This Sunday, April 21st, is Easter Sunday. What does this ancient holy day have to do with Unitarian Universalists? Well, it turns out that the Easter story is a pretty good metaphor for how things happen both scientifically and spiritually. In his sermon, “When Things Come Crashing Down…” Rev. Jim McConnell will talk about finding hope in our darkest hours of loss and grief.
Beth La Fleur has an especially fun RE activity planned for the children: “Symbols of new life with seed bombs & egg hunt.” Wow! Kids won’t want to miss this one! Lisa Fuller will lead the activity so Beth can play piano during the service. There will be no BUUF Musicians rehearsal before the service this Sunday due to it being Easter. The next rehearsal will be at 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 27th, before the 60th Anniversary dinner.
Come. Join us for this special Sunday.
In celebration of Earth Day (Monday, April 22), Berrien UU Fellowship will be screening the film Love They Nature. (2016). This cinematic journey 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!
This session is being postponed to a later date.
Taking a closer look at the UU World article: “After L, G, and B”
In the Spring 2019 UU World, an article “After L, G, and B” was published which caused immediate pain & anger. UU World’s editor, Chris Walton, later wrote a letter of apology for the article & outlined steps UU World will take to correct its mistake. This month for Creative Conversations, we invite you to join us in taking a closer look at this article and why it is so harmful. The conversation will be facilitated by recommendations from Transforming Hearts Collective*. Being a welcoming congregation is an ongoing process of learning, let’s take an evening to learn more.
https://www.uuworld.org/articles/after-l-g-b (link to article)
*Transforming Hearts Collective: a collective of four trans and queer faith leaders that supports congregations in becoming radically welcoming spiritual homes for queer and trans people of all races, classes, abilities, sexualities, and ages.
BUUF’s DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Celebrating 60 years of liberal religion, social and environmental justice in Berrien County
SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2019
5:30 PM Happy Hour
6:00 PM Group Photo
6:30 PM Dinner
Child care provided / Casual attire
Donations joyfully, cheerfully, happily accepted!
Host: David Sarra, Berrien UU Board Member
This Sunday, April 28, we celebrate a very important milestone in our fellowship’s history. It has been 60 years since we were first admitted to the AUA (American Unitarian Association). We are marking the occasion with a special Sunday service honoring significant individuals, events, accomplishments and artifacts from throughout our history. Among our special guest speakers will be two children of our original founders (Jim Fuller and Diane Fuller Brown in addition to their spouses). Our minister, Rev. Jim McConnell, will offer a homily titled, “Will You Still Love Me When I’m 64?” Dave Sarra will share a special Story for All Ages recalling what Religious Education classes looked like 15 to 20 years ago (and what our young adults looked like when they were youngsters!) Candace will again nurture our souls with piano music, and the BUUF Musicians will sing a special number.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about our fellowship’s history, pay tribute to members (alive and deceased) who contributed greatly to our formation and growth, and recommit to our mission of being “a welcoming and caring religious community dedicated to diversity of thought, social and environmental justice, and peace for all.” All members and friends are invited to bring items to our altar that represent a piece of BUUF history (photos, mementos, etc.), that were especially meaningful to our founders (books, artwork, etc.), or that signify BUUF’s special role in your life (symbols of fellowship, peace, nature, social justice, etc.)
Join us in community this Sunday, as we pay tribute to our rich history, current-day impact, and hope-filled future.
All women are invited to gather in sacred circle to celebrate Beltane* on May 1st at 7pm at Berrien UU Fellowship. This is a sacred time of year which celebrates fertility, abundance, renewal and joy.
What has been growing inside you and is ready to be birthed? What attachments might need releasing in order for new growth to occur? Let us gather, as women have for thousands of years, in healing circles, sharing and caring for one another and celebrating the changing seasons with joy and wonder, together.
Please bring a symbol for our altar of something you want to manifest in your life. Something ready to be nurtured and developed during this growing season. And if you are willing and able, please bring a snack to share after the ritual.
If you have any questions, or suggestions for this gathering, please feel free to contact Renee Kauffman at firstname.lastname@example.org (a former BUUF member and forever friend)
* From Wikipedia: “Beltane (/ˈbɛl.teɪn/) is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh—and is similar to the Welsh Calan Mai.
“Beltane is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature, and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around or jump over the bonfire or pass between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast, and some of the food and drink would be offered to the aos sí. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush: a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Holy wells were also visited, while Beltane dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness. Many of these customs were part of May Day or Midsummer festivals in other parts of Great Britain and Europe.”