November's fourth Sunday service featured a theme appropriate to the season: hospitality. How do we help others feel warmly welcome and deeply connected with the life of the church? Carol Thomas Cissel, Intern Minister at Quimper UUF, spoke movingly about "radical hospitality" in a sermon titled, "All Are Welcome Here." She emphasized the need for UUs to be more demonstrative about our liberal principles.
At left are Eloise Labostrie, our greeter, and Carol.
Gary Klauminzer gave an enlightening talk on Hurricane Sandy and the Reality of Climate Change. Gary showed photos and videos of the devastation of recent severe weather events worldwide, then connected these events to global warming caused by man. That is, the carbon dioxide we have sent into the atmosphere is the systemic cause of severe weather events.
Gary then refuted the most common claims of global warming deniers and revealed the concerted efforts of the fossil fuel industry to promote doubt. He related a personal story discovering intentional disinformation in a purportedly scientific paper that was funded by a major oil company.
He finished with an outline of steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint and work collectively toward dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A lively discussion followed.
A small sampling of slides is shown below:
Beth and David Allen hosted a potluck dinner at their lovely home celebrating the successful sale of Empty Bowls at the Olalla Bluegrass Festival in August. (See the previous posting below.) Seven potter family members were present at this celebratory event, along with twelve members from the Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship who served the soup and strawberry short cake at the Olalla Bluegrass Festival.
Checks of nine hundred dollars each were presented to representatives from Key Peninsula Community Services, FISH Food Bank of Gig Harbor, and South Kitsap Helpline. These funds will be used to feed hungry people in the Peninsula and South Kitsap area.
All in all, it was a very supportive, festive occasion celebrating the Fellowship's commitment to reach out to the larger community to aid people in need.
On October 6 the Board of Trustees held their annual retreat at Susan’s house. A few interested non-Board members also participated. The intent was to look at PUUF from a distance, so see who we are, where we are, and where we would like to be in one year.
The day began building a Board covenant, signed by attending Board members. Next, we reviewed the past year’s successes, noting how far we had come in this period. The rest of the morning was spent discussing who we are, what we do best, and what we don't do very well.
After lunch we discussed how to help PUUF grow, not just in numbers, but also in spiritual depth and organizational maturity. We concluded by discussing where we want PUUF to be in one year.
The result was a better understanding of PUUF, our role for individuals and for the community.
Things were humming and jumping at the 21st Olalla Bluegrass Festival on August 18.
We had a very good sale of empty bowls, $2,700 compared with $1,300 last year.
The Gig Harbor Potters Guild donated over 200 hand made bowls.
The Olympic Peninsula Wood Turners Association made 36 bowls for us.
Chef Oliver Coldeen from the Inn at Gig Harbor made 100 servings of a delicious roasted corn tomato bisque.
He also personally served the soup for several hours. He was our designated celebrity chef.
The Bay Street Bistro's owner/chef John Strasinger provided 50 servings of a hearty Amish chicken and corn soup.
Christina donated 50 servings of their unique tasty Zucchini soup.
Since it was a relative cool day the soups were well received by the visitors to the Olalla Bluegrass Festival.
We also had over 100 servings of strawberry short cake provided by the Fred Meyer Markets in Gig Harbor and Port Orchard.
There were over 20 volunteer servers and workers from the Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the food banks in our area:
FISH food bank in Gig Harbor
South Kitsap Helpline
Key Peninsula Community Services
THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS WORTHWHILE PROJECT A GREAT SUCCESS!!!
Hobie Denny shakes hands with Pat DeLapp of the Olalla Bluegrass Festival. In the rear are Susan Dearth and De Sparks.