Welcome to Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) where people from all over the Kitsap Peninsula region have gathered since 1950 to share liberal religious values.  Services at 10:30 Sundays and Religious Education (Sunday School) during service in our childcare area. Our fellowship is located at 4418 Perry Avenue NE in Bremerton.   Check our Newcomer page for more information and join us for the next Newcomer Orientation. Use links above and at right for services and other information. 


KUUF Board of Trustees 02/15/17 Agenda


Preliminary Agenda:  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Meeting (Feb. 7 versionj)

6:30 p.m.             Call to Order:  Ellen Newberg, President

                              Chalice Lighting and Reading


6:40 p.m.            Consent agenda

  • ·        Minutes of the January 18, 2017 Board meeting.
  • ·        Board Liaison & other reports:  Finance; Personnel; Social Justice (from Phil Davis); Endowment Fund Quarterly report.
  • ·        Gift and Donation Ambassador Job Description
  • ·        Appointment of Karen Leader Scott to serve as our Gift and Donation Ambassador.

 6:50 p.m.           Treasurer’s report:  Susan Welsh

*****OLD BUSINESS *****

7:00 p.m.            Implementation Team Healthy Congregations (2015) Final report and Recommendations, with Significant Activities/Accomplishments May 2015/April 2016:  Executive Summary:  Marcia Christen, Susan Welsh and Ed Woods, Implementation Team. 

This Final Report was officially accepted at the January Board meeting.  The Implementation Team agreed to prepare an Executive Summary which addresses tasks still needing to be accomplished.

(Action required:  Acceptance/approval of the Implementation Team Healthy Congregations Final Report Executive Summary).

*****NEW BUSINESS *****

                              2017/2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL:  Finance Committee and Susan Welsh, Treasurer.

At our March meeting, the Finance Committee will present a final version of the 2017/2018 budget proposal to the Board for approval and recommendation to the congregation.  Board members are encouraged to provide input now to ensure that the March version includes what is needed to fund a successful year to come.

(Action required:  Input into the draft 2017/2018 budget).



                              MATAN BUILDING TOILET REPLACEMENT FUNDING NEED:  Eric Harrold.

Buildings and Grounds Chair Eric Harrold reports that the Matan Building toilets need to be replaced with commercial grade fixtures.  A funding source needs to be identified.  We have also received a request to upgrade sanctuary toilets to accommodate those needing the higher fixtures.

(Action required:  Identification of a funding source for Matan Building commercial grade toilet replacement, plus two sanctuary bathroom raised fixtures).

                              KUUF BOARD SIZE:  Ellen Newberg.

The Welcoming and Membership Committee submitted a recommendation that the KUUF Board size be reduced from nine to seven or even five members.  At the January 29 Conversations with the Board, the consensus was that a congregational meeting be convened to consider reducing the Board from nine to seven members.  If the congregation approves a seven member Board, smooth implementation of a seven member Board requires that one member needs to step down.

(Action required:  Discussion of this issue).

Next Conversation with the Board:  Sunday, March ___, 2017.  Topics?


Board representation is needed at the ”Families at KUUF” meeting scheduled for Feb. 19, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A minimum of 1-2 members are asked to commit to representing the Board.

February 26 Congressional Meeting Board Member Assignments:

  • ·        Eric Harrold, Projectionist, Microphones
  • ·        Paul Wilson and Eric Harrold, Quorum Determination
  • ·        Ballot counters (need 2 members):
  • ·        Staff quorum table (need 3 members):
  • ·        Clean-up:  everyone

8:20 p.m.                           Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for February 2017:

                              For the good of the order and date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March agenda items:

  • ·        2017/2018 Budget:  final approval of the 2017/2018 budget to be voted on at our April 23 Annual Congregational Meeting.             
  • ·        Policy regarding Disruptive Behavior
  • ·        Board Liaison Job Description

8:30 p.m.            Adjournment


Conversation with the Board Sunday 1/29/17: KUUF Fellowship Council Recommendation

To :  KUUF Board

From:  KUUF council

RE:  Board size

Date: 1/10/17


We of the KUUF council are constantly trying to figure out how we may get lapsed committees functioning again and find people to staff our existing committees.  As part of this process we started questioning the current size of our Board relative to the numbers of our members and the need for leadership in areas outside of the Board. In the light of this we hope the Board will discuss the following and come to a resolution well in advance of our next annual congregational meeting:


In the process of the Healthy Congregation Assessment of KUUF the team suggested that a smaller board for KUUF might be considered.  This is in light of the size of the congregation which currently stands at 109 active members.  It was pointed out to us that larger congregations than ours have smaller boards than KUUF.  Those smaller boards are effective in managing their congregations - even in the absence of a minister.


In our KUUF council meeting of January 3, 2017 the advantages of a smaller board were discussed:


There is precedent related to considering reduction of KUUF board size and following the HCA recommendation..  At the April 12, 2015 annual congregational meeting a change in the size of the Board was proposed, but could not proceed on a vote as the proposal did not meet the needed time frame of notice to the congregation.


This change is feasible. Article XV of KUUF by-laws addressed by-law amendments:

“These bylaws in so far as allowed by law, may be amended.  Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the membership at least one week prior to the meeting when the vote shall be taken.   Amendments must be passed by a 2/3 majority vote at a meeting where a quorum is present”.


We council members ask that the KUUF board consider this change in board size for the above stated reasons.   Thank you.



Pathways into Membership Class 1 & 2

Pathways into Membership Class 1 & 2:

If you are considering membership at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, please join Membership and Welcoming Committee members at our next Pathways Into Membership class.  We will 
♦ get to know one another and share our spiritual journeys, 
♦ learn about Unitarian Universalism, its origins &  history, and how it is organized
We will also learn about 
♦ how our Fellowship is governed
♦ how to become involved in the life of our church & make new friends, and 
♦ how the Fellowship can give back to you, enriching your life.  
For some people, the friends they make at this class turn into life-long friendships.
Class 1 - January 25, 2017 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. KUUF Admin Room
Class 2 - February 1, 2017 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. KUUF Admin Room 



Adult RE Veteran Survey


Board of Trustees Agenda for 1/18/17 6:30p.m. meeting

KUUF Board of Trustees

Preliminary Agenda for January 18, 2017

Confidentiality statements:  copies will be available for Board members to sign and return to Congregational Administrator Tanesha Smith.

6:30 p.m. Call to Order:  Ellen Newberg, President

                 Chalice Lighting and Reading


6:40 p.m. Consent agenda

  • ·        Minutes of the December 14, 2016 Board meeting.
  • ·        Board Liaison reports:  Finance.
  • ·        Memorial Donations Policy Task Force report:  Paul Wilson
  • ·        Official acceptance of the following reports:
    • Financial Review conducted by Arlis Stewart and Dirk Van Zanten.
    • Office Support Team Financial Policy Recommendations (March 2016) developed by Arlis Stewart and Susan Welsh

6:50 p.m. Treasurer’s report:  Susan Welsh

7:05 p.m. Stewardship Chair Report/Discussion, including 2017 Pledge Goal recommendation:  Jessica Demick.

Jessica will brief us on the 2017 Stewardship Campaign, including discussion of congregational input at the Jan. 8 Conversation with the Board, plus proposed timelines and a pledge goal recommendation.

(Action required:  Approval of 2017 pledge goal).

7:35 p.m.            Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for DREAMers (DACA):  Phil Davis.

Phil and Gail are requesting Board approval for the Social Justice Committee to sign on to a petition to the incoming administration to continue DACA which allows undocumented children brought to the U.S. by their parents to stay.

(Action required:  Approval or disapproval for the KUUF Social Justice Committee to sign a petition in support of the continuation of DACA).

7:50 p.m.  Implementation Team Healthy Congregations (2015) Final report and Recommendations, with Significant Activities/Accomplishments Mary 2015/April 2016. 

We are blessed to have this thoughtful and insightful report, complete with excellent recommendations, as a follow-up to our 2015 Healthy Congregations.  Discussion should include identification ofaction and 2017/2018 budget request    Implementation Team members are Marcia Christen, Susan Welsh and Ed Woods.

(Action required:  Official acceptance of the Implementation Team Healthy Congregations (2015) Final Report and Recommendations).

8:10 p.m.  Sunday Opening and Closing Duty:  Eric Harrold.

Responsibility for opening and closing the Sanctuary and the Administration Building needs to be assigned.  Ideally, Board members will take turns.

(Action required:  Board members agree to assume responsibility for opening and closing every other month or so).

8:20 p.m.  Thank you card recipients for January 2017.


The Board will take a Minister’s Discretionary Fund request under consideration.

For the good of the order and date of next Board meeting (Feb. 15)

8:30 p.m.            Adjournment