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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.


Joys and Sorrows


Welcome to new BUUF members Robert and Susan Nutt, who signed our membership book during the Ingathering Ceremony at Sunday's service! Also, welcome to Morgan, Cameron, David and Lucy, who attended BUUF for the first time on Sunday. We hope to see you again soon!  

It was such a joy to see so many BUUFers at Saturday night's UU AllComers! Our skit performers did an amazing job portraying famous Unitarian Universalists like Clara Barton, Thomas Starr King, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. We heard live music from Jim Dalgleish, Ralph Heibutzki, Joan Guilfoyle and many others. And we enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by a large crew including Rev. Jim McConnell, who made the main dish. Several BUUFers even walked away with door prizes, including a handmade apron and tote bag from Rev. Jim, a hand-knit scarf from Vanessa Crenshaw and many more. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this enjoyable event!

What a delight to have Lisa Fuller's mother and sister join her at service on Sunday to celebrate her birthday. Lisa is well-loved by so many. It was also delightful to see former DRE, Renee Kauffman, and her husband Greg. Congratulations to both Renee and Greg on becoming grandparents! Their son Corey and his partner Morgan welcomed Paxton Grey Kauffman into this world on Monday, November 18th!

Sunday afternoon, BUUF hosted a choir rehearsal followed by dinner for All God's Children Choir. Joanne Krettek and Terry Sundstrom are very grateful to Diane Gibbons for coming to BUUF and helping to prepare, serve and clean-up after the dinner. Side Note: Gemini and the All God's Children Choir will be performing at the Box Factory on November 23rd from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. This will be an evening of engaging songs, traditional and original, for the whole family. 

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.


Sunday Service


Sunday Service: “Giving is What We Do”

November 24, 10:30am - 11:30am

This Sunday, November 24th, Shawnaque (Shawnee Woman of the South) will share the Inside Scoop on the first Thanksgiving. Deej Leggitt's sermon will be titled "Giving is What We Do." Deej will also drum and lead "Fly Like an Eagle" as a call and response, and both Hunter and Deej will tell the Story for All Ages. Jim Gehring will read "A Poem by Tecumseh," and Lisa Fuller will be our service leader.

Come and celebrate the first Americans and the sacred act of giving.

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This Week at Berrien UU


"Welcoming Congregation Renewal"

Wednesday, November 20,
7:00pm - 9:00

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. 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.

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

Environmental Justice Film Series: "Living the Change"

Environmental Justice Film Series:
"Living the Change"

Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 PM.

(2018) Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. The film is 85 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 Fellowship President 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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Parents' Night Out: Potluck Dinner at the La Fleurs

Parents' Night Out:
Potluck Dinner at the La Fleurs

Saturday, November 23, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

The November Parents’ Night Out is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd. Parents are invited to bring their children to Berrien UU Fellowship at 6:00 PM, where they will eat a healthy meal and engage in fun, kid-friendly activities. Lisa Fuller, Rev. Jim McConnell, Joan Guilfoyle and other adult volunteers will provide child care. Meanwhile, Beth and David La Fleur have invited parents to a potluck dinner, celebration of November birthdays, and game night at their house. Enjoy this opportunity for a relaxing, child-free evening with other BUUF parents.

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Planning Ahead

BUUF Book Club Meeting: "Beartown"

BUUF Book Club Meeting: "Beartown"

Friday, December 6,
m - 9:00pm

The next book club meeting will take place on Friday, December 6th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Dorothy Long will be hosting the meeting in her home. Join the group to discuss "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But …

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Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen

Saturday, December 7, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Berrien UU  Fellowship serves lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen the first Saturday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December). Berrien UU volunteers prepare the meal, greet guests and help clean up the kitchen. This is a terrific opportunity to serve the greater community, support our Social Justice mission and enjoy the company of fellow BUUFers and guests at the kitchen. Rev. Jim McConnell generously leads the group in planning the meal and dessert and he will gladly find a role for all volunteers, whether they’ve helped dozens of times or this is their first time. Please consider coming to the Soup Kitchen to help, even if it’s only for an hour or two.

The Soup Kitchen is located at 233 Michigan Street in Benton Harbor.