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
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.
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!
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.
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.
We invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 23rd from 7-9pm for our lively Creative Conversations with potluck snacks and BYOB. This month’s guest hosts, Beth and David LaFleur, will help us improve ourselves with new ideas for New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll be watching a few short Ted Talks and have vigorous conversation. Why not break the rut this year? Try a new fun, creative, interesting resolution.