Category: Recorded

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.