Category: Sundays

11/17/2019: Beautiful Inexactly

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In his famous love poem “Dorothy,” Marvin Bell begins, 
“You are not beautiful, exactly/You are beautiful, inexactly.” How beautiful is that! This sermon plays with the ideas of beauty, exactitude, and the actual world we live and love within.

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

11/10/2019: The Heart of Religion: Love Beyond Belief

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Bruce Bode: This companion sermon to Deeper Than Our Separateness given on October 20, will explore the “heart of religion” with the aid of Unitarian Universalist theologian Dr. Thandeka whose recently-published book LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: Finding the Access Point to Spirituality calls theology back to its “emotional senses,” and, as she puts it, “to our feeling of being part and parcel of all of life, the feeling of being at one with life, the feeling of falling in love with life.”

Rev. Bode retired in 2018 as the Senior Minister of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington, after serving the congregation for fourteen years. He is now Minister Emeritus there. Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002).

11/03/2019: Hard of Listening

10:30 – 11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: We have a lot at stake in listening well.  It is through paying attention not only to another person’s words but to what is left unsaid that we build and maintain meaningful relationships.  Truly hearing one another is essential if we are to understand and feel compassion for others in our communities, and in the world.

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

10/27/2019: Memory & Imagination: Music Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Music has the power to stir our memories and enliven our imaginations. In this Music Sunday service, we will focus on music from the 1960s. Songs from the civil rights movement as well as other songs from this era will be performed by our Accompanist and Music Coordinator Brian Kenny along with several talented members of our congregation. And for our sermon, Rev. Jessica will invite us to consider how our memories of this time in history can inspire our justice movements of today

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

10/20/2019: Deeper Than Our Separateness

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Bruce Bode: In his incomparable essay “The Over-Soul,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. Yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.” In this sermon, Rev. Bode will share a personal experience of such a moment in his life, which speaks to the foundation of sustaining faith.

Rev. Bode retired in 2018 as the Senior Minister of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington, after serving the congregation for fourteen years. He is now Minister Emeritus there. Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002).

10/13/2019: Blessing of the Animals

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Woof, Meow, Quack, and Moo… It’s the annual KUUF animal blessing service! All creatures great and small are welcome to join this service, where each will be blessed as a sacred part of creation. All (moderately) well-behaved Earth critters are invited. You are also invited to bring photographs for the altar of those beloved pets who have passed on. Let us give thanks for the animals who companion us and bring joy and light to our lives.

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

10/06/2019: Reading Fiction as a Spiritual Practice 

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Books hold a central place for many people as sources of enlightenment and entertainment. Reading fiction offers unique opportunities to stir our imagination and deepen our understanding of other peoples’ lives and how they respond to the world. The darkening days of autumn invite us to spend time with a good novel, enriching not only our intellectual lives, but our spiritual lives.

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

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.