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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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BUUF President Harvey Johnson is leaving soon for a bike tour through France, but not before conducting the BUUF Board Meeting a week early, carpet cleaning BUUF's sanctuary, and making arrangements for the Environmental Justice Film Series in his absence. We greatly appreciate our dedicated leader's meticulous arrangements prior to his trip, and we wish him a wonderful time on his well-deserved vacation!

Our lovely pianist Candace Onweller is once again volunteering at Twin City Players and is looking for a trumpet player, percussionist and bass/guitar player for their next show. Please see Candace if you can help!

Many thanks to Lisa Quinlan, who is hard at work on the BUUF Cookbook fundraiser. The book is now up to 71 pages, and there is still time to enter additional recipes. Lisa is especially looking for appetizer, dessert and salad recipes. 

We are very grateful for BUUF Treasurer Dave Sarra, who is also our Welcoming Congregation Chair and Fundraising Team Chair. Dave planned, led and delivered the message at last week's service celebrating LGBTQ history. He's also busy making arrangements for our November 2nd Rummage Sale. If you can volunteer to help set up or work this event, please email Dave or add your name to the sign-up sheets in the kitchen.

Let's support our hardworking leadership so they know we appreciate them and don't get overwhelmed! 

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: "The Problem with Being Smart"

Sunday Service:
"The Problem with Being Smart"

October 13, 10:30am - 11:30am

This Sunday, October 13th we will continue with this month’s theme, “Attention.” Rev. Jim McConnell’s sermon is titled ” The Problem with Being Smart.” In it, he will discuss ways of aligning our actions with the What-is of our lives. Put another way: Jim will discuss how we can learn to pay attention to the non-ordinary (spiritual, creative) dimension of mind. (We all have an abundance of wisdom, creativity, and compassion. It is just they are drowned out by the necessities of everyday life.)  Additionally, Connie Johnson will be our reader, Sandy Walker will be our poet, Isaac Johnson will read us a Story for All Ages, and the BUUF Musicians will lead us in a special musical meditation. Tina Eberly will teach the RE class for children on “The Gift of Covenant.”

Come.

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This Week at Berrien UU

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BUUF Brunch: Small Group Ministry on "Sustainable Living"

BUUF Brunch:
Small Group Ministry on
"Sustainable Living"

Thursday, October 10, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Small Group Ministry is meeting to share our thoughts on Sustainable Living. We will learn about the feelings around global challenges, what really sustains us, the spiritual values we attribute to sustainability and what steps we can take towards hope. 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.

Small Group Ministry Readings on Sustainable Living

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Parents' Night Out

Parents' Night Out

Friday, October 11, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Parents are invited to bring their children to BUUF for a fun night (dinner included!) supervised by BUUF volunteer Lisa Fuller. After dropping off their children at 5:30 PM, several parents are meeting up at Silver Harbor Brewing Company, 721 Pleasant Street, St. Joseph.  

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Announcements

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Pictured above are our new music directors: Candace Onweller, Nan Lundeen and Gretchen Onweller, alongside BUUF president Harvey Johnson. 

Meet BUUF's New Music Directors!

The BUUF Board of Directors has hired Candace Onweller, Gretchen Ohmann and Nan Lundeen to serve as joint music directors. They will work with those involved in planning Sunday services to organize and enhance our music program and to encourage congregational singing and children’s participation.Their work is financed by a Chalice Lighters’ grant that Lisa Fuller obtained for the Fellowship.

The co-directors welcome additions to our choir. Interested? Give choir a try! Attend a rehearsal some Sunday morning at 9:30.

Also, they are putting together a list of volunteer musicians who would be willing to perform solos, duets, trios, or anything you can imagine and create. For instance, you might like to read a poem or other written work set to music. Do you play an instrument or sing or know someone who does? We also need volunteer pianists to substitute for Candace on Sundays when she is absent. Please sign up for anything musical on a sheet in the Fuller Fellowship Hall. You can reach all three of the co-directors at music@berrienuu.org.

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Sunday Service Lay Speakers 

Theme-based ministry is happening throughout our Unitarian Universalist movement as a powerfully engaging way of focusing the life of a congregation on monthly themes through worship, religious education, small groups and other activities. The Sunday Services team is exploring theme-based services over the coming months. Themes offer worship experiences with depth, and give focus to our musicians. Selected themes are:

• November: Remembering

• December: Awe, Wonder, Mystery

• January: Thresholds

• February: Compassion

• March: Forgiveness

• April: The Divine, God 

If one of these themes speaks deeply to you, the Sunday Services team invites you to consider serving as a Lay Speaker.  Lay speakers are paired with a service leader to provide a 15-20 minute homily on Sundays when Rev. Jim McConnell is not speaking.  Contact Lisa Fuller, Sunday Services Chair, for more information.  (lmfuller0116@gmail.com or 269-470-7379)

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Shared Pulpit: A small group spiritual development program 

What do you have to say that no one else can say?

What does your voice sound like?

What metaphors appear in your reflections?

How have your experiences and stories shaped your spirituality?

How do our stories turn into theological reflection?

How can worship elements complement and strengthen a sermon’s metaphor?

Do these questions stir the inner you? They are at the heart of Shared Pulpit, a program developed by UU minister and educator Erika Hewitt. It is intended to help both experienced and inexperienced speakers learn how to comb through their life experiences and share stories “passed through the fire” of spiritual reflection. Shared Pulpit is a small group spiritual development program where participants learn to find their own voice and speak their own truth. The program is eight sessions spread two or three weeks apart. Each session includes readings, discussion questions, silent writing, active listening and responding. Participants learn how to take the raw material of their life stories and refine it through the process of theological reflection. Sessions include time to discuss various aspects of worship theory. 

Lisa Fuller will facilitate this small group.  Recommended group size is 5 or 6 participants. If you are interested in participating, contact Lisa at lmfuller0016@gmail.com or 269-470-7379. The meeting schedule will be established with input from the group.

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The children’s RE program warmly invites you to help out in our burgeoning program! We’re looking for volunteers to help out in the classroom. No teaching required, all we need is an extra set of hands. Volunteers should like kids, have patience, and be good helpers. A background check screening is required unless done within the past 3 years. Contact dre@berrienuu.org today!

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Planning Ahead

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Mindfulness on the Road

Mindfulness on the Road

Saturday, October 19, 9:30am - 2:30pm

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is taking our mindfulness on the road. Join us for a field trip to Vivekananda Retreat Campus in Ganges, MI. We will visit their library, museum & walk along the Shrine Trail (mile-long trek past shrines dedicated to the major religions of the world). We will be car sharing and ask for volunteer drivers. A minimum of 3 persons is required to make the trip. Please RSVP as soon as possible to DRE@berrienuu.org

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Community Conversations: "Let's Talk About Voting Rights"

Community Conversations: "Let's Talk About Voting Rights"

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

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is excited to announce a Community Conversation on Voting Rights. In 2018, Michigan voters approved significant changes to our state’s voting procedures. We would like to help you understand these changes. This is a non-partisan event. We will be screening the short film “Suppressed: The Fight To Vote.” Learn about the new procedures and have a …

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BUUF Book Club Meeting: "The Overstory" by Richard Powers

BUUF Book Club Meeting: "The Overstory" 

Friday, October 25,
7
:00pm - 9:00pm

The BUUF Book Club will meet on Friday, October 25th, at 7:00 PM at the home of Amy Eklund. Participants will discuss the book "The Overstory" by Richard Powers. (Note: There will be no November Book Club Meeting due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

More About "The OverStory": Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize …

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Teen Pride Halloween Party

Teen Pride Halloween Party

Saturday, October 26, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Food, music, games, and all things spooky!

Hosted by the OutCenter and Berrien UU Fellowship

BUUF members are invited to help with set-up on Friday, hosting on Saturday or by donating treats and candy. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact our Welcoming Congregation Chair Dave Sarra (treasurer@berrienuu.org). 

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