Aug
9
Wed
Creative Conversations
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Creative Conversations
Please note the change in date and join us at BUUF on Wednesday, August 9, from 7-9 PM for a Creative Conversation on Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence.Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.” Are you aware of your search for self-transcendence? Have you lost yourself? And how is BUUF assisting you in your search? Please join us!
Aug
12
Sat
Fresh Start Children’s Garden @ Fresh Start Children's Garden
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Fresh Start Children's Garden @ Fresh Start Children's Garden | Benton Harbor | Michigan | United States

BUUF through the Green Sanctuary Team has agreed to provide volunteers to assist with the Fresh Start Children’s Garden in Benton Harbor.  The neighborhood children’s garden, has been led by Emma Kinnard for more than 10 years.  The garden is located at the corner of May and Pearl Streets in Benton Harbor (1104 Pearl Street).  The garden has been cleared of last years material.  Volunteers are needed to dig some paths and lay out the plots of vegetable rows. Come for 5 minutes or come for an hour, but come help create the 2017 Fresh Start Children’s garden.  Come and visit even if you are not able to assist.  If you would like to help or visit another time contact Harvey at 269-470-1470.  He has a key.

Aug
13
Sun
BUUF Board Meeting
Aug 13 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Sunday Service
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service

This Sunday, Rev. Jim McConnell will explore Ralph Waldo Emerson’s idea that putting soul into life will help us overcome Life’s difficult obstacles.  The message is based on a recent trip to Carlsbad Cavern, with its large population of bats.  it is titled: “When Life Gives You Guano.

Coffee Break
Aug 13 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Circle Talk
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Aug
17
Thu
August Environmental Justice Film Series
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August Environmental Justice Film Series

BUUF, through the Green Sanctuary Committee, presents

A Place at the Table

Thursday, August 17th

7pm

Doors open at 6

FREE — Popcorn Included — BYOB Encouraged

One nation underfed. Really?

Many of us don’t think of the U.S. as the land of the underfed.

In this era of the expanding waistlines, we hear far more concern about obesity than we do about hunger. But the two are more closely connected that many of us realize.

A new documentary, A Place at the Table, peels back the curtain on the problem of food insecurity, weaving together the stories of low-income Americans who struggle to put healthy food on the table, despite the fact that they have jobs.

As we’ve reported, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about about 50 million Americans fall into this category of “food insecure” — meaning they don’t always have the resources to buy the food they need. This includes nearly 17 million children in the U.S.

I attended a screening of the film – along with a panel discussion with the producers and folks from Participant Media (the people behind Food Inc.). Judging from the reaction of the audience, the film works. At a gut level, the story of Barbie, a single mom from Philly who grew up in poverty, is wrenching.

As Barbie tries to break the cycle, she finds at times that she makes too much money to qualify for federal food assistance. And her paycheck runs out long before the end of the month.

As we watch her open cans of cheap pasta, and peer into her nearly empty fridge, our hearts leap.

The film includes the voices of hunger and nutrition experts, as well as advocates who criticize federal farm subsidies of crops such as wheat and corn. These crops supply the bulk of our nation’s processed foods, which tend to be calorie dense, and nutrient poor.

Food policy expert Marion Nestle points out there are no subsidies for fruits and vegetables — one reason, perhaps, that they’re so much more expensive. Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved, weighs in, too.

But as producer Lori Silverbush (married to chef Tom Colicchio, who appears in the film) pointed out during the after-screening discussion, subsidies are just one part of a complex story.

The bottom line, according to hunger advocate Billy Shore of Share Our Strength: “Childhood hunger in this nation is a solvable problem.” Shore says we have enough food and good nutrition programs.

“What we need is to make sure the kids who need the food are able to access the programs,” Shore says.

Participant Media, which helped embolden the food movement with Food, Inc., is hoping that the film serves another call to action.

They’ve launched a website that will serve as a hub for for all sorts of hunger-related advocacy. And groups including Bread for the World, Feeding America, FRAC and Share Our Strength are all represented.

And getting back to that idea that hunger and obesity live in close quarters, I think Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post summed it up best in a review of the documentary:

“The problem, as Table shows, isn’t that the next meal never comes,” O’Sullivan writes. It’s that when it arrives, too often it is filled with empty calories.”

Aug
18
Fri
UU Women’s Connection Summer Retreat @ Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center
Aug 18 @ 8:00 am – Aug 20 @ 5:00 pm
UU Women's Connection Summer Retreat @ Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center | Watervliet | Michigan | United States

Coming Home to Our Selves

August 18-20 at Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center in Watervliet Michigan

We’ll gather in Trilogy Lodge, a dorm-style lodge that sleeps up to 25. Two or three twin beds per room, and bathrooms down the hall. Catered gourmet Vegan meals, nourishing workshops, wildflower walks and worship circles will make up this weekend “back to the land” on the 400+ acres of woodland and lake within the spirit-filled place called Ronora. A few workshops, plus time to explore, relax, drum, sing and commune with nature and each other.

BONUS: Our chefs Josh and Kerry would like to offer an experience on their farm for a picnic lunch on Sunday the 20th. Pick your own organically grown Blueberries, enjoy a guided tour, intro to permaculture discussion and demonstration, as well as lunch. They are asking $25 for those who want to join them on Sunday afternoon.

Cost is $200, including 3 meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Snacks will be provided Friday evening as people arrive.

http://www.uuwomensconnection.org

REGISTER NOW!

August Book Club @ Home of Dennis and Ellen Higdon
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August Book Club @ Home of Dennis and Ellen Higdon

Our next book will be It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.  Ellen and Dennis Higdon will be our hosts on August 18.  Please also bring suggestions for future months.

 

It Can’t Happen Here is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis,[1] and a 1936 play adapted from the novel by Lewis and John C. Moffitt. Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, a politician who defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. The novel’s plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup’s opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it as part of a liberal rebellion. Reviewers at the time, and literary critics ever since, have emphasized the connection with Louisiana politician Huey Long,[2] who was preparing to run for president in the 1936 election when he was assassinated in 1935 just prior to the novel’s publication.

Aug
19
Sat
Fresh Start Children’s Garden @ Fresh Start Children's Garden
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Fresh Start Children's Garden @ Fresh Start Children's Garden | Benton Harbor | Michigan | United States

BUUF through the Green Sanctuary Team has agreed to provide volunteers to assist with the Fresh Start Children’s Garden in Benton Harbor.  The neighborhood children’s garden, has been led by Emma Kinnard for more than 10 years.  The garden is located at the corner of May and Pearl Streets in Benton Harbor (1104 Pearl Street).  The garden has been cleared of last years material.  Volunteers are needed to dig some paths and lay out the plots of vegetable rows. Come for 5 minutes or come for an hour, but come help create the 2017 Fresh Start Children’s garden.  Come and visit even if you are not able to assist.  If you would like to help or visit another time contact Harvey at 269-470-1470.  He has a key.