Category: Recorded

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.

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.

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.

12/16/2018: 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.

11/11/2018: Armistice Day 2018 – the Age of Continuous War

10:30 -11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Tom Rogers: Tom will briefly review US wars since the War to End all Wars, the rise of US militarism since the Vietnam War, and the perils of an all professional military.Can we return to the days when citizen soldiers played a significant role in our military services and our leaders were not so cavalier about sending our children to war?

Tom Rogers is a retired naval officer. He served in various capacities in the US Submarine Force from 1967 to 1998, including command of a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. An unlikely nuclear weapons abolitionist, he has been a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action since 2004. Since coming to Ground Zero he has been instrumental in improving relations and communications between Naval Base Kitsap, local law enforcement, and Ground Zero. This has enabled Ground Zero to exercise its first amendment rights outside the Bangor Trident Base with minimum intervention by authorities. Tom lives in Brownsville with his bride, Christine. When he’s not trying to save the world from nuclear weapons he enjoys cycling, skiing and adventure traveling. 

 

11/04/2018: Fannie Lou Hamer, Voter Registration Activist (a Dramatization)

History has remained almost silent on the triumphs of African-American women.  No more.  Fannie Lou Hamer and many others are now stepping forward to tell their own stories of how they overcame the tremendous odds of poverty, racism and ignorance to change the world and make it a better place for all of us.

Fannie Lou Hamer was able to make her mark on history and change the world through her amazing courage, strong convictions, integrity, and her ability to energize, motivate, inspire, calm, and cultivate a civil rights movement through her personal story and her inspirational songs.

She was among the most significant participants in the struggle launched in the latter half of the twentieth century to achieve freedom and social justice for African Americans.

Parts of her personal story that she will share with you today covers her efforts to register to vote in 1962, her transition from share cropper to civil rights activist, and her assent to a key speaker at the 1964 National Democratic Convention.

Mrs. Hamer’s historic presence in Atlantic City at the 1964 Democratic National Convention brought national prominence with her electrifying testimony before the convention’s credentials committee.  She sought to prevent the seating of the all-white Mississippi delegation.  While this effort failed, the Democratic Party agreed that in the future no delegation would be seated from a state where anyone was illegally denied the vote.  Roughly a year later, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed.

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Zelda Foxall is a professional storyteller and has been telling stories professionally since 1994.  She has been a featured teller at Seattle Folklife and other storytelling venues such as festivals, churches, school assemblies, conferences and even a wedding. She is also a former board member of the Seattle Storytellers Guild.

In 2000, she transitioned from telling stories to doing in-character vignettes of historically significant African American Women through a performing arts company she co-founded called “Cause It’s Art.”   Zelda meticulously researches her subjects and through her, these women step forward to tell their own stories.

 

10/21/2018: The Favorite Poem

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The Favorite Poem Service is an intimate celebration of the power of poetry, and follows a simple format: A person stands before the congregation, tells why a particular poem is important in their life, and then reads or recites the poem. This home-grown service is part performance art, part oral anthology, and a fantastic way to get to know fellow congregants in a deeper way. (Please note that the readers are selected prior to the service, so this is not an open call to participate.)

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.

10/14/2018: Then Someone Shouted “How?!”

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Inside a packed sanctuary a minister was delivering a passionate sermon, and during the conclusion encouraged everyone to “Choose hope!” From the congregation came a loud, clear, singular voice: “How!?” Everyone heard that provocative call-back… now what?

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.

10/07/2018: St. Francis, Blessing of the Animals

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers: Join us Sunday October 7th for our Animal Blessing service! This multi-generational, multi-species service will have a little something for everyone. If your animal companion is sociable, they are welcome! If they are best left at home, or you would like to honor their memory, bring a photo for the blessing ritual. Together let us celebrate the joy that our animal beloveds bring to our lives.

 

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.

09/30/2018: 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.

 

09/09/2018 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.

09/02/2018: 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.

08/26/2018: 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.