Oct
28
Thu
Book Study of “Pillage of Hope” / Reparations Discussion
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Community Forum for Economic Justice and The South Bend Reparations Working Group are organizing two book studies. Rev. Jim McConnell worked with these groups to plan these sessions and would like to warmly welcome BUUFers (and anyone else who is interested) to participate.

   “A window into the ravages and legacy of racism.”

“Don Ross writes with authority about the heartbreaks and joy of a people in search of freedom.  “Pillage of Hope” is a moving tribute to the decades of long struggle for equality in Oklahoma.”
– Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s Studies, Brandeis University

On Thursday, October 28th 7:00- 8:30 PM, Dr. Alfred Guillaume Jr. will lead a study of the book “Pillage of Hope,” written by retired Oklahoma State Legislator, Don Ross. In his book, The Honorable Mr. Ross recounts what it was like growing up Black in Oklahoma and his work to create a museum to memorialize the 300 Black men and women killed by white mobs in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Pillage of Hope is a powerful invitation to examine the issue of Reparations for Americans descended from Black Slaves.

On Thursday, November 4th 7:00-8:30PM, Ms. Nimbilasha Cushing and Dr. Marty Wolfson will lead a discussion to examine the emotionally charged questions of Reparations and what is happening on that front right here is St. Joseph County.

To register for the book study of Pillage of Hope, or the Reparations discussion, or both, click here.

* Note: It is not necessary to have read “Pillage of Hope” to take part in the Reparations Discussion.

“Pillage of Hope” Discussion Leader, Thursday, October 28th, 7:00 PM: Dr. Alfred Guillaume, Retired Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor Emeritus of French at Indiana University South Bend, and member of the South Bend Reparations Working Group.

“Reparations” Discussion Leaders for Thursday, November 4th, 7:00 PM

Ms. Nimbi Cushing is a founding member and passionate spokesperson for the South Bend Reparations Working Group. She knows well the deprivations of racism. She, along with her many other Life experiences, grew up on a tenant farm where she, as a very young child, picked cotton. She is the author of the book, Come This Way — There Is an Exit.

Dr. Marty Wolfson is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He taught Political Economy for 25 years at Notre Dame. In the years before his retirement, he also taught Peace Studies and was the Director of the Higgins Labor Program. Before coming to Notre Dame, he was an Economist with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Forum for Economic Justice and a member of the South Bend Reparations Working Group.

 

Climate Reality Forum: “Diffusing a Ticking Time Bomb in the Great Lakes”
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Climate Reality Forum: "Diffusing a Ticking Time Bomb in the Great Lakes"

Learn about the “ticking time bomb in the Great Lakes” on Thursday, October 28 at 7PM EST. Climate Reality Leaders Art Hirsch and Sue Holcombe will present facts in an information session about why Enbridge Line 5 should be shut down, how it threatens the viability of Lakes Michigan and Huron, and what you can do to help.

The presentation is virtual and will be 30 – 40 minutes long with 20 minutes for questions and discussion.

Register here to receive the virtual login information.

Oct
31
Sun
Sunday Service: “Cora Lamping Center” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Oct 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Cora Lamping Center" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
This Sunday, October 31st, we have a very special guest speaker. Debi Van Den Boom will talk to us about her work at the Cora Lamping Center, where she helps survivors of domestic abuse create better life situations.
Debi describes herself as a “warrior, teacher, preacher, prophet, advocate, and Deacon pastoral counselor dabbling in poetry . . . (who) loves the Divine’s beautiful creations . . . strives to be in right relationship with them (and) believes in living life as the Divine guides her while caring for plants and animals in her home.
Additionally, several BUUFers will be contributing to the service, and Beth and Candace will bring us some more great music. See you in person or on Zoom.
Circle Talk
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Outdoor Cleanup Event @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Outdoor Cleanup Event @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Sunday October 31 after the service we will be trimming the holly bushes and cleaning up the memorial gardens in front of the church. Volunteers are asked to bring trimming tools from home.

Nov
3
Wed
“Trans Inclusion in Congregations” Workshop
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"Trans Inclusion in Congregations" Workshop

The Welcoming Congregation Committee is hosting a six-week online course, Trans Inclusion in Congregations which was created by Transforming Hearts Collective, a queer-led support for spaces of Inclusion. This course is for congregations that want to be fully inclusive and affirm the full breadth of gender diversity. We will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and your congregation.

Every Wednesday night from 7-9pm October 13th – November 17th.

If you feel called to celebrate the LGBTQ community, called to help protect LGBTQ rights and called to build a better home of inclusivity at BUUF, then please join us!

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97771442789?pwd=cjJXVXloNm1OUDE4V2RFc1c4WE4zdz09

Meeting ID: 977 7144 2789
Passcode: 249759

Nov
4
Thu
Book Study of “Pillage of Hope” / Reparations Discussion
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Community Forum for Economic Justice and The South Bend Reparations Working Group are organizing two book studies. Rev. Jim McConnell worked with these groups to plan these sessions and would like to warmly welcome BUUFers (and anyone else who is interested) to participate.

   “A window into the ravages and legacy of racism.”

“Don Ross writes with authority about the heartbreaks and joy of a people in search of freedom.  “Pillage of Hope” is a moving tribute to the decades of long struggle for equality in Oklahoma.”
– Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s Studies, Brandeis University

On Thursday, October 28th 7:00- 8:30 PM, Dr. Alfred Guillaume Jr. will lead a study of the book “Pillage of Hope,” written by retired Oklahoma State Legislator, Don Ross. In his book, The Honorable Mr. Ross recounts what it was like growing up Black in Oklahoma and his work to create a museum to memorialize the 300 Black men and women killed by white mobs in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Pillage of Hope is a powerful invitation to examine the issue of Reparations for Americans descended from Black Slaves.

On Thursday, November 4th 7:00-8:30PM, Ms. Nimbilasha Cushing and Dr. Marty Wolfson will lead a discussion to examine the emotionally charged questions of Reparations and what is happening on that front right here is St. Joseph County.

To register for the book study of Pillage of Hope, or the Reparations discussion, or both, click here.

* Note: It is not necessary to have read “Pillage of Hope” to take part in the Reparations Discussion.

“Pillage of Hope” Discussion Leader, Thursday, October 28th, 7:00 PM: Dr. Alfred Guillaume, Retired Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor Emeritus of French at Indiana University South Bend, and member of the South Bend Reparations Working Group.

“Reparations” Discussion Leaders for Thursday, November 4th, 7:00 PM

Ms. Nimbi Cushing is a founding member and passionate spokesperson for the South Bend Reparations Working Group. She knows well the deprivations of racism. She, along with her many other Life experiences, grew up on a tenant farm where she, as a very young child, picked cotton. She is the author of the book, Come This Way — There Is an Exit.

Dr. Marty Wolfson is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He taught Political Economy for 25 years at Notre Dame. In the years before his retirement, he also taught Peace Studies and was the Director of the Higgins Labor Program. Before coming to Notre Dame, he was an Economist with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Forum for Economic Justice and a member of the South Bend Reparations Working Group.

 

Nov
7
Sun
Sunday Service: “Free Thinking” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Nov 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

This Sunday November 2nd, our BUUF service will be dedicated to Free Thinking. It turns out that pretty much everyone is a free thinker. It is just that for most of us our egos edit out thoughts and ideas that will cause us social discomfort. Sunday is the first Sunday of the month so we will have an intergenerational exercise in which the kids and the adults exercise their free-thinking capabilities and learn to appreciate some of the founding free thinkers in our Unitarian Universalist Tradition.  Join in-person or on Zoom.

Circle Talk
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Nov
10
Wed
“Trans Inclusion in Congregations” Workshop
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"Trans Inclusion in Congregations" Workshop

The Welcoming Congregation Committee is hosting a six-week online course, Trans Inclusion in Congregations which was created by Transforming Hearts Collective, a queer-led support for spaces of Inclusion. This course is for congregations that want to be fully inclusive and affirm the full breadth of gender diversity. We will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and your congregation.

Every Wednesday night from 7-9pm October 13th – November 17th.

If you feel called to celebrate the LGBTQ community, called to help protect LGBTQ rights and called to build a better home of inclusivity at BUUF, then please join us!

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97771442789?pwd=cjJXVXloNm1OUDE4V2RFc1c4WE4zdz09

Meeting ID: 977 7144 2789
Passcode: 249759