Jan
14
Tue
Spiritual Frontiers Facility Rental
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
15
Wed
Interfaith Action “No Longer A Stranger” Working Group Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Katharine Lion, Director of Religious Education, is a member of the Southwest Michigan Interfaith Action Working Group: “No Longer A Stranger.” The group will be meeting at BUUF on Wednesday, January 15, from 6:00 to 7:15 PM. If you are interested in creating a welcoming environment for refugees and immigrants, you may be interested in joining this group and attending the meeting.

From the SW MI Interfaith Action website:

Interfaith Action (SW Michigan Peace & Justice Collaborative) is a coalition of various faith communities who understand that we are stronger when we act together.

CURRENT CAMPAIGN

No Longer A Stranger.

The categorization of people into “us” or “them” is one of the first steps to the fear that leads us to mistreat, dehumanize, and alienate “them.” Interfaith Action believes that when refugees and immigrants seek a new home, they are no longer strangers. This working group seeks to create a welcoming space for the stranger as our neighbor and friend. This group seeks to influence policy through lobbying our government institutions for the implementation of fair, just and generous refugee and immigration policies and practices.

Keep up-to-date on upcoming events and activities by looking at our Fall calendar and reading and subscribing to our weekly newsletter.

Jan
16
Thu
Environmental Justice Film Series: “Make the World – GRETA – Again” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Justice Film Series: "Make the World - GRETA - Again" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 PM.

(2019) Make The World Greta Again. Upon realizing her generation won’t have a future unless the world’s politicians act now on climate change, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped school in August 2018 to protest outside the Swedish parliament. What started as a one-person strike soon gained global momentum. We follow Greta and the organizers of the school strikes for climate as they are cementing a worldwide movement ahead of their first global protest that took place on March 15th, 2019. It was the biggest climate strike in history with up to 1.6 million students in more than 125 countries. The film is 33 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!

Jan
17
Fri
BUUF Book Club: “The Confessions of Frances Godwin” @ Home of Julie Williams
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BUUF Book Club: "The Confessions of Frances Godwin" @ Home of Julie Williams

The next book club meeting will take place on Friday, January 17th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The group will be discussing the book “The Confessions of Frances Godwin” by Robert Hellenga. Julie Williams will host the discussion at her home.

“The Confessions of Frances Godwin is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst transgressions-starting with her affair with Paul, whom she later marries. Now that Paul is dead and she’s retired, Frances Godwin thinks her story is over-but of course the rest of her life is full of surprises, including the truly shocking turn of events that occurs when she takes matters into her own hands after her daughter Stella’s husband grows increasingly abusive. And though she is not a particularly pious person, in the aftermath of her actions, God begins speaking to her. Theirs is a deliciously antagonistic relationship that will compel both believers and nonbelievers alike.

From a small town in the Midwest to the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, The Confessions of Frances Godwin touches on the great questions of human existence: Is there something ‘out there’ that takes an interest in us? Or is the universe ultimately indifferent?”

Jan
18
Sat
Mindfulness Workshop: “One Word Intention Practice” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "One Word Intention Practice" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This month for our mindfulness workshop we will learn a practice that can be renewed each New Year. Instead of making lots of resolutions that don’t keep, try forming one word to focus your year on instead. Learn this simple practice with a guided meditation.

Any questions may be directed towards: dre@berrienuu.org

Exploring Solutions to Climate Change @ St. Joseph City Library
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Exploring Solutions to Climate Change @ St. Joseph City Library

Please come as you are for this introduction to Citizens Climate Lobby, (CCL) now forming a Saint Joseph Chapter. CCL empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions. Our supporters are organized in more than 400 local chapters across the United States. Together we’re building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.

This event was organized by Sandy Walker, BUUF Board Secretary, who is starting up a new chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby here in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Jan
19
Sun
Sunday Service: “Social Justice Sunday” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

This Sunday Rev. Jim McConnell will deliver a message titled: “How Working for Social Justice Will Make You a Better Lover.”  In his message Jim will discuss how working for justice is a spiritual discipline that expands the soul and deepens our connection to ourselves, our community, our nation, and our planet.

 

Sunday Service: “Social Justice Sunday” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

This Sunday Rev. Jim McConnell will deliver a message titled: “How Working for Social Justice Will Make You a Better Lover.”  In his message Jim will discuss how working for justice is a spiritual discipline that expands the soul and deepens our connection to ourselves, our community, our nation, and our planet.

 

Circle Talk
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Green Sanctuary Team Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Green Sanctuary Team Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

BUUF Board Member Diane Gibbons has been working with Sandy Walker, Harvey Johnson and others to review the necessary steps to have our Green Sanctuary Candidate status advanced to Green Sanctuary Certified. Based on her review, it appears we have largely accomplished the primarily pillars of our plan and now need to gather documentation to share with the UUA.

If you are interested in promoting BUUF’s status as a Green Sanctuary and continuing progress on initiatives like the children’s garden, please join Diane Gibbons and other members of the Green Sanctuary Team for a meeting on Sunday, January 19th, following the service. All interested BUUFers, including newcomers, are invited to attend.