Oct
23
Wed
Community Conversations: “Let’s Talk About Voting Rights” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Conversations: "Let's Talk About Voting Rights" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is excited to announce a Community Conversation on Voting Rights. In 2018, Michigan voters approved significant changes to our state’s voting procedures. We would like to help you understand these changes. This is a non-partisan event. We will be screening the short film “Suppressed: The Fight To Vote.” Learn about the new procedures and have a conversation as a community. All are invited to attend. BYOB & potluck snacks. For more information, contact DRE@berrienuu.org.

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, the new documentary by Robert Greenwald weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues – all of which disproportionately prevented many students and people of color from casting their ballots.

Oct
25
Fri
Sunday Services Team Meeting @ Web Conference via Zoom
Oct 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Sunday Services Team meets monthly via web conference. Meetings are the fourth Friday from 10:30 AM to noon. Please contact Lisa Fuller or Gretchen Ohmann for instructions on how to join the meeting via Zoom, if you are interested. Some of the issues addressed by the Sunday Services Team include the following:

  • Theme-based services (monthly theme and weekly service topics)
  • Whole congregation worship (drawing all ages into the service and accommodating the needs of all congregants)
  • Sanctuary set-up
  • Arranging for and preparing Sunday service speakers and leaders
  • Greeter ministry

The mission of the Sunday Services Team is to support the creation of meaningful services that flow smoothly, embody our seven principles, six sources, and UU values, and engage the whole congregation. Lisa Fuller is Sunday Services Chair.

BUUF Book Club Meeting: “The Overstory” by Richard Powers @ Home of Amy Eklund
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BUUF Book Club Meeting: "The Overstory" by Richard Powers @ Home of Amy Eklund

The BUUF Book Club will meet on Friday, October 25th, at 7:00 PM at the home of Amy Eklund. Participants will discuss the book “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. (Note: There will be no November Book Club Meeting due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

More About “The OverStory”:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book and a Washington PostTimeOprah MagazineNewsweekChicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018
 
An Amazon Best Book of April 2018: Do you love trees? I thought I did, until I read Richard Powers’s The Overstory, and I realized that my appreciation of trees was lightweight at best. When one of Powers’s characters goes to a small grove outside her office window to determine the tree’s species, “She stands with her nose in the bark, perversely intimate. She doses herself for a long time, like a hospice patient self-administering the morphine.” Trees are not exactly an addiction to the wide-ranging cast of characters–an engineer, a Vietnam vet, a college student, a videogame designer, and more—but more like a touchstone that offers tradition and destiny at once. Powers, a National Book Award and Pushcart Prize–winning author, is devious in that he first immerses the reader in the lives of his characters before delicately oxygenating his story with the devastation of Dutch elm disease, the enduring strength of the sequoia, and the communication methods trees use to warn of predators and to lure allies. The Overstory might sound a bit woo-woo—and it definitely is that, though in such a way that it inspires passion instead of eye-rolling. This gorgeously written novel will seduce you into looking more closely at not only our fellow human beings but the towering bio-kingdom that is too often merely a backdrop to our days. Perhaps, like me, you will be inspired to walk out into the night to smell the rain sweeping through the nearby evergreen trees. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review
Oct
26
Sat
Teen Pride Halloween Party @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Teen Pride Halloween Party @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Food, music, games, and all things spooky!

Hosted by the OutCenter and Berrien UU Fellowship

Oct
27
Sun
Sunday Service: “Does Netflix Hack Your Brain?” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Oct 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Does Netflix Hack Your Brain?" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Are algorithms taking the place of human will?  Are Humans evolving into a new species?  What does it mean to be Human in the “Age of Data?”  This Sunday, October 27th, the theme of the service is the spiritual and psychological effect of the growing use of AI to influence human behavior.  The title of Rev. Jim McConnell’s sermon is: “Does Netflix Hack Your Brain?” As usual, the service will be a cast of many.

Come and join us.

Click here for a brief video preface…

Circle Talk
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Oct
29
Tue
Spiritual Frontiers Facility Rental
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oct
30
Wed
Made with Love Stitching Circle
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Made with Love Stitching Circle

Made with love stitchers, join together for a circle stitch. This is an informal group meet-up for working on projects. Also, see the progress we’ve made for our friends at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen and take some yarn for future projects. Any skill level is welcome. We will be meeting at a new location, 9589 Clark Street in Bridgman, MI. Street parking on the opposite side of the road.

Please RSVP to dre@berrienuu.org

Nov
2
Sat
BUUF Rummage/Boutique Sale @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
BUUF Rummage/Boutique Sale @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Berrien UU Fellowship is hosting a Rummage & Boutique sale with a variety of items donated by our membership. Items may include:

Furniture

Housewares

Clothing

Small Appliances

Sports and Outdoor Equipment

Toys

…and more!

Come early for the best selection. The sale is indoors, and on-site parking is available.

Nov
3
Sun
Sunday Service: “Woody Allen, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Day of the Dead” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Woody Allen, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Day of the Dead" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, November 3rd, we will examine how the fear of our own deaths affects us psychologically, spiritually and socially.  In his sermon, “Woody Allen, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Day of the Dead,” Rev. Jim McConnell will examine some of humanity’s strategies for dealing with death.  He will also discuss how dealing with our fear of death has put us on an evolutionary trajectory that has propelled Humanity to achievements far beyond any other species on this planet, including some very good achievements and some that are very bad.  Will the denial and fear of death propel us even further up an evolutionary path or will it lead to our ultimate destruction as a species?  All this sounds quite depressing.  It is not.  This will be a service of hope.
Additionally, the BUUf Musicians will bring us their usual feast of good music, Vanessa Crenshaw will tell “The Story for All Ages,” Nan Lundeen will bring us a poem, and Joan Guilfoyle will be our reader.
Come, join us.