The Sunday Services
Unless noted, we have one Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Childcare is available.
Month of Sundays
July 6 – By our Deeds, Not by Creed – Rev. Michael Walker
In honor of our monthly worship theme, Witness and Action, Rev. Mike takes us on a historical journey of Unitarian leadership for social justice. The Father of American Unitarianism, Rev. William Ellery Channing, once said (paraphrasing) we are saved by our deeds, not our creeds. He taught that it was by our actions, our work for justice, that we should be judged in this life, and not merely by what beliefs we each hold, to be judged in the next life.
Channing did not have a concept of a metaphysical afterlife and day of judgment – he lived for today, and counseled us to find ways to do good today. In an era that was straining from the puritanical Calvinism and its doctrine of predestination, Channing‘s views were a breath of fresh air, for some.
July 13 – Looking Outward, What Do We See? – Rev. Michael Walker
Things that happen in the world do not happen in a vacuum. Society and culture, and basic human foibles, effect it all. This will be a look at current events and their ramifications. Continuing on a social justice theme, Rev. Mike asks us to consider what is happening in the world, both locally and abroad. We will consider what is for the good, and what is ill, so that we might find ways in which we can each make a difference for the better. What can you—personally - do to make the world a better place?
July 20 – Faith & hope in the face of poverty & uncertainty - Vivien Blyth
Our speaker will be long time KUUF member Vivien Blyth. Vivien spent time in Uganda during the last two summers volunteering with refugees and also visiting rural communities. She will talk about faith and hope in the face of poverty and uncertainty.
July 27 – Feast after the Fast: Muhammad’s Journey – Rev. Walker
This Sunday, we consider the meaning of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr and the conclusion of a month of fasting, Ramadan. In an attempt to see the world through different eyes, Rev. Mike will tell a story about the life and teachings of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Western culture currently holds many judgments about the role of Islamic extremism on the world stage, but extremism/fundamentalism is not the totality of Islam. This sermon will be partially mythopoeic, imagining the story from the perspective of those who were there in the days of Muhammad.
Our ChaliceWe meet for worship each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our children's religious education classes meet during the morning service.
The Fellowship Hour follows worship services, with coffee and tea served, and supervision is provided for children on our playground. Our Sunday services draw from Jewish, Christian and earth-centered religious traditions, as well as from the wisdom of Eastern religious thought. We also seek meaning in personal experience and witness, social issues, literature and the sciences.
Our services begin with a warm welcome and the lighting of our Unitarian Universalist symbol, the flaming chalice. Our minister leads services about 3 times per month with the support of lay leaders and our Worship Committee. We also have guest speakers and fully lay-led services throughout the year.
A rich tapestry of music is interwoven with each service, with exuberant congregational hymns, a wonderful choir, and beautiful piano solos. We are a singing congregation, enjoying the spiritual connection music brings us each week.
During the months from mid-September to mid-June, the children begin the morning in the sanctuary with their parents, proceeding to their classes after a time of "sharing for all ages." Our sanctuary has wide windows which look out over a majestic forest, encouraging us to honor the spiritual in the natural world, and to "walk softly on the earth." You'll find great diversity in how our members dress on Sunday mornings - but "Northwest casual" (yes, even jeans) is the norm for many of us.