Category: Recorded

9/30/2018: Hard Work and Love Will Overcome Fear

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Ray Garrido: Executive orders, new regulations and anti-immigrant policies are creating fear in the immigrant community. Separating parents seeking asylum is only the latest attack on people trying to save their lives. The Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) defends our sisters and brothers in removal proceedings, helps apply for various immigration status and helps them on their journey to becoming full members of our community.Ray Garrido will speak about his experience as Legal Service Director of KIAC, where he has served since 2009. In 2014 Ray helped found KIAC’s immigration services legal program, helping it grow from 2 accredited representatives (non-attorneys authorized to practice immigration law) to 8. It has served over 1,160 clients with matters ranging from citizenship to removal defense at the Northwest Detention Center. Ray dedicates between 50 and 60 volunteer hours per week, and now spends a good deal of his time defending clients in immigration court.

 

9/16/2018 The Altar of Iron and Light

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Within the United Nations building in New York City is a meditation room that contains a massive block of iron ore illuminated from above by a single beam of light. In the midst of the world’s Alpha City, this simple room is dedicated to silence and thoughtful introspection. The famed UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld designed the room, and he wrote, “This small room [is] a place where the doors may be open to the infinite lands of thought and prayer.” This sermon enters that room of iron and light to see where the infinite may lead.

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.

9/9/2018 Coming Home Again  

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Welcome home, to Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship!  Although KUUF meets throughout the year, September always marks the beginning of the church year, as we gather to feed our souls, learn something from each other, and build the strength to reach out to the larger world.  Best of all, we do it together.

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.

9/02/2018: A Ministry of Reconciliation

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers: A Ministry of Reconciliation  This sermon won the graduate preaching award (The Charles Billings Prize for Preaching) at Meadville this year.  Jessica is thrilled to share it with you all.

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.

8/26/2018: Caring For Our New Mothers

KUUF Sanctuary 10:30 – 11:30 Rev. Carol McKinley; Protecting the health of mothers and babies in childbirth is a basic measure of a society’s development. Yet every year in the U.S., 700 to 900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and some 65,000 nearly die — the worst record in the developed world. Why does this happen, and what can be done to better care for the new mother?

This sermon is in response to the request from Nathan and Genevieve Emmett, who successfully bid at KUUF’s auction to name a sermon topic.  Thank you, Nathan and Genevieve, for this opportunity to become more aware of an issue that touches all our lives, and the life of our community.

 

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.

 

7/01/2018: Take Good Care

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Reverend Dr. Karen Taliesin: For many people, life is described as being “crazy-busy”. This sermon focuses on using mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-care to nurture spirit and soul in an all-too-busy world.

After many years of hospice experience, the Rev. Dr. Karen B. Taliesin was called to Unitarian Universalist ministry to work as a chaplain. She is currently in her sixteenth year as a full-time chaplain at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and in her second year as manager of the Spiritual Care department. A long-time meditator and Reiki Master, Karen teaches meditation, mindfulness, and self-compassion to children and adults at the hospital as well in the Seattle community.  Karen is Minister Affiliated at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue where she and her husband, Brian, are members.

6/24/2018: Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul

Reverend Barry Andrews10:30 – 11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Barry Andrews: I view the Transcendentalists—Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller among them—as living voices whose writing is addressed as much today as it was in their time to spiritual seekers such as ourselves. In Transcendentalism I believe we will discover a uniquely and authentically Unitarian Universalist form of spirituality.

Reverend Barry Andrews is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on Long Island, New York. He has written books on and edited anthologies of Transcendentalist writers, including Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. His latest book is Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, published by the University of Massachusetts Press. He and his wife, Linda, are currently living on Bainbridge Island.

6/17/2018: Honesty in the Age of Truthiness

10:30–11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: From Pinnochio’s growing nose to Plato’s shadowy cave, human beings have been contemplating what it means to be honest and truthful. In this age of alternative facts, fake news, and “truthiness”, what is an honest person to do?

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.

6/10/2018: Walking in Peace – A Camano Pilgrimage

Wayne and Denise Gilbertson

10:30 – 11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Wayne and Denise Gilbertson: They have been playing music of the Middle East since 1990. In the Spring of 2017 Wayne and Denise traveled to Spain to become pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. They walked for more than 700 kilometers. It was a transformative experience and was the inspiration for their musical group, Acoustic Pilgrims. After their pilgrimage they moved to Pátzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. They divide their time between Pátzcuaro and Eugene, Oregon.

Wayne and Denise consider themselves spiritual seekers more than religious followers. Their childhood faiths were respectively, lukewarm Lutheranism for Wayne and half-hearted United Church of Christ for Denise. After their misspent youths, they found sobriety in a recovery program and have been sober for 32 years, and are still active in the program in both Oregon and Mexico. In Eugene they attend a monthly Interfaith Prayer Service, and they consider themselves to be “interfaith”. And they are also at least a little bit Catholic, after their experiences in Spain and Mexico!

6/3/2018: A Moral Revival for America

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Last month, the Poor People’s Campaign–a fusion movement that lifts up the leadership of those directly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the military-industrial complex–began a 40-day campaign in every state to challenge those interconnected evils. Rooted in deep religious and constitutional values, the campaign calls upon each of us to act now to save the heart and soul of our democracy.

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.

5/27/2018: Living with Uncertainty

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Kate Lore: Everything around us seems to be in flux: our climate, the government, technologies and our hopes  or the future. How can we enjoy life when everything about it seems so uncertain?

Kate Lore currently serves as the Assistant Minister alongside Bruce Bode at Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend. Prior to that time, she served First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon as their Social Justice Minister. She holds a Masters of Theology degree from Meadville/Lombard, our UU seminary in Chicago, and was ordained in 2007.

5/20/2018: Risk the Ocean: Anchor, Rudder, Oars, Fear

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik : Imagine riding the subway in New York City and discovering a posted placard with a famous proverb by poet Antonio Machado:  “A person has four things that don’t work on the sea: anchor, rudder and oars, and fear of drowning.” This sermon wonders aloud exactly what you and thousands of subway riders puzzled over:  What on earth do these words mean?

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.

5/6/2018: Being the Change

10:30 – 11:00: KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Among her many awards, Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize for her groundbreaking work in interfaith understanding. Granted the opportunity to fulfill one wish, Armstrong asked the organization to help her create a Charter for Compassion, based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect – principles also reflected in our congregational covenants.  The Charter, and our covenants, are all about how we can live fulfilling lives together, in our homes, our communities, 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.  Sher also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

https://www.ted.com/talks/karen_armstrong_makes_her_ted_prize_wish_the_charter_for_compassion

4/29/2018: Jesus for Everyone – Atheists and Theists Alike!

10:30 – 11:30: KUUF Sanctuary, Darrell Udd: Jesus was destined to become the greatest superhero of the Greco-Roman world. But before that he was a simple man, poor (on purpose), homeless (on purpose) going from house to house with stories of a new Empire in which there was no longer male and female, Jew and Alien, Greek and Barbarian, slave and free, rich and poor, an Empire of Goodness that anyone could enter, any day, any time.

The purpose of the service on April 29 is an Easter reprise, to bring this man back from the dead. And ask: What might he have to say to UUs (who often have little time for him) about living as citizens of the most powerful Empire the planet has ever known. The language and content of the service are designed especially for atheists and the non-religious. If that describes family members or friends, it is a good opportunity to invite them to join you in one of your favorite activities: celebrating life and love.

Our guest speaker will be Darrell Winston Udd, a friend and member of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church for 27 years. He served for 20 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. He returned to graduate studies in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington and Claremont Graduate University where his primary interests were in exploring the cultural matrix of religion in antiquity to explain the origins of Christianity.  Areas of research include the writings of the earliest followers of Jesus, with a primary focus on the Gospel of Thomas. He has served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Washington and Seattle University.