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BUUF Announce

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Your weekly newsletter of events and issues 
At and Around 
Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 

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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Joys and Sorrows

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We enjoyed meeting some special guests during last Sunday's service on "Friendship." Thanks to all who brought friends to the service, either in person or in their hearts. And special thanks to Tracie Crenshaw, Deej Leggitt and Rev. Jim McConnell, who spoke at the service and shared stories of dear friendships they've experienced. 

The children had a wonderful time with Rachel Reed, who taught the RE class on "decomposition." Rachel, a farmer and nature lover, brought in an old log, and they studied how it was decomposing and returning nourishment to the soil. They also compared how BUUF's compost pile works (and smells) versus other materials like the log and fungi (pictured at right). 

BUUF member June Blackwell shared how grateful she is to have her car back after being repaired. She reports it looks as good as new! 

Rev. Jim McConnell spoke for many members when he shared his joy that our nation's Congress has become much more diverse and more representative of the people it serves.

We share in the Crenshaw family's sorrow at having lost one of their dogs at the young age of 3. 

We wish all BUUF members and friends with birthdays this week a very happy birthday and joyful year ahead. This includes BUUF members Ralph Heibutzki and Nico Rojas, who have birthdays this week! 

BUUF members Emily Bettencourt and Tom Hackley, who have moved to Kalamazoo, offered their greetings to all BUUF members when making an update to the BUUF directory. "Please give our best to everyone at BUUF. Peace, and best wishes for the new year."

To share your joys and sorrows with the larger BUUF community send an email to Office@BerrienUU.org or contact Rev. Jim McConnell at Minister@BerrienUU.org or 574-229-6536.

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Sunday Service

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Sunday Service: "Welcoming Congregation"

"Welcoming Congregation"

January 13, 
10:30am - 11:30am

This Sunday, January 13, we will be dedicating our service to becoming a continually more “Welcoming Congregation.” The service is being planned and led by BUUF members, many of whom serve on our Welcoming Congregation Committee. Dave Sarra, Welcoming Committee Chair, will be our service leader and talk about “why working on a committee (WCC, in particular) is important to me.” Charles Long will offer a 5-minute preface on becoming a welcoming congregation. Gloria Weberg will read the story for all ages. Lisa Fuller and Harvey Johnson will lead us in hymns. Candace Onweller will be our pianist, and the BUUF Musicians will perform the song “Deep Peace." Nico Rojas will be putting together the slides and serving as our projectionist.

Our guest speaker is Mary Jo Schnell, executive director of the OutCenter. She will be bringing us a message on “HOPE!” The RE class for children will be taught by Rachel Reed and the topic is "Life Giving Plants." There will be a BUUF Musicians rehearsal prior to the service beginning at 9:30 AM and a BUUF Board Meeting beginning at 8:30 AM.

In late 2018, the Welcoming Congregation Committee (WCC) surveyed BUUF members and friends on how well we are carrying out our commitment to being a Welcoming Congregation and where we could improve. Based on survey feedback, the WCC is planning a number of initiatives this year, beginning with this special service and continuing through the process of recertifying our designation as a Welcoming Congregation.

Please join us in this process and invite interested community members or friends to attend.

Read more or add to your calendar.

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This Week at Berrien UU

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BUUF Brunch: Small Group Ministry on "Faith, Belief and God"

BUUF Brunch: Small Group Ministry on "Faith, Belief & God"

Thursday, Jan. 10, 

11:00am - 1:00pm

Our Small Group Ministry is meeting Thursday, January 10th from 11am-1pm. We lovingly invite you to join us. We break bread over our Potluck, have a time of peace, then commune by telling our stories and listening to one another with open hearts. The topic for this meeting is Faith, Belief & God. “Our concept of God must be extended as the dimensions of our world are extended.” – Teihard de Chardin

Any questions may be emailed to Katharine (dre@berrienuu.org).

Here is a link to the readings and questions which you may choose to review before the meeting. The readings can also be found on the BUUF website.

Small Group Ministry Readings on Faith, Belief & God

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Sorting Papers for the 60th

Sorting Papers for the 60th

Thursday, Jan. 10, 

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Charles and Lisa are reviewing BUUF archives for items significant to the Fellowship’s 60th anniversary. Join them at BUUF, 1-3 pm, Thursday, January 10 (following the BUUF Brunch). We’ll share a snack, enjoy a beverage, and sit around sorting old papers. It will be fun! Probably at least one more sorting date will be planned. Let Lisa know if you’re interested: president@berrienuu.org, 269-470-7379

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January Book Club Meeting: "America for Beginners"

January Book Club Meeting: "America for Beginners"

Friday, January 11, 
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The next BUUF Book Club Meeting will take place on Friday, January 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Mary Lou's house. The group will be reading and discussing "America for Beginners: A Novel" by Leah Franqui.

Read more or add to your calendar.

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January BUUF Board Meeting

Sunday, January 13, 8:30am - 10:00am

The BUUF Board meets this month on Sunday, January 13, before the service. Members and friends are welcome to attend. BUUF Board members include (from left to right): Dave Sarra, Rev. Jim McConnell, Treasurer Harvey Johnson, Secretary Beth La Fleur, President Lisa Fuller and DRE Katharine Lion  

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Letter from BUUF's President

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January 2019

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  With the changing of the calendar, plans begin for the new church year, which starts July 1. BUUF has been fortunate through its history to have many talented musicians and singers lifting us in song on Sundays. For the past few years we have been steadily exploring ways to create even richer music experiences. The UUA and other denominations refer to this as ‘music ministry’. 

         Music directors say music can lift the spirit, provide an opportunity for meditation, and bring beauty and joy into the lives of those who are present. 

         I am becoming increasingly passionate about enhancing BUUF’s music ministry and funding a Music Director position to bring leadership to this initiative. Music feeds our souls, but to do it properly takes vision, time, and talent.

         Some might recall that an endowment request to create a Music Director position was presented to the congregation at the 2018 Annual Meeting last June. The request was not successful. A new staff position did not meet the special project requirements of endowment fund uses. The EC encouraged the congregation to look for other funding sources for Music Director. 

         Later this week you’ll receive an email from me asking you to help fund a Music Director position in one of two ways. One way is for BUUF members and friends to serve our MidAmerica region as Chalice Lighters. Your annual donation of $60 will qualify BUUF to be considered for a Chalice Lighter grant, or a Faithify.com donation of 10% of our total goal.  The other way is to self-fund the position (without regional support) by making a donation of any amount to a BUUF special music fund goal of $4,000.

         The goal is to fund a Music Director position for at least one year, provide fair compensation for our accompanists, a budget for new music, and membership in the Association of UU Music Ministries. During that time we would hope to see Membership and pledged income increases sustain the position after initial funding is exhausted. 

         Music lifts us all, performers and listeners alike. Frederich Nietzke wrote, "Without music life would be a mistake."  I hope you will join Jim Fuller and me and help make music happen at BUUF in an even bigger way. 

Blessed Be. May it be so.

Lisa

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Announcements

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Silver Beach Pizza "Giveback Night" for the Race Relations Council

Silver Beach Pizza "Giveback Night"
for Race Relations Council

Wednesday, January 9, 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday, January 9th, Silver Beach Pizza is having a “giveback night” for the Race Relations Council and Calling All Colors. These are organizations that Berrien UU Fellowship supports through contributions and the active involvement of some of our members. If you present the attached flyer (either printed out or on your cell phone), Silver Beach Pizza will donate 15% of your check that day to the Race Relations Council! Please click the link below to access the flyer.

SBP giveback-Race Relations

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BUUF's 60th Anniversary Party

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 5:30 pm 

Celebrating 60 years of liberal religion, social and environmental justice in Berrien County

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2019

5:30 PM Happy Hour
6:00 PM Group Photo
6:30 PM Dinner

All are invited to attend...current members, past members, friends, even those who are merely curious or just enjoy a good party!

Dinner and child care provided / Casual attire

Donations joyfully, cheerfully, happily accepted!

www.BerrienUU.org

Host:  David Sarra, Berrien UU Board Member

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The Wider UU Community

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2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar: "Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World"

UU-UNO 2019 Intergenerational Seminar: "Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World"

The UU United Nations Office is excited to host this year’s Intergenerational Spring Seminar on gender equity in collaboration with the UU College of Social Justice. Programming will be interactive and intergenerational, encouraging participants to challenge their assumptions, connecting their activism with grounding in UU faith, and empowering them with the tools to bring back to their communities to make change locally and globally.

This seminar will take place in New York City, April 11-13, 2019. Registration is open through February 25; rates increase after Jan 21. Applications are now open to apply for reduced registration rates…

Read more.

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Planning Ahead

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Environmental Justice Film Series: "A Plastic Ocean"

Environmental Justice Film Series:
"A Plastic Ocean"

Thursday, January 17, 7:00 pm 

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 PM. (2016). A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect. The film is 102 minutes, and after we watch it, we’ll discuss what actions we can take on this and other environmental justice issues.

This event is hosted by Berrien UU Board Member Harvey Johnson and is free and open to the public. Free popcorn is included; BYOB encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 PM, so come early, get yourself settled and enjoy some popcorn before the show begins at 7:00!

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Mindfulness Workshop Series: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool

Mindfulness Workshop Series: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool

Saturday, January 19, 1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is excited to announce our next Mindfulness Workshop: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool. Learn about Labyrinths and all the ways to interact with one: walking, gazing, sitting, even yoga-based dancing. We will use a variety of patterns and even make our own. All abilities are welcome. Our workshop presenter, Joan Guilfoyle, is certified by the Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in labyrinth facilitation. She has led workshops and retreats around the country, and for The Labyrinth Society’s annual gatherings since 2003. We wholeheartedly invite you to come and enjoy an afternoon of spiritual exploration, music and fun.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations for supplies are gratefully accepted.

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Creative Conversations: "New Year’s Resolutions"

Creative Conversations: "New Year's Resolutions"

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 23rd from 7-9pm for our lively Creative Conversations with potluck snacks and BYOB. This month’s guest hosts, Beth and David LaFleur, will help us improve ourselves with new ideas for New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll be watching a few short Ted Talks and have vigorous conversation. Why not break the rut this year? Try a new fun, creative, interesting resolution.

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