Jul
29
Thu
Ethical Eating Group “Salad Supper” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jul 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Ethical Eating Group "Salad Supper" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
There will be an Ethical Eating Group “salad supper” on Thursday evening July 29th at 6:30 pm at BUUF. Kids are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian or vegan salad that will serve 6-8 people and your beverage. Donations of dessert, fruit, crackers or bread will also be welcome.
We hope to start meeting monthly to get acquainted, share ideas related to our own diet choices and look at what is happening “good”  and “not so good” in the food world around us.
Please bring a calendar and ideas for an outing/get together in August.
If we all want to eat outside…..bring insect spray……a comfy chair if you prefer…..or a blanket to sit on the ground.
If you are Covid uncomfortable eating shared food, that is perfectly ok. Bring your own meal for the evening. And of course, masks are still welcome.
Aug
1
Sun
Sunday Service: “Change Happens” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Change Happens" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, August 1st, the focus of the service is transition and change. Sometimes we want it. Sometimes we fear it. Whether we want it or fear, it almost always makes us uncomfortable.
Rev. Jim McConnell’s sermon is titled, “Change Happens.” In it he will talk about finding the emotional wherewithal to make the changes we need to make and the courage to endure the difficult changes that life sometimes has for us.  Additionally, Dick Berndt will have a reading on his perspective on transition and change, the Lorenz family will read the Story for All Ages, Vicki Thomas Dwyer will do our chalice work , and The BUUF Musicians will bring us more great music.  See you Sunday.
Note: We will continue distributing the Order of Service via email. This will ensure both BUUFers at home and those returning in person will receive a copy. It will also save trees since we won’t be printing multiple copies. You may want to bring your cell phone so you can easily pull up the Order of Service while participating in person.
Sunday Service: “Productive and Passionate Aging” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Productive and Passionate Aging" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, August 8th, the theme for our service is “Productive and Passionate Aging.” In his sermon, “Age of Grace,” Rev. Jim McConnell will speak about some of his own experiences with aging and the importance of finding one’s passion for living the creative and productive life, no matter what age you are. Additionally, Linda Lobik will bring a favorite poem, Mary Lou Elson will do our chalice work, Gloria Weberg will read the Story for All Ages, and Ellen Higdon will share her perspectives on Aging. See you Sunday!
Notes:
Due to a change in CDC guidelines, we will now be asking ALL in-person attendees to wear a mask when singing along with hymns. Unvaccinated adults and children are asked to wear masks anytime they are in the building. Please bring masks from home.
We will continue distributing the Order of Service via email. This will ensure both BUUFers at home and those returning in person will receive a copy. It will also save trees since we won’t be printing multiple copies. You may want to bring your cell phone so you can easily pull up the Order of Service while participating in person.
Aug
7
Sat
BH Soup Kitchen
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Prepare and Serve Lunch at Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen @ Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen
Aug 7 @ 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.

Aug
8
Sun
Sunday Service: “Productive and Passionate Aging” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Productive and Passionate Aging" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, August 8th, the theme for our service is “Productive and Passionate Aging.” In his sermon, “Age of Grace,” Rev. Jim McConnell will speak about some of his own experiences with aging and the importance of finding one’s passion for living the creative and productive life, no matter what age you are. Additionally, Linda Lobik will bring a favorite poem, Mary Lou Elson will do our chalice work, Gloria Weberg will read the Story for All Ages, and Ellen Higdon will share her perspectives on Aging. See you Sunday!
Notes:
Due to a change in CDC guidelines, we will now be asking ALL in-person attendees to wear a mask when singing along with hymns. Unvaccinated adults and children are asked to wear masks anytime they are in the building. Please bring masks from home.
We will continue distributing the Order of Service via email. This will ensure both BUUFers at home and those returning in person will receive a copy. It will also save trees since we won’t be printing multiple copies. You may want to bring your cell phone so you can easily pull up the Order of Service while participating in person.
Aug
9
Mon
August 2021 BUUF Board Meeting
Aug 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The August BUUF Board Meeting will be held Monday, August 9th from 6:30-8:00pm. Please contact president@berrienuu.org if you would like to join and/or have topics you would like added to the agenda.

Aug
15
Sun
Sunday Service: “Sacrifice, Sex and Death” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Sacrifice, Sex and Death" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, August 15th, we continue with our August theme of “Transition and Transformation.” Rev. Jim McConnell’s sermon, titled “Sacrifice, Sex, and Death,” will reflect on the relationship between these three and what that means for us both personally and nationally. Additionally, Katharine Lion will bring a reading on Bob Marley, Mic Rasmussen will read our Story for All Ages, Jeff Green will do our Chalice work, and the BUUF musicians will select some more great music for us.
Join on Zoom or come in person.
Important Notes:
Due to a change in CDC guidelines, we will now be asking ALL in-person attendees (age 3 or older) to wear a mask any time they are in the building. Please bring masks from home.
We will continue distributing the Order of Service via email. This will ensure both BUUFers at home and those returning in person will receive a copy. It will also save trees since we won’t be printing multiple copies. You may want to bring your cell phone so you can easily pull up the Order of Service while participating in person.
Featured Image: Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac by Giovanni Battista Gaulli, around 1700
Aug
19
Thu
Ethical Eating Group Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Ethical Eating Group met last week and decided to hold future monthly meetings immediately before the Environmental Justice Film Series, which takes place on the third Thursday of each month.

The next Environmental Justice Film is scheduled for Thursday, August 19th, at 7:00pm.  The Ethical Eating Group will meet at BUUF at 5:30pm, with the option of remaining for the film afterward.

If joining the meeting, please bring a vegetarian or vegan entree, dessert or salad to serve 6-8 people and your own beverage. Current Covid restrictions at that time will be followed.

Environmental Justice Film Series: “Kiss the Ground” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Justice Film Series: "Kiss the Ground" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Environmental Justice Film Series is returning monthly, beginning August 19th! This educational film series is free and open to the public. Free popcorn is provided; BYOB encouraged. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Your host is Harvey Johnson, president of Berrien UU Fellowship. If you are in need of child care, please contact Harvey in advance at president@berrienuu.org. Unvaccinated participants are asked to wear masks.

KISS THE GROUND (2020) is this month’s film. Activists, scientists, farmers and politicians turn to regenerative agriculture to save the planet’s topsoil. The film is 74 minutes, and after we watch it, we’ll discuss what actions we can take on this and other environmental justice issues.