Category: Sundays

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.

8/26/2018: Caring For Our New Mothers

KUUF Sanctuary 10:30 – 11:30 Rev. Carol McKinley; Protecting the health of mothers and babies in childbirth is a basic measure of a society’s development. Yet every year in the U.S., 700 to 900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and some 65,000 nearly die — the worst record in the developed world. Why does this happen, and what can be done to better care for the new mother?

This sermon is in response to the request from Nathan and Genevieve Emmett, who successfully bid at KUUF’s auction to name a sermon topic.  Thank you, Nathan and Genevieve, for this opportunity to become more aware of an issue that touches all our lives, and the life of our community.

 

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.

 

8/19/2018: Choose to Have a Great Day!

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik : As Laurel said to Hardy, “Good news! This flat tire is only flat on the bottom!” Each and every day we’re presented with multiple opportunities to make choices about how to “read”
events, how to respond, and how to best move forward in our lives.  This thirsty sermon stares hard at a  6-ounce tumbler holding 8 ounces of delicious water and wonders which half we see.

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.

8/12/2018: Sometimes There Is No Lemonade

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Anderson Most people run into times when the obstacles of life seem insurmountable. Sometimes hope is gone. Sometimes life just seems to be getting worse. Sometimes, lemons are just lemons and there is no lemonade. This sermon will reflect on how people live life with grit and perseverance when all hope is lost.

Rev. Anderson is a retired UU Community Minister. As a community minister he was settled at Catholic Community Services for 32 years in Tacoma where he served as a family therapist, and directed counseling, chemical dependency treatment, welfare to work and parent education programs. He also did considerable conflict management consultation and training with nonprofits and UU Churches. During the last twelve years at CCS he oversaw programs for adults experiencing homelessness. Now retired, he spends time with family, does wood and metal sculpture, provides an occasional sermon, and serves on occasional committees.

8/5/2018: In Times Like These

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF sanctuary, Crystal Zerfoss Mavis Staples sings, in times like these, we need to be strong; we need to carry on, hold on, and right what’s wrong. With so much going on in our world, how are we holding on and making Love manifest in times like these? 

Crystal Zerfoss, M.Div., Unitarian Universalist from Westside UU Congregation in West Seattle and recent graduate from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

7/29/2018: Reclaiming Democracy

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Unitarian Universalism’s 5th Principle – “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large” – holds within it a powerful, yet deliberate tension, asking to balance what we need as individuals with the needs of the community.  Democracy is not passive; it requires constant attention and nurturance from each of us to keep it healthy and responsive, especially in times of anxiety.  What can each of us do to reclaim and revitalize democracy?

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.

7/22/2018: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers: For many years Mister Rogers asked us this question each week in the opening song of his children’s TV show. But what does it mean to invite someone to be our neighbor? In this service we’ll examine radical hospitality through the lens of Universalism and what it means when we truly see everyone as our neighbor. What could this mean for us in the neighborhood of Kitsap County? And how do we expand our idea of “neighborhood” to include our country and our world.

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.

7/15/2018: Our Church of Ash

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik : Using W.S. Merwin’s provocative poem “Ash” as a touchstone, we’ll explore our liberal religious values to work against hateful flames and humanize the reductive word “it.”

Joseph Bednarik will speak this Sunday. He is Co-Publisher of Copper Canyon Press, a non-profit literary publisher that believes “poetry is vital to language and living”. (coppercanyonpress.org). Joseph also, serves as Assistant to the Ministers in the Pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend.  He speaks at KUUF monthly, and we are honored by his presence and eloquent words.

7/01/2018: Take Good Care

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Dr. Karen Taliesin: For many people, life is described as being “crazy-busy”. This sermon focuses on using mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-care to nurture spirit and soul in an all-too-busy world.

After many years of hospice experience, the Rev. Dr. Karen B. Taliesin was called to Unitarian Universalist ministry to work as a chaplain. She is currently in her sixteenth year as a full-time chaplain at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and in her second year as manager of the Spiritual Care department. A long-time meditator and Reiki Master, Karen teaches meditation, mindfulness, and self-compassion to children and adults at the hospital as well in the Seattle community.  Karen is Minister Affiliated at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue where she and her husband, Brian, are members.

6/24/2018: Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul

Reverend Barry Andrews10:30 – 11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Barry Andrews: I view the Transcendentalists—Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller among them—as living voices whose writing is addressed as much today as it was in their time to spiritual seekers such as ourselves. In Transcendentalism I believe we will discover a uniquely and authentically Unitarian Universalist form of spirituality.

Reverend Barry Andrews is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on Long Island, New York. He has written books on and edited anthologies of Transcendentalist writers, including Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. His latest book is Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, published by the University of Massachusetts Press. He and his wife, Linda, are currently living on Bainbridge Island.