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BUUF Announce

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Your weekly newsletter of events and issues 
At and Around 
Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 

For every individual searching for spiritual meaning, 
Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
provides a welcoming and caring religious community
dedicated to diversity of thought, social and environmental justice,
and peace for all.

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Joys and Sorrows

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Happy birthday to all BUUF members and friends with birthdays this week, including:

• Emily Bettencourt

• Mary Lou Elson

Congratulations to Connor Sheridan on receiving a full-time job offer with his company.

Congratulations to Emily Johnson on her summer internship in Detroit.  

Caring

This coming week (July 15 - 21), BUUF members Katharine Lion and Beth La Fleur will be attending the UU Midwest Leadership School at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. This is an intense week of workshops, discussions, intimate small groups, worship preparation, personal theological exploration and growthThank you to the many generous BUUF members who made this trip possible. 

On Friday, July 20th, the three La Fleur children (Will, Helena and Ben) will need all-day child care (from 8:00-5:15), as their mother will be in leadership training. We are also looking for BUUF members to provide dinner (no pork or beef) for the family on July 20 and 21. Please contact Beth La Fleur if you are able to help! 

To share your joys and sorrows with the larger BUUF community send an email to Office@BerrienUU.org or contact Rev. Jim McConnell at Minister@BerrienUU.org or 574-229-6536.

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Sunday Service

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Sunday Service: "Pop-Music Sunday"

Sunday Service: "Pop-Music Sunday"

July 15, 10:30am - 11:30am

Beethoven said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” This Sunday, July 15th is Pop-Music Sunday. Lisa Fuller, Joan Guilfoyle, Connor Sheridan, Joan Blackwell, and Jim Fuller are going to bring in recordings or videos of their favorite pieces of music and tell us how they are affected, emotionally and spiritually, by their music. Rachel Ruggless will be telling the Story for All Ages, Nico Rojas is our projectionist, and Harvey Johnson will be our song leader.  In his message, “Music as Spiritual Guide,” Rev. Jim McConnell will speak to the amazing capacity music has in accessing the spiritual dimensions of life and what our favorite musical pieces can teach us about ourselves and our individual spiritual quests.

Lisa Fuller will be teaching the children’s religious education class, returning to the topic of Change-for-Change. Remember to bring in your excess change for the giant orange collection jar! The children have decided to use funds collected toward the Berrien County Humane Society and Sarett Nature Center.

This is going to be a great Sunday, bring a friend.

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This Week at Berrien UU

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Public Forum on Redistricting hosted by the League of Women Voters

Public Forum on Redistricting 

Wednesday, July 11, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Redistricting is both important and complicated. At an upcoming public forum sponsored by LWVBCC, Margaret A. Leary, retired Director of the University of Michigan Law Library, will guide us through the process. The forum will be in the Norris Room of the St. Joseph Library at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11.     

Redistricting will be required again after the census of 2020, lending particular currency to the subject. In Michigan, the process is receiving particular attention in this election year because of a ballot initiative promoted by Voters Not Politicians that would significantly alter the procedures for redistricting and the individuals responsible for that undertaking. Thus when we go to the polls in November, one of the important decisions we may make is how to vote on that proposal. The consequences are great and lasting. Be sure to join us on July 11 to learn more–and bring your friends along. It’s sure to be an important and informative afternoon.

Read more about this event at: A Presentation on Redistricting

This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties (LWVBCC). BUUF member Marilyn Klawiter is the current President of the LWVBCC.

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Creative Conversations: Using Art to Protest Racism

Creative Conversations: How Some Use Art to Protest Racism

Thursday, July 12, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us on Thursday July 12th from 7 - 9pm (potluck snacks).  We will be watching two Ted Talks on how two artists protest racism in the United States and in South Africa. Multidisciplinary artist, Paul Rucker, unstitches the symbols and legacy of systematic racism in the U.S. and finds ways that they no longer have power over us. While in Cape Town, Sethembile Msezane becomes a living sculpture to reclaim the city and public spaces for her community. After the videos, we will have a conversation on how we can use art as protest for a goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. No artistic talent necessary!

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Thursday Gardening: Fresh Start Children's Garden

Gardening with Harvey at Fresh Start Children's Garden in Benton Harbor

Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Saturdays, 10:00am - Noon

BUUF Green Sanctuary volunteers will continue partnering with the Fresh Start Children’s Garden throughout the summer. We are weeding, fence building, planting and mentoring children on gardening and food. The garden is located at the corner of Pearl and May Streets in Benton Harbor. Click here for a map.

Stop by and see Harvey Johnson (269-470-1470) who will try to make it to all sessions.   

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BUUF Brunch:
How Some Use Art to Protest Racism

Friday, July 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Join us on Friday July 13th from 11am - 1pm (potluck lunch).  We will be watching two Ted Talks on how two artists protest racism in the United States and in South Africa. Multidisciplinary artist, Paul Rucker, unstitches the symbols and legacy of systematic racism in the U.S. and finds ways that they no longer have power over us. While in Cape Town, Sethembile Msezane becomes a living sculpture to reclaim the city and public spaces for her community. After the videos, we will have a conversation on how we can use art as protest for a goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. No artistic talent necessary!

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Parents' Night Out: Mexican Fiesta! (Rescheduled from June)

Parents' Night Out: Mexican Fiesta!

Saturday, July 14, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

The July Parents’ Night Out is being hosted by Tracie and Vanessa Crenshaw (912 Nichols Road, Benton Harbor) on Saturday, July 14. It’s a Mexican Fiesta! Tracie and Vanessa are providing the chips and dip and Keely/Paddy are bringing carne asada. Katharine is preparing veggie enchiladas. If you have a side dish/dessert you want to throw in the mix, please do!

A meal and child care will be provided by Berrien UU volunteers and child care workers. Children may be dropped off at BUUF beginning at 5:00 PM.

Join other Berrien UU parents to kick off the summer with delicious food and great fun! Please RSVP to Katharine (lion.katharine@gmail.com) or Keely (keely.m.adams@gmail.com) or respond on the Parents’ Night Out Facebook page. 

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Announcements

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Berrien UU Summer Day Camp

Berrien UU Summer Day Camp

Supplies Needed!

We are excited to report that we have 11 confirmed participants for summer camp the week of July 23-27 and 5 additional "likely" participants. Rev. Jim McConnell, DRE Katharine Lion, former DRE Dave Sarra, Gretchen Ohmann, Beth La Fleur, Rachel Reed Ruggless and Joanne Krettek have all volunteered to help lead camp. 

We put a call out for help with providing summer camp supplies and three generous individuals have already responded. Thank you! If you would be willing to donate any of the following items to camp, please bring them to Sunday Service or send an email to office@berrienuu.org. Any leftover supplies will be used for next season's RE classes.

• Clean plastic, clear jars or bottles with water-tight lids (no label) – about soda bottle size 

• Glitter

• Food coloring

• Baby oil / corn syrup / liquid detergent

• Paper towel rolls (just the cardboard piece in center)

• About 20 large marbles 

• Sidewalk chalk

• Small spray bottles

• Sponges

• Smocks (old shirts you don’t need back)

• Laminate sheets

• Elmer’s glue bottles (10-20 total needed)

• Bags of jelly beans 

• Bug spray

• Sun screen

• Permanent markers

• Healthy snacks for camp, such as graham crackers, goldfish crackers, raisins, granola bars, real fruit strips, etc.

For more details about summer day camp, read the 2018 BUUF Summer Day Camp Brochure

Parents are asked to fill out the 2018/19 registration form in order for their children to participate in the 2018 Summer Day Camp and/or our regular Sunday Religious Education program. This form is available in hard-copy format at Berrien UU or can be accessed and printed here, then mailed in or dropped off. Thank you! We look forward to having your children join us!

Family Registration Form_2018

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Our Grass is Growing and It Needs Mowing!

Please help with keeping BUUF's lawn trimmed, tidy and inviting to all. There is a sign-up sheet in the kitchen area for each week this summer. Several members have already volunteered but more are needed. Trimming the lawn is easy and relaxing using BUUF's electric-powered, rechargeable, self-propelled mower. If you're not sure how to work the mower, just ask Harvey Johnson, our Green Sanctuary Committee Chair, for a brief lesson! 

Thank you, Harvey Johnson (Green Sanctuary Committee Chair)

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Planning Ahead

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August Book Club Meeting: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

August Book Club Meeting: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Friday, August 10, 7:00pm

Join us for our book club meeting on August 10 at 7:00 PM at June Blackwell's House. We will be discussing the book White Teeth by Zadie Smith. At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s …

Read more.

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