BUUF’s annual Fall Equinox service will take place on Sunday, September 19th at 10:30am. It is an intergenerational service for both children and adults, celebrating the upcoming fall equinox when daytime and nighttime are roughly even.
The service will include a special story called “Jack and Ms. Ruby,” written and read by Nan Lundeen and acted out by our young ones. We’ll also discuss autumn transitions and add leaves to our Transitions Tree. The BUUF Musicians have planned some great music, including a piano performance by Silas Lorenz. And finally, we’ll be taking up a special collection for Harvesters (farm workers) sponsored by InterFaith Action. If you can, please bring a donation of any of the following items to our Fall Equinox service for collection: beans, rice, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo. Our children will help with gathering donations brought to the service.
Join us in person or on Zoom, and help us celebrate the return of autumn.
The next BUUF Board Meeting will be held on Monday, September 20th at 7 PM via Zoom. All BUUF members & friends are invited to attend. Please contact Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom details.
You’re also invited to check out the UU Hysterical Society podcasts. Since June, they’ve released three episodes… “The Blood Spattered Pause”, “Summer Stories”, and “Liz Hates Democracy”. Find them by searching “The Cracked Cup” in your podcast player of choice, or by listening online.
This Sunday, September 26th, our beloved Minister Emeritus, Roger Brewin, will bring us a message on the widespread practice of banning books. Additionally, we will have a story for the young ones, read from a book banned in 1988 in Colorado, lots of great music, and, as usual, the healing joy of fellowship. Join in person or on Zoom.
Image Caption: Fascist university students burned upwards of 25,000 books on the Opernplatz (Opera Square) in Berlin, Germany, on May 10, 1933. Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels spoke at the event, telling the students, “You do well at this late hour to entrust to the flames the intellectual garbage of the past.” (Courtesy U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum/U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
The next Social Justice Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, at 7:00 pm via Zoom.
The meeting agenda will include the following topics.
- Developing ways to keep BUUF members informed of volunteer opportunities with the social service agencies we support.
- Scheduling committee and/or congregational conversations with the social service agencies we support.
- Ways that our committee can collaborate with the BUUF Welcoming Congregation program and with the BUUF Green Sanctuary Committee.
- Participating in Sunday services by calling attention to contemporary social justice issues and celebrating historic leaders and events in the ongoing movements for social justice.
Please contact Clark or Nancy Gilpin if you would like to join the meeting.
The Ethical Eating Group monthly pitch-in dinner date has been changed to Thursday, Sept. 30th at 6:00pm at BUUF. There will not be an environmental film following the meal this month. Please bring a vegan or vegetarian dish to pass. We will plan on eating outside due to Covid restrictions as long as the weather is agreeable.
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.