Category: Sundays

12/9/2018: Regaining the Kingdom – The Gift of Stories from Jesus and the Bhagavad Gita

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Margo Rinehart: Both the Hindi sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, and the gospel stories of the coming of Jesus describe the hope of regaining control of the kingdom during dark times of war or occupation. Margo Rinehart, M.Div. will explore the shared lessons of hope and spiritual practices in the Christian text and the Bhagavad Gita.

 

12/2/2018: The Chalice Festival

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers – Sunday, December 2, we will be celebrating Unitarian Universalism’s own holiday, the Chalice Festival (formerly known as Chalica). Our minister, Jessica Star Rockers will speak about the history of the holiday and the seven principles that inspired it. And our children from CRE have a special surprise as well. Directly following the service is our annual tradition of decorating the holiday tree! Please join us for this fun and festive service.

Jessica Star Rockers is a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, on her way to the Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee in September. She has served as an intern minister at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island and Shoreline UU Church in Shoreline, WA. She is currently a learning fellow with the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and their young son.

11/25/2018: Edict of Torda

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley: Today we accept freedom of belief and worship as foundational to American Unitarian Universalism, a freedom rooted in the act of a Transylvanian king in 1568.  It was in that year, at the council of Torda in Transylvania, King John Sigismund issued a decree proclaiming religious tolerance. The Edict of Tolerance, as it was originally called, was the first of its kind in the western world, and is foundational for the religious freedom we practice today.

John and Ginger Younie traveled to Transylvania earlier this fall, and visited the birthplace of the world’s first proclamation of religious freedom.

 

The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

11/18/2018: Tasting Salt: Inspiring a New CommUUnion

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik The modern Unitarian-Universalist tradition celebrates at least three distinct communions: water, flower, and compost. This Sunday before Thanksgiving, we will co-create, improvise, and experience a new communion which focuses attention and savoring on the most vital mineral covering vast areas of the planet: salt.

 

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and assistant to the minister for preaching at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship.

 

11/11/2018: Armistice Day 2018 – the Age of Continuous War

10:30 -11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Tom Rogers: Tom will briefly review US wars since the War to End all Wars, the rise of US militarism since the Vietnam War, and the perils of an all professional military.Can we return to the days when citizen soldiers played a significant role in our military services and our leaders were not so cavalier about sending our children to war?

Tom Rogers is a retired naval officer. He served in various capacities in the US Submarine Force from 1967 to 1998, including command of a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. An unlikely nuclear weapons abolitionist, he has been a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action since 2004. Since coming to Ground Zero he has been instrumental in improving relations and communications between Naval Base Kitsap, local law enforcement, and Ground Zero. This has enabled Ground Zero to exercise its first amendment rights outside the Bangor Trident Base with minimum intervention by authorities. Tom lives in Brownsville with his bride, Christine. When he’s not trying to save the world from nuclear weapons he enjoys cycling, skiing and adventure traveling. 

11/4/2018: Fannie Lou Hamer, Voter Registration Activist (a Dramatization)

History has remained almost silent on the triumphs of African-American women.  No more.  Fannie Lou Hamer and many others are now stepping forward to tell their own stories of how they overcame the tremendous odds of poverty, racism and ignorance to change the world and make it a better place for all of us.

Fannie Lou Hamer was able to make her mark on history and change the world through her amazing courage, strong convictions, integrity, and her ability to energize, motivate, inspire, calm, and cultivate a civil rights movement through her personal story and her inspirational songs.

She was among the most significant participants in the struggle launched in the latter half of the twentieth century to achieve freedom and social justice for African Americans.

Parts of her personal story that she will share with you today covers her efforts to register to vote in 1962, her transition from share cropper to civil rights activist, and her assent to a key speaker at the 1964 National Democratic Convention.

Mrs. Hamer’s historic presence in Atlantic City at the 1964 Democratic National Convention brought national prominence with her electrifying testimony before the convention’s credentials committee.  She sought to prevent the seating of the all-white Mississippi delegation.  While this effort failed, the Democratic Party agreed that in the future no delegation would be seated from a state where anyone was illegally denied the vote.  Roughly a year later, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed.

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Zelda Foxall is a professional storyteller and has been telling stories professionally since 1994.  She has been a featured teller at Seattle Folklife and other storytelling venues such as festivals, churches, school assemblies, conferences and even a wedding. She is also a former board member of the Seattle Storytellers Guild.

In 2000, she transitioned from telling stories to doing in-character vignettes of historically significant African American Women through a performing arts company she co-founded called “Cause It’s Art.”   Zelda meticulously researches her subjects and through her, these women step forward to tell their own stories.

 

10/28/2018: The Vision Splendid: Honoring Our Universalist Heritage

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley: Clarence Skinner, the most influential Universalist minister of the 1930s and 1940s, believed in the Vision Splendid. In his time, many felt hopeless because of war and economic hard times, but Skinner continued to proclaim Universalism’s message of hope and love.  Today, the faith of our Universalist foremothers and forefathers continue to inspire us as we seek to live into our vision of a world of peace, understanding and unity.

The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

 

 

10/21/2018: The Favorite Poem

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The Favorite Poem Service is an intimate celebration of the power of poetry, and follows a simple format: A person stands before the congregation, tells why a particular poem is important in their life, and then reads or recites the poem. This home-grown service is part performance art, part oral anthology, and a fantastic way to get to know fellow congregants in a deeper way. (Please note that the readers are selected prior to the service, so this is not an open call to participate.)

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and assistant to the minister for preaching at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship.

10/14/2018: Then Someone Shouted “How?!”

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Inside a packed sanctuary a minister was delivering a passionate sermon, and during the conclusion encouraged everyone to “Choose hope!” From the congregation came a loud, clear, singular voice: “How!?” Everyone heard that provocative call-back… now what?

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and assistant to the minister for preaching at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship.

10/7/2018: St. Francis, Blessing of the Animals

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers: Join us Sunday October 7th for our Animal Blessing service! This multi-generational, multi-species service will have a little something for everyone. If your animal companion is sociable, they are welcome! If they are best left at home, or you would like to honor their memory, bring a photo for the blessing ritual. Together let us celebrate the joy that our animal beloveds bring to our lives.

 

Jessica Star Rockers is a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, on her way to the Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee in September. She has served as an intern minister at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island and Shoreline UU Church in Shoreline, WA. She is currently a learning fellow with the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and their young son.

9/30/2018: Hard Work and Love Will Overcome Fear

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Ray Garrido: Executive orders, new regulations and anti-immigrant policies are creating fear in the immigrant community. Separating parents seeking asylum is only the latest attack on people trying to save their lives. The Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) defends our sisters and brothers in removal proceedings, helps apply for various immigration status and helps them on their journey to becoming full members of our community.Ray Garrido will speak about his experience as Legal Service Director of KIAC, where he has served since 2009. In 2014 Ray helped found KIAC’s immigration services legal program, helping it grow from 2 accredited representatives (non-attorneys authorized to practice immigration law) to 8. It has served over 1,160 clients with matters ranging from citizenship to removal defense at the Northwest Detention Center. Ray dedicates between 50 and 60 volunteer hours per week, and now spends a good deal of his time defending clients in immigration court.

 

9/23/2018 Is There a Future for Religious Education?

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Sara Lewis: Recent trends in American religious life and in Unitarian Universalism have left many asking if the traditional Sunday School model of religious education is dying out. At the same time, there is incredible creativity, innovation, and energy to meet the needs of today’s children, families, and adults for spiritual and faith formation. Is this a time of decline or a time of new growth? What could the future hold for religious education?

Sara Lewis has served for a decade as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education for the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She is a master level credentialed religious educator, and the chair elect of the Religious Education Credentialing Committee of the UUA.

 

9/16/2018 The Altar of Iron and Light

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Within the United Nations building in New York City is a meditation room that contains a massive block of iron ore illuminated from above by a single beam of light. In the midst of the world’s Alpha City, this simple room is dedicated to silence and thoughtful introspection. The famed UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld designed the room, and he wrote, “This small room [is] a place where the doors may be open to the infinite lands of thought and prayer.” This sermon enters that room of iron and light to see where the infinite may lead.

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and assistant to the minister for preaching at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship.

9/9/2018 Coming Home Again  

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Welcome home, to Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship!  Although KUUF meets throughout the year, September always marks the beginning of the church year, as we gather to feed our souls, learn something from each other, and build the strength to reach out to the larger world.  Best of all, we do it together.

The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

9/02/2018: A Ministry of Reconciliation

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers: A Ministry of Reconciliation  This sermon won the graduate preaching award (The Charles Billings Prize for Preaching) at Meadville this year.  Jessica is thrilled to share it with you all.

Jessica Star Rockers is a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, on her way to the Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee in September. She has served as an intern minister at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island and Shoreline UU Church in Shoreline, WA. She is currently a learning fellow with the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and their young son.