Oct
11
Wed
Red Tent Event
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Red Tent Event

Create your inner goddess!

A joyous and meditative women’s circle at Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4340 Lincoln Ave., St Joseph, MI 49085.

Discover your inner goddess and create your own altar cloth or wall hanging to celebrate her. A love offering will go to our local Safe Shelter. Please bring a snack to share. All women of the community are welcome. Bring a friend!

Led by Gretchen Ohmann and Nan Lundeen. If you have questions, email nanlundeen@yahoo.com.

Oct
15
Sun
Sunday Service
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service

This Sunday Rev. Jim McConnell will explore the intersection between UU Spirituality and the music of the “Beatles”.  In the process we will examine what humanist spirituality looks like on the inside and the out.  Music is a powerful vehicle for the Spirit.  The “Beatles’ were very effective at opening our hearts and minds to the deeper and most important dimensions of human existence.

Coffee Break
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Circle Talk
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Oct
18
Wed
Creative Conversations
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Creative Conversations
BUUF Brunch and Creative Conversations for October 2017
 
Please join us for our BUUF Brunch and/or Creative Conversations to discuss important topics which play a large role in the development of our attitudes regarding white supremacy, both in society in general and in our Unitarian Universalist faith in particular.
Our potluck BUUF Brunch will meet at BUUF on Wednesday, October 11, from 11 AM to 1 PM.
Creative Conversations will meet at BUUF on Wednesday, October 18, from 7-9 PM.
Our conversations will begin by viewing the following TedTalks programs:
Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are

We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole — and even keep us from seeing others as human. In a powerful talk about how we understand who we are, Chetan Bhatt challenges us to think creatively about each other and our future. As he puts it: it’s time to change the question from “Where are you from?” to “Where are you going?”
The danger or a single story
 
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Oct
19
Thu
Environmental Justice Film Series presents Time to Choose
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Environmental Justice Film Series

presents

October 19, 2017 @ 7 PM

4340 Lincoln Avenue, St. Joseph

FREE — popcorn included — BYOB encouraged

Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.  The movie is 100 minutes, and after we watch it we’ll have a discussion about what actions we can take on this important issue.

Oct
20
Fri
October Book Club @ Home of Julie Williams
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
October Book Club @ Home of Julie Williams | Benton Harbor | Michigan | United States

Oct 20th  at Julie Williams

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

From Publisher’s Weekly:  The rituals of traditional Indian domesticity–curry-making, hair-vermilioning–both buttress the characters of Lahiri’s elegant first collection and mark the measure of these fragile people’s dissolution. Frequently finding themselves in Cambridge, Mass., or similar but unnamed Eastern seaboard university towns, Lahiri’s characters suffer on an intimate level the dislocation and disruption brought on by India’s tumultuous political history. Displaced to the States by her husband’s appointment as a professor of mathematics, Mrs. Sen (in the same-named story) leaves her expensive and extensive collection of saris folded neatly in the drawer. The two things that sustain her, as the little boy she looks after every afternoon notices, are aerograms from home–written by family members who so deeply misunderstand the nature of her life that they envy her–and the fresh fish she buys to remind her of Calcutta. The arranged marriage of “”This Blessed House”” mismatches the conservative, self-conscious Sanjeev with ebullient, dramatic Twinkle–a smoker and drinker who wears leopard-print high heels and takes joy in the plastic Christian paraphernalia she discovers in their new house. In “”A Real Durwan,”” the middle-class occupants of a tenement in post-partition Calcutta tolerate the rantings of the stair-sweeper Boori Ma. Delusions of grandeur and lament for what she’s lost–“”such comforts you cannot even dream them””–give her an odd, Chekhovian charm but ultimately do not convince her bourgeois audience that she is a desirable fixture in their up-and-coming property. Lahiri’s touch in these nine tales is delicate, but her observations remain damningly accurate, and her bittersweet stories are unhampered by nostalgia.

Oct
22
Sun
Sunday Service
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service
Join us for a special service. Over 600 Unitarian Universalists shifted their regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. Here is the original call to action:

You and your UU community will be participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.

This call to action and worship comes from a growing network of UUs–religious professionals and and lay leaders from both within and outside congregations–led by UUs of color and white UUs working together.

Over the past few weeks, many have been responding to calls by UUs of color to look critically *within* our faith communities–including hiring practices, power brokers, and cultural habits–for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live.

“White supremacy” is a provocative phrase, as it conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Yet in 2017, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times. We will explore white supremacy, and help our UU community commit to resisting it.

Coffee Break
Oct 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Circle Talk
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm