The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 PM.
(2010) Climate Refugees is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences. The film is 86 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 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!
The BUUF Book Club’s September meeting will take place Friday, September 20th at the home of Gloria Weberg. This month’s book is “Where the Crawdad Sings” by Delia Owens.
“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature….Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”—The New York Times Book Review
For our next workshop, we are going to learn exactly what Mindfulness is. We will briefly investigate its history and also learn about Mindfulness in scientific research. Bring a friend & an open mind.
Interested in taking a mindfulness field trip? For further information contact: DRE@berrienuu.org
This Sunday, September 22nd, we celebrate the return of autumn. Both children and adults will enjoy this special intergenerational service, planned and led by Tracie Crenshaw. Seasonal poetry will be provided by June Blackwell, with readings by Jaryn Ruggless and Connie DeGraaf and a homily by Tracie, “When the Pumpkin Smiles.” Everyone is invited to participate in an interactive activity during the service: Apple Ritual in the Four Directions. We will also enjoy a song by the BUUF Musicians, piano music by Candace Onweller, and a couple of seasonal hymns.
Help us welcome the return of autumn and the physical and spiritual fruits of this season.
“The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
Community Conversations is a meaningful, respectful discussion focused on a topic that impacts our entire Southwest Michigan community. Typically the discussion follows a brief live or recorded presentation on the chosen topic. While this event is sponsored monthly by Berrien UU Fellowship, it is open to the entire community, and all participants are encouraged to contribute their perspective and understanding while learning from the contributions of others. The topic for this month’s Community Conversations is Cultural Despair & Inspiration: how our society is in a state of despair, how those feelings signify a deep cultural shift & some inspiration for moving forward.
In Times Square a motorcycle backfired & caused a massive panic. Our cultural temperature is one of fear & despair. Join us for a unique Community Conversations. We’ll take time to air the truth of our cultural feelings and listen to excerpts from a conversation with two people & their thoughts on change. Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure, it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations. We get to choose how we’re going to be together as the human family…The work of deep cultural shift is the conversations we choose to have and the stories that we tell each other. It will be an evening of truth & inspiration.
BYOB & potluck snacks. For more information, contact DRE@berrienuu.org.
It’s time to get BUUF’s grounds ready for the fall. Please join Diane Gibbons and members of the Grounds and Green Sanctuary Teams for an afternoon of yard work. Activity will begin after the Sunday service. Feel free to enjoy refreshments and/or circle talk and then join the team when you are ready. If possible, please bring any clippers, trimmers, small saws etc. in order to begin clearing out invasive plants at the far end of the parking lot near and around the children’s garden and directly across from the children’s garden. This is in preparation for further development. If you aren’t able to participate but want to, no worries. Several more workdays will be scheduled for this fall.
Come join fellow BUUFers for a little healthy exercise, teamwork and a chance to enjoy the outdoors.