Category: Recorded

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.

06/16/2019: The Red Robe Shouting Stop: Connection, Community, and Suicide

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: This year’s KUUF “Auction Sermon” confronts one of the most challenging topics that human beings ever face: suicide. Nobel laureate Albert Camus wrote, “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” Using real-world stories and excerpts from literature, we examine that charged moment when a person asks, “Is this life worth living?” and how Unitarian Universalists might respond.

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much-appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend.

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.

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.