Category: Sundays

03/19/2017: Small Tasks, Great and Noble 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – Helen Keller, one the most inspirational human beings to live in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, shared a profound insight with the world:  “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” This sermon celebrates Ms. Keller and her words, and sees how they might apply in our century.

Our speaker will be Joseph Bednarik, co-publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend. Joseph also serves as assistant to the minister in the pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and is a frequent and popular speaker at KUUF.

03/12/2017: The Realm and Experience of Mystery 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Bruce Bode – “The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced,” writes Aart Van Der Leeuw. This sermon will address the question of what the “realm of mystery” is and isn’t, exploring the difference between “mystery” and “puzzle” and what this distinction means for how we live.

Rev. Bruce Bode from Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend will be our speaker.

03/05/2017: Forged By Fire 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Dr. Karen Taliesin – How do we as Unitarian Universalists stay true to our identity and grounded in our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of everyone while standing up to the injustices we witness on a daily basis?

The Rev. Dr. Karen Taliesin, chaplain and manager of Spiritual Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will discuss the challenges of living into our chosen faith.

02/26/2017: The Costs of Community 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Earl Rice – We will examine the story of a fractured family and see how it can be more than just a story—how we can make it our story.

Our speaker is Rev. Earl Rice.  Rev. Rice is a retired United Methodist minister. He is a lifelong musician (Bremerton Symphony) and is currently the choir director at Bremerton United Methodist Church.

02/19/2017: Bending the Arc 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley – Theodore Parker, the 19th Century Unitarian minster and fervent abolitionist wrote, “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one. But from what I see it bends to justice.”

Today, perhaps more that ever, the arc needs some help from each of us, working to bend it in our communities and in our nation.

Our speaker, Rev. 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 Board of Directors and its Healthy Congregations Team.

02/12/2017: Sacred Economics – Living the Gift 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Florence Caplow – Our speaker will be the Reverend Florence Caplow from Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend. Florence is a Zen Soto priest, conservation biologist, and writer as well as being a UU minister.

If you read the newspaper it can seem that “buying and selling” run the world these days. But churches, public libraries, free medical clinics, and non-profits everywhere are expressions of a radically different kind of economics: the economics of generosity. What can we learn from human cultures around the world, and from some thinkers in our own culture, about the power of gift?

02/05/2017: Here Be Dragons – Where Tolerance Confronts the Intolerable 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – “Here be dragons” was a phrase used by medieval cartographers to indicate where the known world ended and uncharted territory began.

While our physical world is intricately mapped and charted, our liberal religious faith is a continual exploration and refinement, especially when our deeply held value of tolerance confronts the intolerable. This sermon explores the notion of tolerance at the edge of the known world.

Our speaker will be Joseph Bednarik, co-publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend.  Joseph also serves as assistant to the minister in the pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and is a frequent and popular speaker at KUUF.

01/29/2017: The intertwining of compassion, science and politics in the prevention of ACEs

10:30am-11:30am, FUUF sanctuary, Kody Russell – The intertwining of compassion, science and politics in the prevention of ACEs. Kody Russell, MSW and Kitsap Strong: ACEs & Resiliency Project Director will lead us with an inspirational session on the prevention of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and the building of resilience.

Kody Russell is one of 25 Washington State ACE Interface certified NEAR (neuroscience, epigenetics, ACEs, & resiliency) Master Trainer/Coaches. He is a talented and experienced presenter who has trained over 1,500 people in the NEAR sciences since being hired in April 2015.

Kody has over ten years of experience working with children and families in the child welfare system who have experienced significant trauma and struggled with the myriad of associated social and health problems; including mental health issues, substance use disorders, aggression, child abuse & neglect, anger, hostility, sexual behavior issues, homelessness, etc. Before being hired as the Kitsap Strong Project Director, Kody worked for the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) for over seven years as a Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigator, Department of Licensed Resources – Foster Home Licensor, and as a Family Team Decision Meeting Facilitator/Supervisor. Prior to working for DCFS, Kody was a supervisor at Ryther Child Center in Seattle, a behavioral rehabilitation center for “Sexually Aggressive Youth”.

Kody received his Bachelors in Psychology from Seattle University in 2000 and a Master’s in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 2014. He uses his education and lived experience working with children and families through the child welfare system to add deep meaning and life to the neuroscience, resiliency, and trauma-informed curriculum.

01/22/2017: Music – The Language of Spirit 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, FUUF sanctuary, Michael Mandrell – Michael Mandrell is an artistic and passionate contemporary American fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter with an ear for the creative side of the world fusion genre. His orchestral compositions offer equal parts world and new age, an array of middle Eastern rhythms and scales, with tinges of folk and an infusion of Celtic overtones.  From his Celtic core to his World Beat, raga and jazz-inflected compositions, his music enlivens the listener with the spirit of a master raconteur telling the grand archetypal story–“I lived that.” Michael performs for a wide range of audiences throughout the country on the acoustic circuit, from club dates to house concerts and new thought churches.

Michael will be speaking about music, spirituality and empowerment, and how music has the power to lift our spirits, imbue our bodies with energy, move our emotions, transform our thoughts, strengthen our relationships, and of course much more.  He will be playing a few of these tunes as well as telling the stories about their creation.

Learn more about Michael here.

01/15/2017: Think Like a Solar Panel, Especially on Cloudy Days

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – For billions of years, sunlight has bathed the planet and miraculously transformed into everything: trees, trout, icebergs, sand dunes, linoleum, and the pen you will hold to write your annual pledge. Before the ink flows onto your canvass form, let’s pause a moment and imagine what it is to think like a solar panel, to revel in the sunlight, and to generously transform one form of energy into another.

Our speaker will be Joseph Bednarik, co-publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend. Joseph also serves as Assistant to the Minister in the Pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and is a frequent and popular speaker at KUUF.

01/01/2017: Christmas Really Begins on January 2nd

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Beth Wilson – “When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins…” ~Howard Thurman

Join us as KUUF member Beth Wilson explores ways we can work to make the promises of Christmas – food for the hungry, help for the lost and music in our hearts – real in our our community.

12/18/2016: The Ancient Genius of Firelight and Darkness

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – During these darkest days of the year, and in anticipation of the Winter Solstice, let’s gather around a few of the world’s most sacred flames–beeswax candles, raging bonfires, and sauna stoves–to collect our wits, count our blessings, dance a little, and move ever deeper into winter….together 

Joseph Bednarik, preaching assistant at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be our speaker.

12/11/2016: Healing and Forgiveness

10:30am-11:30am, FUUF sanctuary, Reverend Florence Caplow – Forgiveness is about healing what is broken in ourselves. “It’s about reconciliation with the nature of life itself.” (Rev. Marilyn Sewell) What are the paths and practices of forgiveness? What if we can’t yet forgive? What degree of forgiveness is possible?

Our speaker will be the Rev. Florence Caplow from Quimper UU Fellowship in Pt. Townsend.