May 19, 2024

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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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Coming up: Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 10:30am

The Silverwolf Experience: Episode One

This coming Sunday we will be exploring a new topic brought to us by Dave Richardson. We will be exploring the ecstatic religious experience as an altered state of consciousness. Rachel Reed & Jaryn Ruggless will bring us the Story for All Ages.
While OWL classes have ended, we will continue to have RE classes for kids of all ages.
To join BUUF’s Sunday Service via Zoom, please click this link; Meeting ID: 973 1741 4085; Password: 354882. If you have trouble getting connected please contact Beth LaFleur (‭269-932-8598‬). To minimize background noise, please mute yourself unless you are speaking. Please leave your camera on; we love knowing you are there.


Parents’ Night In: Kids will have the chance to establish a Kid’s Group. For the kids, by the kids.
  • Jim Fuller, BUUF Treasurer: The May Market brought in $1,803 net, after costs, so far. More is coming in. [Please see May Market special email sent out by Lisa Fuller for full details.]
  • Brett Maccani: I will not be able to lead and set up our spot (our spot is paid for) at OutCenter's PrideFest this year. There are three dates and three locations this year: Benton Harbor, Cass County, and Niles. We are looking for one or several people to take on the leadership for this. I will assist but can't be in charge of it all. The dates are: June 8, 15, & 22.
  • Diane Gibbons: Dorothy Long, from her yard, transplanted the beautiful irises you see when you drive in to BUUF. Thank you, Dorothy!
    • Dorothy Long: I was happy to get rid of them! (: I have plenty more if you are interested, please talk to me.
  • Harvey Johnson: Emma Kinnard's Children's Garden in Benton Harbor is in the process of planting. We are working on establishing a monthly Saturday for BUUFers to help out at the garden, which is one of our social justice partners. Please think about donating an hour.
  • Candace Onweller: My students' piano recital will be on Saturday, June 1st, at 5:00pm here at BUUF. All are welcome.
    • Also, June 3 at 7:00pm the Women's Choir that I sing in will be performing at the 1st Congregational Church.
    • May 23 there is a jazz concert at LMC.
  • BUUF Writers' Group: We will be using Ross Gay's nonfiction micro essays Book of Delights as we transition from Steve Leder's For You When I Am Gone. We will meet June 3rd, and 17 at Noon at BUUF. Join us! We will be meeting in three weeks, June 3rd due to Memorial Day. Then again on June 17th. Janice Zerfas & Patrice Grant
  • Janice Zerfas won first place, poetry, at the Westminster Art Festival, held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portage, Mi. for her poem, FYI. Each year the contest theme reflects a concern about the environment. Find her poem (when it is published) at secondwave. There's an open mic reading at Portage Westminster Church, May 31, 6:00pm, to celebrate all the entries on an environmental theme. Free.
  • Diane Gibbons: Grateful thanks to Leanne, Sandy Tardy and Janice Zerfas for helping plant and clean up the front garden. With their hard work we will all enjoy a splash of color as we drive in all season long. Just FYI, all of the gardens need some TLC all season long, and it does not have to be an all-day session. An hour of weeding, planting or watering on your own or with a friend at your convenience is always welcome! Currently there is still planting, trimming and weeding that needs to be done.

BUUF's Annual Meeting:

Sunday, June 2nd at 10:30 at BUUF

There will be no regular Sunday Service on that day. At the meeting, the State of the BUFF fellowship will be discussed and any other business that may be brought to the meeting. Voting members will be able to vote for those nominated for Leadership positions and also the Social Justice Committee's recommendations for use of the Restricted Endowment Fund. All members are strongly urged to attend. Thank you.
From the BUUF Bylaws:
4.07 List of Members. The secretary of the fellowship or the agent of the fellowship having charge of the membership records of the fellowship shall make and certify a complete list of the members entitled to vote at a membership meeting or any adjournment. The treasurer will make available to the secretary a list of those who have pledged financial support and made a contribution of record. The list shall be arranged alphabetically with the address of each member, be produced at the time and place of the membership meeting, be subject to inspection by any members during the whole time of the meeting, and be prima facie evidence of the members entitled to examine the list or vote at the meeting.
4.08 Quorum. Unless a greater or lesser quorum is required by statute, members present in person or by proxy who, as of the record date, represented one third of the members entitled to vote at a membership meeting shall constitute a quorum at the meeting. Whether or not a quorum is present, the meeting may be adjourned by vote of the members present.4.09 Proxies. A member entitled to vote at a membership meeting or to express consent or dissent without a meeting may authorize other persons to act for the member by proxy. A proxy shall be signed by the member or the member's authorized agent or representative and shall not be valid after the expiration of three years, unless otherwise provided in the proxy. A proxy is revocable at the pleasure of the member executing it except as otherwise provided by statute.
4.10 Voting. Each member is entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote. A vote may be cast eitherorally or in writing. When an action, other than the election of trustees, is to be taken by a vote of the members, itshall be authorized by a majority of the votes cast by the members entitled to vote,unless a greater vote is requiredby statute. Trustees shall be elected by a plurality of votes cast at any election.
4.11 Meeting by Telephone or Similar Equipment. A member may participate in a membership meeting by conference telephone or any similar communications equipment through which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Participation in a meeting pursuant to this section constitutes presence in person at the meeting.
Many thanks to Betsy and Natalie Bradley for all of their help planning, setting up and running the May Market bake sale, and to all of these generous bakers who contributed delicious goodies and helped make it a smashing success! Crystal Bartlett, Betsy Bradley, Tina Eberly, Robin Fenwick, Lisa Fuller, Holly Garces, Diane Gibbons, Nancy Gilpin, Sandy Glick, Barry Kitterman, Rev. Jim, Laura Mock, Judy Peelle, Rachel Reed, Connie Strait, Sandy Tardi, Peter Tortorello, and Gloria Weberg. (If I’ve missed anyone, I’m so sorry, and please let me know!)
• Laurie Myers, May Market Bake Sale Chair
Wanted: Someone to clean the kitchen and dining area floors at BUUF with a floor buffer. The buffer will be provided. This can be done at your convenience but please completed by the end of June. You will not be responsible for removing and replacing all the tables and chairs! Your time will be compensated. If you are interested, please contact Leanne Thomas so arrangements can be made. 407-488-4057. Thank You!

Joys & Concerns

Joys and Concerns are available in our BUUF Announce email. Sign up at here on our website.

Spoken or unspoken, we hold you in our hearts.

Ongoing BUUF'ortunities

New Moon Womyn's Circle

  • 6:15—9:00, each month
    on or around the new moon
  • Contact Lisa Fuller lmfuller0116@gmail.com to be added to our email list.

Writing Group

  • Every other Monday at Noon at BUUF. Bring your lunch, notebook, and favorite pen.
  • Contact Patrice Grant at astilbe531@gmail.com or Leanne Thomas, BUUF Office Admin, office@berrienuu.org 407-488-4057 for more information. Janice Zerfas is also a leader.

Euchre, Anyone?

  • Thursdays at 3:30–5:30pm at BUUFers' homes. You do not need to know how to play.
  • Contact Leanne Thomas, BUUF Office Admin, office@berrienuu.org or 407-488-4057

Small Group Ministry

  • 6:30pm, first Monday of the month
  • The curriculum is always mind-opening and enchanting. This is a friendly way to get to know other interesting BUUFers—as well as yourself! For details contact our DRE Rachel Reed dre@berrienuu.org

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Benton Harbor

  • 9:00am—1:00pm, first Saturday of the month • 233 Michigan St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  • Feel free to come for all or part of this opportunity to be of help. Contact Leanne Thomas office@berrienuu.org or Rev. Jim McConnell for info.
For help with any of this, please contact
Leanne Thomas, BUUF Office Admin,
407-488-4057 office@berrienuu.org
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BUUF Caring Committee Do you need a call or a card, some food or funds? Application forms for the caring fund are available in Fuller Fellowship Hall behind the visitor's table. Many requests for support can be fulfilled simply by reaching out.
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BUUF on the World Wide Web
Did you know BUUF has a hearty online presence? BUUF members are invited to visit and become familiar with BUUF's website, facebook page, private facebook group and YouTube channel. These platforms provide information about BUUF governance, upcoming events, discussion of various topics and an opportunity to view previous services and messages.
Being familiar with these online locations will help you participate more fully in BUUF activities and share information with others who might appreciate our BUUF community.
For BUUF history, governance information and much, much more visit the website at https://berrienuu.org/.
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To view previous services (abridged for privacy) or messages delivered during Sunday Services, visit BUUF's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1HR_Yar9OKKWzAou31ETLw.
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