Category: Sundays

07/01/2018: 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.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Taliesin, chaplain and manager of Spiritual Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will discuss using mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-care to nurture spirit and soul in an all-too-busy world.

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.

5/13/2018: Family Stories: Personal Reflections on Coming Out

10:30-11-30, KUUF Sanctuary, LGBTQ Panel: Ted Johnsrude, Thomas Oliver, and Nancy Sennett

 

This Sunday, Mothers’ Day, the Welcoming Renewal Task Force celebrates that families do not all have to look like the traditional nuclear unit.  We welcome three l

ongtime members who will share their experiences around family members who have come out as gay and transgender.

Additionally, we will say thanks to Annie Macky, our accompanist, who is leaving us to pursue a nursing career.

5/6/2018: Being the Change

10:30 – 11:00: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Among her many awards, Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize for her groundbreaking work in interfaith understanding. Granted the opportunity to fulfill one wish, Armstrong asked the organization to help her create a Charter for Compassion, based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect – principles also reflected in our congregational covenants.  The Charter, and our covenants, are all about how we can live fulfilling lives together, in our homes, our communities, and the world.

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

https://www.ted.com/talks/karen_armstrong_makes_her_ted_prize_wish_the_charter_for_compassion

4/29/2018: Jesus for Everyone – Atheists and Theists Alike!

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Darrell Udd: Jesus was destined to become the greatest superhero of the Greco-Roman world. But before that he was a simple man, poor (on purpose), homeless (on purpose) going from house to house with stories of a new Empire in which there was no longer male and female, Jew and Alien, Greek and Barbarian, slave and free, rich and poor, an Empire of Goodness that anyone could enter, any day, any time.

The purpose of the service on April 29 is an Easter reprise, to bring this man back from the dead. And ask: What might he have to say to UUs (who often have little time for him) about living as citizens of the most powerful Empire the planet has ever known. The language and content of the service are designed especially for atheists and the non-religious. If that describes family members or friends, it is a good opportunity to invite them to join you in one of your favorite activities: celebrating life and love.

Our guest speaker will be Darrell Winston Udd, a friend and member of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church for 27 years. He served for 20 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. He returned to graduate studies in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington and Claremont Graduate University where his primary interests were in exploring the cultural matrix of religion in antiquity to explain the origins of Christianity.  Areas of research include the writings of the earliest followers of Jesus, with a primary focus on the Gospel of Thomas. He has served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Washington and Seattle University.

4/15/2018: Mending Walls

10:30-11-30, KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik From Ancient China to modern elections, from poetry to pop music, the word “wall” is one of the world’s most charged and telling Rorschach tests. In his iconic poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost works with his neighbor to replace fallen stones from their common wall, and thinks to himself, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” This sermon considers the world’s many walls and wonders about the “something” that doesn’t love them.

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.

4/8/2018: How Our UU Faith Tradition Saves Us

10:30-11-30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Mary Rhine – Did you know that in the beginning there was no sin? Where did the concept of sin and salvation come from? Does it have meaning for us now? What is the saving force of Unitarian Universalism? (Hint: its in the principles.)

Rev. Mary Rhine will speak this Sunday. Mary attended the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary, and was ordained as an interfaith minister in September 2016. The Chaplaincy Institute enjoys affiliation with the Starr King UU seminary. She and her husband Richard are both retired and are focusing the next few years on travel and spending time with grandkids. Mary continues to enjoy occasionally preaching and is committed to volunteer activities around immigration and justice issues.

4/1/2018: Expect the Unexpected

10:30-11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – As we absorb a daily stream of unsettling world news, it can be difficult to maintain hope for the world. But then comes the dawning of this spring morning – Easter! – with its timeless story of rebirth and renewal. It is a story that reminds us that the unexpected can bring surprising gifts.

Reverend Carol McKinley will speak this Sunday. Rev. McKinley coordinates the Olympia UU Congregation’s Faith in Action Ministry, and she is a passionate advocate for social justice. We are blessed each month by her presence in the pulpit.

3/25/2018: Holy Envy – Thoughts on the Fourth Principle

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Bridget Laflin will Speak this Sunday

Our fourth principle calls us to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. How do we make sure that our search is done responsibly?  How do we honor others whose searches lead them down paths different than our own?

Bridget Laflin is a seminary student at Seattle University pursuing her Master of Divinity degree. She lives in Shoreline, WA with her husband and two children/ She enjoys hanging out with friends, playing board games, and performing with her comedy improv troupe. After she completes her education, she plans to become a Unitarian Universalist minister.