Mindfulness Workshop: “Hands: Past & Future”
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "Hands: Past & Future"

For this week’s mindfulness workshop, we are lucky to have guest leader Lisa Quinlin lead us in a meditation and teach us an art therapy exercise called “Hands: Past & Future.”  You will need: craft materials of your choosing, such as paint, marker, pencil, coloring pencils. No artistic skills required!

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Meeting ID: 984 6328 4571
Passcode: 988033

Sunday Service: “The Inspirational Life of Harvey Milk”
May 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

This Sunday, May 23rd, we continue with our May theme of “Peace for All.” The focus for the service is a celebration of the inspirational life of politician and gay activist Harvey Milk. Lia McCoskey will have our opening words. Bridget Lorenz and Brett Maccani will each share their perspectives in readings, and Terra Rasmusen, PhD., and Rev. Jim McConnell will bring separate readings under the title of “The Challenge to be a Self.” Additionally, Julie Williams and Iris Lorenz will have some special music for us, Katharine Lion has picked out a great “Story for All Ages,” and our BUUF Musicians have chosen some lovely inspiring music. Join on Zoom.

Those on our Order of Service distribution list will receive an Order of Service email on Saturday with the Zoom login details. If you are not on this list and would like to attend, please email for Zoom information.

Builder’s Challenge for RE Kids: “Food Insecurity”
May 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Builder's Challenge for RE Kids: "Food Insecurity"

We will continue our challenge, Food Insecurity. Here are some things to think about:

Food Insecurity:

Many families in the U.S. are what’s called Food Insecure, meaning that they don’t have enough to eat. Our congregation sponsors our local Soup Kitchen to help feed hungry people. What are some other ways to provide food to your townspeople?

Things to Keep in mind when building your town:

  • Where do people in your town get groceries?
  • What if they don’t have money to pay for groceries?
  • How far away does the food come from?
  • Do the food stores have fresh food or only processed foods?
  • Are there a variety of grocery companies in your town?
  • Do people grow their own food in your town, do they share food?
  • Is there a place for farmers to sell their food?


What is food insecurity? (1:38 min)

Food Access & Equity (2:49min)

Food Utilization (1:22min)

Urban farming (2:26min)

Circle Talk
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Sunday Service: “Working for Peace Means Working for Social Justice”
May 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

This Sunday, May 30th, our worship service is focused on the correlation between social justice and peace. In his sermon titled, “Working for Peace Means Working for Social Justice,” Rev. Jim McConnell will examine the interconnectedness of Peace and Justice. Additionally, Gloria Weberg will speak to us about the legacy of activist Ada S. McKinley, Dennis Higdon will address the topic of evolving towards racial equity, Les Rorick and Kristina McCloskey will bring us a song, Jim and Lisa Fuller will oversee our Fabric of Life ceremony, Katharine Lion has chosen another great Story For All Ages, and our BUUF Musicians will have more great music for us. Join on Zoom.

Those on our Order of Service distribution list will receive an Order of Service email on Saturday with the Zoom login details. If you are not on this list and would like to attend, please email for Zoom information.

Featured Image: Ada S. McKinley, Social Activist, 1868-1952 (Founder of Ada S. McKinley Community Services)

Circle Talk
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Racial Justice Discussion Group
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Racial Justice Discussion Group

We will be meeting to discuss the future topics for the Racial Justice Discussion Group. Come with suggestions for books, podcasts, articles, etc. Let’s plan our learning for the next few months.

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Meeting ID: 972 6616 7007
Passcode: 839394

BH Soup Kitchen
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Mindfulness Workshop: “BYOP”
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "BYOP"

For this week’s mindfulness workshop it is BYOP – bring your own project! We will start off with a quick meditation and then work on our own projects while brainstorming where we want the Mindfulness Workshop to go.

You will need: a project and craft materials of your choosing. Please note the time change for those who wish to attend the UU Women’s Spring Retreat.

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Meeting ID: 910 0877 0346
Passcode: 389403

Prepare and Serve Lunch at Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen @ Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen
Jun 5 @ 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.