Category: Sundays

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.

06/16/2019: The Red Robe Shouting Stop: Connection, Community, and Suicide

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: This year’s KUUF “Auction Sermon” confronts one of the most challenging topics that human beings ever face: suicide. Nobel laureate Albert Camus wrote, “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” Using real-world stories and excerpts from literature, we examine that charged moment when a person asks, “Is this life worth living?” and how Unitarian Universalists might respond.

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

06/09/2019: Blossoms and Blessings

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, Each year as the school year ends and summer begins, UU congregations across the country celebrate with an annual Flower Ceremony. This is when we gather to honor the uniqueness of each person and their contribution to our community. We have so much to be grateful for this year. Join us in witnessing to the beauty of our bouquet!  Each family should bring an offering of flowers and come to share in this multi-generational celebration of communal joy. 

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

06/02/2019: A Larger Faith

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: June marks the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from all over the country and the world at our General Assembly.  Although only 0.3 percent of American adults identify as Unitarian Universalists, when we gather together we seem so much larger than those numbers would indicate.  GA offers UUs from congregations large and small to experience together for inspiring worship services, informative workshops, and hear amazing speakers, to feel the power of thousands of passionate, heartful voices affirming our commitment to justice, to transformation of our spirits 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. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

05/26/2019: Making Room for Everyone

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, In a world that seems ruled by fear and distrust, how can we truly lean into love, and make space for what is new? In the modern spiritual classic Radical Hospitality, writer Lonni Collins Pratt considers the monastic Benedictine way of love, and how it requires one to live generously of spirit. This means going beyond simple gestures of kindness and making genuine connections with those around us. The topic for this service was requested by Ellen Newberg, who won a sermon from Rev. Jessica at last year’s KUUF auction. Join us as we imagine what the Benedictine way of love can teach us about welcoming the stranger.

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

05/19/2019: Music Sunday, a Multigenerational Worship Service

Music Sunday, a Multigenerational Worship Service KUUF is blessed with an incredible choir, an exquisitely gifted Music Coordinator/Accompanist, and many wonderful musicians.  On Music Sunday, we will hear them perform beautifully.  Children will stay for the service and learn a new song and play rhythm instruments together during the children’s story.  Lovely poetry will be shared and we’ll all be inspired and treated to creative gifts of music and words.  Come join us and be prepared to sing joyously!  

05/12/2019: A Legacy of Meaning

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Many of us plan for the end of our lives, ensuring that necessary documents are in place to convey our wishes for medical treatment or care of the property. Perhaps we should take similar care to pass on to those who come after us the beliefs, values, and hopes that define and guide our lives.

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.

05/05/2019: A Statement of Love

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: We have seen nationally, and in our local community, a rise in expressions of hate. Our own Black Lives Matter sign was recently vandalized. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to respond to hate with love. And we are covenanted together in a quest to build the beloved community. In this service, we will consider the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and how deeply it aligns with our UU values. Why is it important for us to say “Black Lives Matter”? And how can this simple statement of love help create the beloved community we all seek?

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

04/28/2019: Finding The Holy

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley : Historically, Unitarian Universalism has been understood by many as a faith grounded in freedom, reason, and tolerance.  While some say that rationality is what they value most in this tradition, many find that our faith also speaks to the mystery of life, responding to our deep human need for hope, compassion, and love.

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.

04/21/2019: Happy Earth-ster!

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: This Sunday, Earth Day and Easter come together in one joyful moment of celebration. The ancient stories tell us that death is not the end of life, but simply a rebirth. We witness this marvelous truth all around us each Spring. Let us honor this sacred season as the Earth is reborn. And may this celebration inspire us as we rededicate ourselves to Earth’s care.  

After the service Children’s RE will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Find the Golden Egg.

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