The Sunday Services
Unless noted, we have one Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Childcare is available.
Month of Sundays
Health & Wellbeing
December 7 – Valentis: Seven Precepts for Spiritual Health– Rev. Michael Walker
As a part of a retreat series (called Valentis) that Rev. Mike deveoped a few years ago, he teaches a mindset for personal spritual work, a Paradigm of Healing, which includes seven precepts. They are Vitality--recognize that our best selves are healthy and stron; Love--learn to love ourselves wo that we can love others; Truth--try to speak with honesty; Integrity--strive to live up to our best intentions; Trust--allow others to live up to their best intentions; Inderdependence--realize that we need each other, society, and even the natural world; Sanctity--understand that there is something sacred inside and outside of us, that is great than each of us, alone. We are each human, flawed and imperfect beings, striving to do the best we can, and this Paradigm of Healing is a tool to help us on our way.
December 14 – Celebration and Sorrow: Staying Well During the Holidays– Rev. Michael Walker
Wellness is a worthy aspiration for a time of cold weather, but also feasts and candies. Furthermore, we know that the holidays are, for many, a time of joy and reunions with loved ones. For others, it can be a time of sorrow that comes with the loss of a loved one prior to the holiday. How do we find the balance--if someone close to us has died in the last year, is there any joy to be found in Christmas? How can we feel both joy and sorrow, and come through the holidays with ourselves intact? Rev. Mike explores ways to help us all stay well, by looking at ways to promote personal wellness, rather than focusing on how to combat depression.
December 21 – Finding Oneself in an Icon of Compassion– Rev. Michael Walker
On the last Sunday before Christmas, Rev. Mike returns to a favorite topic from pasy years: "Icons of Compassion." Too often we see people that our society might think of as icons (Mother Theresa, Gandhi, MLK), and think that they are larger than life and that we could not see ourselves in them or we could not emulate them. We might fear that their examples are not ones that an average person (such as you and me) could possibly live up to. Au contraire! We begin with finding kindness in our hearts for ourselves, and expand that to those around us; our example affects others who may then do the same. The exponential result is very real--it is something we have seen many times before. Icons are there for us to look up to and emulate, and the result for those around us can be quote beautiful.
December 21 - Winter Solstice, 4 p.m.- Kitsap Chapter of Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS)
Please join us to celebrate ths longest night of the year, and the returning of the light. Following both old world and new customs, we will join in a community of warmth during this magical time of the year. We will welcome baqck the sun and prepare for the new year. This will be a circle ritual led by the KUUf CUUPs chapter, which includes KUUF members and friends. All are welcome!
December 24 - Candles and Carols for Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. - Rev. Michael Walker & Members and Friends
This is an evenign with your old, favorite Christmas carols, stories, and a homily of hope. People of all ages are welcome to join us for warmth and fellowship for our annual Christmas Eve service. KUUF members and friends are encouraged to bring guests you may have visiting. Hosted by Rev. Mike, the KUUf Worship Committee, and our fabulous Choir Ensemble. with special music offered by several KUUf members and friends. The service will be followed with goodies in the foyer.
December 28 - Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?- Rev. Michael Walker
During Rev. Mike's time at KUUF, it has been his custom to present a progress report on congregational life on the last Sunday of the year. We will approach congregational life and how we can (and do) help each other, and looks at this topic worshipfully and hopefully, with an eye towards continuing to improve. One of the mysteries of congregational life is how we operate as a collective entity, with shared goals to work for social justic, making the lives of others and ourselves better, in the process. Other members of KUUf leadership will also be invited to share; more details will be forthcoming in The Candle Lite.
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.