Jan
13
Sun
BUUF Board Meeting
Jan 13 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
January BUUF Board Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 13 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

The BUUF Board meets monthly, usually on the second Sunday of the month. Members and friends are welcome to attend.

BUUF Board members include (from left to right): Dave Sarra, Rev. Jim McConnell, Treasurer Harvey Johnson, Secretary Beth La Fleur, President Lisa Fuller and DRE Katharine Lion

 

Sunday Service: “Welcoming Congregation” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Welcoming Congregation" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This Sunday, January 13, we will be dedicating our service to becoming a continually more “Welcoming Congregation.” The service is being planned and led by BUUF members, many of whom serve on our Welcoming Congregation Committee. Dave Sarra, Welcoming Committee Chair, will be our service leader and talk about “why working on a committee (WCC, in particular) is important to me.” Charles Long will offer a 5-minute preface on becoming a welcoming congregation. Gloria Weberg will read the story for all ages. Lisa Fuller and Harvey Johnson will lead us in hymns. Candace Onweller will be our pianist, and the BUUF Musicians will perform the song “Deep Peace” as part of the benediction. Nico Rojas will be putting together the slides and serving as our projectionist.

Our guest speaker is Mary Jo Schnell, executive director of the OutCenter. She will be bringing us a message on “HOPE!” The mission of the OutCenter is to provide support and advocacy for respect, understanding and nondiscrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied persons and their families in Southwestern Michigan. This is an organization that BUUF and its members support in many ways, including hosting their annual Halloween party.

The RE class for children will be taught by Rachel Reed and the topic is “Life Giving Plants.” There will be a BUUF Musicians rehearsal prior to the service beginning at 9:30 AM and a BUUF Board Meeting beginning at 8:30 AM.

A little background on this service: In late 2018, the Welcoming Congregation Committee (WCC) surveyed BUUF members and friends on how well we are carrying out our commitment to being a Welcoming Congregation and where we could improve. Based on survey feedback, the WCC is planning a number of initiatives this year, beginning with this special service and continuing through the process of recertifying our designation as a Welcoming Congregation.

 

Coffee Break
Jan 13 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Circle Talk
Jan 13 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Jan
15
Tue
Spiritual Frontiers Facility Rental
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
17
Thu
Environmental Justice Film Series: “A Plastic Ocean” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 PM. (2016). A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect. The film is 102 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 Board Member 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!

Jan
19
Sat
Mindfulness Workshop Series: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mindfulness Workshop Series: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Mindfulness Workshop Series: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool

January 19th from 1-3pm

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is excited to announce our next Mindfulness Workshop: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool. Learn about Labyrinths and all the ways to interact with one: walking, gazing, sitting, even yoga-based dancing. We will use a variety of patterns and even make our own. All abilities are welcome. Our workshop presenter, Joan Guilfoyle, is certified by the Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in labyrinth facilitation. She has led workshops and retreats around the country, and for The Labyrinth Society’s annual gatherings since 2003. We wholeheartedly invite you to come and enjoy an afternoon of spiritual exploration, music and fun.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations for supplies are gratefully accepted.

Parents’ Night Out: Haymarket Brewery @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parents' Night Out: Haymarket Brewery @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery

The January Parents’ Night Out has been postponed to Saturday, January 19. Parents are invited to bring their children to Berrien UU Fellowship at 5:30 PM, where they will eat a healthy meal and engage in fun, kid-friendly activities. Lisa Fuller (BUUF President), Rev. Jim McConnell and others will be providing child care. Meanwhile, parents can get together at Haymarket Brewery in Bridgman. Enjoy this opportunity for a relaxing, child-free evening with other BUUF parents.

Jan
20
Sun
Sunday Service: “Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, January 20th, we will celebrate Martin Luther King. Jr. Day, by examining some of his most often quoted words: “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Some of the BUUF children will help us open the service. Joan Guilfoyle and Jim Dagleish will be our readers, Katharine Lion will bring us a poem, and Gloria Weberg will read our Story for All Ages. Our BUUF musicians will share some special music with us, Ralph Heibutzki will lead us in a benedictory song, Candace Onweller will be at the piano, and Harvey Johnson will lead us in song. Lisa Fuller will teach the RE class for children. Rev. Jim McConnell will deliver a message titled: “Hate, the Crack-Cocaine of Emotions; Love, the Pathway to Emotional Strength.”
Come and celebrate one of the most important figures in American history.