Category: Sundays

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!

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

04/14/2019: Ecstasy and the Psychology of Joy

In his book “Ecstasy: Understanding the Psychology of Joy,” Jungian analyst Robert Johnson writes that ecstasy “was once considered a favor of the gods,” a “transformative fire” that could obliterate
barriers and provide a greater understanding of the universe. This sermon leaps feet first into ecstatic explorations, joyful expressions, and non-rational, soulful space—all in the name of living joy, right here, right now!

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

04/07/2019: Letting Go of God

In his book, The End of God Talk, Dr. Anthony Pinn writes that God is a human construct that no longer functions. For many Unitarian Universalists, this feels true. The God with which we were raised doesn’t work for us anymore. And yet here we are on a Sunday morning, often with our heads lowered in prayer. But how do we let go of the God that doesn’t serve us, in order to create something new?

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

03/31/2019: American Originals- Our Ancestors in Faith

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: In John Buehren’s book Unitarians and Universalists in America: A People’s History, he calls the two origins of our faith movement “American originals”, arising independently in the era of American independence itself. In this service, we’re going to learn about some of the people who make up the early American history of Unitarian Universalism. Who were these American originals? And how are their gifts and their challenges still being lived out in UUism today?

Following this service, we’ll delve deeper into Buehren’s book with an hourlong discussion about whatever interests us from our reading. Join us in the conference room in the admin building directly after the Sunday potluck. If you’d like to prep in advance, you can purchase the book from Tanesha Smith, our congregational administrator.
 Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here

03/24/2019: Visionary Women

10:30 -11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: March is Women’s History Month.  Let us recognize and celebrate those who worked to achieve full equality for all women and to realize a vision of true wholeness for all people


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.

03/17/2019: Specialize in the Impossible

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In this bright dark world of beauty and tumult, 03/17/2019: Specialize in the Impossiblepoet Theodore Roethke said: “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” Why would anyone bother with the impossible? This sermon explores those noteworthy realms of possible and impossible, and what powers we need to harness to become that specialist our world so desperately needs.

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

03/10/2019: Embracing the Holy Gist

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Barely within hearing range of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, a listener  reports to those nearby, “I think it was ‘Blessed are the cheesemakers.’” The honest confusion between “peacemaker” and “cheesemaker” from Monty Python’s religious comedy The Life of Brian is the launching point for an exploration of the question “What is the Holy Gist?”

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

03/03/2019: Why Stories Matter

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee: The stories we learn and tell impact the way we live in the world. Rev. Reid-McKee will tell several creation stories and talk about how our understanding of creation influences our relationship with others and with the planet.

Nancy Reid-McKee completed her Masters in Divinity at the Starr King School for the Ministry in 2018, as well as serving as a Ministerial Intern at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, New York.  She has been a Unitarian Universalist for 19 years, with a strong involvement in the Social Justice and Community Organizing programs in her home congregation and state.  Prior to becoming a minister, Nancy was a Nurse Practitioner, working on the Navajo Nation and with other government agencies.  She switched career paths in her 50’s as she decided to pursue how she could be fulfilling a dream of being part of healing our world.

02/24/2019: Moral Universe of Theodore Parker

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Unitarian minister Theodore Parker, who lived from 1810 to 1860, was an ardent supporter of abolition, women’s rights, prison reform, and treatment of the mentally ill. His sermons and advocacy work rankled the religious establishment, even as it delighted the thousands who flocked to hear him speak. His words inspired Martin Luther King Jr., and all those who believe that the arc of justice does indeed bend toward justice.

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.