The Sunday Services
Unless noted, we have one Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Childcare is available.
Month of Sundays
September 7 – Grandparents and Grandchildren: Envisioning the World of Tomorrow
– Rev. Michael Walker
In honor of Grandparents Day, grandparents and grandchildren are encouraged to consider the world of the other. What was the world like, during a grandparent’s childhood? What will the world be like, in a grandchild’s future? First, we will explore how much the world has changed in the lifetimes of grandparents, then we will consider a future of burgeoning possibility. Rev. Mike wonders, what spiritual truth does one glean, in the gleam of a grandchild’s eye?
September 14 – Coming Home, Again
– Rev. Michael Walker
The official beginning of the church year, our annual Homecoming service (also called Ingathering), will be a celebration of being in community with each other. Rev. Mike will be joined in this service by the KUUF staff, as a beginning-of-the-year introduction.
Consider, a family holiday dinner: sometimes we are not happy with one of our relatives; sometimes we dread going to the dinner. And then we do, and we find ways to talk with that person, and have fun being with the whole group (which is so much more than just that one person), and we realize that we are happy to have come to dinner, after all. We all know that we had a difficult year, last year. Many of us are working on new ways of being together, co-creating plans and developing ideas, holding discussion groups, etc., to ensure that this year is a positive growth experience for the congregation. We hope that you will join us.
A community potluck follows the service.
September 21 – Springing Forth with New Visions
– Rev. Michael Walker
The vernal season is one of new growth and new ideas, eventually birthing possibilities only just conceived. Rev. Mike will offer up ideas and vision, based on his recent discussions with the KUUF Board, various Committee Chairs and Staff, as well as the UUA Staff, regarding where the fellowship may go in the future. We will consider the upcoming ministerial transition, and what KUUF may choose to do after Rev. Mike’s departure. However, this will be explored from a spiritual and relational perspective, rather than an informational session (of which the Transition Team is likely host many, in the near future.) If the last season was gloomy and overcast, we are reminded that Spring always follows Winter, with days of sunshine and new growth. It is our task to tend to the new growth, as good gardeners do.
September 28 – "The Here-After" - Why am I Here and What am I After?
– Worship Committee & other KUUF Members
The Worship Committee is inviting a few members (names to be announced in a future issue of the email update, The Candle Lite) to share their thoughts on the question: Why am I here and what am I after? This service will consider the importance of community, friendship and family, from the perspectives of long-time KUUF members, who are strongly invested in the fellowship’s future. Please come and support your fellow members, and maybe learn something you didn’t know, about this or that person. A community potluck follows the service, and you will all have an opportunity to share with others: Why are you here and what are you after?
Psychology Today, Nov. 2010. “Wander Woman” blog, “How to Enjoy the Fear of the Future,” by Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wander-woman/201011/how-enjoy-the-fear-the-future
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.