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.”
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.
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*LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning + Intersex, Asexual and related communities / TGQNB stands for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary
The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 PM.
(2018) Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. The film is 85 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 Fellowship President 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!
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.
The November Parents’ Night Out is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd. Parents are invited to bring their children to Berrien UU Fellowship at 6:00 PM, where they will eat a healthy meal and engage in fun, kid-friendly activities. Lisa Fuller, Rev. Jim McConnell, Joan Guilfoyle and other adult volunteers will provide child care. Meanwhile, Beth and David La Fleur have invited parents to a potluck dinner, celebration of November birthdays, and game night at their house. Enjoy this opportunity for a relaxing, child-free evening with other BUUF parents.
This Sunday, November 24th, Shawnaque (Shawnee Woman of the South) will share the Inside Scoop on the first Thanksgiving. Deej Leggitt’s sermon will be titled “Giving is What We Do.” Deej will also drum and lead “Fly Like an Eagle” as a call and response, and both Hunter and Deej will tell the Story for All Ages. Jim Gehring will read “A Poem by Tecumseh,” and Lisa Fuller will be our service leader.
Come and celebrate the first Americans and the sacred act of giving.