Category: Recorded

08/25/2019: The Joy of Multigen

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: This summer KUUF held its very first “mini” chalice camp, where children and adults and elders all came together to sing camp songs, play silly games and make art. The multigenerational relationship is one of the joys of being a part of KUUF and necessary for building the beloved community. Let us gather this Sunday to honor our hard-earned wisdom while also welcoming what’s new, making space for the gifts that each one of us brings.

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

08/18/2019: Religious Rodeo: Bull Whips, Throwing Stars, and a Volunteer from the Audience

10:30 am – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The traveling showman was larger than life: A world-record knife thrower, a Vietnam vet with a wooden leg, and fresh from a weekend at the legendary Gerry Rodeo. This summer evening, he and his wife were saving souls under a vast billowing tent in rural New York. Three UUs sat in the front row and raised their hands when he beckoned, “Are there any volunteers in the audience?”

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

08/11/2019: Singing Our Way Through: Practices for Transformational Loving

We sang our way through how difficult this is.’-Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley, Willow Tree Flowers, It Is Time Now

Join in worship that celebrates and practices our ability to love beyond our known skill for loving, to co-create that which has not yet become. Together let us choose to live into the promise of collective liberation.

The Reverend Deanna Vandiver made a family-inspired move to the Pacific Region during the summer of 2018, after 18 years in New Orleans. Prior to her move, Rev. Deanna served as Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice through activism, community engagement, organizing, and transformational learning. Ordained by all 3 member-congregations of the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU) in 2012, Rev. Deanna served as Community Minister for the GNOUU cluster. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and serves as the Affiliated Community Minister for Love and Liberation with the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship.

07/07/2019: The Power of We

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, At this year’s General Assembly, we explored the power of Unitarian Universalism to respond to a hurting world. Rev. Jessica attended in person and will share with us some of what she learned. How can we harness “the power of we” as we work toward collective liberation? Let’s imagine some of the ways we can bring this to our community on the Kitsap Peninsula.
For those unable to attend the General Assembly, many of the events are available online, via video and transcript. You can find them at: https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2019

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

06/09/2019: Blossoms and Blessings

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, Each year as the school year ends and summer begins, UU congregations across the country celebrate with an annual Flower Ceremony. This is when we gather to honor the uniqueness of each person and their contribution to our community. We have so much to be grateful for this year. Join us in witnessing to the beauty of our bouquet!  Each family should bring an offering of flowers and come to share in this multi-generational celebration of communal joy. 

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

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.

05/05/2019: 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!

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

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

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.