BUUF Board Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The BUUF Board is scheduled to meet Sunday, November 10th, from 9:00am to 10:00am. Board members include:

Harvey Johnson, President
Beth La Fleur, Vice President
Dave Sarra, Treasurer
Sandy Walker, Secretary
Diane Gibbons, Member-at-Large

All BUUF members and friends are welcome to attend the meeting. Also, anyone can send a question or comment to the board at any time via

Democracy Now.

Sunday Service: “Why Aren’t There Any Bars or Churches on Sesame Street?” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Why Aren't There Any Bars or Churches on Sesame Street?" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, November 10th, We will be celebrating National Sesame Street Day,  In his sermon titled: “Why Aren’t There Any Bars or Churches on Sesame Street?” Rev. Jim McConnell will take us a little farther up the block, where Sesame Street is a little seedier.  There we will meet a bartender, a sex worker, the president of a multinational corporation, and the minister of the Sesame Street Unitarian Universalist  Fellowship.  On our journey to this less seen part of Sesame Street we will learn the A B Cs of self-discovery.
Additionally, the BUUF Musicians will have some more great music for us, the young ones will have a Story for All Ages, and Mary Lou Elson will bring us a poem.
Circle Talk
Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Small Group Ministry: “Welcoming Congregation Renewal” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Small Group Ministry: "Welcoming Congregation Renewal" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Community Conversations, Small Group Ministry & Welcoming Congregation Committee are teaming up to complete our Welcoming Congregation renewal with a module that informs, educates, and raises awareness about the issues and needs of the LGBTQ+ / TGQNB* community. Join us for this renewal seminar in the month of November with two different date/time opportunities. We will be watching the movie Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story. Following the movie will be a UUA guided discussion. We will also learn the state of inequality for the LGBTQ+ / TGQNB* community in the nation & specifically in Michigan using the HRC State Equality Index.

Please contact for more details.

Read Rev. Michael J. Crumpler’s letter to UUA congregations for the state of welcoming congregations in the UU faith.

*LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning + Intersex, Asexual and related communities / TGQNB stands for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary

Mindfulness Workshop: Chanting the “Om” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: Chanting the "Om" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This month for our mindfulness workshop we will be practicing a chanting meditation that comes from Saamdu Chetri, sometimes known as the Happiness Guru. It involves breathing & chanting in three-parts & is repeated for a length of time. Om, Ohm or Aum is the sacred sound of creation in Hindu tradition. Please notice the new time for the workshop.

Any questions may be directed towards:

Berrien UU AllComers Dinner and Discussion @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Berrien UU AllComers Dinner and Discussion @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

You are warmly invited to the upcoming UU AllComers dinner on Saturday, November 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. UU AllComers is a special evening of dinner, fellowship and discussion. Organizers provide a light supper so that Berrien UU friends old and new can get to know each other and learn more about BUUF and Unitarian Universalism.

To keep things fun and spirited, we are introducing some new twists this time around. There will be musical entertainment and possibly even a skit! Also, everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle for door prizes!

All are encouraged to attend this event! Child care will be provided upon request. Please RSVP to by Thursday, November 14. Please include any dietary restrictions in your RSVP so we can adjust the menu as needed.

Sunday Service: “An Idiot’s Guide to Being a Successful Idiot” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "An Idiot's Guide to Being a Successful Idiot" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
The theme for this Sunday, November 17th is the Spirituality of Mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Big mistakes, small mistakes, mistakes that hurt others and ourselves, and colossal mistakes that only and idiot would make.
Rev. Jim McConnell’s sermon is titled, “An Idiot’s guide to Being a Successful Idiot.” In it he will discuss how making mistakes can help us grow by forcing us to decide if we are going to pull into ourselves in an attempt to eliminate stress and anxiety or whether we are going to press ahead in the face of society’s and our own disapproval and create new ways of being Human.
As usual, the BUUF musicians will have some great music for us and other BUUFers will bring readings, poetry, and a Story for All Ages. In addition, we will offer an Ingathering Ceremony for any individuals who want to sign our membership book and become new members of our fellowship.
As a prelude to our service, please watch this 2-minute Charlie Chaplin Video.
Circle Talk
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Fundraising Team Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Fundraising Team,
Thank you all for everything you’ve done to make our rummage sale successful — from your initial ideas, to contacting the township, creating and placing signs, media advertising, to setting up, pricing, and staffing the sale!  And even purchasing items!
So far we’ve put $833 into the BUUF general fund.  We’ll try to sell the remaining items (and anything else brought in) during the tri-church rummage sale in May.
Let’s meet this Sunday, November 17, during/after refreshments (around noon) to de-brief ourselves and consider future fundraisers.
Thanks again!
Shared Pulpit Program @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Shared Pulpit Program @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Lisa Fuller will lead the first session of the Shared Pulpit program on Monday, November 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Six BUUFers have already signed up to participate, and there is room for a maximum of two more. Participants are asked to buy the book “Shared Pulpit” and read the Introduction prior to attending. There will be tea, water and a light snack at this first session.

The Shared Pulpit is “is a complete workshop to help lay people gain experience writing and preaching a full-length sermon for their congregation. This easy-to-use guide for both facilitators and participants provides a step-by-step lesson plan for eight sessions. Workshop members learn about the theory and theology of preaching, then practice writing and speaking with authenticity, gradually building toward composing quality 20-minute sermons. Workshop leaders learn to foster a supportive environment in which participants offer one another helpful feedback. The Shared Pulpit includes a separate leader’s guide, readings for homework, sample sermons, and exercises to help first-time preachers polish their preaching craft.”