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!

6/22/2018: United Way’s Day of Caring

Mark Your Calendar:  Friday, June 22, 2018, is United Way’s Day of Caring.  The Social Justice Committee asks for volunteers from the KUUF to help at the Bremerton Food Liner (Food Bank).  Volunteers will meet at the Food Liner at 9:00 AM and assist until approximately 1:30 PM.
Volunteers are needed.  A box lunch will be provided by United Way.  You can RSVP by email to gwsykes001@gmail.com, phone 360.602.9320 or give your name and email address to Gary Sykes.

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

6/10/2018: 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/

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!

April 15, 2018: Kitsap Homelessness: It’s About Us. Co-sponsered by KUUF Social Justice Committee

Last night at the Kitsap SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) meeting, Kitsap SURJ signed on as a sponsor —i.e. to help get the word out— of this upcoming forum being organized by the group West Sound for Social Justice.  Many regular participants of Kitsap SURJ plan to be at this forum, and we are reaching out to encourage others to attend as well.
Also, WSSJ is still looking for more sponsors of this forum.  No money is involved in sponsorship; it’s just about spreading word about the forum among our communities.  If you know of a group, organization, etc. that would like to help do that, you can contact Cory Walster about sponsorship (corywalster@gmail.com)
“Kitsap Homelessness:  It’s About Us” – a forum by West Sound for Social Justice
Sunday, April 15th
2 – 5 p.m.
held at Bremerton United Methodist Church
1150 Marine Drive, Bremerton, WA 98312

 

West Sound for Social Justice (WSSJ) presents KITSAP HOMELESSNESS: IT’S ABOUT US on April 15 at
the Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Dr., Bremerton. The public is invited to join us as we
hear from the leaders in local homelessness work, learn how we can support them in their efforts, and explore
possible solutions. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for mingling, coffee, and light fare, and the program will begin
promptly at 2:00 p.m.
The Kitsap Sun’s Josh Farley will moderate the forum, which includes three panels:
LIVED EXPERIENCE – Dezerae Hamblin from Peninsula Community Health Services, Gerald Harris – a
currently-homeless local resident, and the previously-homeless author Richard LeMieux (Breakfast at Sally’s).
SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM – Bridget Callahan from the Housing Solutions Center of Kitsap County and
Kurt Wiest from the Bremerton Housing Authority.
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS – Gina Chamberlain – a Housing Advocate, Renee Kimball – a currently-homeless
Homeless Advocate, and Mike O’Shaughnessy, Director of the Kitsap Rescue Mission. The second and third
panels will each be followed by a 20-minute Town Hall-styled Q&A.
We’ll conclude the afternoon with Monica Bernhard of Kitsap Mental Health Services, and a half-hour
facilitated session to give our input on Kitsap County’s 2018 Homeless Housing Plan, which is set for approval
by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners on May 14.
Seeking empowerment amid the dehumanizing force of homelessness in our community, we hope to tackle
these questions and more: What is being done to address the homeless population locally? Why are the numbers
of people who are susceptible to homeless on the rise? What happens when homeless encampments are evicted
to make way for increased development? What can we do to help?

Join us as we explore the all-too-thin membrane between the housed and the houseless. Many of us are a mere
paycheck or one medical crisis away from becoming homeless. Clearly, homelessness calls for us to look
toward rather than away; it affects all of us.
Make KITSAP HOMELESSNESS: IT’S ABOUT US part of your local kick off to National Volunteer Week
(April 15 – 21) and Kitsap Great Give (April 24) as we take this opportunity to raise funds and supplies for
Bremerton Foodline, StandUp for Kids, and the Bremerton Backpack Brigade. This family-friendly event
includes child activity stations with parent helpers. It is part of an ongoing community conversation on
homelessness and affordable housing.
West Sound for Social Justice works towards a better society through the sharing of information, advocacy, and
direct action. We advocate policies that promote the general welfare of all people. Visit WSSJ online at
www.wssj.org for event background information, donation suggestions, and more.

More information Here

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 philipjdavis@comcast.net or Mack Johnson telemackj@gmail.com 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!

3/16/2018: Support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism with Promise and Practice Sunday

Dear Congregational Leaders,

I am writing to ask you to participate in the Promise and Practice of our Faith Campaign.

If you have not already held a Promise and Practice Sunday and made a pledge or gift to support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), we hope you will do so before General Assembly in June 2018. You can enter your pledge and congregation’s campaign online at UUA.org/bluu-campaign.

Your contributions will be matched dollar for dollar if you make a gift or pledge of at least $10 per member. Please do not miss this wonderful opportunity.

Back in September 2017, I sent out a special ask for all congregations and fellowships to participate in The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign.

This campaign calls us to align our financial resources with our theological values of justice and equity by honoring our Board of Trustees’ commitment of $5.3 million to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.

This congregational phase of the campaign is your opportunity to invest in Black lives, Black leadership, and the uplifting of Black voices within our faith.

Since the 2017 New Orleans General Assembly, over 170 of your sibling UU congregations, fellowships, and organizations have participated in this special campaign!

They have held services and utilized the incredible worship resources for the campaign, which were written by UU Religious Professionals of Color.

They have reflected on the history of Black Empowerment within our faith, and have held special fundraisers and collections in honor of Black Lives of UU.

We ask you now to join in this movement.

Now, more than ever, we are being called to a deeper practice of the promise of our faith. In this country, we see systemic racism and discrimination being embolded in rhetoric and in policy. And in this moment, we are called to do more to invest in Black lives, Black leadership and resources to move forward the vision of a radically inclusive, justice centered faithful practice of the beloved community within and beyond our faith.

This call means investing more fully financially, spiritually, faithfully, and collectively in support of Black Lives.

In the next few weeks, your Board of Trustees along with UUA staff members will be reaching out to congregations to thank you for your support in this special call and to ask you for your support if you have not already pledge to the campaign.

Now is the time to lead and become the change we want to see in our communities across the world.

Please visit the campaign’s webpage for resources and materials at UUA.org/bluu-campaign. If you have further questions, please contact our Campaign Coordinator, Cheri Taylor, at ctaylor@uua.org.