Category: Sundays

02/11/2018: The Flat Earth Society

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Amanda Aikman – It seems almost beyond belief, but there are many people who are absolutely convinced that the earth is flat. Let’s explore this extraordinary attitude — and also dare to reflect on which of our own cherished beliefs are irrational or weird.

Rev. Amanda Aikman lives in Everett and has recently retired after two decades of serving UU churches in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.  She is a playwright and has just finished writing a verbatim play based on first-person stories of people who experienced bullying or harassment around the time of the 2016 presidential election.  This play, entitled “Emboldened,” is free for any group to produce, and is available online.

If anyone is interested in accessing the script, possibly for holding a play-reading evening here at KUUF, please see Amanda after the service and she will give a card with the relevant information.

02/04/2018: The Promise and the Practice

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, and even better citizens in our community? Join us as we experience a new way of being together.

A special offering will be collected at this service to support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, a national ministry for and by black-identified Unitarian Universalists, that embodies a liberating community of all ages.

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.

01/28/2018: Of Baubles and Juice

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Emily Melcher – With Christmas behind us, and KUUF’s annual canvass ahead, guest minister the Rev. Emily Melcher looks at what makes our lights shine, and how each of us contributes to and benefits from the gifts that are given and received here.

 The Reverend Emily Melcher is a Unitarian Universalist Accredited Interim Minister, and has served congregations in Vermont, Connecticut and Washington. She lives in Olympia, WA, where she is currently enjoying a gap year between ministries and pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership at Claremont School of Theology. A singer and songwriter, Emily has 4 CDs, which are available gratis (for free) after the service.

01/21/2018: What Matters Most is Waking Up

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – There is a brief, profound, and provocative poem by Antonio Machado that tells its readers “Beyond living and dreaming, / what matters most / is waking up.” Where does this poem guide us and what, exactly, is the condition of wakefulness? This wide-eyed sermon joyfully wanders into those two questions.

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.

01/07/2018: What Defines True Happiness?

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Mike Lisagor – Mike Lisagor gives frequent motivational talks at churches and schools. He is the author of Romancing the Buddha, a successful book and one-man show, a harmonica player and singer in the Good Karma Blues, and a retired technology industry executive and management coach. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

12/31/2017: Connect & Glow Musical Meditation

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Kate Moody – Kate Moody will lead the Connect & Glow meditation, weaving spoken instructions with keyboard music. This meditative exercise is relaxing and uplifting, a wonderful way to release the old year, and to enter the new with deep peace and calm strength.

Segments include: Connect the Dots, Being Glow, Tune the Dots (humming), and New Year Unresolutions.

Kate Moody, KUUF’s Music Director and Accompanist, is an accomplished composer, with many published works. Her orchestral CD, “The Seeker,” won the Just Plain Folks Best Instrumental Album Award. She teaches piano and music creativity at her home studio in Seabeck.

12/24/2017: Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

5:00pm, KUUF sanctuary – KUUF’s traditional Candle Light Christmas Eve service will be held from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. on December 24, 2017. Focused on music, hymns and a Christmas story, the service will end with the singing of Silent Night, Holy Night and lighting of candles held by everyone present.  It is a lovely way to start Christmas.

We also will take an offering for the “Minister’s Discretionary Fund,” which is used for special human needs throughout the year. Although we don’t have a minister, the Board of Trustees oversees distribution of the funds to families within the church who have needs.  This is the one service of the year that congregants have an opportunity to give to that fund.

12/24/2017: The Light of Christmas

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – As the dark days of winter enclose us, Christmas comes, bringing the light of hope and the promise of peace to the world. Today we celebrate this light with carols and stories of this beautiful season.

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.

12/17/2017: Holy Lights of the Holidays

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – The winter holidays incorporate lights of all kinds, from menorah candles and the eastern star to New Year’s sparklers and solstice bonfires. This sermon explores the myriad lights of the season, especially the light within us all.​

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.

12/10/2017: Unitarian Universalism is a Really Long Name!

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, John Fahey – Our speaker, John Fahey, is a 25 year member of East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue WA and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University and an M.Div. from The Starr-King School for Ministry, a member school of the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. John is also an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and enjoys helping “sinners get to heaven”. John has a passion for religious education and has served as the Campus Minister at UC-Berkeley, a youth advisor in 2 congregations, and numerous adult education classes. John knows our fellowship from the August Eliot Institute at Seabeck where he is friends with Rosemary.

12/03/2017: Deck The Hall!

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary – Music Service & Tree Decorating – This is a Multigenerational Service

It’s time to Deck The Hall! Join us on December 3rd for a Christmas Tree Lighting service. This not-to-be missed intergenerational celebration will feature the KUUF Choir, Alena Hemingway, and a presentation of Berkeley Breathed’s “Red Ranger Came Calling.”

Please stay after the service to decorate our tree while enjoying hot cocoa and a cookie potluck.

​Tree Decorating & Cookies

Children’s Religious Exploration Committee (CRE) will host cookies and hot chocolate after the service for those who can stay and help decorate the KUUF Tree. Everyone invited to bring cookies to share!

11/19/2017: Tapping Your Fork Against a Glass

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – Imagine a Thanksgiving dinner where everybody dove into the feast without giving a moment’s thought to gratitude. If you happen to find yourself in that situation on Thursday, this sermon encourages you to tap your fork against a glass to gather everyone’s attention… Now what?

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.