on our goal. Join us for the Citizens’ Climate 9th Annual International Conference & Lobby Day to be a part of this powerful, unique movement.

Everyone from brand new CCL volunteers to seasoned citizen lobbyists will receive special training on how to communicate about climate change and climate solutions. You’ll also hear from inspiring speakers and meet fellow volunteers from across the country who are dedicated to this issue. For those who are interested, you can put your new training into practice at the Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 12, where you can meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

 

For more information go to https://citizensclimatelobby.org/2018-conference/

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

ONE BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD NEED YOUR OLD EYEGLASSES—DONATE THEM NOW!!!

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.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/new-focus-on-global-need-for-eyeglasses/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

 

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: 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

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

 

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!

5/26/2018: LORD’S NEIGHBORHOOD DINER IS LOOKING FOR YOU!

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

5/20/2018: 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.

5/19/2018: NAACP 75th Anniversary

NAACP 75th ANNIVERSARY BANQUET

May 19, 2018 – 4 PM

Our local NAACP is celebrating its 75th anniversary on May 19 at 4 PM. This is the perfect time to show our support of this courageous, historic organization. Approximately twenty KUUF members have purchased tickets.   Our Congregation will have two KUUF tables. To congratulate our local unit of the NAACP and make a statement of solidarity from our church, please join us!

The banquet offers a fascinating program at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club, 3885 Northwest Golf Club Hill Road. Speakers include Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener and University of Washington Professor Quintard Taylor, Founder of BlackPast.org. Tickets are still available through Monday, May 14 for $68.64 at the NAACP 1134 website:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naacp-unit-1134-bremerton-75th-freedom-fund-banquet-tickets-44586716068

It’s easy to vocalize support of the many social justice issues needing work. This is our opportunity get physical. Show up in person. Being there in person is a loud statement of support we can make to recognize the important work of our neighbors.

5/11/2018: Social Justice Committee – MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE at KUUF!

Join us for another in the Social Justice committee’s film series.  the May offering is Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives, a 58-minute documentary on the environmental impacts of war.  Doors open at 8:00 PM, screening at 8:30; snacks provided.
The film has a website:
http://www.scarredlandsfilm.com/
Here is part of the film summary from their site:

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives is a compelling documentary exploring the under-reported environmental impacts of war and preparations for war. The film confronts the immensely broad ecological and human ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself.  Ecosystems around the world are in distress from forces of humanity’s own making….

4/21/2018: Celebrating and Protecting the Earth!

Join Ground Zero Center at Seattle’s Westlake for a rally and march honoring Earth Day on Saturday, April 21st beginning at 11:00AM.

Speakers will include Lilly Adams, Security Program Organizer for Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Dan Gilman, President of Veterans for Peace, Seattle Chapter 92; Elizabeth Murray, Ground Zero Center’s Member in Residence; Michael Ramos, Executive Director of The Church Council of Greater Seattle; and Vandana Whitney of 350 Seattle (a local group affiliated with 350.org).

We will also have music by folksinger/storyteller Tom Rawson and the Seattle Peace Chorus’s Action Group.

At noon, led by the monks from the Bainbridge Island Nipponzan Miyohoji Buddhist Temple, we will march down Pike through Pike Place Market, stopping at Victor Steinbruck Park (overlooking the Salish Sea), and back up Pine Street to Westlake Park for final speakers and music.

This event is part of our greater effort to connect everyone to the grave threats of climate change and nuclear weapons, and to engage people in the important work of protecting our fragile planet from both these existential threats.

Event endorsers include Earth Care not Warfare, PSR Washington Against Nuclear Weapons, South Seattle Climate Action Network, Rainier Valley Neighbors for Peace & Justice.

For more information go: http://www.gzcenter.org/event/celebrating-and-protecting-the-earth/

4/21/2018: Insist on Justice! Resist Inequality! Conference

Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)
Unitarian Church of Evanston (UCE), Evanston, IL 60201
Co-Sponsored by UUJEC and UCE

We hope you can join us at a one-day conference, to be held at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL on Saturday, April 21, 9:30am – 3:00pm.  UUJEC and the Evanston Church are jointly sponsoring the event.

At the conference you’ll be able to connect with fellow members of UUJEC and fellow activists from around the area, while learning more about how to be an effective organizer. We have some exciting speakers lined up who work for justice reform, racial equity, and a more just economic system.

Registration is $15 per person, which includes lunch. If you have questions or you’d like to learn more, e-mail events@uujec.com or visit our website   http://uujec.com/ResistInequality 

This event is funded in part by the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program and the Unitarian Church of Evanston and its Susan Walker Fund for social justice.

UUJEC Members: UCE can arrange UU home hospitality if you are in need of lodging. You are also invited to join UCE members and Chuck Collins for a discussion of his most recent book  ‘Born on Third Base’ on Sunday, April 22 @ 12:30 p.m at the church.

4/15/2018: Initiative 1631: Help make Washington state a climate action leader!

Please see Jo Walter or Marty Bishop after the service to sign a petition to put a fee on large emitters of greenhouse gas pollutants. The revenues would be used to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts. We need to gather 260,000 signatures by July 6 to get this initiative on the ballot in November!