General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.
The Power of We
What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our congregations in new and powerful ways.
This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We,” as well as the possibility, the purpose, the struggle and the joy of what it means to be together in faithful community. In the past two years, Unitarian Universalism has recommitted to the work of liberation inside and outside our faith community. The antidote to a time of dangerous dehumanization is a love that connects us to our deeper humanity. Come to Spokane to experience what our shared faith can become when we embrace the Power of We.
Registration and Housing Open March 1
GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System open at 9 a.m. PST at www.uua.org/ga
The Spokane region is the gateway for adventure and exploration in the Intermountain Northwest. Located driving distance from Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, Spokane is nestled in natural beauty.
Spokane is located on interstate I-90, 110 miles from the Canadian border and 18 miles from Idaho. It is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis.
Spokane International Airport (GEG) is serviced by Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United Airlines. Nonstop service is offered to 17 destinations, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, and LAX.
Spokane is accessible by rail via Amtrak’s Empire Builder route (Chicago – St. Paul/Minneapolis – Spokane – Portland/Seattle). It is also reachable by Greyhound Bus.
GA will offer more than 100 programming selections over the course of five days. This year, in addition to Theme-Based Programming, the schedule will feature Role-Based Track Programming, including time for discussion among attendees, sharing inspiring models and stories, and concrete suggestions for how to further the work or “take it home.” More programming details are available at www.uua.org/ga.
Financial Aid Available
The UUA is committed to the goal of making GA accessible to as many attendees as possible. Go to uua.org/ga in the month of March to learn about scholarships to support delegates – particularly those from marginalized groups – and volunteer opportunities (work in exchange for registration).
The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 PM.
(2018). Named Inc. Magazine’s best business documentary of 2018, PARIS TO PITTSBURGH focuses on the incredible action individuals, communities, businesses and local governments in the U.S. have undertaken to combat the threat of climate change in their own backyards in the wake of the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. The film explores the very real social and economic effects of climate change-fueled disasters – from America’s heartland to the nation’s coastlines and the island of Puerto Rico. The premise of the documentary is based on a Twitter response from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to President Trump the moment he pulled out of the Paris Agreement. The film is 77 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!
Join Linda Lobik at BUUF’s memorial garden for a couple hours of maintenance. Bring your favorite gardening tools. Dandelions diggers are especially helpful for pulling ground ivy. Linda will provide guidance and do some pruning.
Rain date is 10 am Wednesday June 26.
We have invited two representatives from the OutCenter to join us for this month’s Creative Conversations to discuss sexual orientation and gender identity. Kathryn McBride is the Program Coordinator and Community Educator for the OutCenter and will kick things off with a brief introduction to terminology and concepts. Paula Camp is the founder of the League of Extraordinary Genders support group and the VOICES of Southwest Michigan speaker series. She will help guide our conversation around transgender issues from a first person perspective. They welcome all questions and look forward to an engaging and robust conversation.
Dave Sarra has generously offered to provide refreshments for this event, which is open to the entire community. Please invite your friends and family to attend. As an aside, BUUF members have voted to work toward renewing our Welcoming Congregation status with the UUA, and this event will be helpful in meeting the requirements.
We are dedicating the last Sunday service of the church year, June 30th, to our BUUF volunteers. This includes our volunteer board members, RE teachers, building and grounds maintenance crew, soup kitchen volunteers, those who provide refreshments after service and those who clean up afterward, our BUUF Musicians, volunteer Sunday service presenters, and so many, many others. These individuals have kept our fellowship true to its mission and operational through their sustained efforts.
Join us this Sunday to show appreciation for our volunteers and be recognized for your own volunteer efforts. During the service, Dorothy Long and Sandy Walker will share their perspectives on volunteering and the meaning they derive from it. Lois Sundstrom will bring us the Story for All Ages and Harvey Johnson will be sitting in the Poet’s Corner. Rev. Jim McConnell will deliver a homily entitled “Will the Last One Out Shut Off the Lights?”
Since it is the last Sunday of the month, Gloria Weberg will lead us in the Fabric of Life ceremony to honor those dear to us who have passed. The service will also include two special musical numbers: Ralph Heibutzki will perform “Amazing Grace” and the BUUF Musicians will sing “Come Sunday.”
Following the service, everyone is invited to enjoy a delicious Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and light entertainment provided by the Membership team. Come and celebrate another fruitful year and the loving contributions made by you and your fellow BUUFers!