Category: Sundays

02/17/2019: Somewhere on the Road to Damascus

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Zackrie Vinczen, Minister in Fellowship: Somewhere on the road to Damascus, Saul became Paul. Somewhere under a Bodhi tree, Siddhartha awoke as the Buddha. And somewhere today the next generation of spiritual leaders is waking up to the realities of the world. In this service, we will explore what it means to awaken to the possibility of transformation.

Zackrie Vinczen is a Minister in Preliminary Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Zackrie currently lives in El Cerrito, California with his husband Elliott Smith.

Zackrie is a 2017 Graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry where he earned his Masters of Divinity. Currently, Zackrie works at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley as the Family Ministry Coordinator.

Prior to moving to California for Seminary Zackrie and Elliott lived in Bellingham, WA where they both earned degrees from Western Washington University and were active in the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

02/10/2019: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

10:30 – 11:30 am KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers:  Socrates famously wrote, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” In this service we’ll consider the role that wonder and imagination play in our spiritual healing and growth. As we engage in the long-haul process of building beloved community, let us take a moment to deepen our connections by making space for joy, creativity and magic.

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

02/03/2019: The Power of Potential Realized

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Deanna Vandiver: The Power of Potential Realized

The Reverend Deanna Vandiver joins us to celebrate the power of our realizing our potential as a liberal religious faith community in the moment in history.

Our speaker for Stewardship Sunday, the Rev. Deanna Vandiver, moved to this area from New Orleans last June.  In New Orleans, she served as Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. The center works to promote social, economic, environmental and racial justice through activism, community engagement, organization, and transformational learning.  Before being ordained as a minister in 2012, Deanna was an active member of her New Orleans UU congregation.

01/27/2019: 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.

01/20/19: Would 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.

12/09/2018: 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.

12/02/2018: 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.