Category: Sundays

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.

04/09/2017: The Sacred Art of Log-Sitting 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Victoria Poling – As some of Earth’s oldest living individuals, trees have much to teach us about the transformations we experience through living in relationship to ourselves, to each other, and to all that is. Drawing on observations, poetry, and teachings from Indigenous, Christian, and Humanist sources, we will explore the deep solace, nourishment, and joy to be found in the company of forests.

Victoria Poling is a Master of Divinity student at Seattle University. She enjoys living in shared community, lively conversation, and listening to trees. Professionally, she has worked in nonprofit administration and taught experiential education programs for over 15 years. She currently serves on the boards of the Resonance Path Institute in Seattle and the Quimper Mercantile in Port Townsend, WA. Victoria lives in Seattle and is a member of Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend.

03/26/2017: Embrace the Struggle and Enrich Your Life 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Jerry Large – “I try to write about the intersections of everyday life and big issues. I like to invite readers to think a little differently. The topics I choose represent the things in which I take an interest, and try to deal with them the way most folks would, sometimes seriously, sometimes with a sense of humor.” ~Jerry Large

Jerry Large writes a twice weekly column for The Seattle Times, in which he invites readers to think about the world, particularly how we humans treat each other, and to consider how a little action on our part could make some aspect of life better. His columns address current topics in a manner that is progressive, kind and thoughtful.