May
30
Sat
Mindfulness Workshop: “Loving-Kindness” @ Zoom Meeting
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "Loving-Kindness" @ Zoom Meeting

This week we will listen to a short talk and try the Loving-Kindness meditation with Sharon Salzberg. Salzberg says, “Loving-kindness doesn’t ask us to love every person we meet. It is realizing how interconnected all of our lives are. In this state, we come to see how the things we love and the choices we make ripple outwards.”

Please email: dre@berrienuu.org if you would like to attend.

May
31
Sun
Sunday Service: “Antidotes for Despair” with Rev. Michael Brown @ Zoom Meeting
May 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Antidotes for Despair" with Rev. Michael Brown @ Zoom Meeting
This Sunday, May 31st, we have a special treat for worship. Rev. Michael Brown, Minister Emeritus of the Peoria Unitarian Universalist congregation and once-upon-a-time student minister here at BUUF, will join us by Zoom to talk about how innovation and inspiration can be antidotes for despair.  Additionally, we will have a Story for All Ages about dragons (the kind one finds laying around the house), the BUUF musicians will select and make some wonderful music, Jeff Green will light the Chalice, Nico Rojas will coordinate the Zoom service, and Lisa Fuller will make the service visually attractive.
If sheltering-in has got you a little down, this might be a great service for you.
The Zoom link, Meeting ID and password will be sent out on Saturday with the emailed Order of Service. Please check your inbox! If you don’t receive the Order of Service by end of day Saturday, please email Joanne Krettek at office@berrienuu.org or call her at 269-612-8886.
About Rev. Michael Brown
Michael was active not only in the church, but in the larger community. He co-founded the Central Illinois Chapter of the Interfaith Alliance, served on the Central Illinois Workforce Development Board, and helped create the YES (Youth Employment for Summer) job program for Peoria area youth. He received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service Leadership Award, the Faith and Freedom Award from Interfaith Alliance, and the Love in Action Award from Common Place.  Michael now lives with his wife, Diane, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Circle Talk
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Jun
6
Sat
BH Soup Kitchen
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

BUUFers prepare and serve lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.

Prepare and Serve Lunch at Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen @ Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.

Jun
7
Sun
Circle Talk
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Jun
13
Sat
Citizens Climate Lobby: Monthly Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jun 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Citizens Climate Lobby: Monthly Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The 2nd Saturday of each month the Citizens Climate Lobby sponsors an educational presentation by a national speaker. Local chapters can dial into the presentation via Zoom, then follow it with a small group discussion.

Jun
14
Sun
Circle Talk
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Jun
21
Sun
Circle Talk
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Jun
24
Wed
Community Book Read: “Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide” by Larry & Sandy Feldman @ Zoom Meeting
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our next community book read is Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide by our friends, Larry & Sandy Feldman. We will gather by Zoom on Wednesday, June 24th 7-9pm to discuss the book, ask questions, and hear a short talk from Larry & Sandy. This session is open to BUUFers as well as community members, so feel free to share this event. Zoom meeting details will be provided soon.

From Google Books: “Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide offers a hopeful view of how well-constructed diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation in American life. This book provides an extensive review of research on methods for reducing stereotypes and prejudice and describes multiple initiatives designed to reduce the negative effects of racial separation by bringing together children, teens, and adults from different racial groups to share a variety of positive experiences.”

Copies of the book are available through Forever Books and many of our congregation already own a copy and might be able to loan it out.

Email dre@berrienuu.org with any questions, if you have a copy you’d be willing to loan out or are in need of a loaned copy.

 

Larry Feldman, M.D., and Sandy Feldman, M.S.W., are diversity educators and consultants, adjunct instructors at Lake Michigan College, and practicing psychotherapists. They have been honored for their work in race relations by Andrews University, Lake Michigan College, United Way, the Race Relations Council, the Council for World Class Communities, and the League of Women Voters.