Dec
20
Wed
Creative Conversations
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Creative Conversations

Do we need to hold world-wide Truth and Reconciliation hearings on male harassment and abuse of women?  How should we deal with these attitudes which are held so deeply in so many cultures?  Is it fair to fire men from their jobs for sexual harassment when American men and women (conservative Christians in particular) elected to the highest office in the land a man who said women enjoy having their genitals grabbed?

Please join us at BUUF for our Potluck Brunch on Wednesday, December 13, from 11 AM to 1 PM, or for our Creative Conversations on Wednesday, December 20, from 7-9 PM when we begin our discussion with Gretchen Carlson’s TedTalk titled “How we can end sexual harassment at work” which is described as follows:

When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story — and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work. “We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated or set back,” Carlson says. “We will stand up and speak up and have our voices heard. We will be the women we were meant to be.”

Dec
21
Thu
Environmental Justice Film Series presents Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Justice Film Series presents Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock

December 21, 2017 @7 PM (and every Third Thursday)

Doors open 6:30 pm

4340 Lincoln Avenue, St. Joseph

FREE – popcorn included – BYOB encouraged

The film tells the dramatic story of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016. Tens of thousands of activists traveled to North Dakota from all over the world to take a stand alongside the “water protectors”– activists opposing construction of the 3.7 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline is proposed to transport fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields directly underneath the Missouri River on sovereign Lakota land, the only water source for the Standing Rock reservation and the drinking water source for 17 million Americans downstream.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota captures world attention through their peaceful resistance against the U.S. government’s plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land.  The movie is 89 min, and after we watch it we’ll have a discussion about what actions we can take on this important issue.

Dec
24
Sun
Christmas Eve Service
Dec 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Christmas Eve Service

Come find out how Unitarians celebrate the holiday.  On Sunday morning, the 24th, we have a special service. Several wise BUUFers will explore the question: “What is the True Meaning of Christmas.”  Beth Lafleur will be at the piano. (Her first time as our pianist)  Jim Dalgleish and Gretchen Ohmann will be performing “Have a Unitarian Universalist Christmas” and “Christians and Pagans.”  Ellen Higdon will be reading the “Story for All Ages”.  Janice Zerfas will be sitting in the “Poet’s Corner.” And, Harvey Johnson will be leading the whole kit and caboodle.  There will be live music and fun for the whole family. See you there.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Dec 24 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve, at 5:30 We will have our annual Candle Light service.  Rev. Jim McConnell will explore the Christmas story from a UU perspective followed by the candle lighting.  The lighting of the candles signifies the call to bring our lights out of the darkness and into the world.  Following the service, we will spend some time eating Christmas cookies and pies and visiting with each other.  The evening will be a great way to unwind after the hustle and bustle of Holiday season preparations and create some space with in yourself for the sacred dimension of life to enter in.

Dec
31
Sun
CANCELLED Sunday Service
Dec 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Our New Year’s Eve Service is CANCELLED

Jan
7
Sun
Sunday Service: Letter from a Birmingham Jail Revisited
Jan 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: Letter from a Birmingham Jail Revisited

What is “White Privilege” and why isn’t it recognized? Join us this Sunday for a very special service titled “Letter from Birmingham Jail: Revisited” lead by Dave Sarra, our Director of Religious Education.

Potluck Sunday!
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

First Sunday of the Month Potluck!
Bring a dish to pass, or bring just your appetite. Not everyone brings a dish every time, but everyone is encouraged to enjoy the food and fellowship.

BUUF White Privilege Teach-In
Jan 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
BUUF White Privilege Teach-In

What is “White Privilege” and why isn’t it recognized?

Are you a person who considers yourself white, but don’t feel privileged because of your skin color?  Or do you identify yourself as a non-white person of color, who finds it difficult to explain to white people the privilege they enjoy?  Or, perhaps, are you a person who feels that since the U.S. Declaration of Independence stated in 1776 that “all men are created equal” – that all men in our country have been treated equally under the law from that point on, and you don’t understand why racism is still an issue?

Whether or not you fit into any of these categories, please join us as we define and give examples of white privilege.  We’ll consider the role of religion in white privilege.  We’ll also touch on other forms of privilege which contribute to our society of inequality (for example has anyone ever written “all women are created equal”?).  Materials will be provided to help you understand white privilege, to assist you in communicating this concept with others, and to encourage you to become an ally for those less privileged.

This Teach-In is a continuation of the White Supremacy Teach-Ins initially requested by BlackLivesUU of the Unitarian-Universalist Association in April of 2017, when over 700 UU congregations participated.  After delivering the message during our morning Sunday service on January 7 (Letter from Birmingham Jail Revisited), BUUF’s Director of Religious Education Dave Sarra will lead the Teach-In from 1-3 PM following a potluck luncheon.

Jan
14
Sun
BUUF Board Meeting
Jan 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Sunday Service
Jan 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service

Dr. Darryl Keller, civil rights activist and director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center, South Bend will speak on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and contemporary race issues in America. This would be an excellent Sunday to bring a friend.

Dr. Darryl Heller has served as the director of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center for the past two and a half years. Prior to coming to South Bend in 2015, Dr. Heller worked in the areas of human services, community development, and non-profit management. He earned a BA in Philosophy from the the College of Charleston, an MA in American Studies from Columbia University, and his doctorate in History from the University of Chicago. Dr. Heller is a long-time activist and speaks frequently on issues of race in America. Additionally, Dr. Heller is newly elected as President to the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph County Community forum for Economic Justice and Director of Student and Community Engagement, Indiana University South Bend. Dr. Heller is sustained spiritually by his work in social justice and hitting the open road on his aging motorcycle.

Also helping out, Katharine Lion will tell the Story for All Ages, Dean Adams and Julie Williams will be readers, Gretchen Ohmann, Nan Lundeen, Harvey Johnson, Candace Onweller and Julie Williams will bring us special music, and Charles Long will sit in the Poet’s Corner.