Category: Sundays

1/27/2019: Our Shared Ministry

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers:
Each one of us possesses unique gifts and interests. And we, as individuals and a congregation, blossom when we are empowered to discover and share our gifts and to live out our callings in the world. Together at KUUF, our callings create our shared ministry. In this service we’ll think about what it means to have a personal ministry, what it means to have a professional minister, and how we can envision our shared ministry at KUUF.

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

1/20/19: What if I Could?

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik:

In her best-selling memoir Pastrix, Lutheran minister Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber writes, “As much as I desperately wanted to be a Unitarian, I couldn’t, because what I needed was a specific divine source of reconciliation and wholeness, a source that is connected to me in love, but does not come from inside me.” This sermon imagines a vigorous conversation with Ms. Bolz-Weber and, after admiring her tattoos, getting very personal about the Divine.  

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

01/13/2019: Navigating Diversity

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: 

When was the last time you had a satisfying, enriching conversation about diversity?  Americans are becoming more entrenched in polarized positions around race, gender, and politics, and it seems increasingly difficult to respectfully communicate about those issues that divide us.  As people of faith who honor Unitarian Universalism’s first principle to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, how might we engage in respectful conversations with everyone, including those with whom we disagree? 

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.

12/30/2018: The Revolution Where You Live


10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Sara Van Gelder: At a time when so much about our world is so profoundly broken, Sarah van Gelder set out on a 12,000 mile road trip to look for signs of progress on climate justice, economic justice, and racial justice. Her findings are both sobering and deeply hopeful.

Sarah van Gelder is a founder of PeoplesHub, which offers live, online training to local groups around the country who want to make change where they live.
Sarah is also YES! Magazine Co-Founder and Columnist, a public speaker, and the author of the new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America (Berrett Koehler, 2017).
As founding editor of YES!, Sarah led the magazine’s and website’s development from a scrappy start-up operating out of a rented basement to a publication that is nationally recognized for exploring leading-edge solutions to the major ecological and human challenges of our times.
Sarah lives on the Suquamish Tribe’s traditional lands; she serves on the board of the Tribe’s Suquamish Foundation and paddles with the Suquamish canoe family on the annual tribal canoe journey.

12/23/2018: Come Christmas!

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Join us to celebrate the season. Our theme is waiting, anticipation,the return of light and the birth of hope. 

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.

12/16/2018: Torso of the Sun God

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: “You must change your life.” So ends one of Rilke’s most famous poems, “The Archaic Torso of Apollo.” As we approach the darkest day of the year, let’s be together in candlelight and consider the glistening light, dimensional darkness, and what it means to see and be seen.

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.

12/9/2018: Regaining the Kingdom – The Gift of Stories from Jesus and the Bhagavad Gita

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Unitarian Universalist ministerial candidate Margo Rinehart: Both the Hindi sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, and the gospel stories of the coming of Jesus describe the hope of regaining control of the kingdom during dark times of war or occupation. Margo Rinehart, M.Div. will explore the shared lessons of hope and spiritual practices in the Christian text and the Bhagavad Gita.

12/2/2018: The Chalice Festival

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers – Sunday, December 2, we will be celebrating Unitarian Universalism’s own holiday, the Chalice Festival (formerly known as Chalica). Our minister, Jessica Star Rockers will speak about the history of the holiday and the seven principles that inspired it. And our children from CRE have a special surprise as well. Directly following the service is our annual tradition of decorating the holiday tree! Please join us for this fun and festive service.

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.

11/25/2018: Edict of Torda

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley: Today we accept freedom of belief and worship as foundational to American Unitarian Universalism, a freedom rooted in the act of a Transylvanian king in 1568.  It was in that year, at the council of Torda in Transylvania, King John Sigismund issued a decree proclaiming religious tolerance. The Edict of Tolerance, as it was originally called, was the first of its kind in the western world, and is foundational for the religious freedom we practice today.

John and Ginger Younie traveled to Transylvania earlier this fall, and visited the birthplace of the world’s first proclamation of religious freedom.

 

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.

11/18/2018: Tasting Salt: Inspiring a New CommUUnion

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik The modern Unitarian-Universalist tradition celebrates at least three distinct communions: water, flower, and compost. This Sunday before Thanksgiving, we will co-create, improvise, and experience a new communion which focuses attention and savoring on the most vital mineral covering vast areas of the planet: salt.

 

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.

 

11/11/2018: Armistice Day 2018 – the Age of Continuous War

10:30 -11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Tom Rogers: Tom will briefly review US wars since the War to End all Wars, the rise of US militarism since the Vietnam War, and the perils of an all professional military.Can we return to the days when citizen soldiers played a significant role in our military services and our leaders were not so cavalier about sending our children to war?

Tom Rogers is a retired naval officer. He served in various capacities in the US Submarine Force from 1967 to 1998, including command of a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. An unlikely nuclear weapons abolitionist, he has been a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action since 2004. Since coming to Ground Zero he has been instrumental in improving relations and communications between Naval Base Kitsap, local law enforcement, and Ground Zero. This has enabled Ground Zero to exercise its first amendment rights outside the Bangor Trident Base with minimum intervention by authorities. Tom lives in Brownsville with his bride, Christine. When he’s not trying to save the world from nuclear weapons he enjoys cycling, skiing and adventure traveling. 

 

11/4/2018: Fannie Lou Hamer, Voter Registration Activist (a Dramatization)

History has remained almost silent on the triumphs of African-American women.  No more.  Fannie Lou Hamer and many others are now stepping forward to tell their own stories of how they overcame the tremendous odds of poverty, racism and ignorance to change the world and make it a better place for all of us.

Fannie Lou Hamer was able to make her mark on history and change the world through her amazing courage, strong convictions, integrity, and her ability to energize, motivate, inspire, calm, and cultivate a civil rights movement through her personal story and her inspirational songs.

She was among the most significant participants in the struggle launched in the latter half of the twentieth century to achieve freedom and social justice for African Americans.

Parts of her personal story that she will share with you today covers her efforts to register to vote in 1962, her transition from share cropper to civil rights activist, and her assent to a key speaker at the 1964 National Democratic Convention.

Mrs. Hamer’s historic presence in Atlantic City at the 1964 Democratic National Convention brought national prominence with her electrifying testimony before the convention’s credentials committee.  She sought to prevent the seating of the all-white Mississippi delegation.  While this effort failed, the Democratic Party agreed that in the future no delegation would be seated from a state where anyone was illegally denied the vote.  Roughly a year later, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed.

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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.

 

10/28/2018: The Vision Splendid: Honoring Our Universalist Heritage

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley: Clarence Skinner, the most influential Universalist minister of the 1930s and 1940s, believed in the Vision Splendid. In his time, many felt hopeless because of war and economic hard times, but Skinner continued to proclaim Universalism’s message of hope and love.  Today, the faith of our Universalist foremothers and forefathers continue to inspire us as we seek to live into our vision of a world of peace, understanding and unity.

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.

 

 

10/21/2018: The Favorite Poem

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The Favorite Poem Service is an intimate celebration of the power of poetry, and follows a simple format: A person stands before the congregation, tells why a particular poem is important in their life, and then reads or recites the poem. This home-grown service is part performance art, part oral anthology, and a fantastic way to get to know fellow congregants in a deeper way. (Please note that the readers are selected prior to the service, so this is not an open call to participate.)

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.