Environmental Justice Film Series: “Living the Change” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Justice Film Series: "Living the Change" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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!

Parents’ Night Out: Potluck Dinner at the La Fleurs @ Home of Beth and David La Fleur
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Parents' Night Out: Potluck Dinner at the La Fleurs @ Home of Beth and David La Fleur

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.

Sunday Service: “Giving is What We Do” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: “Giving is What We Do” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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.

Circle Talk
Nov 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Sunday Service: “Sacred Moments in Awe” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Dec 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Sacred Moments in Awe" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Tracie Crenshaw and Katharine Lion bring you, this Sunday, December 1st at 10:30am, an hour of Sacred Moments in Awe with the musical stylings of Nick Rowse and the visual stylings of Nico Rojas. Join us as we step out of convention and into the song of the universe.

Circle Talk
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Free Film and Non-Partisan Discussion on Michigan Voting Rights @ Bridgman Public Library
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Film and Non-Partisan Discussion on Michigan Voting Rights @ Bridgman Public Library

In 2018, Michigan voters approved significant changes to our state’s voting procedures. To better understand these changes, Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is sponsoring a presentation on those changes and screening the short documentary “Suppressed: The Fight To Vote,” to prompt community discussion and learn more about how Michigan’s new procedures may affect every voter in every election.

Documentarian Robert Greenwald’s 37-minute film, released in September 2019, exposes rampant voter suppression that affected the outcome of the 2018 midterm election in Georgia and the threat it poses to elections in 2020.

Voter suppression happens all over the United States and takes many forms. Learn more about these in order to protect your right to vote and learn what Michigan is doing to help protect against voter suppression.

Join this non-partisan community conversation. All are welcome. Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake Street, Bridgman, Michigan 49106.

BUUF Book Club Meeting: “Beartown” @ Home of Dorothy Long
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BUUF Book Club Meeting: "Beartown" @ Home of Dorothy Long

The next book club meeting will take place on Friday, December 6th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Dorothy Long will be hosting the meeting in her home. Join the group to discuss “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. 

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semifinal match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made, and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. 

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

BH Soup Kitchen
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

BUUFers prepare and serve lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.

Prepare and Serve Lunch at Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen @ Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Berrien UU  Fellowship serves lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen the first Saturday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December). Berrien UU volunteers prepare the meal, greet guests and help clean up the kitchen. This is a terrific opportunity to serve the greater community, support our Social Justice mission and enjoy the company of fellow BUUFers and guests at the kitchen. Rev. Jim McConnell generously leads the group in planning the meal and dessert and he will gladly find a role for all volunteers, whether they’ve helped dozens of times or this is their first time. Please consider coming to the Soup Kitchen to help, even if it’s only for an hour or two.

The Soup Kitchen is located at 233 Michigan Street in Benton Harbor.