Tag: Sunday service

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.

01/19/2020: Dear Unwise and Untimely

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In 1963, Martin Luther King was arrested and imprisoned for protesting against racial segregation. While sitting in jail, he took pen to paper to respond to church leaders who were calling his activities “unwise and untimely.” This Sunday we revisit King’s provocative “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” where he asks “what else is there to do when you are alone for days in the dull monotony of a narrow jail cell other than write long letters, think strange thoughts, and pray long prayers?”

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

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.

01/05/2020: Taking Risks

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley; The beginning of a new year often inspires us to make not only personal resolutions but resolutions to do something to make this world a better place. The key is to remember we do not have to save the whole world; small acts can both impact others, and sustain us.  

Rev. Carol McKinley is affiliated with the Olympia UU Congregation as their Faith in Action Minister and is a frequent speaker at KUUF.

12/29/2019: Holy Curiosity

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Deanna Vandiver Our understanding of the world and ourselves often changes when we are willing to engage our certainties with holy curiosity. Join Rev. Deanna Vandiver, Church of the Larger Fellowship Community Minister for Love and Liberation, for an experiential worship service embracing the ever emergent nature of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

The Reverend Deanna Vandiver currently serves on the Committee for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism (CARAOM) for the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association (UUMA).

12/22/2019: A Time of Anticipation

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: We are nearing the end of Advent, the four-week season that, in the Christian tradition, culminates with Christmas. It is a time to enjoy brightly colored lights, a decorated tree, wonderful food and gifts shared in gatherings of family and friends.  This season also offers the opportunity to look beyond holiday festivities, to imagine the world we hope to see. 

Rev. Carol McKinley is affiliated with the Olympia UU Congregation as their Faith in Action Minister and is a frequent speaker at KUUF.  

12/15/2019: The Grinch- Patron Saint of Unitarian Universalism

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: The Grinch, Dr. Seuss’s sour-green misanthrope, is one of the brightest characters of the holiday season. His burning hatred of Christmas drove him to extraordinary lengths, and with ten short days until Christmas, this sermon nominates The Grinch as a patron saint of Unitarian Universalism.

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

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.

12/01/2019: Finding Sanctuary

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: We have witnessed immigration policies shifting, changing almost weekly, impacting individuals and families coming to this country.  We hear dehumanizing rhetoric from those seeking to keep immigrants and refugees outside our borders.  As people of faith committed to honoring the inherent worth and dignity of all, we are called to open our doors and our hearts to those facing deportation.

Rev. Carol McKinley is affiliated with the Olympia UU Congregation as their Faith in Action Minister and is a frequent speaker at KUUF.

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: Beautiful Inexactly

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: In his famous love poem “Dorothy,” Marvin Bell begins, 
“You are not beautiful, exactly/You are beautiful, inexactly.” How beautiful is that! This sermon plays with the ideas of beauty, exactitude, and the actual world we live and love within.

Our speaker, Joseph Bednarik, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and a member of Quimper UU Fellowship.

11/10/2019: The Heart of Religion: Love Beyond Belief

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Bruce Bode: This companion sermon to Deeper Than Our Separateness given on October 20, will explore the “heart of religion” with the aid of Unitarian Universalist theologian Dr. Thandeka whose recently-published book LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: Finding the Access Point to Spirituality calls theology back to its “emotional senses,” and, as she puts it, “to our feeling of being part and parcel of all of life, the feeling of being at one with life, the feeling of falling in love with life.”

Rev. Bode retired in 2018 as the Senior Minister of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington, after serving the congregation for fourteen years. He is now Minister Emeritus there. Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002).

11/03/2019: Hard of Listening

10:30 – 11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: We have a lot at stake in listening well.  It is through paying attention not only to another person’s words but to what is left unsaid that we build and maintain meaningful relationships.  Truly hearing one another is essential if we are to understand and feel compassion for others in our communities, and in the world.

Rev. Carol McKinley is affiliated with the Olympia UU Congregation as their Faith in Action Minister and is a frequent speaker at KUUF.

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.

10/20/2019: Deeper Than Our Separateness

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Bruce Bode: In his incomparable essay “The Over-Soul,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. Yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.” In this sermon, Rev. Bode will share a personal experience of such a moment in his life, which speaks to the foundation of sustaining faith.

Rev. Bode retired in 2018 as the Senior Minister of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington, after serving the congregation for fourteen years. He is now Minister Emeritus there. Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002).