Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has recently affiliated with Interfaith Action of SW Michigan. Sid Mohn, Director of the Interfaith Action Collaborative, will be providing an overview of the 2020 agenda with its focus on work in areas of: environmental justice, social/economic inclusion/rights, migration, & gun violence reduction/peacekeeping.
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.
This Sunday, Tracie Crenshaw will deliver a message that is titled “Moments of Change: How Powerful are Transformations in Women?” She will expand on types of changes women experience in mind, body and spirit, and discuss how embracing the transformations creates a more positive transition period.
BUUF welcomes the Lakeview Chamber Players who will provide special music during the service. Come a few minutes early so as not to miss their extended prelude as people are gathering. We are grateful to them for their gratis performance.
Meet the Lakeview Chamber Players…
Isabel Jackson is a retired music teacher and pianist/ organist who lived in Long Island, NY, for 30 years. When moving back to Michigan in 1990, she started Lakeview Chamber Players with various string and wind players.
Ginny Burd thanks her parents and the public schools of Battle Creek Lakeview for encouraging her to begin to study the violin. She also had wonderful music teachers throughout high school and university. She loves playing in orchestras and playing chamber music. Ginny thanks Isabel for time together as a trio with Lynne.
Lynne Tan is a full-time ceramic artist and part-time cello student who started learning to play the cello a few months before her 40th birthday. She is forever grateful to Isabel and Ginny for traveling with her on a magical journey of music making and sharing.
Please join the Fundraising Team to help raise money for BUUF in the coming year. Thanks to the Fundraising Team’s hard work in 2019, we are getting closer to meeting our 2019/2020 budget. Your creative ideas and helping hands are very much needed and appreciated.
BUUFers prepare and serve lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.
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.
Led by BUUF Board Secretary Sandy Walker, a new Citizens Climate Lobby chapter is being established in St. Joseph. BUUF is happy to sponsor this organization as one of our environmental justice initiatives. This three-hour training session for new Climate Advocates will allow you to:
- Learn the basics of becoming an effective climate advocate
- Review the structure, mission, and purpose of CCL
- Learn how to build constructive relationships with elected representatives
- Review CCL’s methodology of creating political will
- Practice how to appeal to the best in others and build common ground
- Review the details and further resources to understand Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
If you are interested in volunteering as a Climate Advocate, please join Sandy and other environmental justice seekers at this event.
About Citizens Climate Lobby: “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.”