This Sunday, June 24th, we will be celebrating the Summer Solstice at Berrien UU. We will have rock painting and videos for the kids and dancing and singing for everyone. The theme of the service is “Caring for the Earth.”
So, catch some summer spirit, come and give thanks to our Mother Earth for warm summer sunshine, the beauty of green fields and orchards, lazy days on the beach, fireflies twinkling on twilight meadows, and our community of warm-hearted friends.
Because the children will be joining the service, there will not be a separate Religious Education class on this day.
Join us on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 to view and discuss Emily Esfahani Smith’s TED Talk: “There’s More to Life than Being Happy.” From the TED Talk Website:
“Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.”
After watching this fascinating TedTalk, we will engage in conversation about how Berrien UU helps us find our meaning and what more could be done in that direction. All are invited to bring snacks to share.
Join us for our book club meeting on July 6 at 7:00 PM at Dennis and Ellen Higdon’s house. We will be discussing the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job — any job — can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly “unskilled,” that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you want to live indoors.
Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich’s perspective and for a rare view of how “prosperity” looks from the bottom. You will never see anything — from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal — in quite the same way again.