Category: Sundays

09/29/2019: Our Great Covenant

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Unitarian Universalists often say, we are a faith of deeds, not creeds. This means we are covenantal, bound by the promises we make to one another, rather than by shared belief. As Rev. James Vila Blake wrote in 1894, “This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.” In this service, we will consider our great covenant at KUUF. We will also consider some of the spoken and unspoken covenants we share with our Kitsap neighbors, our larger community and our world.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

09/22/2019: Our House Is on Fire: A Call to Action!

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Two days ago, millions of people across the planet walked out of schools, workplaces, and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.  The Global Climate Strike began a week focused on the urgency of the climate crisis, calling on governments and individuals to respond in ways centered on human rights, equity, and justice. 

Rev. Carol McKinley is affiliated with the Olympia UU Congregation as their Faith in Action Minister and is a frequent speaker at KUUF.

09/15/2019: True as Remembered and Affirmed

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The Moth is a cultural phenomenon where people tell true-life stories by heart to a live audience. The Moth is also a popular podcast and NPR radio program. At the end of each broadcast, the host reminds all listeners that Moth stories are “true as remembered and affirmed by the storytellers.” This sermon explores the layers of truth within storytelling, and takes special delight in the phrase “remembered and affirmed.”

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

09/08/2019: Homecoming Sunday!

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Homecoming Sunday! We welcome you to our annual service where we regather and reconnect as a community, returning home to the fellowship that has blessed us and looking forward to the year ahead. We will honor the gifts of service that have made our congregation such a home of belonging and friendship, and invite one another to continue on this journey together. After the service, all newcomers are invited to sign the membership book in a ceremony with Rev. Jessica. And our Committee Fair will follow, with the opportunity to learn more about the particular gifts that make this fellowship thrive.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

09/01/2019: What Does Humanism Mean Today?

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Barry Andrews: Humanism was born in Spokane under the ministry of John Dietrich who served the congregation from 1911 to 1915. I discovered humanism myself as a teenager there during the 1960s. While many UUs consider themselves humanists, it is less often spoken about today and there is some confusion as to what it means. I am pleased to say that this sermon won the Humanist Sermon of the Year Award this year, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

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.

08/25/2019: The Joy of Multigen

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: This summer KUUF held its very first “mini” chalice camp, where children and adults and elders all came together to sing camp songs, play silly games and make art. The multigenerational relationship is one of the joys of being a part of KUUF and necessary for building the beloved community. Let us gather this Sunday to honor our hard-earned wisdom while also welcoming what’s new, making space for the gifts that each one of us brings.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

08/18/2019: Religious Rodeo: Bull Whips, Throwing Stars, and a Volunteer from the Audience

10:30 am – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The traveling showman was larger than life: A world-record knife thrower, a Vietnam vet with a wooden leg, and fresh from a weekend at the legendary Gerry Rodeo. This summer evening, he and his wife were saving souls under a vast billowing tent in rural New York. Three UUs sat in the front row and raised their hands when he beckoned, “Are there any volunteers in the audience?”

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

08/11/2019: Singing Our Way Through: Practices for Transformational Loving

We sang our way through how difficult this is.’-Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley, Willow Tree Flowers, It Is Time Now

Join in worship that celebrates and practices our ability to love beyond our known skill for loving, to co-create that which has not yet become. Together let us choose to live into the promise of collective liberation.

The Reverend Deanna Vandiver made a family-inspired move to the Pacific Region during the summer of 2018, after 18 years in New Orleans. Prior to her move, Rev. Deanna served as Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice through activism, community engagement, organizing, and transformational learning. Ordained by all 3 member-congregations of the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU) in 2012, Rev. Deanna served as Community Minister for the GNOUU cluster. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and serves as the Affiliated Community Minister for Love and Liberation with the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship.

08/04/2019: What We Love Can Be Saved

10:30 –11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Amy Beltaine, How are you the change you wish to see in the world? Step by step the longest march can be won. It takes many drops of water to turn a mill. The struggles around the world for justice, peace and against violence can be overwhelming. It is easy to feel small. Where do we find the strength to carry on?

Reverend Amy Beltaine is a traveling spiritual director providing Sunday services, retreats, and spiritual mentoring as a UU ministry: Supporting helpers who worry about making a difference to recharge their spiritual verve. When Hawthorne and Amy are not pulling their little home behind them they are in Portland, OR with beagle (Zim) and cat (Annie). A graduate of Meadville Lombard School for the Ministry, Amy is on the steering committee of the UU Spiritual Directors’ network. Amy is an accredited Spiritual Director, certified Transitions Specialist, nearly life-long earth-honoring Process-Panentheist, and recent President of the Covenant of UU Pagans.

07/28/2019: Divining the Body

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Amy Beltaine, Let us gather to find again the divinity of our miraculous bodies, our beautiful souls. If you have ever thought that your body is too fat or thin or your hearing aid is a flaw… If you have ever run into an inaccessible doorway or airplane seat or experienced disrespect for your service dog… Join us to re-member, to re-divine our sacred selves. Let us stand (or sit, walk, or roll) together on the side of love for every-body!

Reverend Amy Beltaine is a traveling spiritual director providing Sunday services, retreats, and spiritual mentoring as a UU ministry: Supporting helpers who worry about making a difference to recharge their spiritual verve. When Hawthorne and Amy are not pulling their little home behind them they are in Portland, OR with beagle (Zim) and cat (Annie). A graduate of Meadville Lombard School for the Ministry, Amy is on the steering committee of the UU Spiritual Directors’ network. Amy is an accredited Spiritual Director, certified Transitions Specialist, nearly life-long earth-honoring Process-Panentheist, and recent President of the Covenant of UU Pagans.

07/21/2019: Kindness of Strangers: Hitchhiking toward Trust

Asking for a ride from a total stranger is an ancient practice of travel that requires both a sense of adventure and a fundamental belief in the goodness of human beings. This sermon explores personal 
experiences of hitchhiking, and some of the profound conversations, memorable characters, and deep teachings along the way.

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

07/14/2019: Spirit of Pride

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Next Saturday is Kitsap County’s Pride Festival, a time to show your rainbow colors as we acknowledge the struggles GLBTQI people have endured in their pursuit of full equality, and to celebrate what has been realized in the 50 years since the modern gay rights movement was launched at NY City’s Stonewall Inn in 1969.  

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.

07/07/2019: The Power of We

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, At this year’s General Assembly, we explored the power of Unitarian Universalism to respond to a hurting world. Rev. Jessica attended in person and will share with us some of what she learned. How can we harness “the power of we” as we work toward collective liberation? Let’s imagine some of the ways we can bring this to our community on the Kitsap Peninsula.
For those unable to attend the General Assembly, many of the events are available online, via video and transcript. You can find them at: https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2019

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

06/30/2019: Tension, Harmony, and the Golden Mean

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In our age of polarized politics and righteous opinions,  
this sermon considers the ancient ideas of the “Golden Mean” and “The  
Middle Way”—searching for a harmonious zone between loud extremes.

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much-appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend.

06/23/2019: Shirley Chisholm

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Zelda Foxall: In 1972 Shirley Chisholm ran for U.S. President becoming the first woman and first African American in the ambitious bid for the White House. She garnered 152 delegates at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Chisholm often noted that “between being black and being a woman, the biggest problem was being a woman.” On June 23 at KUUF’s Sunday Service, Zelda Foxall will portray Shirley Chisholm at the moment she announced her candidacy.

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.