Category: Sundays

07/23/2017: Belonging 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Amanda Aikman – “To feel as if you belong is one of the great triumphs of human existence — and especially to sustain a life of belonging and to invite others into that… But we are the one part of creation that knows what it’s like to live in exile. The ability to turn your face towards home is one of the great human endeavors and the great human stories.” (David Whyte)

Rev. Amanda Aikman, a UU
minister, author, playwright, and
spiritual director will be our

07/16/2017: Swimming in the Water 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – What does it mean to be a multicultural, nonracist congregation? Over the past few weeks Unitarian Universalists have looked at ways racism and white supremacy live in our culture, and in our churches. This is deep faith development work – work that needs to be done as we create more racially just practices in our communities and our congregations.  Consider this an invitation to courageously step into the water, and begin swimming to the other side.

And, after the service…

12:00pm, KUUF sanctuary, Rev.  Carol McKinley – Let’s talk about race!  The White Supremacy Teach-In is our opportunity to do just that.

We begin by unpacking the term, white supremacy.  This is a provocative term, one that conjures images of hoods and mobs.  In our context, we are not talking about the KKK or Alt-Right groups, but about a culture in which institutional norms of white privilege and superiority support a white supremacy culture.  These norms have been shaped, consciously and unconsciously, in our families, our schools, our communities, and our faith communities.

In small groups and discussions, we will explore how each of us formed our perceptions around race, and how our lives and the lives of others are impacted by those perceptions.

Below are links to documents that will be discussed at this Sunday’s  teachin:

Anti-Racist Education, A Primer

Letters from Birmingham Jail – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.

White Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Backpack

White Privilege, Explained in One Simple Comic

White Supremacy Culture

07/09/2017: Amazing Grace – The story of Universalist Hosea Ballou 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Margo Rinehart – Unitarian Universalist ministerial candidate Margo Rinehart will preach an educational but inspirational sermon about Reverend Hosea Ballou, a founder of the Universalist faith.

Reverend Ballou was one of the pioneers in breaking from the belief in hell. Rather than we suffer only in this life and there is no punishment after we die.  In the early 1800s, this was an assertion so bold that one could be imprisoned for heresy, and yet, the founders of our faith said it anyway. Come be inspired by the courage of Hosea Ballou and how to stand this courage in the present need to affirm others as good.

This sermon is preached for Ginger Younie, who purchased the pulpit request at the fall of 2016 KUUF auction.

07/02/2017: KUUF’s Annual LGBTQ Pride Service 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Dr. Jill Davidson – Our special guest speaker is Dr. Jill Davidson, School Psychologist at North Kitsap School District.  Her PhD is from the school psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a school psychologist for 37 years, working in Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Washington State. She is a woman of transgender history. Her professional interests have included understanding the development of reading comprehension, development of writing skills; gender issues; strategies for managing aggression in children, special education eligibility; and the ethics of school psychology practice.

06/25/2017: The Work of the ACLU 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Yvonne Sanchez – Yvonne Sanchez, Washington State American Civil Liberties Board member, will speak on the work of the ACLU and the current state of civil liberties under the Trump administration.

Yvonne Sanchez was born in Texas to a Mexican-American family but spent much of her childhood in Mexico and Peru. Her high school and college years were spent in California. Later she moved to Seattle, got an MBA at Seattle University, and worked in the public sector with a social justice emphasis. After retirement, she volunteered in San Diego, using her Spanish language skills to interview undocumented youth being detained by ICE as a way to help the pro-bono lawyers arguing on their behalf. This volunteer work impacted her personal awareness and development regarding current political discourse.

06/18/2017: The Language of Flowers 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – This will be an inter generational service – children will be staying for the whole service.

Today is KUUF’s flower communion service, a widely celebrated ritual in Unitarian Universalism that celebrates our earth’s beauty and humanity’s oneness.  The service was created by Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia, and was brought to the United States in 1940

Please bring a flower or sprig of green as a symbol of the unique gifts each person brings that contributes to the beauty of the whole bouquet, a symbol of the united fellowship of this community.

The Reverend Carol McKinley, the Olympia UU Congregation’s affiliated community minister, coordinates OUUC’’s Faith in Action Ministry.  She is also serving as the congregation’s bridge minister until the interim minister begins in August.

06/11/2017: Faithfully Creedless 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – Unitarian Universalism is considered a “creedless” religion. What on earth does this mean, and how does one practice such a faith? (And is “faith” even the right word!) This sermon follows the lead of Socrates who, because he “knew nothing except the fact of his ignorance,” kept asking questions–all in hopes of finding a suitable answer.

Our speaker will be Joseph Bednarik, co-publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend. Joseph also serves as assistant to the minister in the pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and is a frequent and popular speaker at KUUF.

06/04/2017: Life on the Planet Mars? 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Astrophysicist Bob Abel – Mars may have been habitable before Earth and might be still – so where are the the Martians? Join us for a talk on the history and current state of our nearby neighbor and examine the possibilities of life in its past, present, and future.

DR. BOB ABEL is a Professor of Applied Physics at Olympic College and a Collaborator with the University of Washington‘s Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Group ( He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences (Space Physics) from UCLA and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fluid Mechanics) from the UW. Bob has published multiple articles in eminent science journals, posted 120 physics lectures on the internet (, and in 2015 brought an Astronomy conference to downtown Bremerton.

05/28/2017: Welcoming our Brothers and Sisters 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Ray Garrido – There has never been a more important time to talk with our communities about what it means to be a welcoming place. Welcoming is about more than tolerance – it’s about developing a true respect and appreciation for our neighbors. It’s also about equity, and more specifically, racial equity – achieving the best and most fair results for everyone so that we all can prosper. To get there we have to be proactive and engage in conversations with our community that are not always easy, but are crucially important.

Ray Garrido is the Legal Services Director of the Kitsap County Immigrant Assistance Center.

05/21/2017: Golden Cracks – Breakage & the Fine Arts of Repair 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – If the two certainties in life are death and taxes, a third may very well be “and everything will break along the way”. This sermon explores breakage and repair, with a special focus on “kintsugi”, the Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with gold, to create visible repairs that accentuate, rather than disguise, the history of an object.

Our speaker will be Joseph Bednarik, co-publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend. Joseph also serves as assistant to the minister in the pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and is a frequent and popular speaker at KUUF.

05/14/2017: Mother’s Day 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Florence Caplow – Our speaker will be the Reverend Florence Caplow from Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend. Florence is a Zen Soto priest, conservation biologist, and writer as well as being a UU minister.

Rev. Florence Caplow returns to us on this Mother’s Day. This will be Florence’s last service at KUUF as she has accepted a call from a church in Illinois and will be leaving Pt. Townsend.

04/30/2017: Everything is Holy Now 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Bill Graves – Following on the heals of Earth Day, this sermon will start with Peter Mayer’s wonderful song, “Holy Now” and proceed to explore what has been called Unitarian Universalism’s most peculiar and distinctive contribution to the world’s religious agenda: Our Seventh Principle “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are apart”. Grounded on that principle we offer a compelling ethos concerning the use and abuse of our Earth.

Jim Franklin and Matt Jones will perform the song, “Holy Now” as in introduction.

Rev. Bill Graves is a former attorney who went back to school and became ordained as a UU minister in 2010. He has served our congregations in Mount Vernon and Tacoma, and presently is part time minister of the Kittitas Valley UU Congregation in Ellensburg. He resides most of the time on Whidbey Island with his wife, Frances Wood.

04/16/2017: Unbelieving the Unbelievable – Living, Dying, Living 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik –  Though death is as natural as ashes and dust, for human beings what  happens after death is considered one of the greatest mysteries.  On this Highest Holy Day of Easter, we will explore the miracle of life after death, and like Doubting Thomas reach out to touch the Teacher.

Our speaker will be Joseph Bednarik, co-publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend. Joseph also serves as assistant to the minister in the pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and is a frequent and popular speaker at KUUF.