Category: Recorded

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.

4/15/2018: Mending Walls

10:30-11-30, KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik From Ancient China to modern elections, from poetry to pop music, the word “wall” is one of the world’s most charged and telling Rorschach tests. In his iconic poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost works with his neighbor to replace fallen stones from their common wall, and thinks to himself, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” This sermon considers the world’s many walls and wonders about the “something” that doesn’t love them.

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.

4/8/2018: How Our UU Faith Tradition Saves Us

10:30-11-30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Mary Rhine – Did you know that in the beginning there was no sin? Where did the concept of sin and salvation come from? Does it have meaning for us now? What is the saving force of Unitarian Universalism? (Hint: its in the principles.)

Rev. Mary Rhine will speak this Sunday. Mary attended the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary, and was ordained as an interfaith minister in September 2016. The Chaplaincy Institute enjoys affiliation with the Starr King UU seminary. She and her husband Richard are both retired and are focusing the next few years on travel and spending time with grandkids. Mary continues to enjoy occasionally preaching and is committed to volunteer activities around immigration and justice issues.

4/1/2018: Expect the Unexpected

10:30-11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – As we absorb a daily stream of unsettling world news, it can be difficult to maintain hope for the world. But then comes the dawning of this spring morning – Easter! – with its timeless story of rebirth and renewal. It is a story that reminds us that the unexpected can bring surprising gifts.

Reverend Carol McKinley will speak this Sunday. Rev. McKinley coordinates the Olympia UU Congregation’s Faith in Action Ministry, and she is a passionate advocate for social justice. We are blessed each month by her presence in the pulpit.

3/25/2018: Holy Envy – Thoughts on the Fourth Principle

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Bridget Laflin will Speak this Sunday

Our fourth principle calls us to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. How do we make sure that our search is done responsibly?  How do we honor others whose searches lead them down paths different than our own?

Bridget Laflin is a seminary student at Seattle University pursuing her Master of Divinity degree. She lives in Shoreline, WA with her husband and two children/ She enjoys hanging out with friends, playing board games, and performing with her comedy improv troupe. After she completes her education, she plans to become a Unitarian Universalist minister.

3/18/2018: We The People

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, John Fahey will speak this Sunday.

“We the people” comes from the definition of democracy as a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Abraham Lincoln used this definition in his Gettysburg Address, but he was adapting a definition that Unitarian minister Theodore Parker often used, that democracy was “government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.

Unitarian Universalist churches have fascinating polity, theology, and history.  At the end of the day, it still comes back to “We the people”.

Our speaker, John Fahey, is a long time member of East Shore Unitarian  Church in Bellevue and a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry.

3/11/2018: The Urgency of Now

10:30-11:30 am, KUUF Sanctuary, Tracy Flood of the Bremerton NAACP

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Tracy currently works as an Attorney Advisor and is President of the NAACP unit 1134 Bremerton. Tracy served three years on the Washington State Bar Associations Board of Governors as an At Large Governor. She is a graduate from the University of Washington with two BA degrees. She was President-Elect of the Kitsap County YWCA and President of the Kitsap County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers for two years. She has won many recognitions and awards including, Madison’s Who’s Who and Seattle University School of Law Black Law Students Award, Washington Women Lawyers 2013 Presidents award and the Loren Miller Bar Associations Social Justice Award. She is also one of the first five students in the Seattle University School of Law LL.M program and a 2018 YWCA Woman of Achievement.

3/04/2018: Why Church Matters

10:30-11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – Wildly unpredictable – that seems to be the way many of us would describe events in the world today. At such times, it is essential we can find not escape, but sustenance that nurtures hope, the feeling that we are all in this together. Many of us find that sustenance in our congregations, and can agree with the 20th century Unitarian theologian A Powell Davies, who said, “I need to be reminded that there are things I must do in the world…to be reminded of life’s highest possibilities, and this happens to me in church.”

Reverend Carol McKinley will speak this Sunday. Rev. McKinley coordinates the Olympia UU Congregation’s Faith in Action Ministry, and she is a passionate advocate for social justice.  We are blessed each month by her presence in the pulpit.

2/25/2018: The Biological Basis for Morality

Charles Darwin 1809-1882

10:30-11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Gary W. Sykes – When Charles Darwin discovered the scientific Law of Natural Selection, he opened the door to an exploration of both the origins of humankind and the possibility of a more precise understanding of human nature. Recent evidence in evolutionary biology provides support for a more complete picture of who we are as a species and the bases for religious behavior. The talk will raise questions about the extent to which our culture resonates with the evidence so far about who we are.

Gary W. Sykes holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. Degrees in political science from The Pennsylvania State University. He also received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Criminology from the University of Virginia. He served on the faculties of Penn State University as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Berea College, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Louisville, and has held associate faculty positions at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas. Gary and his wife, Bonnie, who are members of KUUF, moved to Port Orchard, WA in August, 2016 in order to be near their daughter, son-in-law and grand children who live in the area.

2/18/2018: Can You Spell “UU” Without D-I-V-E-R-S-I-T-Y?

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – Organizations that leverage the power of diversity—from ecosystems to multinational corporations—are consistently stronger, healthier, more dynamic, and resilient than their “mono-crop” counterparts. How about Unitarian-Universalism generally, and our congregation specifically? This sermon explores the value of diversity—what we have, what we don’t, and what to do about it.

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.

02/04/2018: The Promise and the Practice

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, and even better citizens in our community? Join us as we experience a new way of being together.

A special offering will be collected at this service to support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, a national ministry for and by black-identified Unitarian Universalists, that embodies a liberating community of all ages.

Reverend Carol McKinley will speak this Sunday.  Rev. McKinley coordinates the Olympia UU Congregation’s Faith in Action Ministry, and she is a passionate advocate for social justice.  We are blessed each month by her presence in the pulpit.

01/21/2018: What Matters Most is Waking Up

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik – There is a brief, profound, and provocative poem by Antonio Machado that tells its readers “Beyond living and dreaming, / what matters most / is waking up.” Where does this poem guide us and what, exactly, is the condition of wakefulness? This wide-eyed sermon joyfully wanders into those two questions.

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.