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.

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.

Coffee Break
Feb 17 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Circle Talk
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Spiritual Frontiers Facility Rental
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Membership Committee Meeting @ Panera Bread
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

You’re invited to join Rev. Jim McConnell, Lisa Fuller and Joanne Krettek as they meet to discuss upcoming Membership Committee projects, such as:

  • March 23 UU AllComers event
  • Circle Suppers
  • Monthly Fellowship Breakfasts
  • UU Logo Wear
  • Greeters at Sunday Services

This month’s Membership Committee meeting is being held at Panera Bread before the start of the monthly Environmental Justice Film Series event: “Love Thy Nature.” The meeting is at 5:30 PM at Panera Bread and the movie is at 7 PM at Berrien UU.

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!

Group Outing to “Wedding Secrets” with David LaFleur @ Twin City Players
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

A group of BUUFers are going to see “Wedding Secrets” at Twin City Players on Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 PM. This performance stars BUUF’s very own David La Fleur. Additional BUUFers are invited to join in. (But hurry, tickets are going fast!)

Parents can bring their children to BUUF before heading to the performance. Rev. Jim Fuller will be overseeing child care and engaging the children in fun activities, with the assistance of child care worker Daphne and others. If you are interested in volunteering for child care, Jim would love your help. You can contact him beforehand at minister@berrienuu.org or simply arrive around 7 PM to assist.

Sunday Service: “Earth Energy: Receiving Spiritual Energy from Nature and the Earth” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Feb 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Earth Energy: Receiving Spiritual Energy from Nature and the Earth" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
In the old Paleolithic religion of Animism, which was universally practiced by our ancestors and is still practiced by many peoples today, it was thought that the Earth and all its creatures, including humans, existed in a state of constant communion and communication. This Sunday we will investigate how Quantum Physics has caused some scientists and theologians to give Animism a second look. Maybe we have forgotten how to tune ourselves into the messages that the Earth is sending us. Maybe there is a rich treasure trove of Spirit available to us that can help us solve some of our planet’s most difficult problems such as Global Warming, Political Division, and Uneven Distribution of Wealth. Rev. Jim McConnell’s sermon is titled “Earth Energy: Receiving Spiritual Energy from Nature and the Earth.”
Candace will be on the Piano, the BUUF Musicians will bring us some very special music, Harvey Johnson and Linda Lobik will share their thoughts on Nature and Energy, Dorothy Long will bring a poem, and Candace Onweller will tell the Story for all Ages. Lisa Fuller will be teaching the RE class for children on “Beauty in Nature.”
See you Sunday!