May
30
Sun
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 office@berrienuu.org 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
Jun
3
Thu
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.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97266167007?pwd=Uno4ejlyeEkvWGhyMGE2c25NaEJqQT09

Meeting ID: 972 6616 7007
Passcode: 839394

Jun
5
Sat
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.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91008770346?pwd=Tlk0WXZ5MHJCVmQ4ME9jYW55MnBzdz09

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.

Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed for Saturday, June 5th
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed for Saturday, June 5th

Our next turn at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen is Saturday, June 5. This turn sort of snuck up on us, so please contact Beth (balafleur@comcast.net) ASAP if you are available to help put lunches together that Saturday or do any planning or shopping ahead of time. Thank you!

UU Women’s Connection Virtual Spring Retreat: “Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky”
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
UU Women's Connection Virtual Spring Retreat: "Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky"

The keynote speaker for this retreat is BUUF’s very own Nan Lundeen. Participants will look at the beauty and the challenges of our Earth through Nan Lundeen’s poetry, essays, and chosen artwork. Nan will provide resources to help us decide how we can do more to honor and sustain Earth, our home.

The Keynote Workshop is “Going to the Well: Reclaiming Ourselves Through Memoir.” You will need writing tools and comfortable clothing. The workshop includes some meditation. Sharing is optional.

There will be two afternoon workshops:

  • “Grounding Techniques for Trauma & Dissociation” by Heather McMeekan, MS
  • “Sanity Gardening” By Pauline Jackson

Cost is only $30. Register by clicking this link.

Jun
6
Sun
2021 Annual Meeting
Jun 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The first Sunday in June is designated in BUUF’s bylaws as the congregational Annual Meeting. The 2021 Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, June 6th, at 10:30 AM. This year’s meeting will be held via Zoom.

We will use this time to:

  • Reflect upon the past year (State of the Fellowship report by Beth La Fleur)
  • Review and discuss the proposed new 5-Year Strategic Plan based on a variety of input from BUUF members and friends
  • Review and discuss the proposed 2021/22 Fellowship Budget
  • Vote for Board, Endowment Committee, and Nominating Committee candidates
Members, Voting Members, and Friends of BUUF are invited to attend the Annual Meeting, which takes the place of our usual Sunday service.  To prepare, everyone is encouraged to review all available reports and proposals prior to the meeting. Only 2020-2021 voting members are eligible to vote at the meeting. (Please click on this link to see if you are a 2020-2021 voting member.)

Due to the added time requirements and complications when conducting a meeting via Zoom, guidelines for discussion will be introduced. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with a two-minute time limit. Participants will be asked to mute their lines when not speaking. Those calling on land lines will be unmuted at appropriate times and asked if they would like to speak. Voting may take a bit longer than usual, but every eligible vote will be counted.

Join us in this annual exercise in democracy. Your input is important.

2021 Annual Meeting
Jun 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
2021 Annual Meeting

The first Sunday in June is designated in BUUF’s bylaws as the congregational Annual Meeting. The 2021 Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, June 6th, at 10:30 AM. This year’s meeting will be held via Zoom.

We will use this time to:

  • Reflect upon the past year (State of the Fellowship report by Beth La Fleur)
  • Review and discuss the proposed new 5-Year Strategic Plan based on a variety of input from BUUF members and friends
  • Review and discuss the proposed 2021/22 Fellowship Budget
  • Vote for Board, Endowment Committee, and Nominating Committee candidates

Members, Voting Members, and Friends of BUUF are invited to attend the Annual Meeting, which takes the place of our usual Sunday service.  To prepare, everyone is encouraged to review all available reports and proposals prior to the meeting. Only 2020-2021 voting members are eligible to vote at the meeting. (Please click on this link to see if you are a 2020-2021 voting member.)

Committee annual reports will be posted to our website throughout the coming week. Please review these reports prior to the annual meeting. You can access them here.

Due to the added time requirements and complications when conducting a meeting via Zoom, guidelines for discussion will be introduced. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with a two-minute time limit. Participants will be asked to mute their lines when not speaking. Those calling on land lines will be unmuted at appropriate times and asked if they would like to speak. Voting may take a bit longer than usual, but every eligible vote will be counted.

Join us in this annual exercise in democracy. Your input is important.