Category: Social Action

9/19/2018: Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center Donations

Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center is having their next Give Away event for clients on Sept 19th.
KIAC is looking particularly for donations of new underwear, new socks and laundry soap.
Any and all  kids sizes. Women’s underwear in 7 or medium and smaller. Men’s in small or medium.  [No large and X large please]
KIAC has a give away event every 3rd Wed of the month and will always accept clean, gently used clothing in smaller sizes, [again no large and X-large]. Also personal care items, ie shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitary pads [ tampons are not commonly used], diapers, lotion, laundry soap etc.
No travel sizes.
Also non-perishable foods. Canned peaches are a favorite, refried beans, salsa, rice etc.
Items can be left in the box in the foyer or taken to KIAC at 3627 Wheaton Way – Light house Plaza- around back.
KIAC is also looking for volunteers with a truck who would be available on an as needed basis, at your convenience, to pick up a mattress or piece of furniture etc and take it to a client’s house.  If you are interested, talk to Annika Turner at KIAC and sign a confidentiality form.  Then if there was a client who needed, for example, a bed and a bed was donated then we could put the 2 together with the truck person to decide on the time that would work for everyone.
Thank you for doing what you can.

9/14/2018: Social Justice Committee 2nd Friday Film Series

All films start at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Dates of the Movies:

September 14 : Shelter:  full length documentary (2016, 1 hour 20 minutes) Shelter is a movie about Covenant House in New Orleans, LA, which provides housing and services for “the most damaged population of youth that exists in society today”.  The staff at Covenant House help homeless, abused, traumatized youth and young adults to get off the streets.

More information and review:
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
More information to come.

8/4/2018: NUCLEAR WEAPONS? NO DEAL!

KUUFers and their friends are invited to attend all or part of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action’s 2018 Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration and actions promoting nuclear disarmament.  Meals are provided.  The Ground Zero Center is located at 16159 Clear Creek Road, Poulsbo,  Visit www.gzcenter.org  and go to the Events page for a full schedule of events:
Saturday, August 4:  Breakfast and welcome at GZ, welcome Peace Walk at 11:00, carpool to Hood Canal for Boats By Bangor water protest, evening concert with Irthlingz duo.
Sunday, August 5:  Nonviolence training, keynote addresses by Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, planning and discernment for nonviolent direct action on Monday, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen memorial.
Monday, August 6 (Hiroshima anniversary):  gather at 6:30 AM for vigil and civil disobedience action at Bangor gates.
With the current world situation, we need voices of restraint and sanity more than ever to avoid nuclear war and to abolish these horrific weapons that Archbishop Hunthausen called “the Auschwitz of Puget Sound”.
Contact Mack Johnson or Phil Davis for more information.

8/5/2018: Social Justice Committee Meeting

 

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting from about 11:40 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, after the service in the Admin. room.

At 1:00 those interested are invited to car pool to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action at 16159 Clear Creek Road NW to hear Bill Moyer speak at 1:30. Bill founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 to teach creative and dramatic ways to resist tyranny. This is the famous activist who mobilizes hundreds of kayaks in a giant, floating mosaic! He is a keynote speaker for Ground Zero’s August 4 – 6 commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. For more details go to http://www.gzcenter.org/event/hiroshimanagasaki-commemoration/

6/23/2018: Is it Just Me?

is it just me?

FROM CLOSETED

PENTECOSTAL

TO  FABULOUS

UNITARIAN

*~*~*~*

FEATURING

eric lane barnes

heather gonio

paul rosenberg

PLUS

Diverse Harmony and Spectrum

*~*~*~*

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.