Category: Sundays

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

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: 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

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: 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.

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.