Tag: Rev. Jessica Star Rockers

01/26/2020: 70th Anniversary Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, In January of 1950 a handful of visionary souls, led by lifelong Unitarian Mary Lou DeSanta, met to form Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Seventy years later we are still going strong. In this multigenerational service, we will gather together and celebrate, in story and song, some of the highlights of our rich history. Join us as we honor our ancestors and commit to carrying on their vision of a liberal religious community in Kitsap County.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

01/12/2020: Lighting a New Way

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: In the poem “Lighting a New Way”, UU minister Jay Wolin asks, “Are we a people of holding on or letting go?” As we enter this new cultural decade, let us pause to let go of what no longer serves us and embrace a hopeful future. Who do we want to be together? Our chalice illuminates the path for us, our community nourishes the flame, and together we can resolve to light a new way into a new decade, holding a faithful vision for our world community. A way of empathy, compassion, and justice.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

12/24/2019: Christmas Eve Service

5:00 pm KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers Christmas time is here! Our choir helps us sing in the holiday at this special evening service. All are welcome as we celebrate all that is secular and sacred about this time of year. We will indulge our nostalgia, sing some old familiar songs, and participate in our beloved annual candle lighting ritual. Please come and bring your loved ones to share in this magical evening.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

12/08/2019: A Unitarian Universalist Christmas Pageant

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: All ages are invited to participate in our KUUF Christmas pageant! This is a no-rehearsal pageant with lots of congregational participation (and lots of singing!) We will build the scene while the tale unfolds. Let us gather in song, retell some of the old stories, and celebrate the light of hope that is kindled with the birth of a child.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

11/24/2019: The Bounty of Being 

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: The land on which our fellowship sits is indigenous land. It is the ancestral land of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and Skokomish tribes of the Coast Salish people, a people who still live here. As we prepare for the week of Thanksgiving, let us take a moment to “decolonize” the holiday and honor the legacy of the indigenous community that has for centuries celebrated the harvest with abundant generosity and gratitude. Together let us challenge the myth of the first Thanksgiving and instead, imagine a new way of celebrating this tradition with honesty and respect for our larger beloved community.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

11/17/2019: Let tragedy galvanize us against racism

The column published in September, “The Trouble with Tying All Police Shootings to Racism,” asks us to wait for the facts before we determine whether the shooting of Mr. Stonechild Chiefstick in Poulsbo on July 3 was racially motivated. I would argue that racial bias in our U.S. justice system is already a well-documented fact.

This article claims “white officers are not any more likely to fatally shoot” people of color than non-white officers. This shows a woeful misunderstanding of the reality of institutionalized racism and how it transcends the skin color of individual officers. Stonechild Chiefstick’s death is the result of a much deeper issue than the skin color of the officer who killed him. It is the result of a justice system that values white bodies over bodies of color.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” Mr. Chiefstick did not deserve to be killed. Our Suquamish community does not deserve our silence.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers

10/27/2019: Memory & Imagination: Music Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Music has the power to stir our memories and enliven our imaginations. In this Music Sunday service, we will focus on music from the 1960s. Songs from the civil rights movement as well as other songs from this era will be performed by our Accompanist and Music Coordinator Brian Kenny along with several talented members of our congregation. And for our sermon, Rev. Jessica will invite us to consider how our memories of this time in history can inspire our justice movements of today

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

10/13/2019: Blessing of the Animals

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Woof, Meow, Quack, and Moo… It’s the annual KUUF animal blessing service! All creatures great and small are welcome to join this service, where each will be blessed as a sacred part of creation. All (moderately) well-behaved Earth critters are invited. You are also invited to bring photographs for the altar of those beloved pets who have passed on. Let us give thanks for the animals who companion us and bring joy and light to our lives.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

09/29/2019: Our Great Covenant

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Unitarian Universalists often say, we are a faith of deeds, not creeds. This means we are covenantal, bound by the promises we make to one another, rather than by shared belief. As Rev. James Vila Blake wrote in 1894, “This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.” In this service, we will consider our great covenant at KUUF. We will also consider some of the spoken and unspoken covenants we share with our Kitsap neighbors, our larger community and our world.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

09/18/2019: KUUF Board Meeting Agenda

KUUF Board Meeting Agenda
September 18, 2019

  1. Chalice lighting
  2. Check-in
  3. Revisit our Board Covenant: Reverend Jessica
    a. Thoughts?
    b. Additions?
  4. Treasurer’s Report: Mark
    Old Business:
  5. Update on Easter Seals lease: Lisa and Terry
  6. Update on food waste/recycling: Jackie
  7. Overflow lot: Paul Wilson’s plan, need for volunteers to park there: Terry
    New Business:
  8. AV discussions: Lisa and Terry
    a. How will we use input from congregational discussions
    b. Which option better serves our mission?
  9. Board meeting date to support half time ministry
    a. Board priorities for Rev. Jessica
    b. How could our Board meeting date better fit into Rev. J’s schedule?
    c. Share evaluation form we’ll need to complete end of fiscal year
  10. Committee on Shared Ministry and 5-Year-Plan
    a. Identification of Committee responsibilities
    b. Method for tracking progress
    c. Assessment
  11. Sanctuary: Rev. Jessica
    a. Sensitive locations laws: what do we need to know as a faith community?
    b. Including immigration status in our nondiscrimination policy
    c. What we may and may not ask potential members
    d. What can we legally do to stand up to ICE?
    e. Zines
    f. Webinar: Jessica will send link. Please view before this meeting
  12. Fun and Frolic Update
  13. Thank you note recipients
  14. Good of the order

09/08/2019: Homecoming Sunday!

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: Homecoming Sunday! We welcome you to our annual service where we regather and reconnect as a community, returning home to the fellowship that has blessed us and looking forward to the year ahead. We will honor the gifts of service that have made our congregation such a home of belonging and friendship, and invite one another to continue on this journey together. After the service, all newcomers are invited to sign the membership book in a ceremony with Rev. Jessica. And our Committee Fair will follow, with the opportunity to learn more about the particular gifts that make this fellowship thrive.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

08/25/2019: The Joy of Multigen

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers: This summer KUUF held its very first “mini” chalice camp, where children and adults and elders all came together to sing camp songs, play silly games and make art. The multigenerational relationship is one of the joys of being a part of KUUF and necessary for building the beloved community. Let us gather this Sunday to honor our hard-earned wisdom while also welcoming what’s new, making space for the gifts that each one of us brings.

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers is our new minister at KUUF. You can read more about Rev. Jessica here.

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.

07/03/2019: Notes From the Minister

Happy July! I have returned from the General Assembly in Spokane and am filled with new ideas and enthusiasm for our faith! I look forward to sharing some of that with you this Sunday, as I preach on “The Power of We”, which was the theme for GA this year, an inspiring and challenging topic. How can Unitarian Universalists work together to serve our world? And what do we mean by “we”? There were many answers to this 
As we enter the month of July we enter the slowest time of the year for congregational life. The warm weather and long days become the norm (mostly!) and hopefully, we all get a chance to spend some time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. It is such a thrill to watch the earth burst forth with its abundance this month, to walk through the farmers market marveling at the stalls of fresh produce and sample the tastes of summer. 
I am taking two trips this month, one for a week-long family vacation to Southern California and one to teach at a multi-faith family camp in Idaho. I will be gone July 9-15 as well as July 28-Aug 3. If you email me during those times, please know it might take me some time to reply. In case of emergency, Tanesha and the board presidents all have my cell number and can reach me at a moment’s notice.
This month I am also leading our Children’s Chalice Camp, which is meeting July 16th and July 18th from 9-12. Everyone is welcome to attend! The morning will be fun and games and learning, and then we will be gathering at noon for a potluck. The best part of the potluck is that our congregational elders will be in attendance! As we endeavor to make stronger connections across the generations. And of course, if you and your child would like to attend, you can RSVP to me at minister@kuuf.org.
Many blessings on a joyous July. May the sun shine on your shoulders! And may you experience the abundance of summer.
Rev. Jessica

06/13/2019: Note from the Minister

Happy summer!  I am still smiling from the joyous flower ceremony we shared this past Sunday. Thank you, everyone! My favorite moment was when we raised our flowers above our heads. From the pulpit, it truly looked like a beautiful garden. And a special thank you to Mike and the choir, who switched their schedule so they could be a part of the service. What a blessing it was to be together.

Following the service, we had a wonderful discussion hosted by Children’s Religious Exploration committee. Folks from across the lifespan were in attendance and brought their ideas and enthusiasm. We talked about CRE and the future of Sunday school, and especially how much our kids love their time with Jenell. We also identified a desire among the congregation as a whole to have more intentionally intergenerational events. There were lots of wonderful ideas about how we might make this happen. For instance: Fourth Friday Fun Nights! These will occur at 6 pm on the fourth Friday of every month. Stay tuned for details!

One of the fun summer events coming up is the mini-chalice camp that I am offering on Tuesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 18, from 9-12. We will sing camp songs and play games and learn about Unitarian Universalism. And we will end the day with a potluck lunch in the sunshine. All ages are welcome! If you are under 14, bring a parent or guardian. And if you are over 14 (and even just want to come for the potluck lunch) please join us!  We’d love to have you.

And don’t forget to save the date for August 24th, which is the annual end-of-summer potluck hosted by the Wilsons at their lovely home. Keep an eye out in the Candle for more details about that as well.

Summer tends to get a little bit quiet at UU congregations, and I have a couple of weeks here and there where I will be away. But mostly I will be keeping my regular hours. If you’d like me to come and visit one some lazy summer afternoon, send me an email or give me a call. I’ll bring the lemonade.

Many blessings on a beautiful summer!
Rev. Jessica