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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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Welcome to Dan & Kelley, who visited BUUF for the first time on Sunday. It was wonderful to meet you! 

BUUF Treasurer Dave Sarra was happy to report that we earned $660 in the BUUF Rummage Sale on Saturday plus a $100 donation from a member. There were many items left over after the sale. We will be participating in a combined church rummage sale in the spring with Pilgrim Congregational Church and The Chapel, and we'll be storing leftover items to sell at that time. Thank you to the dozen or so BUUFers who were involved in setting up for and conducting the sale. Also, many thanks to those who donated items to sell! 

We wish our DRE, Katharine Lion, an enjoyable week-long vacation to the East Coast! 

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: "Why Aren't There Any Bars or Churches on Sesame Street?"

Sunday Service:
"Why Aren't There Any
Bars or Churches on
Sesame Street?"

November 10, 
10:30
am - 11:30am

This Sunday, November 10th, we will be celebrating National Sesame Street Day,  In his sermon titled: “Why Aren’t There Any Bars or Churches on Sesame Street?” Rev. Jim McConnell will take us a little farther up the block, where Sesame Street is a little seedier.  There we will meet a bartender, a sex worker, the president of a multinational corporation, and the minister of the Sesame Street Unitarian Universalist  Fellowship. On our journey to this less seen part of Sesame Street, we will learn the A B Cs of self-discovery.

Additionally, the BUUF Musicians will have some more great music for us, the young ones will have a Story for All Ages, and Mary Lou Elson will bring us a poem.

Come.

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This Week at Berrien UU

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BUUF Board Meeting

November 10, 9:00am - 10:00am

The BUUF Board is scheduled to meet Sunday, November 10th, from 9:00am to 10:00am. Board members include:

Harvey Johnson, President
Beth La Fleur, Vice President
Dave Sarra, Treasurer
Sandy Walker, Secretary
Diane Gibbons, Member-at-Large

All BUUF members and friends are welcome to attend the meeting. Also, anyone can send a question or comment to the board at any time via board@berrienuu.org

Democracy Now.

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Announcements

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Adult Faith Development Survey

Please Respond!

We are currently in the process of planning our Adult Faith Development curriculum for the remainder of the church year. Please share what topics are important to you and what timing fits in with your schedule by responding to a brief online survey

The Adult Faith Development Team will be compiling your responses, and our Director of Religious Education, Katharine Lion, may be asking for additional suggestions or clarification during the UU AllComers event on November 16. To contact Katharine directly, please email her at dre@berrienuu.org.

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Shared Pulpit Program

Shared Pulpit Program

November 18, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Lisa Fuller will lead the first session of the Shared Pulpit program on Monday, November 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Five BUUFers have already signed up to participate. There is room for one more participant, maybe two. Participants are asked to buy the book "Shared Pulpit" and read the Introduction prior to attending. There will be tea, water and …

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Planning Ahead

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"Welcoming Congregation Renewal"

Thursday, November 14, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Wednesday, November 20,
7:00pm - 9:00
pm

Community Conversations, Small Group Ministry & Welcoming Congregation Committee are teaming up to complete our Welcoming Congregation renewal with a module that informs, educates, and raises awareness about the issues and needs of the LGBTQ+ / TGQNB* community. Join us for this renewal seminar in the month of November with two different date/time opportunities. We will be watching the movie Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story. Following the movie will be a UUA guided discussion. We will also learn the state of inequality for the LGBTQ+ / TGQNB* community in the nation & specifically in Michigan using the HRC State Equality Index.

Please contact dre@berrienuu.org for more details.

Read Rev. Michael J. Crumpler’s letter to UUA congregations for the state of welcoming congregations in the UU faith.

Note: This program will take the place & time of both Small Group Ministry & Creative Conversations in November. You are welcome to attend on either date. 

*LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning + Intersex, Asexual and related communities / TGQNB stands for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary

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Mindfulness Workshop: Chanting the "Om"

Mindfulness Workshop: Chanting the "Om"

Saturday, November 16, 
10:00am - 11:00am

This month for our mindfulness workshop we will be practicing a chanting meditation that comes from Saamdu Chetri, sometimes known as the Happiness Guru. It involves breathing & chanting in three-parts & is repeated for a length of time. Om, Ohm or Aum is the sacred sound of creation in Hindu tradition. Please notice the new time for the workshop. …

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Berrien UU AllComers Dinner and Discussion

Saturday, November 16, 
6:00pm - 8:00pm

You are warmly invited to the upcoming UU AllComers dinner on Saturday, November 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. UU AllComers is a special evening of dinner, fellowship and discussion. Organizers provide a light supper so that Berrien UU friends old and new can get to know each other and learn more about BUUF and Unitarian Universalism.

To keep things fun and spirited, we are introducing some new twists this time around. There will be musical entertainment and a fun skit written by our very own Tracie Crenshaw! Also, everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle for door prizes.

All are encouraged to attend this event! Child care will be provided. Please RSVP to office@berrienuu.org by Thursday, November 14. Please include any dietary restrictions in your RSVP so we can adjust the menu as needed.

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