Category: Sundays

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!

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 – Take Good CareFor 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

10:30 – 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 isTranscendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, published by the University of Massachusetts Press. He and his wife, Linda, are currently living on Bainbridge Island.

Copies of Rev. Andrew’s book will be available in the foyer for purchase after the service.

6/17/2018: Honesty in the Age of Truthiness

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik :  From Pinnochio’s growing nose to Plato’s shadowy cave, human beings have been contemplating what it means to be honest and truthful. In this age of alternative facts, fake news, and “truthiness,” what is an honest person to do?

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.

6/10/2018: Walking in Peace: A Camano Pilgrimage

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Wayne and Denise Gilbertson: They have been playing music of the Middle East since 1990. In the Spring of 2017 Wayne and Denise traveled to Spain to become pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. They walked for more than 700 kilometers. It was a transformative experience and was the inspiration for their musical group, Acoustic Pilgrims. After their pilgrimage they moved to Pátzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. They divide their time between Pátzcuaro and Eugene, Oregon.,

Wayne and Denise consider themselves spiritual seekers more than religious followers. Their childhood faiths were respectively, lukewarm Lutheranism for Wayne and half-hearted United Church of Christ for Denise. After their misspent youths, they found sobriety in a recovery program and have been sober for 32 years, and are still active in the program in both Oregon and Mexico. In Eugene they attend a monthly Interfaith Prayer Service, and they consider themselves to be “interfaith”. And they are also at least a little bit Catholic, after their experiences in Spain and Mexico!

6/3/2018: A Moral Revival for America

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Last month, the Poor People’s Campaign–a fusion movement that lifts up the leadership of those directly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the military-industrial complex–began a 40-day campaign in every state to challenge those interconnected evils. Rooted in deep religious and constitutional values, the campaign calls upon each of us to act now to save the heart and soul of our 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.

5/27/2018: Living with Uncertainty

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Kate Lore: Everything around us seems to be in flux: our climate, the government, technologies and our hopes  or the future. How can we enjoy life when everything about it seems so uncertain?

Kate Lore currently serves as the Assistant Minister alongside Bruce Bode at Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend. Prior to that time, she served First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon as their Social Justice Minister. She holds a Masters of Theology degree from Meadville/Lombard, our UU seminary in Chicago, and was ordained in 2007.

5/20/2018: Risk the Ocean: Anchor, Rudder, Oars, Fear

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik : Imagine riding the subway in New York City and discovering a posted placard with a famous proverb by poet Antonio Machado:  “A person has four things that don’t work on the sea: anchor, rudder and oars, and fear of drowning.” This sermon wonders aloud exactly what you and thousands of subway riders puzzled over:  What on earth do these words mean?

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.