February Book Club Meeting: “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” @ Home of Dorothy Long
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The February BUUF Book Club meeting will take place on Friday, February 15th at the home of Dorothy Long. The group will be discussing the book Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford.

Here’s an overview from the Amazon website:

From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair.

For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home.”

The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known—and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he’s always desired.

But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love.

Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle’s second World’s Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters.

Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

Mindfulness Workshop Series: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mindfulness Workshop Series: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is excited to announce our next Mindfulness Workshop: Labyrinths as a Meditative Tool. Learn about Labyrinths & all the ways to interact with one: walking, gazing, sitting, even yoga-based dancing. We will use a variety of patterns & 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 & enjoy an afternoon of spiritual exploration, music & fun.

BUUF Musicians Weekly Rehearsal @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Sunday Service: “Susan B. Anthony and the Me Too Movement” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Susan B. Anthony and the Me Too Movement" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Have you ever wondered how the great 19th century educator, abolitionist, champion of women’s rights, and promoter of trade unionism, Susan B. Anthony would react to the ‘Me Too Movement?’ This Sunday, February 17th, Rev. Jim McConnell will speculate on that very topic in his sermon titled, “What Would Susan B. Anthony Do?” In this service, several women of the congregation will bring their own thoughts on the subject of sexual harassment and assault. Additionally, The BUUF Musicians will bring us another inspiring Special Music number, and the BUUF kids will help open the service. Beth La Fleur will teach the RE class for children on the topic of “Kindness in Nature.”

Don’t miss this service.  The topic is timely, as well as politically and spiritually important.

Environmental Justice Film Series: “Love Thy Nature” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Justice Film Series: "Love Thy Nature" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. (2016). Love Thy Nature vividly illustrates how we’ve lost touch with nature and presents a compelling case that reconnecting with the natural world is the key to improving personal health and ensuring our survival on earth. The film is 76 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!

BUUF Musicians Weekly Rehearsal @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Creative Conversations: “Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Creative Conversations: "Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
There is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela happening right now. Over 1 million Venezuelans have crossed the border into Colombia, Vox is calling it the Border of Unity. While in our country we continue to talk about building walls to keep those seeking asylum OUT, Colombia is welcoming the Venezuelans IN, in large numbers. They are providing food, clothing, shelter, clean water, health, mental health services, & helping them to find work. What can our country learn from Colombia and how can we help the Venezuelans? Come watch the Vox Borders short documentary & hear more about the history between these two countries & how Venezuela came to be in this predicament. Our own Colombian citizen, Nicolas Rojas will lead the conversation. BYOB & potluck snacks.
BUUF Musicians Weekly Rehearsal @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
First-Sunday-of-the-Month Potluck @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Mar 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

2019 Dates: Jan 6, Feb 3, March 3, Apr 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3 and Dec 1.

Bring a dish to pass, or just bring your appetite. Not everyone brings a dish every time, but everyone is encouraged to enjoy the food and fellowship.

Anniversary Celebration Planning Session @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

BUUF Board Member Dave Sarra will lead the group as we continue to make plans to celebrate BUUF’s 60th Anniversary and Rev. Jim McConnell’s 10th Anniversary with BUUF in 2019.