For this week’s mindfulness workshop, we will be adding to our wheel of the year and celebrating Summer Solstice. This will be the last Sabbat on this year’s wheel! Hope you can join us in person at BUUF. We will be ending no later than 11:30 for those who wish to attend the Junteenth celebrations in Benton Harbor.
The Wheel of the Year is an ancient method whereby Northern agrarian societies marked the turning of the seasons.
You will need: Current Wheel of the Year or if not yet created: paper or primed canvas/board. Other craft materials like: paint, marker, pencil, coloring pencils. If you have not been fully vaccinated, please wear a mask.
Sunday, June 20th, is the Summer Solstice, when the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky. This is also the day of our annual Summer Solstice service. Join fellow BUUFers in celebrating the astronomical return of summer at 10:30am this Sunday, June 20th, via Zoom. As usual, there will be an assortment of readings, music, visuals and more to mark this annual day of celebration.
“May the long time sun
Shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.”
We will continue our challenge, Education Accessibility. Here are some things to think about:
Lifelong education is so important but not everybody has equal access to education. Affordability, disabilities and differences in ways people learn are all stumbling blocks for access to education. How can we address these issues in our towns?
Things to keep in mind when building your town:
- Where do people learn in your community?
- What sort of things can they learn, is there a variety of things to learn?
- Are there various learning styles?
- How do you address the costs of education?
- Does everyone have access to education regardless of their age or ability?
- Can they get tutoring help if they need it?
Inclusion and Education (2:50min)
Is Free College as good as it sounds? (5:42min)
College V.S. Trade School (9:02 min)
Difference in Cognition, not a disorder (13:36min)
We will be meeting in person and on Zoom to wrap up the RE Builder’s Challenge Program. Kids come show off your towns and briefly learn about three more important challenges, healthcare equity, religious diversity & social justice.
- How hard is it to see a doctor in your town, what if you didn’t have a car?
- If someone is unemployed and can’t afford it, can they see a doctor? What if they need an expensive surgery?
- How do people keep healthy? Exercise, eating?
- How do people practice spirituality in your town?
- Are there multiple houses of worship, if so what are they?
- Do people ever have conflicts from different religions? If so, how are the conflicts resolved or handled?
- How is your town welcoming for people of all different nationalities, sexual orientations and gender identities or skin colors
- What happens if or when people of different groups don’t get along?
- How do you protect vulnerable people?
Health Inequities (watch until 3:30, then becomes ad):
Healthy habits (6:34):
Introduction to World Religions (6:22):
What is religious discrimination? (4:02):
What is inequality and social justice? (2:00):
A is for Activist [lots of good terminology] (7:18):
The June Board Meeting will be held in person on Monday, June 21st at 6:30 PM at Berrien UU Fellowship. Anyone who wishes to attend but cannot be there in person is invited to join virtually. Please contact BUUF president Beth La Fleur for login information. This will be the last meeting of the 2020-21 board; however, all newly elected board members (as well as interested BUUFers) are invited to attend as well.
We will be reading and discussing the book “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia E. Butler. It is a science fiction novel that provides commentary on climate change and social inequality. There is also a graphic novel version if you prefer it.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 972 6616 7007
This will be our last Creative Mindfulness Workshop! We will be setting intentions for the next phase of our creative mindfulness journey. You can bring any materials that are calling to you: collage, watercolor, acrylic, pastels – even crayons will do. You can prepare for this workshop by thinking of and making a list of things/insights you gained from the workshops. It’s good to see where you’ve been before you move forward!
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 910 0877 0346
We are planning a BUUF campout on our grounds Saturday June 26th through Sunday, June 27th. Feel free to camp in a tent, on the floor of the sanctuary, or in your lightweight camper. Activities will be planned throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. BUUFers are welcome to stay overnight Friday through Sunday, Saturday night only, or to just stop by to join the activities Saturday afternoon or evening.
Glen & Suzi Smith will be setting up a pickle ball court and teaching us how to play. Suzi also has a rock painting activity for us. We may also have a scavenger hunt and sing-a-long or talent show if there is enough interest. Additional fun activities are still being planned. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend or plan an activity!
Note: Please don’t bring campers over 5,000 pounds in order to protect our driveway and parking lot.
June is Pride month. LGBTQIA+ pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and other orientations. The June 27 service is brought to you by BUUF’s Welcoming Congregation Committee.
Brett Maccani will serve as service leader. Dorothy Long will light the chalice. David Sarra will describe what it means to be a Welcoming Congregation. Katharine Lion will present “The Church for All,” a story for all ages. Music and videos will communicate LGBTQ pride. Steve Yeagley will present a message titled “Love Does No Harm: Serving LGTBQ+ Students at a Local Christian University.” Steve Yeagley, D.Min., is assistant vice president for Campus and Student Life at Andrews University and adjunct professor of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. An ordained Adventist minister, he has served on the Berrien Springs campus since 1998. As a student life professional, he is dedicated to the wellbeing of all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or cultural background.
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 email@example.com for Zoom information.
“I was not ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful.”