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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 Sunsweet cherry tomatoes, fresh from our very own BUUF garden, after Sunday's service. We also enjoyed the return of Daphne as our child care worker! The children were elated to see her back after a six-week summer break.   

Gene Ruggless enjoyed a special birthday surprise.The day after his birthday, his goat gave birth! 

Rev. Jim McConnell has returned with his wife Patty from their vacation to Russia. We look forward to seeing Jim at this week's service and hearing about their trip.

Former DRE Renee Kauffman has a grandson due to arrive toward the end of November, and she plans to be in Southwest Michigan this December to help out mom and dad. We hope to see lots of Renee while she is here! 

Emily Sarra is headed to Rome for a semester of study abroad. We wish her great learning and lots of fun.

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: "What I Did Last Summer"

Sunday Service: "What I Did Last Summer"

August 25, 10:30am - 11:30am

The title of this week’s service is “What I Did Last Summer.” BUUFers Connie Johnson and June Blackwell will share a bit about their summers. Connor Johnson will tell the “Story for All Ages.” Harvey Johnson will lead us in song. Jim Dagleish has a special musical number of his own, and Candace will be at the piano. In his sermon titled: “What I Did Last Summer: Money, Sex, Religion, and Politics,” Rev. Jim McConnell will share a bit about what he accidentally learned about Modern Monetary Theory and the impact monetary policy has on religion and politics. Perhaps you are wondering what money and politics have to do with spirituality and religion. I invite you to come and find out. Gandhi said, “Those who do not see the connection between religion and politics, do not understand either.”  

Pictured above is Adam Smith, the great 18th century Scottish philosopher of economics whose theories are simple, elegant and Wrong!!  In this week’s sermon we will investigate how adoption of his ideas has negatively impacted the lives of millions of Americans.

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This Week at Berrien UU

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Community Conversations: "Interfaith Activism with Eboo Patel"

Community Conversations: "Interfaith Activism with Eboo Patel"

Wednesday, August 21, 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

This month for Community Conversations, Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship invites you to join us in learning about Interfaith Activism from the founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, an international nonprofit building the interfaith youth movement, Eboo Patel. In this 40 minute lecture, Patel will discuss the art and science of interfaith work. He’ll share stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism and bring to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier. Afterwards we’ll discuss how we can put his ideas into practice. Be sure to bring a young adult, friends in varying faiths, BYOB & potluck snacks. Contact DRE@berrienuu.org with any questions.

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Gardening with Harvey at the Fresh Start Children's Garden

Gardening with the Green Sanctuary Team at the Fresh Start Children's Garden

Thursdays, 

5:00pm - 7:00pm

The BUUF Green Sanctuary volunteers are again partnering with the Fresh Start Children’s Garden. BUUF volunteers will assist children with harvesting, weeding, building and maintenance of the gardens located at 1104 May Street in Benton Harbor (map). 

Gardening sessions are each Thursday from 5pm-7pm. Any time is appreciated. Stop by and see Harvey Johnson (269-470-1470), who will try to make it to all sessions. Harvey says it is especially rewarding working with the children and teaching them about harvesting.

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Planning Ahead

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BUUF Brunch: Small Group Ministry on "Making Peace with Parents"

BUUF Brunch: Small Group Ministry on "Making Peace with Parents"

Thursday, September 12,

11:00am - 1:00pm

Small Group Ministry is meeting to share in Making Peace With Parents. We will explore our most primary of relationships, how they formed us through the good & bad. We lovingly invite you to join us & break bread over our Potluck brunch, have a time of peace then commune by telling our stories and listening to one another with open hearts.

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 are also available on our website.

Readings on Making Peace with Parents

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Announcements

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Are You Ready to Rummage?

On Saturday, November 2, BUUF will hold a rummage/garage/boutique sale – and we need you! This is your opportunity to de-clutter your house! Your chance to donate to BUUF all those things you’re considering re-gifting this holiday season! This is your time to lighten your load by parting with those appliances (in good working order) and other household items you haven’t used in decades! Start your sorting now!

Would you like to hold your own garage sale at BUUF? If you’d like to have your own private table space, or have items too expensive to just give away, you may do so by spitting your proceeds 50/50 with BUUF. We will also set up a special “boutique” section at BUUF to appeal to those shoppers.

More information will be forthcoming. If you’d like to join our fun-Fundraising Committee, please attend our next meeting on Sunday, August 25, during refreshments, and/or contact Dave Sarra.

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Conversations with a Suffragist

BUUF member Gloria Weberg is selling tickets to a special program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties, in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Tickets to Conversations with a Suffragist are $10, and there are two showings: September 18th at the Vickers Theater and September 19th at the Box Factory for the Arts. "In her one-woman show, Megan Burnett brings to life Mattie Griffith Browne, a 19th century Kentucky suffragist, abolitionist, and author. Born in Owensboro, KY to a slave-holding family, Browne was determined to free the slaves she inherited from her parents. As an adult, she wrote 'Autobiography of a Female Slave' to raise money to free those slaves. She then turned her activism to suffragism and worked to obtain the right to vote for all citizens." 

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